A California Desert Sunset with Bob Coates

Text and Images by Bob Coates

Recently while out prowling around the Imperial Sand Dunes in Southeast California, I did a little boon-docking on Bureau of Land Management property. This area is volcanic debris and cactus but absolutely beautiful in its own way. Stark. Harsh. Desolate. Quiet. Clouds scudded across the sky and slid to a stop just around sunset. The colors were exquisite.

I used the Platypod Max to sidle up to a jumping chola cactus to render it in silhouette against the rainbow of color, shape and form dancing across the sky. The small footprint of the Platypod allowed me to get an extremely low angle and close to the subject to render the plant in silhouette.

The Behind-the-Scenes Setup:

The image was made with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III and the 12-100mm M.Zukio f/4.0 Pro lens.

The Final Image:

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