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The poor sad dying cactus. :-(

By makeupmagic    
I never knew a cactus could bleed but on this one, a black tarry substance is dripping and covering the lower portion of the cactus.
I did take it in portrait but cut to only see the sad cactus. Let me know what you think.

Tags: Landscape and travel Saguaro cactus

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banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4307 Canada
27 Mar 2018 4:41PM
Same comments as the last image.

I prefer the portrait as it features the once cactus.

Oh wow, yes, that looks hot.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.2k 2519 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2018 5:01PM
This is very much what I had in mind when commenting on the previous shot. It has more space under the cactus, placement is nicely off-center, and it has the horizontal to balance the vertical.

I think I might try a square crop for simplicity, it combines the virtues of portrait and landscape. And a bit more contrast, for the sense of early morning sun.
Zydeco_Joe 15 84 1 England
27 Mar 2018 5:08PM
I think you did right showing the environment it lives in
pamelajean Plus
16 1.7k 2253 United Kingdom
27 Mar 2018 5:28PM
I found this on the internet: "I remember reading in a book that this is a fairly common for these plants to die. They start leaking the dark fluid and once they start doing this the plant is as good as dead".

I much prefer this composition. As Moira said, a vertical format isn't always ideal for a vertical subject. Here you have the environment and some other saguaros for balance.

Hi Pamela, in all my life in the desert, I never noticed the bleeding before. It made me so sad for a few minutes but who can stay sad when one lives walking distance to the beautiful McDowell mountain range. Grin
I am learning so much from all the professionals commenting on my photography!!!!
I dont understand the error message, image field required, if I want to show the square modification. I do love that modification the very best!
dudler Plus
18 1.9k 1929 England
27 Mar 2018 6:13PM
I'm flummoxed by hte error message...

A thought - you used auto white balance, and that often (usually, maybe) gives a perverse result. How were the colours as you remember them? It's worth playing with the WB in editing to get precisely hte effect you want.

I may try a mod to give the feel that I imagine is right for the desert. But I don't know: wasn't there, have minimal experience of desert conditions...
It was 8 in the morning, sunny and bright, lots of yellow since it is spring and little flowers are appearing. I went back and put in WB of sunny and lots of yellow came out. I will post it tomorrow as I am only allowed one photo a day.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 811 England
27 Mar 2018 9:40PM
You can post that image as a mod yourself Marilyn, no need to wait until tomorrow.
I left a comment on your image you posted yesterday and the same applies here. i'll do a mono mod of this one.
Wow, that is ominous Dark_Lord. Perfectly reflects the death of the cactus.
dark_lord Plus
18 2.9k 811 England
27 Mar 2018 9:53PM
There's some breakup in the sky as I pushed the adjustments a long way - the original sky is very pale and i wanted to give some idea of what adeep blue sky can turn out like in mono.

I guess from what you say that this is local and eay to get to so when the sky and lighting conditions are 'perfect' you can nip out and get some super looking shots 9colouir and mono).
salopian 10 3 28 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2018 11:11AM
Willie's mod really does the trick !!


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