Using Flash and Colored Gels
Southwest Arizona: Composed using a tripod, flash, and colored gel filters. First, I taped a green gel filter onto a camera flash unit. Then, I manually fired the flash into the cactus while exposing for the background cactus and lights. Throwing colored light onto the same colored object will make that object super-saturated.
The hardest part here was stringing those Christmas lights on the background cactus!
© Chris Michaels, San Diego DPA Instructor