Macros with Succulents in Palm Springs

How The Shot Was Made

Equipment Used
Nikon D850, 105mm Macro, Einstein 640w strobes
Time of Day
In studio
Location
In studio
Camera Settings
f11-f16
palm springs succulent
palm springs succulents
palm springs succulents
The past year I've developed a bit of a hobby with plants. Unfortunately, I overestimated how green my thumb was, and took to heart the countless blogs and articles saying succulents are very easy to care for. So that led me to buy about $200 worth of succulents from the flower district in LA. My intent was to build one of those beautiful succulent walls on our balcony, thinking it was all straightforward. Consequently, over half of the succulents died. I've been slowly getting more lately, as my knowledge of plants has improved over the past year.

How These Palm Springs Succulent Shots Were Made

I really love focus stacking methods for macro photography. You can see more about it in this blog post for a jewelry client and my lizard. It is the process of taking several photos at incremental focus points, to create a sharper image front to back. At the macro level, the depth of field is measured by millimeters, hence so many macro shots having extreme bokeh. Even at f16, only a few millimeters may be in sharp focus. This means you need to take several photos and blend them together in photoshop to have just an inch of sharp detail!

The pineapple photo only took maybe 6-10 images. This is because the depth of field was wider due to the camera being further away. But the closer ones, like those of the cacti, would only capture maybe a half centimeter of sharp focus. As a result, try to remember that distance between the camera and the subject affects the depth of field, the closer you are the shallower the depth of field will be. The further away the camera is, the deeper the depth of field will be.  

Most of my current succulents are bought from the local nurseries in Palm Springs and Indio. Similarly, the Home Depots and Lowes can have great selections as well. Moorten's Botanical Gardens in Palm Springs is a fav, and in Indio my fav is Bob Williams Nursery
palm springs succulents
palm springs succulents
palm springs succulents
palm springs succulents
palm springs succulents

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