I had seen some phenomenal pictures by great artists like Marc Adamus, Ryan Dyar and Miles Morgan that involve a very photogenic cactus called Barrel Cactus (Echinocactus polycephalus) which is also referred to with a few other names and one of which is totally inappropriate.
So my goal was to find a cluster of those cacti to photograph especially for the night sky. I stumbled up on this cluster of Barrel Cacti during the day while scouting. I can’t remember a time previously I worked an image so much in the field. I must have spent a good one hour fussing over the composition. Eventually I settled upon a vertorama or a vertical panorama of three horizontal frames.
Alabama Hills on the foothills of Sierra Nevada near Lone Pine, California is a landscape photographer’s delight while also being a great dark sky location. Unique compositions can be and will be found. One has to just look for them.