Cotton Top Cactus

Plants & Planet
Cotton Top Cactus by Rajesh Jyothiswaran

Image details - Cotton Top Cactus

Photographer: Rajesh Jyothiswaran (see profile)
Competition: Competition 13
Category: Plants & Planet
Location: Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, United States


My goal was to find a cluster of Echinocactus polycephalus (cotton top or many headed barrel) cactus to photograph - ideally against the backdrop of the Milky Way.

I stumbled up on this cluster during the day whilst scouting. Eventually I settled upon a vertorama (vertical panorama). The sky frames were stacked to improve signal-to-noise ratio whereas the ones for the middle ground and foreground were focus stacked for increased depth of field.


3rd place - Plants & Planet