We used the technique of painting the cactus with light. We set a long exposure time on the camera and used our large tripods that we had hauled up the mountain.
How do you paint with light? My husband laid down on the desert floor with a flashlight and he slowly painted the cactus with the light from the flashlight while our cameras were capturing the scene on a long exposure.
Of course we had not heard the rattlesnake until after we finished these shots; otherwise he would not be laying down on the ground with a rattler nearby. Look next for the full moon photos we took while on Camelback Mountain that same night.