Joshua Tree National Park is one of the most astounding parks in southeastern California. Established in 1936 as a U.S. National Monument, in 1994 was declared a U.S. National Park.
It is renowned by the name of the particular trees populating the area, which are unique and beautiful to capture. The park has much more to offer though, and how much of it you want to enjoy, depends on the time you can spend in the park.
Where to stop if you are in a hurry
Joshua Tree National Park has a lot to offer concerning photography. From the rocks to the vegetation to the sky which at night becomes a real attraction for those who love stargazing.
We got into the park from Cottonwood one hour before sunset and drove up north. The time of the day allowed us to enjoy a relatively quiet park and, above all, beautiful light.
Following this itinerary the first thing you come across is the Ocotillo Path which deserves a quick stop as it is the first kind of green plant you see in the park.
Moving further north, you have one of the most iconic places Joshua Tree National Park is famous for Cholla Cactus Garden.
These plants are very particular regarding shape and colors. At sunset, the soft light of the sun covers them with a golden aura. I loved to shoot them backlit.
If you are one of those that like to plan in advance your photo set, although natural, then you might be thinking of using a couple of apps that will help you study the position of the sun in that specific day. I use both TPE and PHOTOPILLS.
Back on Pinto Basin Road, we made a left towards Jumbo Rocks. Right there you can see the famous Skull Rock which is a granite rock eroded over time by the water. It really looks like a big head, and it is worth a couple of shots.
On the other side of the road, you have a fantastic view over the desert, with its rocks and Joshua Trees all over the place. The light at sunset depicted, and that really made me triggering the shutter as crazy.
Laowa 12mm f/2.8
Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8
Nikkor 35-70mm f/2.8
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 70-200mm f/4.0
Sigma 150-600mm Sport
Manfrotto 190CXPRO4 Tripod
Manfrotto MHXPRO-BHQ2 Pro Head
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