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Cactus / Julia Walck

This past Monday, Jackson and I had the day off of work for MLK Day and we decided to go to the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena. Getting out in the sunshine felt nice, plus everything just feels better when it's a 3-day-weekend.

Rose Gardens / Julia Walck

We spent most of our time in the desert garden and rose garden, my two favorite spots at The Huntington!

Portrait / Julia Walck
Cactus Cooler / Julia Walck

In an Instagram poll of "who wore these glasses better" between this cactus and myself, the cactus won. I mean, as it should. Just look how cool it is. 

Rose Gardens / Julia Walck
Cactus / Julia Walck

I shot all of these photos on my Instax, and am going to put them into albums!

Instant Confetti by Julia Walck

Desert Stars

Desert Stars

I confetti-ed some Instax photos this weekend. AKA spilled some confetti on a picture and thought, "Huh. That'd be cool together". 

Love Is In the Air

Love Is In the Air

So I shot them again on digital, and loved them so much I added prints to my Society6. Links to shop the art prints are below. 

Click here to shop "Desert Stars"

Click here to shop "Love Is In the Air"

Superbloom | Places to Go by Julia Walck

This weekend I day-tripped out to the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to see the "superbloom" of wildflowers. 

They probably have about a week or so left in them. So if you've been waiting to go, now's the time!

The sweet spots to check out were on the outskirts of the park around Di Giorgio Road and Henderson Canyon Road. Di Giorgio had more purple flowers, and Henderson Canyon had yellow flowers for daaaaaaaaays.

Before the trip, I bought some gel filters off of Amazon to play around with shapes and colors when shooting in the flower fields. 

I was able to cast cool shadows, play with foreground/background composition, create overlays and even light leaks by using the filters. The trick was to not let them fly away in the crazy wind!

Using the pink and yellow filters created a warm and fuzzy feel, where the purples and blues gave off a psych-grunge textured look.

I also busted out my Polaroid one600 and SX-70 that I recently snagged from an estate sale.

If you drove out further south on Borrego Springs towards Tubb Canyon Road, you'd find the Ocotillo trees. 

Next flower stop on my list is the Lancaster Poppy Fields. I haven't been in 3 years! They're also experiencing a beautiful bloom right now thanks to all this rain! 

Instax Fails by Julia Walck

Sometimes, my instant photos don't turn out and that can be a major bummer. But I think I've found a way to get around the lack of photo, and turn it into something I still would be proud to hang on the fridge. 

In these instax photos, the thing that ruined the photo is turned into the subject through typography. Take THAT shitty film!

However it sometimes is 'my bad'. I wish you didn't have to re-set the settings every time on an instax. Once you shut it, it automatically switches back to the indoor setting. When I use mine, I'm typically outdoors on a bright sunny day and I get so caught up in the inspiring, photo taking moment I forget to rotate it to the proper setting. Luckily most of the time that isn't the case - but now when it is, I know what to do! 

Carlsbad Flower Fields | Places to Go by Julia Walck

This past weekend, I made the trek out to Carlsbad to see rows and rows of flowers. Mother's Day is the last day to go so we got there just in the nick of time. (PS It would be a great spot to take your Mom!)

I've been a few times before, but this time I brought not only my Canon t3i, but also my Polaroid and Instax.

The Polaroids / Instax photos turned out SUPER dreamy. A couple of light-leaks/over-exposures happened, but that's the beauty of film. Happy, unexpected mistakes. 

Let's switch over to some photos from my Canon now. Look at how vivid they are! 

Here's a photo of me casually running from a tractor post-snapping a polaroid in the middle of the flower fields.