flower fields

Poppy Fields | Places to Go by Julia Walck

On Sunday, Emily and I drove out to Lancaster to see the poppy fields. We left LA at 6am and man am I glad we did. It was already very crowded when we showed up to the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve at 7:30am. 

Oh! I have pink hair again!

We hiked around the poppy fields for a couple of hours and headed out to explore the open roads around us and found more spots to shot. 

It was about 9:40am now. The parking lot at the poppy fields was at capacity and a herd of people were walking up from their cars parked on road below. 

I had a lot of fun playing around with scenic reflections in these mirrors! I found them at Goodwill a few days before our trip out to the poppy fields. 

I Windexed this full length mirror on the side of the road and it was probably my favorite moment from that day. That and the fact that I was hiking around with Windex in my backpack.

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Shoutout to Emily Sarpolus for putting up with my early morning adventures!

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! 

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.