©David A. Ziser
Boy…. do I wish it was truly a Blue Agave cactus. I made this image a few years ago while visiting Sedona, AZ. We had taken one of the Pink Jeep tours into the mountains and at one of the stops I grabbed this quick photo of the agave plant.
This image has quite a history. I have had it featured at Imagekind for a few years now. About two years ago we got a call for an Ad agency about using it as wall décor in a pub. The deal went through and now this image is displayed at some pub over in England – trouble is I don’t know what pub. Maybe some of our Great Britain DPT readers have seen it ;~)
A few months ago we received a call from another ad agency that had seen the image. They wanted to use it for a new Tequila that was going to hit the market this year and wanted complete rights to the image. OK, are you ready for the rest of the story – We asked their budget, them hem-hawed a bit said it was rather small but they could go $10,000 for the image. You heard it right $10 GRAND!!!
I was blown away. They said there was just one issue – it wasn’t a Blue Agave cactus so they would have to retouch in the real thing. Did I care? Heck no! Just send the cash! We went back and forth for about two weeks just trying to stay in touch. The rest of the story, alas, they found a different image with a real Blue Agave cactus. So near, yet so far – it was fun while it lasted ;~)
This image is still one of my favorite black and white images. The Sigma wide angle really makes the composition work significantly dramatizing the cactus in the foreground. I tweaked the tonal range in Photoshop and removed a few tourists on the hillside to get the final result. Who ever thought a vacation image could be so valuable….. well, almost.
Camera specs: Canon 5D fitted with Sigma 12-24mm lens at 12mm, F8.0 @ 1/100 second, ISO 400. Enjoy! -David