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Making of Cactus Balls, Holiday Card Image

In keeping with my cactus holiday card theme, I decided this Prickly Pear needed some holiday spirit. Hanging decorations on a cactus with lethal spines can be dangerous. I photographed this cactus from my cactus and succulent garden and in Photoshop created the final image. I layered additional exposures to enhance the lighting on the cactus. I added spines and cleaned up flaws. I changed the background and surrounding cactus. I then photographed individual ornaments to add to the spines. As you can see in this quick video from the initial exposure to the final image, the image comes alive with holiday spirit. #christmascactus #pricklypear #cactusballs #kelleykingphoto