Film Love :: Joshua Tree in B&W

Testing out a roll of Ilford XP-2 Super 400 film on a bright, beautiful day in the desert probably wasn’t the best idea I’ve ever had, but hey, I was just excited to play. Besides, we’ve all seen the desert in full color, right? Time for something different. I really love the dark contrast and graininess of this film!

The weather was absolutely perfect that day, a balmy weekend in between several hot ones. Because it’s been a super dry winter, the wildflowers we had hoped to see blooming were practically nonexistent, but we managed to entertain ourselves anyway. We stopped at a vintage store (no luck, poo) and the ever-cute Crossroads Cafe for lunch before heading into the park.

Ellingsen Photography Film Joshua Tree B&W Lunch
Ellingsen Photography Film Joshua Tree B&W Mindy

It may have been lovely weather, but you still get hot super easy hiking around! We did a couple of shorter hikes, including Barker Dam. The water was practically nonexistent, which was not a good sign for that time of year.

Before we headed home (to beat the Coachella traffic), we went up to Keys View to take in the amazing view of the valley. What’s crazy is you drive along, and you can tell you’re gaining altitude, but when you go to park suddenly you’re on this precipice at the edge of the park. Crazy!

Ellingsen Photography Film Joshua Tree B&W Dead Tree Vista
Ellingsen Photography Film Joshua Tree B&W Keys View Western Vista
Ellingsen Photography Film Joshua Tree B&W Keys View Eastern Vista

Such a perfectly relaxed way to do a day trip. Mindy is the best traveling companion!  :)

xoxo

P.S. To see some other (digital) photos from that day, click here. And the current desktop freebie was shot that day too!