Gorgeous! The lighting is especially dramatic on the side shots.
I just read that the flower is mostly pollinated by moths, it’s white so it can be seen at night (plus the fragrance), and it has no UV “runways” because there is no UV to reflect at night (and night critters don’t tend to be able to see in the UV).
How are you NOT making a truck load of money off your photography? (Maybe she is and just not telling all her “fans”!) That is incredible. Shop those shots around, I say! This is even more beautiful than all your stream photos (my personal favs). Congrats.
Hi, I discovered your blog when searching for night blooming cereus. I just wanted to leave a comment to tell you how beautiful your photos are. I love taking pictures but mine are far from yours! Do you mind sharing what your lighting setup was?
Louise – thanks for your comment. I used an external flash off camera to highlight the bloom. Sometimes I used two external flashes at 180 degrees from one another. I was just playing around, so experimented with different configurations. I suggest doing the same, especially if shooting digital. It pays to play around! Good luck.
Just wanted you to know that I’ve had mine for 4 years now. It bloomed for the first time last year and had only 2 blooms. The beginning of this summer I repotted it into a much larger pot
( the plant is about 6-7 feet tall now ) and I was fortunete enought to have a total of 7 full blooms this year. The fragrance was absolutly fulfilling. This year I used several different techniques to get different pictures. One I used just a hand held flash light and when I went to a photo store to print up an 8 x 10 for a friend. They like it so much they asked if they could copy it and put it up on one of their wall. ( which they actually did ). I think I would like to do now is try to film it opening up over night.
Just wanted to say GREAT PICTURES! I have had mine for some time now I think about 5 years and this past summer is the first time that it has bloomed. I heard that the more root bound it is the more flowers that it produces. Anyway to my surprise it bloomed again yesterday during the day! I could not believe it but like everyone else said I so wish for those who do not have one of these plants to be able to smell the flower when it blooms….So sweet!! To all the night bloomers out there have a great day and look forward to next year.