Weekend Cacti

A couple of shots from the weekend at my parents’ Cactus Nursery.  For both shots the plants were brought into the conservatory to allow more room to set up the shot.  With these kinds of flowers it’s always a challenge to get a composition that works without too much effort, and to get a good exposure with the highly reflective petals.  A polarizer and careful choice of white-balance is key.

 

Notocactus schlosseri Flower Detail

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Nikon D800E/200f4micro/cpl

Stack of 15 frames, 1.2 crop mode

ISO 100 1/250 f/8

 

 

Notocactus submammulosus Flower Detail

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Nikon D800E/200f4micro/cpl

ISO 100 1/20 f/8

Stack of 19 frames (converted to JPEGS), 4:5 crop mode

 

White balance reading taken from grey camerabag insert using ACR.

 

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