Selective focus on just the protruding center (stigma and style) of a Christmas cactus flower – because it’s not always necessary, or even desirable, to have everything in focus. :) (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/7.1, 1/125 sec., ISO 400, open shade, handheld)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...9 months ago

    Selective focus on just the protruding center (stigma and style) of a Christmas cactus flower – because it’s not always necessary, or even desirable, to have everything in focus. :)

  • JOSEPHMAZZUCCO
    JOSEPHMAZZUCCO9 months ago

    Yes, the selective focus works so well here. giving a beautiful contrast to the soft dreamy background.. excellent work, Celeste !

  • Thank you, Joseph! I liked the idea that softness goes contrary to what we think of when we see the word “cactus.” :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watson9 months ago

    Great focus and work.

  • Thanks very much, Joy! This called for manual focus to get just what I wanted.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devine9 months ago

    The soft outlines of the petals contrast very nicely with the sharpness of the stigma. I like this.

  • Thank you for the great comment, Bette! That contrast is what I was after.

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • LoveringArts
    LoveringArts9 months ago

    Wow.. Wonderful photography and always captivating compositions result in perfection dear Celeste , bravo my friend

  • Thank you for the lovely compliment, Paul!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • fauselr
    fauselr9 months ago

    lovely

  • Thanks very much, Ray!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Donna19
    Donna199 months ago

    So lovely

  • Thanks very much, Donna!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngel9 months ago

    beautiful capture .. my one flowered in November .. smile

  • Thank you, Angel! Maybe yours is a Thanksgiving cactus. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...9 months ago

    Just lovely, Celeste!

  • Thanks very much, Katherine!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Search9 months ago

    Oooh, really gorgeous, dear Celeste!!!! :)))

  • Thank you very much, Laurie!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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