I’m not normally a night owl but my night blooming cactus had me up and playing until 1 a.m. This is lit from behind by a couple of mini maglites held to the flower stalk by pipe cleaners.

3 shot AEB processed in Photomatix for HDR
finished in PS CS3
Taken in my Clearwater, FL yard.


white flower, night bloom, cactus, florida, hdr


  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    Awesome light, color and details.

  • Thanks Joe! It was my first try at something other than a landscape in HDR and I was pretty pleased.

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  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

  • I truly appreciate the honor!

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  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishover 3 years ago

    Now that’s what I call fabulous lighting !!! Congrats on your feature !!

  • Thanks Dianne! It’s an incredible flower but the fact that it only blooms at night makes it quite a challenge to capture so I had to get creative. Lighting from the front was a little harsh and boring so I tried from the back with different types of lights and got interesting results.

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  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenover 3 years ago

    Click the banner to congratulate your Fellow Artists

  • Very much appreciated!

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  • KBritt
    KBrittover 3 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful! The lighting is genius!!! Congrats on the much deserved feature!! A fav for sure!! ~ Kim

  • Glad you like it. I was inspired to try new things with light when a friend of mine started light painting and I can only hope I inspire someone else with this.

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  • vbk70
    vbk70over 3 years ago

    Stunning :) Great capture, Katrin

  • Thank you so much. I never would have thought to use light and shoot flowers at night except that this is the only time the bloom opens on this cactus. Each flower only lasts for one night and the plant finishes blooming in less than two weeks, then you have to wait for a year to try again.

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  • gatanz
    gatanzover 3 years ago

    lighting was perfect! amazing job!

  • Thanks. Lighting it this way sure gave me other options for processing and getting different looks.

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  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 3 years ago

    Stunning image.

  • Thanks Rosalie!

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  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    So beautiful….the lighting sure adds to it, too. How large is this bloom?

  • Thanks Wendi. I haven’t actually measured the bloom but it’s bigger than my husband’s hand.

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  • Gary Chapple
    Gary Chappleover 3 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thanks so much Gary! I’ve just had a peak at your gallery and you do wonderful work and have a great eye for macro!

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