06 Nov 15. Those of you who have been receiving these mailings for a period of time know I've mentioned my Grandmother's love of flowers and her section in the old farmhouse where she grew the indoor plants, especially Christmas cactus. Jan has followed in that tradition and also has a section of this house that is devoted to growing indoor plants, her enclosed section of our rear deck that is surrounded with glass and has heat, water, and music available. It is apparently the right combination as the plants in it are constantly in bloom. A little ahead of schedule to my way of thinking, based on the name of the plant, there are presently about a half dozen Christmas cactus in full bloom. I would love to take them out of the hothouse and shoot them in the studio, but they are so fragile and so intertwined with other plants that doing so would likely result in the loss of most of the blossoms. So I have to shoot them in place. This makes for a rather challenging situation, but with enough tight cropping I can occasionally get a usable shot. This is a shot of one of the "red" ones; there are also white, pink, and a somewhat variegated one.
The base image was severely cropped, adjusted for max tonality, and given a wee bit of micro contrast adjustment. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 400; 1/60 sec @ f / 8 with fill flash.