Night Blooming Cereus

This is a cactus bloom that only comes out when it’s dark and shrinks up and dies when the sun comes up.
Big flower, about 6" across.

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The flash was hand held off to the side a bit. Any suggestions on artistic ways to position the flash?
I only have one.

Technical Details

Canon EOS R6,Canon RF 24-105, 80mm, 1/13 sec,ISO 100, f/11,Godox 685 flash set at 1/128, Tripod.
LR and Topaz Denoise AI for sharpening.
All comments welcome.


Gorgeous subject and nice composition. If there isn’t enough ambient light when the bloom is in its prime, I would hang big diffuser in front of the flash to give a softer look. The closer to the flower the diffuser can be, the nicer the effect. The best result would be with a diffuser that is a lot bigger than the flower. A simple solution is a piece of thin white fabric glued to a dowel bar with another bar on the bottom edge to hold it, and you can roll it up for storage.

Thanks. I did have a soft diffuser over the flash, but still a lot of shadow. A second light would have helped , but just trying to work with one now. Will definitely look at a more portable diffuser for the future.

It takes a good sized diffuser relative to the subject to do softening. The things that fit over the flash head don’t do anything except make catchlights in eyes bigger.

A gorgeous flower very well photographed. The opposing diagonal of flower and stem is very appealing.

I like the image as posted very much, but also wonder if a change in White Balance would make the flower stand out even more. Of course, this is always subjective.

A beautiful flower. I wonder if it attracts moths - or bats? The composition as mentioned is really attractive.

I will get a bigger diffuser. Th bats love these flowers. I have seen pictures of them just entering the flower, but haven’t figured out how and when. I would have to sit in my neighbors front yard and be patient or set up a trigger. I will look into it because I love bat pictures. Thanks.

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I love this flower. Have a native Cereus in my backyard that I keep a close eye starting in June. Not experimented using flash with them, but it worked nicely here. I also like the sharp focus across the flower. Nicely done.

Thanks. My neighbor moved but, left me several cutting that I have planted. Hope for the best.