Christmas cactus

I’ve come to realize that I avoid shooting indoors just about any way I can. Looking through photo albums of mine, you’d see that there’s a dearth of winter photos. The obligatory holiday snaps, a snow scene or two and then…nothing. Until spring. I don’t have fancy speedlights or special lamps and I don’t like the contrived nature of studio photography. Don’t get me wrong–I admire portrait photographers a great deal. But give me open shade and I’m so much happier.

Alas, this is my first winter of more serious photography, and I’m no longer in California, so I need to face that somewhat steep learning curve of shooting indoors without the camera-mounted flash. (I do at least know to avoid that!)

So, shooting this Christmas cactus just about put me over the edge. 😉 I tried changing the camera’s white balance, shutter speed, aperture and ISO; I turned the lights on and off; I moved the plant; I waited until the rain stopped outside. Finally came up with this, but it’s not great. The highlights are a little blown out and the focus isn’t quite right. But I’m learning. Stay tuned!

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Photography. With a little life thrown in.
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6 Responses to Christmas cactus

  1. 36x37 says:

    I’ve never seen a Christmas cactus before. Very pretty.

  2. mydesignchic says:

    Oh my, I thing it looks gorgeous…love Christmas cactus!!

  3. Lady Jennie says:

    But I think the bluish light adds to it. It’s a pretty picture.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Caroline says:

    I like the photo and the plant. I got a few of them in different colours. A white and a red one. I think the pink one is the one that doesn’t want to bloom. Too bad, I liked it best.

  5. Novroz says:

    This is beautiful. I really like the color.
    Just wondering, do you have deviantart account?

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