Last night one of the 6 cactus buds slowly burst open…I never did get a fully open shot last night as I finally gave up the ghost at 10:30pm. For the night shots I usually do an in-camera double exposure. I light up part of the flower on the first exposure, then light another part for the second exposure. Once the petals are open halfway to three quarters, I’ll light up the flower from the underside for the first exposure, then light the top part for the second. Sometimes I light the left side, then the right…always mixing it up/experimenting with different looks. I did some burning in Luminar 3 so that the surrounding cactus plants didn’t detract from the main subject.

Since I had such a rough night last night (sleep-wise), I’m not even going outside to look at the blossom that was opening up tonight even though I’m curious. It’s another 12-18 inches above where last nights flower was, so the tripod is definitely out (was pretty iffy last night).

Night Beauty
Night Beauty

Photo Info

  • Fujifilm XT-3
  • Lensbaby Velvet 56
  • Focal Length: 56mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Aperture: f/4 +/-
  • Shutter Speed: 1/20 (first exposure)
  • Exposure Compensation: 0.0EV

Post Processing Info

RAW photo was post processed in Luminar 3

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