Thanksgiving Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Also known as christmas cactus (but it is flowering here in Cambridge just in time for Thanksgiving), Schlumbergera’s are a strange sort of cactus plants. They have stems that look like leaf-like pads connected to one another. The flowers form at the terminal end of the plant. I grew mine from a small two segment section taken from a friends house and popped into a pot.

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Schlumbergera truncata cultivar. Thanksgiving cactus.

Technical Data

Nikon D7000, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
ISO400, f/13, 3 seconds

Still life – HDR

With the weather going from bad to worse here in the UK, the scope for outdoor photography has been limited. I therefore, took to an indoor experiment using a bunch of flowers under natural lighting. Both pictures are from 3-shot bracketed exposures at -2, 0 and +2 at f/3.2 1/40, 1/1o and 0.4 second exposures. Merged in Photomatix Pro. I would love to hear from you!!

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