Bai Chuang Shyu  

Epiphyllum Flower by Bai Chuang Shyu

October 2021 - Epiphyllum Flower

About the Image(s)

Epiphyllum flowers bloom only at night, and wilt at dawn. The flowers are full of fragrance and refreshing when they bloom, but the time is short and they bloom at night, many people think that it is rare to see the epiphany bloom. The idiom "flash in the pan" is derived from the Buddhist Scriptures, which describes fleeting opportunities, and now also refers to short-lived beautiful phenomena and things, and refers to the legendary excellent flower.
When I found the flower was bloom in our neighbor’s yard, I was excited and know that this blossom would not keep long. Thus I took my Nikon D810 with hand held using f/4, 1/60 sec and ISO of 1250. I try to produce a bokeh effect in the background. The saturation, contrast and cropping were process in the PhotoShop.

4 comments posted

David Terao   David Terao
I've heard of these flowers referred to as "night-blooming cereus" but, have never seen one until now. They must be very difficult to photograph at night because of the non-existent natural lighting. Did you use a flash? I like the bokeh balls in the background although I almost find them to be more interesting than the subject flower. The focus, however, seems to be more on the rear petals rather than on the front petals and stamen (or whatever those protruding things in the center of the flower are called). There is also a lot of noise that can be eliminated.   Posted: 10/02/2021 07:55:35

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I have never seen one of these flowers. So interesting and you did a good job capturing it. I agree with David, that the bokeh balls add interest and there is a little noise on the flower which can easily be reduced. I would also suggest cropping down from the top to make it a square which I think makes a stronger composition.   Posted: 10/04/2021 10:47:02
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Charlie Yang   Charlie Yang
lucky you, get to see one and capture it. As I used to have them indoor, then somehow it didn't make it through the cold winter years.
On to the image itself, I love the soft and gentle look of the flower. square frame looks better, and I'd try to darken the light balls on top a bit, so that not to compete with the main delight of flower.   Posted: 10/05/2021 11:33:02

Ray Henrikson   Ray Henrikson
Your photograph of the flower is successful but I don't think the circles of bokeh add to or work with the image   Posted: 10/06/2021 21:15:06


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