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Natural fireworks

July 4, 2017

They open at night and last just one day, captured by photographer Greg Krehel in some stunning timelapse sequences.

“Since I was a kid I’ve always loved succulents and cacti. One year I ended up at a local garden shop and picked up a cactus for my collection. A couple years later it put out these awesome flowers, unlike others I had seen. It just kept blooming. It really went to town.”

Cassandra flower timelapse9 hours of a Cassandra flower blooming.

Greg Krehel cactus bloomRead about the “focus stacking” technique for maximising detail.

Fascination flower timelapseFascination flowers.


Greg’s often asked if he uses Photoshop to enhance the colour.

“I do, of course, use Photoshop and Lightroom and other editing software. But not in the way most suspect. Rather than using these tools to overstate reality, I actually use them to reduce the intensity of the colours my camera captures. I have reduced the colour saturation in every timelapse clip in this video by a minimum of 10% and some (‘Yes’, ‘Cabaret’ and ‘Antimatter’) by 30% or more in order to have something that wasn’t just completely blown out.”

See more on Greg’s website Echinopsis Freak. Via National Geographic.

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