Another attempt in 2014 at capturing the cacti unfolding, a little earlier this year, they started on 20th May which was my 25th wedding anniversary too. Very hard to maintain constant light levels with these flowers opening over a whole day and a half, invariably just as dusk is falling! With two plants threatening to open early morning, this time I tried all the shots using Aperture Value, however after pulling all the photos together last week and at one point discovering LRTimelapse software for de-flickering, I realised that my original plans to shoot in just manual mode would have worked out better than AV. LRTTimelapse has been used to a degree to de-flicker this batch although there is a fair amount of it leftover and I'm still working out how to navigate the software so will make another attempt with further projects that are sitting in the wings waiting for processing.
Half way through shooting my dog must have knocked the tripod at some point as several photos were abandoned in the sequence due to....there's no other way to put this.... a labrador sticking his nose in the flowers! The scent from these is a little overpowering to say the least.
There are 30 cacti in my conservatory, but the Echinopsis varieties put on the best displays, in timelapse it's clear they are reaching for the light and tracking the sun across the sky.
I'm still experimenting with timelapse and still learning new stuff and tricks each time, thanks for watching my amateur attempts!