The flowers are tiny, no more than a half-inch across, and have a pale pinkish-purple tinge toward the ends of the petals. I only got 3 clusters of these tiny flowers, but I’m not complaining!
- Lighting is natural – the plant lives in on a 4′ deep ledge in front of a window. Conveniently, the walls are a pale purple, which probably helps bring out the tint on the petals. Or maybe I’m imagining that.
- Background was a big purple cushion that normally shares the window ledge with the plant. With a little bit of black clipping, I was able to reduce it to a purplish black to compliment the flowers.
- Lens/exposure – trusty 50mm f/1.8, 1/1.3s @ f/14, metered -1.67 stops to avoid blowing highlights on the petals (there were a few false starts here).
- Post-processing – Black clipping and a decent amount of sharpening in Lightroom. The minimum focus distance for this lens is about a foot and a half, so I did have to crop quite a bit to really focus on the flowers. Boosted the saturation of the purples slightly. A little bit of noise-reduction in NoiseNinja, but it didn’t do much in the end – the picture was shot at ISO 100 anyway.
This plant started off about 4″ tall (15 years ago) and currently calls an 18″ stoneware pot home (read: never moving again!). So if anyone wants a cutting…