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1. Freaky Flowers: Echinopsis Cacti in Bloom

Freaky Flowers: Echinopsis Cacti in Bloom

A montage of a dozen types of Echinopsis cactus flowers blooming. And wilting. And just generally showing off their mind-blowing colors. My favorite cactus flowerings from the 2014 blooming season. Echinopsis cactus flowers bloom overnight and the flowers last for only a day. Actually, the flowers are at their peak beauty for an hour or two at the most. That's what turned me from a cactus enthusiast into a cactus photographer ... the desire to try to preserve some aspect of their freaky beauty. Prior to becoming an Echinopsis addict a few years back, I had never owned a DSLR or image/video editing software. The cacti shown in this video come from my collection. The evening when it looks like a plant's flowers are about to bloom, I bring it indoors to image. Most of the clips in this montage show approximately 8 hours of change as the flowers open and bloom. A little more than halfway through the montage, there's a series of three clips showing different views of a 24-hour period in the life of a yellow-flowered 'Daydream' plant. Six flowers that opened the night before I started filming wilt to nothingness and another 4 flowers grow dramatically and then open. This series of 'Daydream' clips is followed by another three showing other types of flowers wilting. These additional wilting clips are also taken over a daylong period. The question I'm asked most often about my cactus flower still images and timelapses is whether I've "Photoshopped" them, that is, have I used editing software to juice things up and create the flowers' intense colors. 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 colors my camera captures. I have reduced the color 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. I hope you enjoy "Freaky Flowers" and invite you to contact me via my Vimeo account and/or visit www.echinopsisfreak.com where you'll learn more than you ever wanted to know about these cacti and also be able to reach me via a contact form should you wish. The 2015 blooming season is just about to start now that April approaches and I hope to be posting new timelapses soon here at Vimeo. Best! Greg Video: Greg Krehel. Sound: "Chin Swee Sunset" with the permission of the artists O$P$ (Owe Money Pay Money) ... SoSolid Records


2. Freaky Flowers 2: Wilting Wonders

Freaky Flowers 2: Wilting Wonders

Hello! How about something different in terms of flower timelapses? Let's watch them wilt rather than bloom. I hope you'll agree that the wilting is just as fascinating as the blooming and often equally beautiful. Stunning motion ... shapes ... colors. This compilation of timelapses shows a dozen types of Echinopsis cactus flowers at the end of their brief existence. Most of the clips compress roughly 24 hours of activity from after the flowers have bloomed until they have wilted into 10-12 seconds of video. A few clips show longer 36-72 hour periods capturing the full cycle of flowers growing, blooming and wilting. One thing for sure about these flowers: they never stop moving. I guess there is a point at which they are "open" vs. having been closed. But there isn't a point where the flowers hold an "open" pose for a period of even a minute. Rather the petals are in constant motion from the moment the flower starts to open until it is completely wilted. Each of the clips in this video shows a cactus from my somewhat out-of-control collection. The evening the flowers are going to bloom (if I've judged correctly), I bring them inside and film them in my "studio" (one of the bathrooms in my small house that no one gets to use for for normal purposes during the 7 months of cacti blooming season). I shoot with a Canon 6D and typically either a Canon 100mm or Canon 35mm lens. I use LED panel lights ... love the fact they remain cool over the day+ of shooting. In most instances, I take 2 shots per minute as the flower blooms and then slow to 1 shot a minute for the following 24 hours as the flower wilts. For processing, I edit the RAW files in Lightroom, and then work up the video in Photoshop and Final Cut Pro. In order of appearance the Echinopsis cactus hybrids that star in Freaky Flowers 2 are: 'Orange California', 'Beautiful Dreamer', 'Daydream', 'Cabaret', 'Antimatter', 'Temptress', 'Volcanic Sunset', an unnamed hybrid I have named 'WWP', 'Antimatter', 'Madame Pele', 'Sorceress', 'Arizona Sunset'. The audio track I've used is "Disco Buddha" by O$P$. I've used it with permission of the artists (one of whom is handily my oldest son). You can hear many other great O$P$ creations at owemoneypaymoney.com. I hope you enjoy Freaky Flowers 2. Very best wishes! Greg


3. Welcome to the Cheeshow

  • Published: 2015-08-27T20:54:23+00:00
  • Duration: 3855
  • By crogue
Welcome to the Cheeshow

Tracks: Gorje Hewek & Izhevski - Heimat (Original Mix) Hugo Barritt - NYC Cougar (Original Mix) Savvas - Mystical Tales (Original Mix) Tom Budden feat. Forrest - On The Low Mira & Christopher Schwarzwälder - Indio Hindu (Original Mix) Miki Leris - Test My Lemonade (Original Mix) DAVI - The Gates Of Babylon (Original Mix) Daron Nalbandion - Hajer Bjarno - Am Fenster HVOB - Dogs (Niko Schwind Remix) Tiger Stripes - Runaways (Rey & Kjavik Remix) Ane Brun & Jose Gonzalez - Worship (JOHNWAYNES Edit) Videos: New Horizons Biggest Teahupoo Ever L'Agent by AP Autumn Winter 2014 Freaky Flowers Echinopsis Cacti in Bloom Dancing in the Dark Persian Dance Parenthese 스텔라 (Stellar) - 마리오네트 (Marionette) Flore My New Animation Endorfinar - Banda Tereza Earth - Dream Koala Innuendo Lucid Surf Dreams Tommy Witt BBC Planet Earth - Birds of Paradise Calbuco Keep Dancing Killer Heels - Spike Eylenda Iceland 4K