Predictably Poinsettia

Red and white poinsettia in a basket

Photography of flowers is not going to be easy at this time of year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Predictably, my subject is Poinsettia. These were from my husband and daughter, purchased when they headed out to find a Christmas tree. They did a great job!

Red and white poinsettia in a basket
Red is a difficult color to photograph, as it seems to absorb so much light.

When using the photo editing software, I tried increasing the saturation and contrast to get a clear and vibrant red. It didn’t work. This time, though, I actually tried decreasing the saturation and increasing the sharpness. I’m really happy with this result.

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Have you ever looked at the underside of the poinsettia bracts? They reveal a beautiful veining.

Of course, these flowers are not native to the United States. They are sensitive to the number of hours of daylight (photoperiodism), and change to their beautiful colors after being exposed to weeks of shortened daylight and increased darkness.  The internet is teeming with articles explaining how to trigger rebloom.

Reblooming will only happen if you can otherwise keep the plant alive!  I’m no expert at keeping tropicals alive, so its back to the greenhouse each December.

Red and white poinsettias
Rebloom or rebuy? It’s up to you.

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4 comments

  1. koolaidmoms says:

    Beautiful!

  2. Lovely plants. Have you tried editing using a bit less contrast and taking down the color a notch?

    1. Yes! That’s how I took today’s photos and I really like the results

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