Learning from my previous trials, I tried some different ways of lighting another sample of the Christmas Cactus flower:
This is an edited image of the first example. This is not back-lit image, but the first setup shot. The flower is lit by a manual flashgun to the upper left firing through a diffuser panel. There is a mirror-like reflector under the flower providing some fill lighting underneath. This has given, what I think, is a very nice lighting for this flower, although the tip of the flower is a little dark. The setup can be seen below:
In this next image, the flower has a back light behind an above it. Here the small flashgun on a stand was brought forward to provide additional illumination. For this shot, the mirror was removed.
Below is a similar shot – the difference being re-introducing the mirror below the flower. The difference is very subtle in this case:
This is my final, and I think the best shot of the session:
Although focusing on the stamens at the front of the flower, I have tried to show the pinkish glow (how you see it depends on the setup of your monitor) showing inside the flower. To enhance this I had to set the second flashgun to illuminate the body of the flower without lighting the petals at the front. The setup is shown below:
A larger version of the flower can be seen in my gallery.