Cactus blossom and off-camera flash

My cactus decided to blossom which was a good opportunity to try different kinds of flash photography. All pictures are taken with a Nikon D70s, a Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm 3.5-4.5 G ED DX lens and a Vivitar 285hv off-camera flash.

The first picture is taken with a diffuser (sto-fen omni-bounce):

Cactus blossom 1

The second picture is taken without the diffuser (see how the shadows are sharper):

Cactus blossom 3

The last picture is shot with a diy grid spot and the flash head zoomed out (see how to make one). This both focuses the light and sharpens the edge of the shadows even more:

Cactus blossom 4

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