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For Sandy

By Gerryrys
My ever tolerant wife Sandy's favourite orchid has just bloomed again. I thought I had better preserve it for posterity in case it doesn't repeat the act.

I am a complete numpty at botanical photography so any useful advice (such as don't do it again) would be most welcome.

Thanks for all your lovely clicks and comments.

Have a nice day. Smile


Tags: Orchid Flowers and plants

Voters: stuart1963, Badgerfred, Fefe and 26 more

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Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 9:34AM
These plants are extremely robust, mine come back time and time again despite the neglect........... Watch that be it it now, I have jinxed itWink

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capto Plus
6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 9:42AM
Also my wifes' favourite, hers is flowering at the moment for the 3rd year. Given me some photo opportunities.
Your shot has a nice composition with the curved stem and smaller flower making a nice image.
The only tip I can offer as you have an excellent lens for the job already, is to use 'focus stacking'. If you have the software which offers this it is an excellent way to increase the dof. I have used it on my orchid shots and find it a great help.
FeatherFriend 10 38 217 England
28 Sep 2012 12:22PM
Lovely detail and colour Gerry, re botanical photography....I'm a numpty too Wink
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
28 Sep 2012 1:21PM
No advice from me Gerry, looks great and better than ever I could do.

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 1:45PM
Looks fine to me a very pretty flower,
Tibetan 5 3 England
28 Sep 2012 4:24PM
Better than any thing I could do too; like it nicely presented Gerry. should be pleased with that cheers!, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
28 Sep 2012 5:43PM
Excellent work here Gerry.......Where's the bloody feathers ?? Wink
Brian65 9 2 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 8:18PM
For your wife ehh, what are you after mate? she should be pleased with it, great image mate. Thanks for your offer to help me today.SmileSmileWinkTongue
28 Sep 2012 10:07PM
Actually quite a good photo with a good comp.
paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
28 Sep 2012 10:32PM
Nice rich colours and depth.
28 Sep 2012 11:12PM
Hmmmmm......what have you done, GerrySmileSmileSmileSmileSmile????????? Love it without the border, pure simplicity!!!!!!!! Super!!!!! AniaWink
29 Sep 2012 9:07AM
Great image, lovely detail & colour.
6 3 8 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 11:13AM
Lovely colour and clarity.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
30 Sep 2012 2:41PM
The centre is sharp, the background is clean, looks fine to me, but depends what you like really. If you want the whole flower in focus, simply use a smaller aperture. I like the stem emanating from the bottom right corner.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
1 Oct 2012 10:51AM
A beautifully coloured orchid very nicely captured although Pamela's helpful remarks are well worth heeding.
I too use a black b/g card for this sort of shot and available daylight seems to work well in showing off the blooms, allowing them to appear as if in 3D.
A very fine shot IMHO and well worth not going with "don't do it again", GerryWink.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
1 Oct 2012 11:11AM
Ronnie is right, all I can say more is sometime you can adjust the camera a bit to let the angle help with DOF.
Apart from that I would be very chuffed with this one!
1 Oct 2012 1:29PM
A lovely take of a lovely flower - orchids a fave of mine too!!SmileSmile


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