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Orchid phalaenopsis

By flowerpower59
M & S were selling orchids half price recently. Every one a stunner. I would have bought them all were it not for the fact that I can't keep them alive. You either have it or you don't with orchids. So much choice, so why did I plump for a white one? I forgot how tricky it can be to shoot white flowers. Still, it's good practice!

Tags: Flowers Macro White Orchid Flowers and plants Flower close up

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Canonshots 7 141 13 United Kingdom
8 May 2013 7:50AM
Tricky it is, but you have made a good job of it nevertheless.

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8 May 2013 9:31AM
A super image. Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
8 May 2013 7:59PM
Although your images is already very well observed and composed I did IMHO feel that the image was slightly over-exposed. The main area for concern was the bottom right of the image, where the light had really burnt out the whiteness of the petal. By trying to adjust the exposure was not enough to bring that area back. I therefore decided to recreate that are using Photoshop CS6. The first task was to create a copy which would prevent me from damaging the original file. I then began to recreate the petals which were in close proximity by using a combination of the Brush Tool, the Clone Tool and the Blur Tool flicking between softness and opacity in order to try and achieve a close match. Once I was finished with the repairing, I then produced a tighter crop in order to take out a section of the cloned area in order to avoid distraction.

I hope that you approve

Regards Nathan
8 May 2013 10:03PM
Hi Nathan. Thanks for your mod. You are right, it probably is a bit over-exposed. The techniques are useful, however, I should tell you that the white bottom right is actually white card I took it against. There are no petals here.
JawDborn Plus
5 1.1k 1 England
8 May 2013 10:15PM
I like the effect of the colours against the strong white background, a sort of high key effect, and I like and theclever, attractive blurring of the upper petals. It's good to see such an imaginative flower photo.


User_Removed 4 920 United Kingdom
17 May 2013 9:07AM
A lovely macro

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