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Orchis italica

Orchis italica
Photo Information
Copyright: Xanthos Nerantzis (xanthos) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 18] (370)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-05-05
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, Tamron SP AF 180mm 1:3.5 macro 1:1 SP Di
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-10-14 8:28
Viewed: 1331
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Orchis italica, commonly known as the naked man orchid or the Italian orchid, is a species of orchid native to the Mediterranean. They are widely popular for their petals looking like naked men. It prefers partial shade and low nutrient soil and flowers in April. O. italica grows up to 50 centimetres (20 in) in height, with bright pink, densely clustered flowers. They are found commonly and widespread in the Mediterranean in large clusters

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Hello Xanthos,
Beautiful colours and shapes in excellent illumination against the dark background. Very well captured and presented. A pleasure to view.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-10-14 9:14]

Hi Xanthos,truly beautiful this orchis,i like your capture with fine detail and bright colors and a great contrast with the dark background made by your interesting exposure,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Γεια σου ξάνθο

Εξαιρετική λήψη με πολύ ωραίο φωτισμό και σκουρο BG σε αντίθεση με τα ζωηρά χρώματα της ορχιδέας. Εξαιρετική καθαρότητα και όμορφα ζωηρά χρώματα με λεπτομέρειες.

Σε χερετώ


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2014-10-14 9:43]

Hello Xanthos,
Very beautiful macro in splendid clear colours, nicely contrasting against the dark background. Excellent harpness and details.

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2014-10-14 19:15]

Rare and beautiful flower, in an attractive color.


You have use your macro lens to great benefits here. The front flowers are sharp and then the rest of the flower head blurs nicely into the darker background, almost dream like. Perfect lighting too.

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