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Small-flowered Tongue Orchid

Small-flowered Tongue Orchid
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-17
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-05-01 6:47
Viewed: 4038
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Possibly the most common species of Tongue Orchid in the Mediterranean area but not easy to photograph in an attractive way. This is my best result so far.

Small-flowered Tongue Orchid, Serapias parviflora

Swedish name: Småblommig satyrnycklar

It grows in lime-rich sandy soils, such as found by the car park by the Albufereta wetland reserve that lies N. of Alcudia.

They often grow amongst blades of grass and other plants that make them difficult to see at first and to photograph well. These two growing together were about 20cm tall and grew in a relatively clear place. They can reach 30cm.

This was taken with my long lens hand-held at a distance of about 2 meters (6.5 ft). After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened using the unsharp mask mode and converted from RAW to JPEG.

maaciejka, maurydv, ana974, siggi, bungbing, PaulLees, juanit, ramthakur, paolo49, anel, CeltickRanger, oanaotilia, Adanac, jusninasirun has marked this note useful
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Hi Ivan,
another nice photo of beautiful flowers. Very good point of view and composition. I like these colours. Nice warm and peaceful background.
Thaks for sharing,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-01 6:53]

Hi Ivan.Orchids are my prefered flowers,and this is a baeutiful specie takne very very well.Perfect light and natural colors,a beautiful memory from your mallorcan trip.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano

Hallo Ivan.
a very beautiful macro shot of Serapias parviflora taken from an excellent point of view showing perfectly this interesting genus, fine details and marvellous natural colours, always a great composition by tele lens
Best regards

Nice shot Ivan, I saw only very few in Sicily among 1000s of S. bergonii. This one is well presented in soft light


Excellent close-up photo of this beautiful orchid!

Helo Ivan!
Lovely orchid in a very sharp pic.Great colors and elegant BG.Good job as usually! TFS
Nice week!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-01 9:41]

Hello Ivan.
Very beautiful and excellent shot of this orchid. Beautiful image with good framing,superb POV, sharpness and composition you have caught.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
This is beautiful and interesting flowers, lovely colours, nicely composed, very good depth of field, the details are very sharp and excellent exposure,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Ciao Ivan, lovely couple of beautiful horchid, splendid light, great sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan,

What a great presentation of this Orchid Ivan, fabulous detailed sharpness with a lovely out of focus background,
Good white balance control with lovely natural colours, excellent picture my friend and well done,

Best Regards,


nice capture, great blurred background, TFS Ori

Ciao Ivan. Good light brilliant colours i na lovely dephting compo.


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  • juanit Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 5 N: 270] (1522)
  • [2011-05-01 12:26]

Hello Ivan
Lovely capture of the Serapias parviflora.I certainly have trouble trying to get a good shot of these but you have done an excellent job showing natural colours and great composition.
Anita & Mike

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful close up captured from low POV with good sharp details and natural colours. Well done!

hello Ivan
very nice shot with good details and beautiful colours
i like this Tongue specie,s of Orchid
thanks greeting lou

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  • egres Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 44 W: 2 N: 144] (754)
  • [2011-05-01 12:53]

Hi Ivan Kruys
I think orchids are the favorite flowes of many nature photographers. These flowers hee are very interesting and the photo is beautiful. Composition, colors, depth of field, background and composition.; everything is perfect.

Beautifully done

Sin ser tan espectacular como otras orquídeas, es una especie
también esbelta y elegante. Buen enfoque y naturalidad en el
Buena semana Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Ivan,
Very good colors,
Nice flower.
Have a good day.

It is a nice composition with this Orchid, Ivan. The impression of 'Tongue' is clearly visible on one individual flower.
Hope you had a wonderful trip to Spain this time too. Looking forward to seeing more pictures from it.
Warm regards.

Hello Ivan, this very beautiful orchid, great shooting and very beautiful colors. Hello, Paul

I have been away for a while and when I came back and locked in on "Argus" I expected something special and that is exactly what I got. Good evening Ivan, your best result so far is beautiful indeed. Beauty in simplicity. Best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-03 4:01]

Bonjour Yvan,
You are right, some plant-species are very difficult to photograph in a way to give an interesting picture. You did very well here. Your choice of a decentred presentation and a perfect focus on the Orchid and a blurred background are ideal. And like this, this Orchid looks quite attractive!
Merci et bonne journée

Hello Ivan

Beautiful photo of these plants/flowers
with fine POV and appropriate framing,
beautiful light and beautiful color tones
of the plants, excellent focus sharpness details,



Bonjour Ivan,
Très bonne valorisation des sujets dans leur environnement sous une belle lumière et une excellente profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-04 6:42]

Hello Ivan,
I recognize this orchid. Last week I walked through fields full of this orchids. So I made photos of this species too.
This is a very beautiful photo in splendid colours and very good sharpness. Great isolation from the BG. That's often very difficult.

Hello Ivan
Beautiful photo with excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-05-04 18:43]

Hello Ivan,
Orchids are beautiful and you have captured that beauty superbly Ivan with this sharp, colourful composition. Superb work Sir, thank you.

Hello Ivan.
Unique orchid growing from the ground. I like the colors of this tongue orchid fusing out of the green leaves. Nice details and well exposed shot.
Thanks and have a nice day.

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