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Bug Orchid

Bug 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: 2011-04-22
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/8, 1/350 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-11-08 8:14
Viewed: 3831
Points: 70
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Bug Orchid, Orchis coriophora

Swedish name: Brunnycklar, meaning 'brown keys': all Orchis species are called 'keys' in Swedish. The Swedish name refers to the brownish colour when viewed at a distance.

We were cycling along a path that skirts the famous Albufera Nature Reserve when we saw strange brownish-red plants growing along the path. When we stopped to take a closer look we realised that they were orchids. They are not small but don't stand out among the vegetation.

More details can be seen in the WORKSHOP.

It flowers from April-July and is widespread in S and C. Europe, growing in damp calcareous, sometimes slightly acid soils.

It is closely related to Orchis fragrans, of which it was once regarded as a subspecies.

It was taking with my long lens hand-held at about 2.5 meters (8ft) in the late afternoon. After slight cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened, adjusted for shading and converted from RAW to JPEG.

buscape, marius-secan, Hormon_Manyer, jurek1951, maaciejka, cobra112, Miss_Piggy, lousat, Alex99, Pitoncle, Ishi, vanda, maurydv, CeltickRanger has marked this note useful
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Hello Ivan,
Another superb macro with great focus and very good clarity.
Wonderful contrast against the background.
It is a splendid image with razor sharp details and impressive colors.
Thanks for sharing!

Hello Ivan,
fine capture of this orchid with a well chsen POV and beautiful colours. I also like the good sharpness and the nicely blurred background.
Best wishes,

hello Ivan
very nice picture of this Orchid with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-11-08 8:38]

Hello Ivan,
Awesome photo in perfect sharpness and details, splendid colours with a very beautiful OOF BG. Taken from an excellent POV in a wonderful composition. What a beauty!

Hi Ivan,

Wonderful pair of photos (I like the WS at least as much as the main photo). Incredible clearness and excellent depth of field besides great colors and contrast. With 3 flowers, probably a central composition, like on the WS, might be even a better choice, but this is nothing just a personal opinion. Good job, pleasant to the eyes. Congrats and tfs.

By the way, this plant's also living here in Hungary and is protected by the local laws.

Best regards, László

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

great triplet, TFS Ori

Hi Ivan,
Excellent work, Great details, very crisp, Nicly composed and capture photo,
great colors,

Hi Ivan,
very nice flowers. Amazing colours and composition.
Great colours.
Perfect point of view.
Have a nice evening,

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2011-11-08 10:40]

Hi Ivan,
Another superb photo of this beautiful orchid. Nice natural colours
good composition and sharpness details.
Perfect blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

The orchids really stand well against the nice green background. Good depth of field and excellent detail. Lovely combination of colours. regards yiannis

Hi Ivan,

Excellent picture of these beautiful orchids captured very fine against the green BG.
The colors are splendid. Well done & TFS.

Ciao Ivan. Very good DOf and brillinat colour in a lovely compo. Excellent contrast.


Ciao Ivan, lovely orchid on a beautiful blurry BG, excellent sharpness, wonderful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-08 11:27]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid photo of this interesting Orchis coriophora, great sharp and colorful details, TFS!
We have one another subspecies of this Orchid.
Regards, Joska

this is a beautiful wild flower Ivan and in my opinion you've managed to create an art with your camera. Bravo. Perfect depth, point of view and clarity. There are no destructive elements in the background and the shadows are so lovely.
George Veltchev

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful flowers captured from a perfect POV with excellent sharp details. I also like the lovely colours and clear BG. Well done!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-11-08 11:31]

Hello Ivan.
Lovely shot! The orchid is nicely isolated from the BG by the shalow DOF and colour contrast. Very good details and framing too. I like it.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Ivan
Both the images of this Bug Orchid is beautiful, but I must admit I like the one in the workshop the most. The details and soft colours is lovely and it looks like a hand with the fingers put together at the tips. The green backdrop is ideal to highlight every little detail of this flower to the best. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-11-08 12:24]

Hi Ivan,beautiful choice of point of view nd very impressive sharpness and perfect purple,i never seen this orchid and it's very interesting your complete work whit a ws too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Sencilla a la vez que sobria composición, sin duda de gran elegancia.
Ténue y efectiva luz con un fondo muy adecuado. Marcados volúmenes !!
Precioso trabajo Ivan.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-11-08 20:04]

Hello Ivan,
such a lovely view of the flowers. How exciting to see the muted green background well blended into the view.
The clarity and the sharpness of the petals is so wonderful.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-11-08 21:09]

Hi Ivan.
Pictured plant is really amazing and both pictured show this perfectly. I always like bokeh of the telelens and excellent sharpness of the main subject despite the pleasant soft lighting. Fine art presentation. My best wishes.

wonderful image, with this light the colours performance, with a very fine clarity!
regards Nasos

Hello Ivan,
Nice composition and the Bug Orchid stands out nicely from the background. Thanks,

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2011-11-09 5:42]

Outstanding colors and details !
TFS Tina

Bonjour Ivan,
Agréable composition valorisant bien les sujets par l'appréciation de la finesse des détails et de la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Ivan,
It is also very beautiful in the workshop and the arrangement of the three orchids here is excellent. What a beautiful image and with such minimal PP work. Well done and best wishes.

GReat shot, good colors and a nice composition


Hello Ivan,
This is very good species and beautiful coloors.
The Orchid is very importent group into plant.
Turkish people make Ice cream with orchid.
Its special name is "Maraş dondurması".
This is very well
Thanks for this share.

Hello Ivan!
A great shot with superb composition and beautiful BG.Nice job! TFS
Regards from,

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-11-12 8:18]

Lovely orchid, very ell captured, Ivan.

We have O. fragrance here. The are. indeed, very similar. The smell is very different for the two.

Enjoy the weekend,


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-11-16 9:13]

Hi Ivan!
Wonderful, elegant composition!
Splendid light and excellent contrast against the
monochromatic BG.Very well composed and presented.
ciao! Vanda

Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful macro of this Orchis, very good sharpness and fantastic colours, point of view, depth of field and composition are excellent
Best regards

Excellent POV with the lens used in this imahge!
Nice species, TFS, Ferran

Hello Ivan

Both photos, this one and the one on the WS
are beautiful, with fine POV and appropriate framing,
excellent focus sharpness and details, TFS


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