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Ophrys speculum

Ophrys speculum
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Copyright: Jose Rodriguez (jmp) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fuji Finepix S9500, Digital ISO 80
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/220 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-04-06 11:58
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Ophrys speculum

English name: Mirror bee orchid
Spanish name: Orquídea abeja espejo

Mediterranean orchids
Wikipedia (Español)

XOTAELE, gerbilratz, uleko, Alex99, Argus, ramthakur, Juyona, gracious, Amadeo, boreocypriensis, hester, marhowie, Maite, peter_stoeckl, loot has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-04-06 12:02]

Hi Jose,beautifull orchid,very impressive sharpenss and details of this little flower,thanks to show us this beauty so perfectly,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-04-06 12:09]

Hi Jose!

It's a treat to see this excellent capture of a bee orchid we do not have here!!



Hola José,
Wow! Admirable! No more words, you have done the best. Bravo!
Buenas noches y saludos sinceros

Hello Jose,
Very beautiful shot, full of details! Congratulations,

Hi Jose, stunning plant, colours and details....perfect DoF...excellent..TFS and best regards h

Hello Jose,
Very nice orchid picture. Sharp focus and nice pov. Rich natural colors. The orchid is well seen against soft background.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-04-06 22:50]

Hello Jose,
Lovely to see this ophrys again. I remember well when I saw it for the first time in Andalucia and was amazed at its blue colour.
Excellent capture showing very sharp details of this tiny orchid. I like your POV and the soft background too. Well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

Hi Jose

Great shot of this beautiful orchid.
Great sharpness and DOF.


Hola José
Fabulosa macro.
Buenos detalles y gran nitidez.
Saludos, JL.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-04-07 8:40]

Hola Jose,
The shape of the flower looks very interesting. Gracias y saludos,

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  • Rafa Gold Star Critiquer [C: 172 W: 0 N: 7] (846)
  • [2008-04-07 9:26]

Espejito, Espejito, VAYA MACRO!! casi te has reflejado!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-04-07 9:37]

Hi Jose.
What an amazing flower and superb reproduction of all its attractive features. Great POV, excellent lights and fine rich colours. I like perfect DOF, crisp sharpness of the main details and nice smooth BG. Bravo and best wishes.

Bonsoir Jose
C'est toujours un beau moment lorsqu'on trouve ces magnifiques orchidées. Elle est extrêmement rare en France et sa rencontre reste excetpionnelle. Très belle image, bravo,

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-04-07 21:01]

Hello Jose, what a great macro! Great details, perfect exposure and lovely composition, thanks!


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-04-07 23:18]

Hola José,
A superb macro of the flower of a Mirror Orchid with extraordinary sharpness and details. I like the POV and lighting and the DOF is excellent for such a close macro.
I like it very much and it is going into my favorites!
Thank you very much for sharing this.
Un abrazo,

I see a funny face wearing a hat on this Orchid, Jose :-).
As usual, a fantastic capture with superb details and colours.
How are you keeping, my friend?
Best regards,

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-04-08 22:47]

Hola Jose,
Wonderful shot of this beautiful Orchid and it really seems like it is wearing a hat, as Mr. Ram suggests. Immaculate sharpness and colours with good use of natural lighting. I like its shape. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2008-04-09 5:48]

Hello Jose,
Very nice close-up of this beautiful Orchid.
You've captured its wonderful details perfectly. Very nice POV and good DOF to keep the flower nicely in focus.
Very well done.

amazing flower! TFS Ori

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-04-09 13:23]

Hola José,
preciosa flor y link,
hermoso trabajo sin duda y perfecta la nitidez, los colores y la iluminación espléndidas,
saludos amigo

Hola Jose,
Como esta usted!
Tengo el gustode conocer a Ud!
many thanks for sharing this beautiful Orchid in good closeup!
good sharpness, colour and details
well done
muchas gracias
Saludos su familia

hi jose it's an amazing flower may be its similar to an animal!!! i have never seen a flower like this.
you had an excellent point of view and a good sharpness. congratulation

Hi Jose,
Our latest images have a lot in common.This is a beautiful speciman.Its colour and shape just amazing and very eye catching.The detail is very good right down to the hairs on it edge.Good work....TFS.
Regards, david

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-04-12 1:27]

Hi Jose
this is very nice image
well done.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-04-12 12:43]

Hola Jose, un buen macro, nitida y con buencolor y luz. Un saludo

Hi friend Jose,
Perfect shotof this beautifull ophrys my friend in all aspects!
TFS and regards from Cyprus,

Hi Jose,
This is very special specie that I have never seen before. I like this composition, details, colors and DOF you used. The brilliance on the flower is beautiful! Thanks,

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-04-13 12:34]

Hi Jose

This is a beautiful Orchid and you have caught it wonderfully. Amazing details and beautiful light. Nicely composed as well



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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-04-14 20:10]

Hello Jose

A beautiful macro of this orchid.
The details are exquisite.
Lovely focus and sharpness.
The POV and DOF are excellent.
Well done.


Hello José,
Some flowers look like strange insects!
This must be one of the more unusual orchids, in particular I notice the hairy petals and strange colours...
Macro work is well done, sharp fine details in the subject!
Pablo -

Hi Jose,
Very similar to the iricolor version. Great details, POV, light, and colors mf. Just enough DOF to highlight the important parts of this interesting orchid.
Well done,

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2008-04-20 9:08]

¡Vaya! Ésta sí que es una orquidea curiosa con esas barbas! Me pregunto si atraerá a muchos bichos para polinizarla, porque a mí más bien me asusta. Fuera tonterías, la flor es muy interesante y le has hecho un primer plano de lujo.
Felicidades y hasta pronto.

Dear José,
an absolutely stunning document of an orchid blossom that has reached the ultimate level of imitating a sitting bumblebee. Expressively taken from a perfect point of view, the shining reflections, the hairy parts, and all the other very complex structures very well presented. Thank you! With best regards,

Buna caza José! y muy bien captado el labelo. Buena luz y fidelidad en los colores. Un pelín justa de profundidad pero na :-)


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-18 15:06]

Hi Jose

With a little bit of imagination one can actually see a bee in the design of this beautiful little orchid.

A little higher ISO setting could probably have pushed the shutter speed a bit and that way increased the range of the DOF, but I think you previously expressed your concern with noise when you set the ISO upward so perhaps this was the best possible result with the Finepix. Anyway, you have captured excellent details on the frontal areas of the flower, especially on the lip, the column, and the lateral sepals. The colours are also very pleasing on the eyes.

Well done and TFS.

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