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Lady's Slipper

Lady's Slipper
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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: 2012-05-28
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon 100 mm F2.8L IS Macro USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-06-11 22:51
Viewed: 3244
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lady‘s Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium calceolus
Swedish name: Guckusko, meaning ‘cuckoo shoe’

This was taken in the wild: it is not cultivated!

This large and impressive orchid is protected in most of Europe. It is found in a few places on the limestone island of Öland and it needs limey humus-rich soils in shady areas.

Information on the locality is not spread in order to mimimise plundring, which is illegal. Some dig them up to sell/plant them for the garden, but as it is partially dependent on a fungus in the soil, it needs a special method of cultivation.

The WORKSHOP shows the group of these orchids temporarily lit up by the morning sun and this is one of them.

It is a little more common in the North of Sweden, but still rare.

The yellow colour of the 'shoe' attracts insects that get trapped for enough time for them to get covered by pollen and thereby fertilize the next flower.

This was taken with the camera hand-held. After slight cropping and adjustment for levels it was slightly sharpened, reduced in size and converted from RAW.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-06-11 22:54]

Hello Ivan.
Superb Lady‘s Slipper Orchid closeup.Colors,details,DOF,lighting and composition are perfect.TFS.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Ivan.
Splendida questa orchidea fotografata egregiamente,con un’eccellente nitidezza e splendi colori bene la composizione,interessanti le note bravo.
Ciao Marco.

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-06-11 23:31]

beautiful species. good lighting and contrast. tfs.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-06-12 0:12]

Hello Ivan,
Great photo of this beautiful Flower, splendid lights and beautiful colors, very nice presentation!
Regards, Joska

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-06-12 0:51]

Nice to be your neighbor, beautiful orchid which deserves a better common name, fine capture showing its shapes and colors perfectly..tfs.

Ciao Ivan, fantastic light on lovely orchid, beautiful blurry BG, good DOF, splendid sharpness and wonderful bright colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Good morning Ivan
Wonderful species and lovely capture.Fine composition,wonderful colours and details.I think a bit overexposed but can be my monitor.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-06-12 2:39]

Hello Ivan,
What a beauty! Splendid bright colours and excellent sharpness and details. Very good DOF with this OOF background. Fantastic composition.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-06-12 4:01]

Hi Ivan,i'm an orhid fan and this is a great gift to me! A magnificent wild specie,like the most beautiful tropical ones,great close-up whit the usual impressive quality and great WS too,what a lot of flowers together!!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Ivan,
beautiful capture of this Lady's Slipper Orchid with good sharpness and beautiful colours. These plants are really difficult to shoot, because of the sun glitter on the yellow "shoe". You have tried to resolve this problem with the PP, but I think I can see this on the upper left part of the "shoe". In my opinion PP always should be invisible to the eye.
Best wishes,

Ciao Ivan. Amazing light/colours and very good details for this other beautiful flower.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-06-12 4:59]

Bonjour Ivan,
You have been lucky to see so many of these marvellous flowers, which exist in my country too in the wild, but I haven't seen them for many years. A very difficult flower to photograph and with the sun on the "slipper" even more. Very well composed picture and taken from a good pont of view. I'm sure Ulla was delighted to see them :-)
Kind regards

Salam Ivan,

A fantastic macro indeed with such beautiful colors, sharpness & details. Very nicely composed & presented. Great work & TFS.

Best wishes & Salam!


Hello Ivan,
Lovely picture, very well exposure, a lots of details, good composition, the flower stands out very well against the out of focus background, a great work!
Thanks for sharing and have a nice week,
Best Regards,

hallo Ivan
very nice picture with good light and beautiful colours \
very nice composition of the flower
good workshop picture to
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ivan,
very nice warm colours. Great point of view. Many details.
Thanks for sharing,

Hallo Ivan
What a picture! Bravo my friend, this is outstanding. I cannot say more than this is a PPP - Pretty, perfect, picture. I am seriously jealous. It is just so gorgeous. Photography at its best. Thanks for sharing this wonderful image filled with such a splendour of colour and glamour. Best regards.
ps. Years ago, Loot also had a great orchid collection as a hobby and I remember him also having some Slipper Orchids.

Oh i didn't know you had these on Oland as well!
What a beauty isn't it?
Be happy you have them so close

Amazing orchid and impressive photo Ivan! Very good composition, nice BG and great sharpness! The lighting and the colours are fantastic

Hello Ivan,

We have them Maritime Canada, although I've never found one. This image is as good as finding one in the wild though - the colors magical, the focus exceptional, & the lighting & focus professional. Congratulations on this beautifully engineered image!



Hello Ivan

Excellent photos of these wild flowers/plants,
on this photo great focus sharpness and details,
beautiful light, color tones, and background bokeh, TFS


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