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Orchis morio


Orchis morio
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Copyright: Vinny Blood (Vinster) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-09
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM, SanDisk Ducati 8GB
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-05 3:56
Viewed: 2728
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Green-winged or Green-veined Orchid (Orchis morio). In the UK this orchid is scarce. It related to the more frequent Early Purple Orchid (Orchis mascula) and can be found in meadows and grasslands. It flowers from late April through into June.

I'm fortunate in that one of the best UK populations is in a meadow not far from Poole - about 12 miles from where my wife and I live. We visited the site twice this year, and we were not disappointed! There were hundreds of flower spikes to be seen including some dramatic variations that can be found in isolated populations of a species. The typical colour is magenta with a paler, spotted throat. We found some that were white and some a blush rose. This particular paler variation, combined with the soft, spring sunshine and shadowy background shows off the green veins to good effect.

A reflector was used to help light up the flower spike from underneath. The shot has been lightly cropped and sharpened.

Kind Regards

Vinny www.vincentblood.com

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-07-05 4:50]

hello Vinny,
Very beautiful picture of this magnificent Green-veined Orchis. Excellent sharpness and the use of a reflector gave you the best light for the shot.
Fortunate you are to have such a meadow close to your home!
Thanks and a nice Sunday
Anne

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-07-05 7:40]

Hi Vinny !

This splendid macro!
Clarity, contrast, excellent color!
And interesting description.

Have a beautiful day,
Adrian

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-07-05 8:23]

Hello Vinny,
An excellent capture of O. morio, an uncommon species in Sweden too. This is a great portrait of the species in flower that is technically superb and the dark OOF natural BG sets it off nicely owing to good use of the refector presumably.
Thanks and kind regards,
Ivan

nice shot of the Morio. Nice use of the reflectors, i've started using those too this year for my orchid shots.
Too bad about the top two flowers

Bonjour Vinny,
Très belle macro valorisant bien le sujet par la finesse de ses détails et de la délicatesse de ses couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.
Gérard

very beautiful portrait, great use of light, TFS Ori

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