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Burnt-Tip Orchid

Burnt-Tip Orchid
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Copyright: Emma Taylor (Aramok) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-06-03
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 28-80mm F/3.5-5.6 IV USM, Digital ISO 100, Canon 58mm Skylight 1x
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wild Native British Orchids [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-05 16:17
Viewed: 4032
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another Orchid... This time something much smaller (less than 10cm)and a touch rarer than my previous orchid posts.

Burnt-Tip Orchid (Orchis ustulata) is one of the UK's declining orchids having lost a signidicant number fo its habitats in the last 70 years and is classified as "Nationally Scarce". See here for more details on this orchid.

There were about 40 flower spikes last weekend that I was able to find and at least 2 other people looking for these orchids (I was approached by one, asking if I had seen them...) and according to the literature (English Nature) this area has the largest population of these orchids in the UK. I hope there were more that I just didn't see.

Saturday was not the best of days to be trying to photo an orchid with white in it becuase the weather was so hot and so bright, but it is coming to the very end of the flowering period, so I had to get out to see them. Some of the pictures are overexposed down the right hand side of the orchid, but I think this one came out OK.

So the picture has been taken using a tripod, mirror lockup, timer control and fillin flash to try to take the edge off the OE on the right hand side, taken in RAW and converted to jpeg, cropped very slightly, resized and sharpened.

Please enjoy.

aido, jmp, valy67, Robbrown, AdrianW, TAZ, SunToucher, hekcik, gerhardt, liquidsunshine has marked this note useful
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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-05 17:12]

Hi Emma,
Well worth all the effort you put into this. A lovely shot of this beautiful flower, I've never seen one before. I think the exposure is good, wonderful colours and nice detail. A lovely warm feel to this shot, very nice work!

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-05 17:26]

Hi Emma,
Lovely orchid well captured, with natural colors and a good DOF and POV.
It's pity to hear that its habitat is being reduced.
TFS, JosÚ M.

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2006-06-05 17:41]

Very nice shot, and very beautiful flower. I'm glad you could get this wondeful photo. Excellent sharpness and details, beautiful color, beautiful POV and composition. Good DOF and BG, the flower comes out very nicely. Well done !

Nice one Emma good clear shot, glad you were able to add to the list of captured species.

PS. the clay pit we looked at the other week that looked so uninspiring is now got a heathy population of southern Marsh orchids

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-06-05 21:28]

Hello Emma,
What a beautiful flower. You captured it perfectly with sharp details and excellent exposure. The color combinations are lovely, and I like the simple composition.Good control of the DOF.
TFS. : )

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-06-06 2:23]

What a lovely and interesting "Orchis brulÚ" that you have very well captured ! Colors, exposure, DOF and sharpness are very good. I also appreciate the complementary note... Congratulations Emma and TFS.


Well composed, good Lighting, POV, BG and detail of the subject. TFS,

Hi Emma,
Excellent photo of a very beautiful orchid. Great job on the exposure considering the harsh sunlight. Colors and DOF look perfect, especially the view pieces of leafs in the f/g which gave it great feel of depth. The details in the flowers are perfect and super sharp.

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-06-06 6:54]
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Hi Emma,
You know how to resolve problems, it looks beautiful. You say it's 10cm tall: the whole plant or the flower only? We went to osorio this weekend (a place where they try to learn people some ecologist responsability with nature, a hopeless job around here), and saw some kind of orchid but no more flowers. I'll try next spring.

The orchids are very nice. I like the compo and the DOF is very nearly perfect. Perharps one stop smaller as the back of the plant just falls out of focus. Still a very good capture.

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-07 16:14]

Hi Emma,

Very good composition.
Great details and colors.
Well done!

TFS :-)

Hi Emma,
I see You've been busy putting an impressive series of Orchid posts on TN.

Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the weekend.

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