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Fragrant Orchid

Fragrant 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-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM, Digital ISO 100, Canon 58mm Skylight 1x
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Wild Native British Orchids, my favourite european orchids [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-06-11 12:58
Viewed: 4004
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another from my visit to Mount Caburn nature reserve last weekend.

This time it is a Fragrant Orchid (Gymnadenia conopsea), which should be in full flower there this weekend or next in their hundreds. This one was the most fully in flower when I visited last weekend. They are classified as 'locally abundant' - translated into English this is 'if you can find one, you will find many of them!'

I have to say that the BG is not what I like on my flower photos, I like to separate the flowers from the BG, but in this case the actual flowers themselves were too large for my normal approach and I had to end up with F/14 instead of my usual F/8.0 simply to get the whole flower spike in focus and I'n not 100% sure I acheived it even then.

As usual, work is yet again getting in the way of my visits to TN (my work collegue is off sick yet again - 'they' managed 6 working days this time!), so its hit and miss time again, but if anyone wants to join me photoing some Lizzard orchids in 2 weeks time (Sunday 25th June) please email me to arrange.

(By the way, details on the fragrant orchid and the others growing at Mount Caburn is freely available to the public with either internet access or even via a telephone call... if it wasn't I wouldn't disclose the location...)

Usual details - tripod, mirror lockup, timer release, flash on exposure compensation, conversion from RAW to jpeg, slight crop, resize, USM and border...

TFL - thanks for looking...


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To peter_stoeckl: wonderful - thanks very muchAramok 1 06-11 15:49
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A quality shot Emma, perfect exposure, excellent detail and colour. Very nice work.

Hi Emma,
thanks for sharing - I am enjoying your steadily growing collection of wild orchids you contribute to TN!
Well describing classical capture. Interesting notes.
Tried a little workshop to increase the orchid's set off against the background by means of a little postwork. Hope you don't get swallowed by your work these days (I am facing the same problems right now). I wish you enough time in between to enjoy this precious early summer time of the year. With thanks, and best regards,

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-06-11 15:44]

Hi Emma,
A wonderful orchid very well presented.
TFS, Josť M.

Hello Emma,
Well captured!
Good details and fine colours, well done on the framing...
DOF spot on!
Pablo -

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