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Common Marsh Orchid

Common Marsh Orchid
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen circular Polarizer
Exposure: f/4, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids, My Orchid Collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-05-15 9:57
Viewed: 4632
Points: 25
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I've bought a huge book on the orchids of the Netherlands, I use two to three internet sites on orchids, and still I need to take a guess on the ID of this orchid.

I am more leaning toward the Common Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis) than to the Heath Spotted Orchid (Dactylorhiza maculata subsp. maculata) But it could as well be a hybrid. I chose this one, for the time flowering, the positions of the leaves and the size of the flowers.

This was one of the first photos I made with this camera. I went out on a trip to find orchids or at least possible locations. I must say I was glad to find some in the first field I entered. Although there were only a few and they seem still small.

This is a flat on the belly shot where I wanted to use a wide aperture for a creative result.

My goal for this summer is to capture different species of orchids, with a good diversity in apertures and ranging from macro to wide angle. I've already created a kind of storyboard for the photos I want to make. Now I just need to find the orchids and the locations.

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To Evelynn: drop a cameraSunToucher 1 05-22 10:48
To bobcat08: StengelSunToucher 1 05-19 03:43
To Gert-Paassen: gevlekte bladerenSunToucher 1 05-15 11:28
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Hello Niek,
Delighted to see your lovely posting once again with this Marsh Orchid beautifully captured!
best dof in good sharpness, colour and details
the bg colour makes this pink orchid really stands out!
well done and TFS
have a great day

Hallo Niek,

Is dit niet de andere soort de gevlekte rietorchis?
Als ik naar de bladeren kijk zijn die gevlekt.
Overigens staat deze orchis er goed scherp op.


Hallo Niek,

Als ik zo het achterste schuin naar links wijzend blad bekijk, denk ik dat het inderdaad de gevlekte of anders de breedbladige orchis is. Waarin ik gert wel gelijk moet geven is dat de stebegel vrij lang is. Als je mijn orchissen bekijk zijn de stengels niet zo lang als die van jou orchis. Dus, .....het zal nog wel even gissen blijven maar we zitten met zijn drietjes aardig in de goede richting. Mooie foto trouwens van dit schitterende bloemetje. Ik had er eentje een paar weken geleden genomen. Net uit de knop en dan gaat er toch wel weer iets door je heen, als je dat dan zo voor je ziet. Ben benieuwd of je nog meer plaatsen ontdekt. Texel schijnt er vol mee te staan, dus.....op weg naar.....Groeten en TFS BOB

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2008-05-15 13:12]

Hi Niek,

Very good capture of this orchid. Cannot help you, based on this photo alone, with a more definitive ID.

Hope you have a close up to post, too.



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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-05-15 13:52]

Hi Niek

Great composition with excellent detail and lovely, vibrant colour.


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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-15 20:06]

Hi Niek

Time to get 'down-and-dirty' in the name of photography. The problem is that some of these orchids grow in marshes and then it is not so nice to go sailing around on your belly (chuckle). You did a good job for your first attempts with the camera and trying out your hand at orchid photography. Just remember, the closer you're going to get to the subject the more you will need to open up on the aperture to increase the range of the DOF, but I am sure you are on top of it and I am curious to see what you're going to throw our way concerning this topic.

Unfortunately I cannot see enough detail of the flower to try and assist you with the ID, but maybe Gert and Bob gave you enough to ponder on. Anyway, good luck with the new goal for this summer and I hope you find lots of subjects to show us.

Well done and TFS.

Hi Niek ,
Nice and lovely shot.
Colours are beautiful.
well captured

kind regards

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-05-15 22:37]

Hi Niek,
What a beautiful flower, and a gorgeous shot thereof.
I had no idea you were into flowers, and orchids at that.
The details are excellent.
Great composition with the flower standing out nicely against the blurred BG.
Very pleasant colors.
How are you doing?
TFS. : )

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-05-16 6:49]

Hello Niek, I like the superb work on this photo. Excellent composition and nice frame. Ganesh

Nice specimen, well captured, Niek. Judging from the angle, it looks like it was a bit windy (though maybe not the day you were shooting). Well done, though I would crop a couple pixels of dark stuff from the top.

Hi !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm so glad you are BACK!! We are just back from our trip and I have a lot of catching up to do. I see you decided on the 40D. I hope you like it. We have one ordered! It seems that cameras do not hold up well when dropped on the pavement!!! It was "good-bye" for the 30D. At least it wasn't me who dropped it!! I would never have heard the end of it!!

The color in this shot is so nice. I love all the greens and the shallow but sharp depth of focus. You know I prefer tight crops, so I probably would have shaved some off the top and left side to make the blossom bigger in proportion to the whole. I love your systematic approach to photography! ...a whole "storyboard"! : ) I'm very impressed!!

Evelynn : )

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-05-21 12:00]

Hi Niek

This beautiful Orchid makes me sad as we have just lost a whole field of them. Near Shoreham-by-Sea a field had started to sprout hundreds of rare orchids. The local council put up signs warning people about the protected and delicate environment...then another arm of the same council mowed them all down by accident.

At least we have this lovely image with perfect focus, a great POV and glorious colours. The DOF is really spot on isolating the subject perfectly



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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-05-28 13:16]

Hi Niek

Nice to see you are finding your wonderful orchids there :) Even if you can't always identify them, i'm sure it's nice to see them in the wild and to take such good shots of them.
As i've met with Paul Haynes in England, he filled me in on what happened to you and your last camera. I don't know how i didn't know...anyway, i was really shocked to hear that and i'm sooo sorry for you!
But on the other side, i'm glad you are enjoying your new 40D now :)

This is really a splendid shot. I've tried something similar a couple of weeks ago on a wild orchid i found on one of my trips. Your result is so much better and you took great advantage of the shallow DOF and the excellent ultra low POV.
The resulted effect is lovely and it really makes this flower stand out so well! Very neat and sharp and exceptionally composed, too.

Bravo and TFS

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