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Fragrant orchid

Fragrant orchid
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1184 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma AF 70-200 F2.8 Apo EX DG HSM, Digital ISO 200
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Wild Native British Orchids, Emma's Theme [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-07-19 8:51
Viewed: 4086
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This one I shot for Emma (Aramok) I know she has just dissapeared on holiday to Scotland but I am sure she will see it at some point.
This the 3rd species of Orchid from the small Urban Nature reserve at the back of the Apple Tree public house Great place for refreshment after a visit to the site especially if you make use of their car park.
Emma came up to visit me back in may to veiw some green winged orchids on a nearby site, but we popped into this one because I had not been before, at the time we found nothing to exite us, but I have been back since and found several different orchids
Southern Marsh Orchid
Bee Orchid
This one is the Fragrant Orchid(Gymnadenia conopsea) a species I had not seen before.
Prefers damp poor grassland to grow in, which makes this site ideal as it is an old brick clay pit and this was growing on a slightly raised area at the bottom surounded by marsh and ponds.
I thought I would try a few shots with the New Sigma 70 - 200 F2.8 to reproduce what I had seen Emma do with her Canon 75 - 300mm lens when we had gone out together.
Shot at about 2.0m away minimum focus distance is 1.8m and is nearly full frame, this way the BG is put well out of focus.I did have to garden some grass stalks out of the line of sight both in front and behind as they made very pale lines across the image which can distract from the image. Taken with the lens mounted on the (Benbo 1) tripod virtually at ground level, the legs can be open right out and the center riser can be swung over and lowered to below the top of the tripod. so a very low level shots can be got.
Croped very slightly and sharpen with high pass filter save As to resize the file and post.
If you look in the Workshop I have posted a more conventinal macro image taken with the Sigma F2.8 105 mm at the same time to show some more detail of the individual flowers.
Hope you like them both.

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Very nice pic and natural colour. Good for you, Ori

Hi Robert,

Well done on this capture and details. excellent focus, crisp, colors are very good.
Are you able to get an extreme close-up of a flower.?



Great OOF BG, DOF, Composition, Detail, POV and Sharpness. TFS,

Hello Robert,
this is a very nice picture. I never saw this wonderful flower. The german name is "Mücken-Händelwurz. -
Great POV, sharpness, brillant colours and perfect presentation. Thank you for posting m.f..

finally found it!

Thank you...

the only fragrant orchids I managed to get where pretty much still in bud. I like what you have done with the orchid, though that's my style of photing flowers so I woudl like it!

You have got the whole of the stem in focus and the tip of the flower spike which is very good, but I think you needed F/6 or F7.1 just to pull that final bottom flower totally into focus - I shot these at F/8.0 or even F/10.0 and you can still get the BG totally OOF if you go a close to the flower as the lens will focus at full zoom. - but maybe you were already? its about learning your new lens now... experiment and go for it - shoot at each F stop and play... (all of the same flower at the same tripod location...)

nicely done anyway and thank you..

was it a RAW conversion as well? the colours are good and saturated and nice a rich....


:-) when counter resets - but you'll be at work so probably won't even know....

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