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Fragrant Orchid (8)
Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
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...

Emma

Altered Image #1

Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
selective sharpening / BG softened
Edited by:peter_stoeckl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)

Well describing classical capture. Tried a little workshop to increase the orchid's set off against the background.

Photoshop Elements:

1) Saturation all colours increased + 12
2) Saturation green decreased - 30
3) Saturation yellow decreased -12
4) Flower selectively sharpened (lasso tool, sharpening filter)
5) Noise reduction, scratch and dust removal r=1 selectively on BG (magic wand selection tool, tolerance 30%)
6) Softening filter selectively on BG (magic wand selection tool, tolerance 30%)

Hope you enjoy.