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Jan 03, 2014 22:48 |  #1

My first orchid. Bloomed again after the original ones dropped soon after arriving it's new home. Learning how to take care them now. Played with different lighting last night and today. C&C please:

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Jan 04, 2014 00:21 |  #2

I love orchids. However, I don't personally care for the backlighting and the framing of some of your images. Try photographing them in an evenly shaded area or with the early morning light behind you. I'm not sure if the camera was hand held, but you might consider a tripod, higher f-stop and increased depth of field. It is also important to keep a clean background so the orchids really "pop."


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Jan 04, 2014 01:08 |  #3

Tastes differ, and I like all the images. I agree that some would benefit from a greater depth of field to show off the detail in more parts of the plant.


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Jan 04, 2014 09:32 |  #4

Thanks for the comments. Yes they are all hand held, mostly shot at 300mm with the 28-300mm lens, "phal 1" and "phal 2" (pic 4 & 5 here) were under regular LED bulb. The rest were window light. I used f-stop mostly 8-11, thought it was enough, would have trouble hand held with higher f-stops unless I bump ISO much higher. Will try a tripod and find a piece of black cloth later. Still learning.


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Jan 04, 2014 10:47 |  #5

For me, phal2 is the most artistic due to the lighting. However, cropping could be improved. I don't mind cropping off part of the petal as you've done here, but I wouldn't leave that small sliver of black around the top left petal. All kinds of crops can work, so it's hard to advise on that. Really, lighting is similar. Try all variations, as you have, then pick the one most pleasing to you. Some will like it, some won't. Most important opinion: your wife's, then yours.

BTW, best care for orchids is minimal care. Find the right spot by experimentation, then leave it there and don't overwater.


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Jan 04, 2014 11:31 |  #6

sparker1 wrote in post #16576968 (external link)
Most important opinion: your wife's, then yours.

That's what's wrong with my photography! I don't have a wife!


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Jan 04, 2014 11:59 |  #7

sparker1 wrote in post #16576968 (external link)
Most important opinion: your wife's, then yours.

BTW, best care for orchids is minimal care. Find the right spot by experimentation, then leave it there and don't overwater.

That would make it too easy for me: my wife likes them all!

Except Phal 2, all others were straight out of camera with no crop.

Thanks for the tip on taking care of orchids. I got 10 over the past few months, one died, two are not doing very well and I'm trying to save. The rest looks healthy, with 3 in bloom.


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Jan 05, 2014 16:55 |  #8

try again, with tripod, increased DOF and cleaner background, better?

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Jan 06, 2014 05:28 |  #9

Much better, very nice.


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Jan 06, 2014 06:29 |  #10

Nice shots - orchids are not easy to photograph well, but I think you nailed it with that last image. I have a phalaenopsis that is about seven years old. It bloomed continuously for several years before becoming more sporadic recently. We keep it near a north-facing window for indirect sunlight, water once every week or so, and re-potted it in "orchid mix" when the roots began to overgrow the original container.


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Jan 06, 2014 10:52 as a reply to  @ jt354's post |  #11

Yes, these are much nicer, especially image 1. I like it the most because of the soft frontal lighting. It really brings out the texture of the pedals.


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