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Anna's White Orchid

Posted by
Anita (West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States) on 15 January 2010 in Plant & Nature.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of photographing an orchid grown by my friend Anna. The flower was perfect, without blemishes--what joy! Being able to move the plant allowed me to isolate the flower, something I am unable to do at Longwood Gardens. I used a black foam board as background, which I darkened in post processing. The light was low, hence the long exposure. (I don't know why the EXIF data is not showing up.)


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Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

This is beautiful photo of beautiful orchid. We also plant orchids with my wife but we don't have such beauties. It reminds me that our white phalaenopsis started to bloom yesterday :) The composition, light and colours, everything this is very well done. I find photographing orchids difficult, especially macro photos so I wonder if you took also some more detailed/macro photos or just this one.

15 Jan 2010 12:02pm

@Tomas Turecek: Thanks. I took some macros. Will post them if they are OK. Haven't checked. I, too, find orchids quite challenging!

Mary from Exton, United States

What a lovely orchid.. They are hard for me to photograph.. Great colors. I find my head tilting to the right alot when looking at this image.

15 Jan 2010 1:45pm

@Mary: Do you think I should rotate it a bit to the left?

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Very good orchid portrait. Back to (your) classics.

15 Jan 2010 2:42pm

manel from Girona, Spain

Excelente macro. Muy bien contrastado y con una perfecta textura.

15 Jan 2010 6:26pm

Marcie from Boston, United States

Exquisite! Especially love the black background.

15 Jan 2010 7:58pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Just gorgeous Anita !!! Perfect flower, perfect shot !!!

16 Jan 2010 2:15am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

A five star image. Simply scrumptious. It is like a painting...truly qualifies as a work of art !!!

16 Jan 2010 7:41am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Very nice shot, I like

16 Jan 2010 9:55pm

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

The light is what blows me away here -- it seems as if it's almost illuminated from the inside.

17 Jan 2010 3:33am

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

White and black...oh I forgot this delicious touch of yellew green...Very elegant, Anita!

17 Jan 2010 10:32am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

White flowers are difficult to photograph and special attention has to be paid to the exposure. You handled this problem very well! The white petals show great details of their texture. Making your photograph even more beautiful is the dark black background and the light.

17 Jan 2010 10:51am

Ed Vatza from Lehigh Valley, PA, United States

Stunning! I always love white on black. It looks so elegant to my eye. If anything, I'd like the see the stem come in at slightly more of angle but it is beautiful, as is.

20 Jan 2010 10:16am