Blue Sun Orchids

Posted by Kim on Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:59 pm

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These are our largest sun orchids, normally about 18-24 inches tall and sowing a lot more flowers. Due to drought they are much shorter with less flowers, but easier to photograph this year.

Nikon D5600 with 40mm macro lens, f13, ISO 200, 1/80s, diffused flash, gorilla tripod.

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by ChrisRoss on Sun Nov 17, 2019 2:21 am
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Nice orchid, not ixioides I'm guessing maybe T. arista based on your description, great background for this one.
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by Kim on Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:01 am
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Thanks Chris.

I am very happy with my macro results since upgrading my D5300 to the D5600. The touch screen focus is a huge help for me as I can sit on my stool and set up the shots and fire off the shots using the Nikon app on my smart phone. For an old lady riddled with arthritis it is a big improvement and means I can keep going with my macros. I can get focus at 100mm from the front of the lens with the 40mm lens so I can get close to the small flowers with it.

by Tom Whelan on Mon Nov 18, 2019 9:39 pm
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The flowers look beautiful in the image, lovely soft light from your flash.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Thu Nov 21, 2019 8:01 am
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This is truly lovely- beautifully composed and set off nicely with a soft background. I love that you can do this, as you described, with various tools and adaptations. I didn't know you could use a smart phone to do this-will have to try it. Feeling sympathetic vibes here! Keep up the good work.
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