Flying Duck Orchid

Posted by ChrisRoss on Tue Sep 21, 2021 6:57 pm

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Flying Duck Orchid  Caleana Major

Flying ducks have started appearing in the bush behind home, have found quite a few colonies starting to come into flower.  The flower is upside down and the duck bill it the labellum which is sensitive and snaps shut trapping the pollinator, a male wasp that attempts to mate with labellum.  The wasp has to crawl out past the pollen to escape.

This is a 14 image stack in Helicon Focus, I'm just trying it out at the moment and seems to work reasonably well and very speedy on the new system.
 Can anyone suggest a detailed guide on using the software,  mostly it is straight forward, but I haven't found a good way to deal with out of focus bands on the lower component of overlapping objects.  The detail is not there on the individual images as the the upper part is out of focus when the lower part is in focus and masks that band off.  Helicon provide a guide but it's not that detailed.

Larger image:  Flying Duck

Olympus OM-D EM-1 MkII + 60mm macro, diffuser

1/100 @ f4.5 ISO400
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by Tom Whelan on Tue Sep 21, 2021 9:57 pm
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Excellent stacked detail and rich warm colors, a well-named species.

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by david fletcher on Wed Sep 22, 2021 12:52 am
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Excellent work Chris. Can see how that Orchid got its name.
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by Carol Clarke on Wed Sep 22, 2021 6:32 am
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Brilliant capture of this gorgeous orchid, Chris! Beautifully done.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Sep 24, 2021 4:55 am
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I can't speak to your request, but the image is terrific! Love the description as well-what an amazing flower. Doesn't look like you need help with this one. :)
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by Swissblad on Sat Sep 25, 2021 12:48 am
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Excellent capture, Chris - lovely specimen!
Interesting to see new species - now that our season is over - and we eagerly await next spring.
Helicon Focus is a tricky beast - with little online help.
Sorry, can't offer you any suggestions.
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by Darren5907 on Tue Sep 28, 2021 8:44 am
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Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I will take a closer look at the orchids available locally.

by Neil Vanderwolf on Tue Oct 05, 2021 8:28 pm
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Amazing orchid and well captured, you can really see why it's called what it is...

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