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Manokwari 07

Manokwari 07
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Copyright: Benyamin Lakitan (blakitan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1039 W: 71 N: 1332] (5517)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Flowers
Camera: sony A100, Sony 100 mm F2.8 Macro, 55mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Manokwari: a hidden paradise
Theme(s): #3 Tropical Plants [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-12-02 7:41
Viewed: 5194
Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Wild orchid is not as beautiful as its offsprings -after a series of hybridizations were conducted. Its colors are not as vivid as hybrid orchid, its petal size is not as large as hybrid orchid, but sometime wild orchid has a unique character which makes it a potential parent for many future hybrid orchids.

I would like to express my special thanks to Loot Eksteen for his time in helping me to identify this orchid. With significant help from Loot, now we know that this is Dendrobium macrophyllum.

In workshop, I post a view under canopy of tropical rainforest -as I promised before. Not much to see there, just dominant green color of tree leaves, but at least you get the feeling of this humid environment. I turned around 360 degrees, and I saw this similar view –that is probably why people very easy to get loss in the forest. I picked the spot where more light penetrating to forest floor, so more things will be visible. This picture was capture at around noon. [I decided not to post this in the gallery, since I cannot maintain sharpness and details after I downsized this picture]

scottevers7, dew77, jmp, Argus, ramthakur, SkyF, pankajbajpai, mikou, captainsgirl, Alex99, anavazao, volkan, loot, pablominto, edal has marked this note useful
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Hi Ben,
A nice shot on these wild orchids. Beautiful rich color saturtion. Nice detail in the flowers. I like the back lighting as it highlights the fuzz on the stems.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-02 8:17]

Hello Benyamin,
Very nice close up.I liked blurred BG,3D effect,clear details,vivid colors,framing,lighting and composition a lot.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-02 8:27]

Hi Benyamin,
Wonderful orchid. Beautiful shape and colors. The forest in ws is impressive!
TFS, José M.

Hello ben,

I really like the colors of this fine plant , great details bg pov dog, great work,

TFS Kyle

Hello Ben,
Those details look fine to me. What a nice capture! I'm amazed to see that those great beauties grow in the wild like this... I like this very natural lightning, POV, composition, DOF, colors and BG. This is very nice with interesting notes ;)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-12-02 8:41]
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Hi Ben,
It's not often one sees tropical orchids in the wild, not even shots of them.
This shot is sharp with fine colouring and light and you present it very well.
What program do you use for the framing?
TFS, regards, Ivan

I prefer orchids in their wild state, Benyamin. And I have been given to understand that your country has perhaps the largest and the finest varieties of orchids.
This is a fine cmposition featuring a branch with three flowers on it. The colours and shapes are quite attractive.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-12-02 10:21]

Hello Benyamin,
what a wonderful find, this orchids look wonderful. Very detailed and the colors are beautiful. POV, composition and DOF are great.

hi benyamin,
excellent shot of wild orchid,
the pov is fine,
the bg is beautiful,
well composed shot,
well saturated colours,
framed beautifully,
well done,
tfs & regards

Preciosas orquídeas de bellos colores. Estupenda composición. Buen POV y DOF.
Muchos saludos, JL.

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-02 13:07]

Hi Benyamin.
I like those composition with amazing colours.Very good POV,DOF,perfect OOF BG.
Excellent close-up these wild orchids.
Regards Milos

beautiful photo, great sharpness and details, awesome DOF , love the border as well..nicely done. TFS
Donna :o)

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-02 14:11]

Hi Ben.
Very nice and artistic picture with amazing combination of lights and darks, colour tones. Wonderful POV, DOF and composition. Image of the flower is soft a bit, but it is quite correct for artistic purposes. TFS and best regards.

Hi firend,
Great shot with great details!
Lovely compo and sharpness!
Good BG and info notes! Take care Ana:)

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-02 16:17]

Hi Ben,
This is really a great capture full of pleasant colors.
Nice clear details and sharpness.

good compo, expo and BG. nice presentation

bye mario

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-02 18:02]
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Hi Ben

Your part of the world are blessed with so many orchid species, some not even discovered or described yet. During the last decade or so there were quite a number of new discoveries and I think this specimen you posted is actually one of them. I managed to find the ID for this flower after 4 hours of interesting research (in books, orchid magazines, and on the internet) and I am happy to say your species is a Large-leafed Dendrobium or also known as The Pastor's Orchid - Dendrobium macrophyllum. Distribution: Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Malaysia and Java. You can compare and read more about it at these sites: here, here, here, or here. You may note that this species is still under further taxonomic investigation due to the many colour variations found within the species.

What made the research quite difficult was the fact that I did not know where to start. I had no idea of the genus since these flowers don't look like one of your average Dendrobium species. If one knows the genus then it is obviously not too difficult to find the species, but if you don't know the genus the field becomes so big. There are ±35,000 natural species and approximately 60,000 registered hybrids that are formed from ±1,000 natural genera and about 550 manmade intergeneric ones.

Anyway, you’ve captured it in a fine composition, the colours are very rich and well saturated, and you made good use of the available natural light the bring out the textures and to accentuate those fine bristles on the stems.

Good work and TFS.

Hi Benyamin,
I like this wild orchid. Very nice composition and pov with details to appreciate. Well done and tfs.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-12-02 21:34]

Hello Benyamin

A beautiful composition of these wild orchids.The colours are well saturated.Beautiful hues of green and yellow.Good POV and DOF.Nicely framed and presented.TFS


Hello Ben,
Maybe not so flashy as hybrids but for sure with a beauty of its own!
Wonderful colours and details, and the subject is captured with great macro skills...
A lovely composition!
Pablo -

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  • dkaved Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 259 W: 17 N: 431] (2114)
  • [2006-12-03 16:19]

Hi Ben,
Quite an amazing flower with its alien shape and hairy stalk.Lovely detail and nicely composed with the three flowers.The DOF has made it stand out well despite the same coloured background.Must be a great experience to explore such a rainforest.TFS and have a good week.
Regards, David

Hi Ben,
A nice shot on these wild orchids. Beautiful rich color.


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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2007-01-27 17:07]

Hi Benyamin!
You are so lucky to have seen the wild orchid. And many thanks for sharing that natural beauty with us! Vivid details and pleasant colors!

Hello Ben,

Nice orchids with rich colours. I like it !

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