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Purple Orchid

Purple Orchid
Photo Information
Copyright: Paul Lees (PaulLees) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 548 W: 0 N: 1647] (9004)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-31
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 105mm Macro, UV filters
Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-02-16 23:29
Viewed: 3083
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello Friends,


The Dendrobium orchids don't have a taproot but feature parallel lines on the leaves, just like grass. The orchid flowers grow along the stem. Each flower has 2 sets of petals; inner and outer layers. The inner layer petals consist of two normal petals on either side and a lip. The lip, which is in the center, is usually distinct. The outer layer petals are made up of 3 petal-like sepals - top, lower right and lower left. The petals' shapes and sizes, as well as the color of the flowers, vary from species to species.

All the flowers that grow on each stem are of the same color.

The flower at the bottom of the stem blooms first and the flowers higher up continue to bloom gradually until the last flower at the top of the stem opens up. This whole process takes from several days to a number of weeks, depending on how many orchids there are on the stem.

Only a few of these orchids are fragrant, but they're beautiful to look at and stay fresh for a long time,

This image was taken with the intention of using Back lighting to emphasize the veins in the petals,
Hope you like this one,
Best Regards,


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Impressive photo Pauly! Excellent composition, beautiful backlighting, wonderful colours and great sharpness.

Beautiful light highlighting the petal nervation. Excellent detail, good depth of field and nice focusing. Lovely colour and flower.
regards yiannis

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  • aljy Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 47 W: 4 N: 42] (593)
  • [2012-02-17 2:54]

dear pauly


excellent capture of orchid flower. focus sharphness composition light balance all applied very perfect.i can see every
glance of flower.wnderful.

i think u have fixed 2 number of micro LED
under the centre of petal-lilli.haha
very nice capture my friend.TFS



Hello Pauly

Congratulations for your first TN anniversary,
beautiful photo, with fine POV, excellent focus
sharpness and details of the petals,
excellent backlight effect, TFS


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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-02-17 4:04]

Hallo Pauly,
For the first anniversary, Congratulations ..
Very beautiful photo. Fine details and splendid sharpness and perfect focus.
Best wishes,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-02-17 4:21]

Hello Paul,
such a special orchid well presented in excellent details and sharpness.
The colors are really attractive and the veins on the petals are marvellous.
Well seen view.


impressive macro of this beautiful Orchid.
superb clarity and colour.

Hi paul
Great macro of this beautiful orchid. Wonderful colors and back lighting.Super sharpness.
Beautiful gift for a special occasion.
Have a great weekend!
Best regards

Hallo Paul,
congratulations on your first anniversary on TrekNature; fantastic macro of this marvellous purple orchid, impressive details and very beautiful colours, the close composition is excellent
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-02-17 7:06]

Hi Paul,nothing better to celebrate your 1st year on TN!A magnificent wild orchid and a fantastic use of light to see the flower and its transparencies,perfect sharpness,details and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Pauly,
It looks much longer than one year that you are active here. I couldn't imagine TN without your contribution. Congratulations.
Fantastic photo to celebrate this milestone. Splendid light, colours and impressive sharpness. The backlight is gorgeous.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-02-17 7:21]

Time flies Pauly!
I hope you continue to be active on TN for a long time to come after this first productive and useful year on TN. Thanks!
You mark the occasion well with a superb capture of a Dendrobium flower taken against the light to give this capture extra appeal. The sharpness and natural colurs are top in this pleasing composition.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

hello Paul
Congratulation with your1 year on TN
and with a Beauty
great sharpness and beautiful colours
very good details and nice light
thanks greeting lou

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2012-02-17 8:08]

Wonderful backlighting, keeping the textures and the sharpness. Excellent control of the light, and pretty colors. A very good picture. Congratulation Paul. Un saludo.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2012-02-17 9:07]

Hi Paul!
Congratulations and wishes for your first year on TN.
You chosen a wonderful composition to celebrate the event.
Great POV and DOF. I especially like the lighting, which seems to come from the heart of the orchid.
Impressive clarity and details.
ciao! Vanda

Hello Paul.
I love this one.
Amazing picture.
Colors and detalis is really amazing.
Well done.

Hi Pauly,
Thanks for beeing here. I like looking at your beautiful photos.
This is great photo for celebrating. Amazing colours. Great sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-02-17 13:50]

Hi Pauly!
Happy anniversary in TN!Thanks for being here with us sharing your art and beautiful photos.I love your photos so much because we can see on them your passion and love for nature.And finally I´d like to say I appreciate your kindness to all members and your spirit of cooperation here on the site.Bravo for the body of work ;)
At last but not the least...your pic here is wonderful with this lovely lighting.A pic of dreams...Many thnks for sharing!
Big hug from,

Ciao Paul, splenddi light on a beautiful flower, excellent sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-02-18 2:49]

Beautiful orchid, beautiful lighting and colors. tfs.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2012-02-18 4:14]

Hi Paul,
Nice colours with excellent detail this beautiful orchid.
Wish yet much year on T.N.
Regards Jiri.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-04-22 17:28]

Hello Pauly,
A picture perfect image at it's finest. The backlighting really brings out the fine detail and colors in each petal. Outstanding DOF and excellent exposure. Simply love it!!!

Hi Pauly,
Excellent macro shot, sharpness and color tones are perfect. I especially like your POV and the translucent textures of the petals. Brilliant job. Bravo.
I wish you & your loved ones a merry Christmas, best regards, László

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