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Nigritella nigra

Nigritella nigra
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Copyright: Christian POURRE (TAZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-24
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Fujifilm FinePix S6500fd, 28-300mm f2.8-4.9 built-in
Exposure: f/3.8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Wildflowers of the World, French orchids, my favourite european orchids, Alpine flowers [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-06-26 2:31
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
English name : Vanilla orchid – Scientific name : Nigritella nigra - Family : Orchidaceae
Description : A little lovely species with very dark red flower spikes and a strong scent of vanilla. In subalpine meadows from 1000 to 2800 metres. Blooms in July-August. Dimensions of the plant ~10/15cm and flower ~12/15mm.
Orchis vanilla was always regarded as a magic and even diabolic plant. It has virtues aphrodisiacs and used in the composition of philtres of love.
Photo info : I was looking for this nice & rare flower from a long time :-) Taken in mountain at 1699m altitude under a white sky... Slightly cropped, +5% sharpness, framed in 800x600 for TN and my website.
Technique : FUJIFILM FinePix S6500 - Mode P - Auto focus - Aperture f3.8 - Shutter speed 1/200s - Iso 100 - White balance auto - Flash not fired - focal 100mm equiv. - File JPG fine - Handheld.

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Hello Chris,

This is a beautiful alpine orchid. We got it in Romania too, but also scarce and rare, on few calcarous mountain peaks, more in the south part of the country.
Photo looks perfect technicaly speaking.

Cheers, Petru

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-06-26 2:41]

Hello Christian,
Very mice capture of this beautiful flower.Nicely exposed and composed.POV,blurred BG and framing are also wonderful.Masterpiece!

Wonderful photo I like the out of focus background and sharp image.

A most unusual orchid Christian.
It was certainly worth the search, and your capture of it is great.
Wonderful sharpness and colour.
Interesting POV and composition too.
Great work.

Hello Christian,
Attractive details and a well composed presentation!
The colour palette is different but attractive...
Well done on the macro work!
Pablo -

:-) OK-

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-06-26 3:39]

Hi Christian.
I like your next charming art work so much. Beautifulness of the pictured subject is simply amazing as well as the skillfulness of the realization of your creative plan. Inclined composition is so impressive. Colours are nice and pleasant to eyes. Combination of details and sharpness of the fine flower and blurriness and colorfulness of the BG is great. Lighting is wonderful too. Bravo and kind regards.

Hello Christian!
This is really splendid photo! Great POV and DOF, also colours are fantastic. I like a black frame too, its makes this plant more exposed.
TFS and best regards,

Hi Christian,
Charming orchid. This one stem has so many flowers. Perfect camera settings and well seen image.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-26 5:21]

Bonjour Christian,
Voilà une magique présentation de l'orchis vanillé que je connais bien aussi, puisqu'il fleurit aussi sur nos alpages. Je ne savais pas qu'il entrait dans la composition du philtre d'amour. Une chose à retenir!
Bonne journée et merci de cette image artistique

What an amazing looking Orchid you have presented here Christian. It is just superb with its unusual looking flower. The quality of the image is grand. The colour of the background works well to show all the detail in the flower. Impressive.

Bonjour Chrisitan !
Quelle fleur magnifiaue ! je ne l'avais encore jamais vue auparavant. J'adore sa forme et sa couleur. Les détails sont excellents, tout comme la composition et le BG, vert et flou, qui fait si bien ressortir le sujet. Un vrai régal pour les yeux ! :-)

Hi Christian

Simply beautiful! Stunning camera work. Thank you my friend. :-)

Hello Christian,
Beautiful orchid you captured.
Superb composition with nice and smooth BG.
Great details and colours.

Super fantastic composition on this lovely orhid, this one has museum quality about it. I like how the subject stands out so beautifully on the soft green background. nicely executed Christian. My French Friend. :)

No more pine cones? ;)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2007-06-28 6:11]

Hi there my friend Taz.
A work of art - well done on your Vanilla orchid - what a beauty it is.
Quite stunning,
Kia ora

Hi Christian,
Most beautiful burgundy colors, the POV is optimized :)
Very nice light and detail, just the right DOF. Lovely BG, Very well done!

bonjour christian
c'est agreable de pouvoir lire une note en français!!
jolie fleur,la netteté est bonne sur le devant de la fleur pour laisser place au flou de plus en plus prononcé pour donner une sorte de douceur.
beau contrate entre la fleur et son environement.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-12 22:42]
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Hi Christian

I love the look of these dark red almost maroon Vanilla orchids. The dense inflorescence is jam-packed with the beautiful little flowers. I am glad for your part that you finally managed to find and photograph this species after searching for it for so long.

The colours are great and it really stands out well against the lovely green background. The exposure was spot-on to capture the remarkable features of this dark red flowers as red is a rather difficult colour to show such detail and contrast.

Well done MF and TFS.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-07-13 1:55]

Hello Chris,
This is an orchid I'd love to see! In Sweden it is extremely rare and only remains in a few places up the north. The sharp details and the colours in your capture are really wonderful. Beautiful soft green background too.
Many thanks and regards,Ulla

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-08-13 5:34]

Bonjour Christian,
a strange flower to me, so this is very interesting.
Love the POV you choose to show off this lovely beauty. Colors, sharpness and composition look great.

Bonsoir Christian,
C'est une photo vraiment remarquable. La précision et la lumière sont très bien maîtrisées et la composition superbe, avec un doux arrière-blanc qui fait d'autant ressortir les teintes de cette orchidée. Du beau travail!

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