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Lesser Butterfly Orchid

Lesser Butterfly Orchid
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-22
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/6.7, 1/750 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-26 7:40
Viewed: 3259
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lesser Butterfly Orchid , Platanthera bifolia

Swedish name: Nattviol, meaning 'night-violet'. This refers to the scent which is stronger during the night.

This species of Orchid is relatively common in Sweden, but as it usually grows in shady locations amongst other vegetation it is difficult to photograph well. This one was in an open space in the pine forest in a partially sunny spot. At about 30cm tall it is larger than usual.

It is widespread in Europe though becoming less common owing to modern forestry and agriculture.

The closely related Platanthera chlorantha has greener flowers and the long anther sacs are less horizontal and not so parallel to each other. It is also less scented to the human nose.

This was taken at a distance of about 4 meters (13 ft) with my camera and long lens hand-held in the afternoon light.

After fairly heavy cropping and size reduction the image was slightly sharpened and converted from RAW to JPEG.

lousat, paolo49, ciopper13, bungbing, PaulLees, maaciejka, cobra112, siggi, ana974, vijeeshbabu, Pitoncle, Dis. Ac., peter_stoeckl, nagraj has marked this note useful
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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-26 7:47]

Hi Ivan,truely a professional work,not easy a perfection like that so distant and whit this light,magnificent specie,common in your country but not in mine.Fantastic light balance for the best white and magnificent details and composition.Thanks for share,have a nice evening,Luciano.

Ciao Ivan, elegant composition with beautiful orchid, lovely blurry BG, excellent sharpness, splendid light and colors, I like a lot, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan, splendid photo, great sharp and colorful details, TFS!

A superb macro shot, very good sharpness, splendid bright colours, a very harmonious composition!

Interesting species and impressive photo Ivan! The composition is excellent. The BG, the colours and the lighting are fantastic. Very good sharpness too.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-07-26 9:32]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid photo presentation of this beautiful Flower, TFS!

Hi Ivan,
Excellent details, beautiful colours with nice DOF and POV.
Very well done,

Hello Ivan,
Beautiful shot of the Lesser Butterfly Orchid, very good sharpness, beautiful lighting and colours, great composition and very nice pleasing background,
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening,
Best Regards,

hello Ivan
you have here a BEAUTY!
great shot with good details and lovely colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Ivan,

Fabulous composition of the Lesser Butterfly Orchid, you have done exceptionally well here for a hand held photo Ivan, lovely in-keeping OOF green background, nice soft focussing that compliments the picture, quality work and well done,
Best regards,


Hi Ivan,
very nice artistic composition. Nice point of view. Excellent colours. Great sharpness.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Ivan. Good vertical for the interestiong flower. very godo detaisl and sharp against the blurred BG:


Excellent photo of this difficulty arranged flowers round the stem. Good depth of field and good lighting of the white flowers. regards yiannis

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-07-26 11:55]

Hello Ivan.
Beautiful, delicate orchid flower. The soft focus and soft colours give it a dreamy effect. Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

Hello Ivan,
A fabulous image of an orchid unknown to me. Thank you for sharing this picture of a very beautiful flower here. Best wishes.

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-07-26 15:29]

Hello Ivan
A very nice work with excellent colors and lovely BG.
Have a nice day!...

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-07-26 20:30]

Hello Ivan!
Lovely pic showing these delicated orchid.Very elegant composition and excellent Bg.The sharpness is also great! Many congrats and thanks for sharing.
Regards from,
PS: I thankyou so much for your kind comments in my last pic.I appreciated it!

beautiful, natural capture, TFS Ori

Excellent capture. sharp detail, nice colours and lighting. regards vijeesh

Bonjour Ivan,
Très bonne maitrise de la lumière permettant d'apprécier les délicates couleurs, difficiles à exploiter, du sujet.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

beautiful elegant wonderful!
regards nasos

Hello Ivan,

the other one sp. i have been placed here for about one month ago, this one i heve been photographed in 2006 but not so as this one.
Perfect dof with nice blurred bg.
Good of sharpness.
This one are very rare in Belgium and the Netherlands and red listed and protected.
You have an bonus to (spider)


Hallo Ivan
a very beautiful picture of this delicate Orchid, very good sharpness and fantastic colours, excellent composition
Best regards

Hello Ivan,
sublte colours and clear details under pleasantly dim natural light conditions are giving us a good presentation of this Platanthera species. The extremeley prolonged calyx tubes are to be seen here in a very clear way. Thank you!
With best regards,

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-07-28 7:59]

Beautiful little white orchids with curious name, the scent one can feel, fine background and soft lighting. tfs.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2011-07-28 18:43]

Hello Ivan,
What a fine delicate flower on this orchid, once more your camera skills have yield a wonderful result, even a bonus critter. Thank for you excellent work.

Hello Ivan,
Excellent shot with a good sharpness and nice composition. I also like the soft BG that contrast with the colour of flowers. Well done!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-30 2:11]

Hello Ivan,
such a splendid composition of these stalk of white orchid. The softness of the green background is very pleasant, and the white details are carefully composed and balanced. This is a hard and difficult task, at least for me.
The presence of a striped insect add more aesthetic view to your composition.
Very special composition for a very special orchid.


Bella y delicada toma Ivan. Ese fondo en contraste con los blancos da juego y lo aplicaste bien.
Preciosa y espectacular especie.
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

Hello Ivan.
I have missed many great photos from you. This flower is beautiful against the subdued tone background. The shape creates strong visual impact with an insect as a bonus in the frame.
Thanks and kind regards,

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