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Fly Orchid.

Fly Orchid.
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Copyright: Peter Bagnall (Heyshamite) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 0 N: 396] (2193)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds MkII
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-21 5:16
Viewed: 2857
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This Fly Orchid was photographed in the same field as the Butterfly Orchid I posted yesterday. It has a flower that is shaped and coloured to attract flies which then get pollen on their bodies which they carry to other Fly Orchids to fertilise them. The whole plant is some 12cm high and each flower approximately 15mm. About 3 or 4 flowers grow one above the other on each side if the stem. As the lower flower dies the one above opens and so on.
Camera settings:- ISO 400, AV, Spot metering, Tamron SP AF90mm f2.8 macro lens, Hand held.

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To fragman: Fly Orchid.Heyshamite 1 07-20 03:46
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Another great orchid Peter.
A little UV glare in this one which masks the detail and colour a little, but still very nice.
All the years I lived in England I never knew we had such interesting orchids.
Cheers, Steve

Hi Peter,
I guess you might say this is a portrait of this interesting looking orchid. At first I did think it was a macro of a fly. A well seen and photographed flower, good bg and sharp subject,

Hi Peter.
Wow, looks really interesting. The composition is a little hard to make out the depth of the flower but straight on like this shows us the attraction of it. Stigmas? is that what they are called at the throat of it.
Your colour and detail on all the little hairs is great, DOF perfect to make it stand out from the background.


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  • mjcarr (15)
  • [2007-06-21 16:34]

again well done ..mike

beautiful close up, pitty the lower lip is out of focus. greetings Ori

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