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Common Spotted Orchid

Common Spotted Orchid
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Copyright: Niek Bouwen (SunToucher) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2385 W: 237 N: 3033] (11162)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-07-11
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, Tiffen 82mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Summer vacation 2007: Scotland
Theme(s): Orchids, Wild Native British Orchids, My Orchid Collection [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-03-01 10:05
Viewed: 6089
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I'm taking a bit of a guess on this one. I am not totally sure if the ID is correct. My knowledge of orchids and on how to ID them on the internet isn't perfect. So feel free to correct me on the ID, and I will be happy to change it and credit you.

Anyway, this is a photo from the archives. It was taken on my vacation in Scotland last summer. Being that I do not see many orchids in my own country, I was pleasantly surprised to find this one just 2 meters away from a country road. For me it is just amazing to find such natural beauty that close to civilisation.

As mentioned, I am not sure about the ID, so no specifics on the plant yet. This will be updated once the ID is confirmed.

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-03-01 10:19]

Hi Niek,
nice to see another gem from your trip last summer. I have no idea what the ID is i'm afraid, but it's a beautiful specimen you found here. Excellent detail and clraity, you DOF is perfect, very well done.

Hello Niek,
How are you!
Can not help you much on the ID but I do know is a very very details and beautiful composition!
best DOF with perfect exposure and focus in this one with good colour!
my best regards and good morning here from NZ

Beautiful flower Niek with some nice detail. A bit more blurred BG could make it pop even more.

Hi NIek,
Nice to see you back! I'm not very good at critiquing simple compositions like this and I know nothing of orchids. It is very sharp with good color and exposure. At first I thought it might be a little bright at the upper left, but without it the image loses "life"; so I think your choice was correct. I think the shapes and tones in the background are interesting. Speaking of amazing flowers growing wild,did you see those black iris that "fragman" posted from Israel? They are amazing.

I just checked Google Earth. l think Norway is as close to you as Montana, Wyoming and Utah are to me. So we can both be jealous! : ) I'm really looking forward to your photos from there. Did your dad get his Mac computer?? I'm curious since I ended up with the same one. I opted for the 20" monitor over the 23"or 30" because the larger ones were considerably brighter and I couldn't turn them down enough for my eyes. : P

Hello Niek
I think that this is a Daffodil...Only joking!!
I have no idea as to the ID but I can congratulate you on the fine colours and details..The Bg is just about right for my tastes and really highlights this fantastic Orchid..And if it is a Common Spotted one then the Orchid namer was a little short of inspiration for such a glorious specimen.
Tfs and All the best

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2008-03-01 11:42]

Hi Niek,
I agree with you about the beauty that Nature produces. Perfect exposure and colours and the right dof to isolate the orchild from the background.

Fantastic image, Niek. The colors are vibrant and the detail is sharp and clear. Well done!

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  • kjpweb Gold Star Critiquer [C: 326 W: 86 N: 1084] (4788)
  • [2008-03-01 12:48]

Very beautiful the separation from object and background. Great bokeh, too! And of course very sharp with vibrant colors. Great job! Cheers, Klaus

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-03-01 13:31]

Hi Niek

Great shot - lovely detail and good isolation conbined with well saturated colours.


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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2008-03-01 13:42]

Hello Niek,
A centered presentation is ok when it comes to botanic species.
The light control is perfect as are the details. I agree with tim that the background could have been a bit more blurred. Beautiful colors.
Well done and TFS

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  • Ena Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 324 W: 61 N: 594] (2454)
  • [2008-03-01 15:54]

Hi Niek,
Lovely portrait!
Beautiful colors!

Hi Niek,
Beautiful Orchid. Very nice presentation with good details, standing out from the BG.
- NIrmal

Hello Niek,
Not that I know much about it, but I think I recognize this from my location too...
A delicate plant with the many flowers on the stem, sharp fine details and good colour reproduction!
Pablo -

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-03-02 0:33]
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Hi Niek

Nice to see you again here...we've missed you :)
A very beautiful photo from you of this wild orchid! Sorry to hear you don't have too many in Holland...from what i've read, we have quite a lot of them here and i'll try find one and take a nice picture about this year (although i'm not so keen on flowers, my self).
Anyway, i love the leveled POV you had here and the nice clearance it gave you for the BG - which is very nicely blurred.
The DOF is spot-on and it keeps the orchid is very good focus, its entire length. Just for my curiosity, did you try one with f/2.8?
Anyway, that aside, i also like the way the colors and spots of the orchid look on that pretty, uniform BG...that actually adds a bit more to the beauty of the shot.
Overall: a very beautiful post again from you, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

PS: i see Evelynn mentions you going to Norway...when? :)

Hallo Niek,

There are in the netherlands several species!
Good of sharpness and beautiful colours.
Have you also the latin name for me?

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-03-02 3:50]

Hi Niek,
Composition, colors, focus, sharpness, ighting, POV and details are very nice.TFS
Best wishes,

Hallo Niek,

Ik heb getracht deze orchis met mijn eigen verzameling te vergelijken, maar ik kom er niet echt uit. Deze van jou heeft alle kenmerken van een orchis, maar is toch weer even wat anders zoals ik dat uit Holland, of Zwitserland ken. Zal ook wel wat te maken hebben met de plaats waar ze groeien. Deze is in ieder geval een beauty. Staat met daar toch even trots te wezen, van heb ik jou daar (-: Mooie en heel rustgevende compositie. Helder weergegeven. Mooie kleuren. Je POV, DOF en BG zijn goed. Ben even het WEB op gegaan en misschien dat jouw orchis de Early Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp. ochroleuca) is. Ik heb een link hieronder, kijk maar. Ik hoor wel van je. Groeten en TFS BOB


Hi Niek
Mother Nature sure has a beautiful palette of colour, you captured it well here. Orchids are so exotic with interesting patterns. It's nicely composed to one side with good DOF. I can't wait for spring and the scent of flowers.
TFS Janice

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2008-03-05 11:10]

Hi Niek

What a beauty! that really is a glorious flower. You have caught some beautiful details, the composition is lovely and the DOF perfect.



Hello Niek. This is a very nice capture of this violet orchid. I like the texture of the flower and you have captured this in vivid details. Well muted pleasant background on this superb macro. Well done and have a nice day. Regards. Jusni

Hi Niek,
This is very pretty and a fine specimen image. You captured the lovely petal details wonderfully and composed this well.
The OOF Bg bokeh is gorgeous. Excellent work! Tfs Richard

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