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On Our way Home we found These

On Our way Home we found These
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Copyright: Robert Brown (Robbrown) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1185 W: 88 N: 2160] (6106)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-23
Categories: Flowers
Camera: SONY DSC F-707, Carl Zeiss 9.7-48.5, Digital ISO 100
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orchids (wild), Swisss Trip [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-25 6:45
Viewed: 5070
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well folk we got home safley, yesterday was spent putting things in order, so this morning I find time to post this one taken on the way home.
The location is a little bit of a guess (If I am wrong Hopefully some body can correct me ). Taken on the A26 motorway some where between Reims and St.Quienten,The nearest town we think is Laon, we are fairly certain it was between Junctions 12 and 13 that needing a sleep after a combination of a superb meal in a motorway restruant (the quality of the meal put most english restuants in the shade let alone the english motorway ones which tend to be greasy spoons) and the 39.5C road temp, we found one of the beautiful forest pullin's the french provide for people to rest in. Having had an hour or so's sleep I went for a walk round to stretch the muscles after 6 hrs of driving from Winterthur in Switzerland, (thanks to all for the great time we had there it was brilliant)I found at one end of the area , a piece of rough ground with willow , blackberries and rough grass and in amongst this was groups of the pyramidal Orchids(Anacamptis pyramidalis). They are starting to go over from being at their best, not surprissing in the heat of the day.This speciemin was about 40cm tall, I saw some on the side of the road in Trin-Mulin (Switzerland)which were only 20cm. the book talks about them being found upto 1900m so the ones in Trin were only a little over half way up the available growth region. A plant of of Limestone rock and soils found in woodland clearings and meadows from May to August, the book says it smells Foxy but I cannt coment on this, though it can be found in a rare white form.
I had to post this next even though there are loads more to come from Switzerland because I wanted to show you shoud take your chances when they occour and I wanted to get france on my posted country list also.
Slight Shadows and Highlights actually to lighten the image because I metered off the sky being the brightest thing, others were metered off the bright area of the flowers but did not look as good IMO.
Rotate image with measure tool and rotate arbitary as I had taken the image slightly angled.
Crop image to size
Sharpen by Lab colour , channels , Lightness , USM , back to RGB
Select BG and apply 1% gaussian blurr
Save As to preserve the Exif Data

liquidsunshine, honza, Signal-Womb, mogens-j, annagrace, Janice, coasties, AdrianW has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To mogens-j: Thanks MogensRobbrown 1 06-25 17:55
To ornis: Time of yearRobbrown 1 06-25 15:41
To liquidsunshine: Identiefing the orchidRobbrown 2 06-25 08:37
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Very attractive bunch of orchids. Composition is excellent and I like the DOF and OOF background. the flowers themselves are pin-sharp. Great stuff.

Great shot Robert,
Excellent sharp detail, colours and composition. Good DOF.
I have a shot of a similar flower, but mine is a bit more pink. Can you recommend any good sources to ID it?
Well captured, thanks for posting

A nice surprise on your way home, Rob. These are very difficult to get right in the sunshine, because their color is so vivid (I would even say aggressive). They stand up very nicely and form a very attractive pair. For your info, we have these here from april to june. You've got two beautiful specimens here. Happy you had a good time and a nice trip. I've added it to the corresponding theme.

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-06-25 15:02]

Very nice orchid. I like its attractive colors. Composition and sharpness are very good too. In my country A. pyramidalis is rare and protected.

Good capture Rob with nice detail and accurate DOF. I would have increased levels to brighten the image though. Well done.

Very nice capture of a beautiful orchid Robert. Wonderful colours and very clever dof setting the flower off nicely. Nice to have you back - I hope you had a nice trip with the family.

A lovely capture, Robert! The colors and contrast are amazing - and I admire you for getting out of the car in that awful heat to capture this image.


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-26 3:48]

Such a beautiful orchid Robert, and to think it just grows wild is amazing. Lovely colours and details, and well captured. I'm pleased you stopped off in your trip to stop and just smell the flowers.

Lovely shot Robert. Amazing wild orchid. Such a pretty colour. Nice shape too. Good light and OOF BG. Excellent shot. Thanks.

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