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Spider orchid

Spider orchid
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Copyright: Odile Young (OPYphoto) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 37 W: 4 N: 117] (714)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-02
Categories: Flowers
Camera: canon 600D, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/350 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Native Orchids from SW of Western Australia [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-09-04 19:54
Viewed: 1678
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My first Spider Orchid in the wild and not on my block!
Photographed about 200km NE of Perth in an area known for its wildflowers. The whole of the SW of WA is getting ready for spring and the spider orchids are providing excellent photo opportunities.
The Spider Orchids (Caladenia genus) are a large group of about 200 species, native from the Australasian region. More than half of the species exist only in the SW of WA. Most are pollinated by insects which they attract with smell or shape.
I photographed these two with a wide angle 'macro' lens to take in their long sepals and petals. I forgot I had the camera on 'spot' metering but I actually like the darker frame around the flower centres. I am not sure which exact species they belong to.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-09-04 20:31]

Hello Odile,
Congratulations on finally capturing this unique species of orchid in the wild! The unusual shape of their exceptionally long sepals and petals is very attractive. I too like the darker frame as the orchids now seem to be spot lighted as the main attraction. A tad more DOF and the second orchid would have been as sharp as the one in front, but still a beautiful image. Well done!!

great capture of this non-photogenic flower, TFS Ori

Hello Odile,
you have done rather well in displaying the interesting shape of the Spider Orchid in the wild with the shadow areas providing a natural vignette.
Regards Les.

Hi Odile,
very fine and delicate presentation. The orchid is very nice against the dark background. Very well done. This is art!

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