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just a little montage of cattleya orchids

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    Default just a little montage of cattleya orchids

    The Blc Love Sound x L. pumila (left) was posted not too long ago and is still holding on though the flowers are starting to decline. The Bl Richard Mueller x L. aurea (middle) has been in bloom for about a week. The flowers do not undergo a great deal of color change like most Mueller crosses, unfortunately. And the Otaara Krull-Smith 'Riverbend' (right) is now blooming from a different growth.

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    A little closer view of the Bl Richard Mueller x L. aurea

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    Last time I shot this Otaara with the sun at its back. Here are the new blooms without the backlighting. The color is fairly close to accurate though still a bit too light.

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    Wonderful colors. Each one with a totally different color.

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    All three of them are beautiful. I find it very diffficult to reproduce the dark pink/violet colour accurately in my digital photographs (colour of Krull-Smith in the first photo). Recently I again had this problem while trying to photograph my Slc Hsin Buu Lady, which has a vibrant dark pink/violet colour. After many attempts with different light sources, various white balance settings, exposures; the best I could get was a dark red colour.

    I consulted a digital camera technician and was informed that apparently this was due to the inability of digital imagery to resolve the reddish-blue (wavelength 400-450nm) which is at the other end of the visible red spectrum. Guess I may have to resort to Photoshop?

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    Looking great, Paul. I love the sparkly texture on the Otaara Krull-Smith. Nice growing & blooming.

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    They are beautiful Paul !

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    All are beautiful Paul ! I am waiting for X pumila to be on bids

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    All are gorgeous and beautifully grown! TFS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    I find it very diffficult to reproduce the dark pink/violet colour accurately in my digital photographs (colour of Krull-Smith in the first photo). Recently I again had this problem while trying to photograph my Slc Hsin Buu Lady, which has a vibrant dark pink/violet colour. After many attempts with different light sources, various white balance settings, exposures; the best I could get was a dark red colour.
    I feel your pain, Yew! Rich reds also are often problematic it seems. The first pic I posted was a bit dark but it is the only in which the darkness of the Otaara's color was about right. In the third picture, while not quite dark enough, colorwise it was fairly close to accurate.

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    I consulted a digital camera technician and was informed that apparently this was due to the inability of digital imagery to resolve the reddish-blue (wavelength 400-450nm) which is at the other end of the visible red spectrum. Guess I may have to resort to Photoshop?
    Ah! So that's why! I've seen folks to some amazing things with Photoshop, but understand it is also a rather challenging program to learn

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    OK, smarty pants.... I've got my catts out baking in the sun and not a flower from any of them.... you, on the other hand, grow indoors under lights or windows or whatever and YOU have flowers!!!! What's with this?????!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerdoc5968 View Post
    OK, smarty pants.... I've got my catts out baking in the sun and not a flower from any of them.... you, on the other hand, grow indoors under lights or windows or whatever and YOU have flowers!!!! What's with this?????!!!!!
    Mine like me better. LOL!

    Seriously, Howard, one of the things you need to keep in mind is that I grow minicatts (with a small sprinkling of compact catts) while yours are mainly standard catts. The standard catts, typically, have a higher light requirement than most of the minis (and many of the compacts for that matter). That alone can make the standards more challenging to bloom.

    In addition, standards tend to have only one blooming season (F, W, Sp, or S). That means if they aren't getting enough light or what have you at the correct time you don't get blooms that year. Minicatts and some of the compacts generally have a "variable" blooming season -- meaning they can bloom at almost anytime of year. Because growths can mature at different times, if for some reason you screw things up by not giving the plant what it wants as a growth matures, you often get a second chance with a new growth at a different time of year.

    Now with your new set up, you very well might wind up with more catts blooming this fall or even winter. You'll have to wait and see. You don't happen to remember which ones of yours are supposed to bloom when do you? It would be interesting to see, for instance, how any "fall blooming" catts you have do this time around with the increase in light they're getting this summer.

    The ease of growing and blooming many of the minicatts, as well as their much more diminutive sizes are why I grow them. The flowers may be smaller than those of a standard catt, but they bloom more often and, it seems, the flowers tend to last longer than those of many of the standard catts. The only downside, to me, is that, IME, there aren't a lot of minicatts with much of a fragrance -- pleasant or otherwise.

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