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Vanda Pure's Wax

This is a discussion on Vanda Pure's Wax within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Originally Posted by catttan I agree with you, Pavel re film ( BTW I still ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    I agree with you, Pavel re film ( BTW I still have a few rolls of negative colour film and slides in the freezer ). Yes digital cameras are improving but still unable to cope properly with the UV end of the colour spectrum. My youngest son was home for the weekend and we compared shots of V Pure's Wax using his latest Nikon D7000 against those taken with my Nikon D70 and D200. There was a slight improvement in colour rendition but still far from satisfactory.
    I can believe it. And Phillip and I get different results between his D200 and my D80 and the Canon G11s. Then, if you want tp print it, you have to deal with the color disparities depending on your printer. Can be very frustrating to see how far from what you're looking at a print can be, Saving up for an Epson....

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    WOW! Yew for been that size Vanda that is an incredibly huge bloom, Great job.

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    It has been a year since I posted that picture and the plant is now about 9 inches tall and strangely enough it has bloomed only once since then. Could be due to the fact that I've placed it in the shadier part of the orchid house.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    I can believe it. And Phillip and I get different results between his D200 and my D80 and the Canon G11s. Then, if you want tp print it, you have to deal with the color disparities depending on your printer. Can be very frustrating to see how far from what you're looking at a print can be, Saving up for an Epson....
    This particular picture was taken with my D70. I don't know how long since I have printed a photo and my Epson is all clogged up and next to useless. I find the printing inks too expensive to justify printing my own pictures. Now and then I do send a few to print at a professional outlet and since the proprietor is a friend, I get to sit in with him while he prints and usually get the print I want with a bit of input from me.

    Re the different colour rendition from the digital cameras I agree completely with you and Philip. A friend has suggested shooting in RAW and tweak in Photoshop but since I'm Photoshop illiterate, that doesn't help much. BTW I use Aperture for my pictures (only installed in January ) and just feeling my way around.

    How's Phillip - miss his posts! Please convey my best regards to him.

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    Thanks, Yew. We both have Aperture and have yet to venture into it - I'm still using iPhoto and getting frustrated with its limitations. The G11 shoots in RAW too, so maybe I'll fool around with some of the quick shots I have taken. I'm still working on trying to get the best shot I can with the camera, so that I don't have to do so much post-editing.

    I've been getting on Phillip to post something, so maybe he'll show up one of these days.

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    Wow, Magnificent color!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catttan View Post
    How's Phillip - miss his posts! Please convey my best regards to him.
    Hello Yew, my regards to you as well. I have been keeping up with your posts through Maura. I find all digital camera's to struggle with colors like magenta and certain blues, especially if they lean toward purple. The white balance is one thing to monkey around with, but I have not had very good results from that either. Once again, this makes me long for the old film days. Kodachrome 25 would handle those colors with its eyes closed. Alas, the digital age is here to stay and having your own darkroom on your laptop is pretty cool, as is taking tons of photos without having to pay development costs. I do find that I get better colors with those that are troublesome with changes in the light source and using different lens has an effect. I get much sharper, truer colors with a 60mm f2.8 Micro, especially with the f stop closed down about half way.. I usually use a tripod so I can shoot is lower light at more open apertures.

    I too use Aperture as my processor and am feeling my way around with it as well. I am currently researching plug ins for HDR work in black and white. I've seen HDR used with b + w and the result is truly awesome, not garish or over worked as I find most color HDR to be. I am afraid I am too old to begin to learn Photshop, not sure I have THAT many years left. I am 52 after all and Photoshop, well...

    Nice to post again. I don't currently have anything blooming to post and am such a rookie at growing orchids that I usually have nothing to add to most posts.

    Take care,

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    Last edited by Phillip C; July 29th, 2012 at 04:38 PM. Reason: correct typo's

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    Great to hear from you again Phillip. How's your bonsai doing? Recently took Maura's advice and worked on my 2 badly neglected bonsai bourgainvillea and hope to be able to post a picture of one of them soon. Take care of yourself.

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    I have only seen one bougainvillea bonsai before and it was spectacular, and true feast for the eyes. That plant had to be 60 or 70 years old and the blooms were so colorful. Really the plant was gorgeous. My bonsai trees are, in a word, growing. When I whip one into shape, it soon has grown all bushy again. I have a Brazilian Raintree on one end that is threatening to overgrown all the rest and needs sone work done to it badly.

    I have located a Master here in Atlanta who is willing to mentor me and hopefully Maura as she no has two tropicals. He is very well known both here and around the country and I am honored that he will work with me. Perhaps I shall post some pictures after he has had an opportunity to guide me a bit.

    I do have a few new orchids that are not in bloom and I may try to get some photo's to post of these. They are mounted mini species and really quite interesting.

    See you later,

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    Last edited by Phillip C; July 30th, 2012 at 09:10 AM. Reason: coreecttypos

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