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This is a discussion on Lc. Blue Grotto 'Blue Lustre' within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Mauraec, The color in the photograph is not accurate but it's not too far off. ...
Mauraec, The color in the photograph is not accurate but it's not too far off. For some reason orchids that tend towards blue are very difficult to photograph. The colors are never completely correct. I don't seem to have that problem with other colors. I just recently heard that changing the color in the background can help to get a more accurate color, but I haven't tried that yet. I used a Nikon 3100 with a 35mm 1.8 lens. It's not a macro lens but it can focus down to about 12" and I really like the results I get. It's my favorite lens. I have a macro (close up) lens but I don't use it often because of the narrow depth of field. I used the standard flash on the camera with a diffuser. I'm not really a photographer but I like the results I get with this camera.
Halloamey, those specks are in the flowers and I also worry about it being a virus. The viruses I've seen usually have white specks or streaks. I've seem those dark specks before on other plants that seem healthy and bloom normally later. I'll keep my fingers crossed. I threw out two cattleyas last year because of viruses.
Oh boy, Jeff - it sounds like Amey is right on point (as usual) about the CBV - I haven't had it in mine yet - that I know of - but I've read that it is tremendously contagious - and not only do our tools transmit (if not sterilized) viruses, but apparently, various insects carry it as well. I have yet to hear of any cure for orchid viruses - we don't do do well with human viruses, either, come to think of it. If you do lose the plant, though, you'll still have the photos. A 1.8! That's one fast piece of glass - I can see why you use it - and if you used a tripod, you could even dispense with the flash and use a long exposure in all different kinds of light. One of the frustrations I have with my 18-105 lens is that it won't allow me to get closer than about 2 1/2 feet, and it forces me to use the zoom to get any kind of macro effect. I can get a little closer if I manual focus, but I'm lost without my tripod and I really try not to use a flash - I'm with Yew on that one. I've posted some blue hydrangeas on another thread, which are among the first I've ever gotten that were pretty true to the real color. I find that background color is crucial (I generally use black), but it's usually the time of day and quality of light that determines how good my color is; it seems, to me, anyway, that orchid photos thrive in the same kind of light that the actual orchids do - bright, natural, and indirect - but, as I said, I'm still learning, and have yet to use a fixed focal lens. Thanks for the response and I'm so sorry about your Blue Grotto.