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current bloomers, fragrant species vandas

This is a discussion on current bloomers, fragrant species vandas within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I think I need to figure out a better way to take close-up photographs....

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    Default current bloomers, fragrant species vandas



    I think I need to figure out a better way to take close-up photographs.

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    Hi! I think you take fine photos! You are being too hard on yourself! If you want to try for better detail (not that any is lacking in these two photos) you might consider using a darker background--not necessarily black, but that would work. Let the light fall slightly off of the object you want to photograph and then set your shutter for the brightest (lightest) area in the frame. This will keep your photo from washing out and should give you a bit more detail.

    I really like the color blending in the Vanda merrillii. It looks somehow...dangerous.

    I have a question for you about species vandas? Are there (I am guessing that there are) any species vandas that are the dinner plate shape? I have seen lots of vandas, but never really noticed if any were species or not. Thinking back, it seems that all the species ones I remember seeing have had shapes similar to the ones in your post here. Anyway, you seemed like the one to ask. Thanks!

    Cheers!
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    Those are great close ups, much more crisp than anything I can do! I love the yellow, it is so unique.

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    Default thank you, guys

    BD,

    Iv'e done that before with V. lamellata, and it has worked. It is hard however to photograph V. merrillii against a dark background because the colors are already dark. I've done that before, as well.

    I think literature would say that Vanda (Euanthe) sanderiana has the largest flowers amongst species vandas. It is quite far from dinner-plate sized.

    I would say though that they are beautiful enough as they are, without becoming gigantic.

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    Default Err....I am sorry.

    You were talking about shape, not size.

    Offhand, I volunteer Vanda (Euanthe) sanderiana again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntgerald
    You were talking about shape, not size.

    Offhand, I volunteer Vanda (Euanthe) sanderiana again.
    Thanks! I will look it up. I thought there must be, but wasn't completely sure.

    Cheers!
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    Once again, such beautiful flowers.. Thank you Gerald. Are these native to the philippines as well? I want to grow more of the philippine orchids but most of them require some kind of heat... do you know of any Vandas that live up in the mountains?

    Bruce, in terms of the more circular shaped Vandas, as Gerald said, Euanthe (formerly Vanda) sanderiana has the most filled in shape. Some of the line bred V. ceorulea is also getting those filled in shapes.

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    Tim,
    Yes, both merrillii and lamellata are endemic to the Philippines, although some lamellata is also found in the island of Borneo, if I remember correctly.

    Merrillii is from the mountains but lamellata is more lowland. On the other hand, merrillii also flourish in Manila.

    Vanda roeblingiana is a mountain species that so far hasnt grown well in my collection; however, I have in mind to relocate my plant...I suspect it would do better in cooler temperatures.

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    I almost missed your beautiful pictures , I really like the merrillii , nice rich color . Your pictures look great to me . Gin

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    Thanks Gerald,

    I think the Vanda roeblingiana definitely goes into the wish list. I had a look around for pictures of it and I love it! The lip on it is fantastic!

    Also will read up more on the merrillii... maybe it will grow in a variety of conditions...

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