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Another Mahina Yahiro - with a twist

This is a discussion on Another Mahina Yahiro - with a twist within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I tried this orchid once before and was told I had a mutant; perhaps this ...

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    Default Another Mahina Yahiro - with a twist

    I tried this orchid once before and was told I had a mutant; perhaps this one is too, but wouldn't it be nice if all mutants were this pretty? It has been Blc. Mahina Yahiro 'Ulii, but is now either an Rlc. or Rsc. - can't remember. Anyway, this one had a number of flaws, so I've used it for experimenting with some more abstract shots. It's pretty healthy - just was trampled a bit by the cattleya crowds around it.

    Here are a few shots of it - I'm still fussing around with the right settings to show how transparent this bloom is; the photos here make it look much denser and heavier than it really is.

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    Try with light from behind or from the sides of the flower. That's how you can capture the transparency.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Horst View Post
    Try with light from behind or from the sides of the flower. That's how you can capture the transparency.
    Thank you, Horst. I usually don't have trouble with this issue, but I don't have any professional lighting equipment, so sometimes I can't get around the pure logistics of the situation. In this case, I couldn't move my light sources behind the flower, and light from the side wasn't diffused enough to keep shadows from appearing. I'm looking into getting a small studio setup with two side lights and an overhead "boom" - but that would take up orchid-growing space and my apartment is still insanely disorganized from working on my orchid vacation victims. I am definitely going to ask for the proper lighting for Christmas, though. Too bad it's getting so cold outside - my best shots are always in natural light.

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    Great angles with those photos Maura. The importance of visually capturing their blooms inorder to reflect their true identity is a completely different issue as your approach. Remember all those A3 glossy sized lamenated prints from Athena of all those dolphins, whales and the iconic whale tail splashing on the ocean surface back in early/ mid nineties. Hit the market and caused a sensation. Close ups and fine art shots of flora esp orchids went mainstream more recently to fill the void of the ocean craze. Your experimental abstracts could definetly been seen here on those modern mounted canvasses.

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    Some nice shots, there.



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    I really like the blooms and your photos are just awesome. Give yourself some credit, Girl!!

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    very beautiful like the colours

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    Nice shots Maura.

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    Thanks y'all - it's nice to get positive feedback when venturing out of the usual orchid photography comfort zone. I'm going to look into a macro lens for my Christmas list this year.

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