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Orchid Night Shots

This is a discussion on Orchid Night Shots within the Cattleyas, Vandas, Dendrobiums IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; I was just staring at my orchids the other night. Then I thought of exploring ...

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    Default Orchid Night Shots

    I was just staring at my orchids the other night. Then I thought of exploring my digicam's less used functions.
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    I like these night shots.

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    Hello Yew Sung... actually I haven't finished uploading the photos yet because the signal was quite weak and it was taking ages. Here are more night shots for you and everyone to enjoy.
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    and one more... will take more pictures as the buds of my other orchids come into full bloom
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    I love the last one, Angel - the white is so pure! What settings did you use on your camera? Night shots generally involve one of 2 things - a) a flash, which can "flatten" the subject, or even cause shadows, and b) no flash, but a higher ISO (at least 800) and a long shutter speed, to take in all the available light there is. In the second case, I often opt for a lower ISO (cleaner picture), and extend the shutter speed, but that's where my trusty tripod becomes indispensable.
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    Very nice shots, Angel! I am particularly impressed with how deep a purple came through on the den. Dark purples and deep reds are generally so problematic when using digital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    I love the last one, Angel - the white is so pure! What settings did you use on your camera? Night shots generally involve one of 2 things - a) a flash, which can "flatten" the subject, or even cause shadows, and b) no flash, but a higher ISO (at least 800) and a long shutter speed, to take in all the available light there is. In the second case, I often opt for a lower ISO (cleaner picture), and extend the shutter speed, but that's where my trusty tripod becomes indispensable.
    Hi there, Maura! I think that's what you call a "lucky shot". Anyway, I was more into like taking several shots and choosing which one looked the best to me, without remembering which settings I used. Just like a casual cook in the kitchen. So if you asked me to recreate the photo, I would just give you a silly grin, I guess. hahahaha.
    However, I reviewed the file on my digicam and that white dendrobium photo had a very low exposure of negative 1.7, the aperture at f/2.8. The ISO was set to Auto and the gadget put it at 125. I had my flash and Macro on. Gosh, I wish I understood what I just wrote, Maura... LOL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pavel View Post
    Very nice shots, Angel! I am particularly impressed with how deep a purple came through on the den. Dark purples and deep reds are generally so problematic when using digital.
    Thanks!! I agree with you Pavel. I get frustrated every time I take shots of orchids in deep violet and even rich pink or fuchsia shades because the digicam can't seem to faithfully capture the true colors, especially when set on Auto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angel View Post
    Thanks!! I agree with you Pavel. I get frustrated every time I take shots of orchids in deep violet and even rich pink or fuchsia shades because the digicam can't seem to faithfully capture the true colors, especially when set on Auto.
    One of my favorite complaints when I post a red-toned photo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by angel View Post
    Hi there, Maura! I think that's what you call a "lucky shot". Anyway, I was more into like taking several shots and choosing which one looked the best to me, without remembering which settings I used. Just like a casual cook in the kitchen. So if you asked me to recreate the photo, I would just give you a silly grin, I guess. hahahaha.
    However, I reviewed the file on my digicam and that white dendrobium photo had a very low exposure of negative 1.7, the aperture at f/2.8. The ISO was set to Auto and the gadget put it at 125. I had my flash and Macro on. Gosh, I wish I understood what I just wrote, Maura... LOL.
    Hi Angel -

    I'm assuming you have a point 'n shoot - if not, feel free to string me up by my boots! Did you use the camera's Night Shot setting? Or just Auto? Anyway, I was trying to figure out what your info told you. With a flash, I believe you that the Aperture was 2.8. An exposure of negative anything has me puzzled, except that maybe the camera stepped down where its exposure was set. My experience of ISOs is that they only go up by 100s - mine usually stays at 200, but I'll increase it to 800 if it's a darker scene and I don't have my tripod. By the way, all point 'n shoots will set your ISO for you if use any of their shortcut settings. I tend to think that the 125 was your shutter speed. And all of this information is useless and meaningless to everyone who doesn't struggle with manual settings on a DSLR these days. So, feel free to forget it immediately!

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