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My eureka moment with Dendrobium sanderae

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    Default My eureka moment with Dendrobium sanderae

    For sometime I’ve been wondering why I do poorly with white flowers; for some reason I had been unable to capture very well the substance of the blooms. Sure, the petals and sepals come out with a crystalline and ethereal effect but something seems to be missing.

    I was glad Dendrobium sanderae came along, for me to play around with today after getting home from a hectic day of consultative meetings that required two plane trips.
    As Howard says, “It is all because of light; its source and its brightness”.

    I am quite happy with the results. Well, it has helped that D. sanderae was here.





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    Those are sublime, Nelson! It seems you have conquered your fear of whites! I'm not sure which form I prefer - they're both lovely!

    How did you change your usual lighting for these shots? And how much do you trade off brightness for a longer exposure? Some plants dance around so. I've got to wait forever before they'll sit still. I understand that's the biggest challenge when photographing in the wild.

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    Beautiful Blooms and Pictures!!
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    I love the picture of the alba! It looks like they are made of chiffon!

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    Nelson, I was just at Earth Google in Manilla, just north of the city between Tanza and Meycauayan there was an area that I could not tell if it was fields or water. Do you know?? Has anyone ever tried Earth Google? It is really interesting, I can waste lots more time on the computer.
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    Default Thank you, guys.

    Quote Originally Posted by Piper View Post
    Those are sublime, Nelson! It seems you have conquered your fear of whites! I'm not sure which form I prefer - they're both lovely!

    How did you change your usual lighting for these shots? And how much do you trade off brightness for a longer exposure? Some plants dance around so. I've got to wait forever before they'll sit still. I understand that's the biggest challenge when photographing in the wild.

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    Julie, the camera has some quirks. It does not come with a full manual, only a 3 inch x 3.5 inch set of instructions that is 0.5 inch thick, in 5 languages. So you can see the trial and error that is entailed in the process.

    For some reason, macro mode is available only in auto form, and super macro in manual form.

    In addition to some backlighting of the blooms, portrait mode was used instead of macro, so that an autoflash can be activated (can't be activated in macro and super macro modes).

    The photo sessions are held in my studio, aka bedroom, so even the airconditioner can be turned off for the time a photo session is going on. It does get hot. And, I use a tripod.

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    Default I don't use google earth much.

    Quote Originally Posted by Molly Taco View Post
    Nelson, I was just at Earth Google in Manilla, just north of the city between Tanza and Meycauayan there was an area that I could not tell if it was fields or water. Do you know?? Has anyone ever tried Earth Google? It is really interesting, I can waste lots more time on the computer.
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    I find that it is poor on details for areas outside of the USA.

    I use msn encarta for mapping purposes, and for altitude measurements I use fallingrain.

    Molly, I don't know of any place called Tanza north of Manila. However, the area just a bit north of Manila that includes Meycauayan is mostly plains. Used to be rice fields, but urban sprawl has claimed it. Occasionally it gets flooded especially during the sudden heavy moonsoon rains.

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    Thanks for the info, Nelson! What was the difference between the first two photos?

    Lighting certainly is one, but did you also change camera settings? That's been the most challenging for me. I knew how to shoot my SLR. But the digital compensates for so many things, you really have to know what it's doing and how to say, "no!" to many of them, for a specific shot.

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    Default More backlighting for the first photo.

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    Thanks for the info, Nelson! What was the difference between the first two photos?

    Lighting certainly is one, but did you also change camera settings? That's been the most challenging for me. I knew how to shoot my SLR. But the digital compensates for so many things, you really have to know what it's doing and how to say, "no!" to many of them, for a specific shot.

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    Also, the aperture number was bigger in the second shot. It let in less light and the depth of field is supposedly less. It captured more of the substance.

    Both were shot with autoflash.

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    Thanks for all the details, Neson! I'll continue experimenting with my own!

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