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    Default Phalaenopsis amabilis

    A new one, 1st bloom, young plant. I love amabilis lip.

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    Gorgeous shots, Eric. You have the texture on the white beautifully - and great macros. I forget - does p. amabilis have a scent?

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    Amazing photographs. How were you able to capture the texture of the flowers like that? I often just get flat white petals with no texture. Beautiful species also with absolutely perfect blooms.

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    Nive shots of a lovely phal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker85 View Post
    Amazing photographs. How were you able to capture the texture of the flowers like that? I often just get flat white petals with no texture. Beautiful species also with absolutely perfect blooms.
    Jeff

    There are limits in the light meter in cameras that make white and black very hard to measure correct.

    When photographing white flower you underexpose the shot several steps and then add brightness and contrast in the post processing. IF you over expose the digital sensor you lose all information of detail but as long as you under expose enough you always have the information for the texture in the white. Using a black background also helps as you do not need to care about details and digital noice in the dark part as they are totaly black.

    Some cameras have a a function that show areas in the picture that has been totaly over exposed (saturated the sensor). You can also use the histagram to make sure you have a flat baseline for the brightess part and thereby you catch all detail. Post processing is though necessary to lift the picture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tucker85 View Post
    Amazing photographs. How were you able to capture the texture of the flowers like that?
    For white flowers, I always underexpose my shot and then I adjust the level of light with Gimp. And I often take photos at 1 or 2 meters from the subject using zoom, except for macro of course.

    Thank you all.

    Edit : thank you Magnus. I did not read your reply before posting.

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    When I started orchid photography in earnest, my colors, etc were always on target when I shot outside. Unfortunately, it's hard to set up a non-distracting background outside, so I began bringing my orchids in for portrait sessions. Then I was in for a challenge - I couldn't rely on my light meter whatsoever, and unless I've set up special lighting, I'm dealing with the changes in available light sources all the time. I go from putting my White Balance on Auto, and then working back all the way to customizing it and back to Auto again. The trick to photographing white, as both of you note, is to make sure you haven't blown all the information out of the photo where the white is brightest. I still screw that up sometimes, especially when I have a subject that runs the gamut between dark, vivid colors, and bright whites.

    Now that I'm working in Aperture, I'm shooting in RAW, so there is a lot more information available to work with. Of course, I was an artiste with my D80, and now I can scarcely get a decent shot of anything at all with my new D300. It's far more advanced than I am, but I think it's going to be fun in the end. And there's always my G11 point-and-shoot, which takes frustratingly good pictures when set entirely on AUTO!

    And we're breaking in a new Epson wide format fine art printer, so things are very experimental around here. I'll post some photos of the printed photos (!) when I have a chance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauraec View Post
    I forget - does p. amabilis have a scent?
    I forgot to answer your question : unfortunately not fragrant.

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    As always, superb pix of this divine beauty, nice one Eric!

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