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Orchis anthropophora

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 21 May 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

The Belgian orchid season is fully started now. Several species can be found opening their first flowers. Yesterday I found Orchis anthropophora (former: Aceras anthropophorum - (Man Orchid / Poppenorchis) in massive numbers (over 500 counted !) The narrow flower spikes do not command attention from a distance but on closer look they reveal how apt the English name is. The little flowers indeed look like tiney, hooded, human figures. It is yellowish to greenish, but variably washed with red. Plants in full sun may be on average the reddest. Of the many pictures I made, I shose this one to show because of the composition with these two flowerspikes.

Image: Lanaye (B) 20/05/2010

Canon EOS 400D 1/500 second F/5.6 ISO 200 150 mm

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Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Wat heb je het licht prachtig gevangen in deze foto! De compositie is ook erg mooi met haar tweeling in de achtergrond.

21 May 2010 5:17am

@Monique: Ik ben nogal voorstander van tegenlichtopnames in dit soort situaties. Ik had ook enkele opnames van de andere kant genomen - de planten zijn dan vol belicht door de zon, maar komen er nogal vlakjes uit. Dit is volgens mij boeiender om naar te kijken, al zijn niet alle details zichtbaar. Bedankt voor je commentaar alweer.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

The light is fantastic!

21 May 2010 6:22am

@GJC: Thank you GJC. I prefer the backlight too. I made some images from the other side, but think this image was far more interesting to look at.

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Stunning.. I love the composition.. the flower in the background looks like a mirror image of the one in the foreground..

21 May 2010 8:27am

@Sarito: Thanks, Sarito. Many orchid species form kind of groups. The plants growing close to eachother are most of the time kind of clones. That is why they look so similar, but with little differences though. I like creating this kind of composition with a blurred second one. In previous years I alway tried to get both spikes sharp, but I think the "blurred mirror" is a more interesting way.

dang from Atlanta, United States

Sarito said it well, love the repetitive stems.

21 May 2010 1:13pm

@dang: Thanks again. I'm trying last weeks to find some groups of flowers to create this kind of mirror-effect. I think this composition ads an interesting aspect to the image.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

The backlighting brings out the red details.

22 May 2010 3:28pm

@Julie Brown: Thanks, Julie.
I prefered this image above the front-lighted images I made. The front-lighted seemed a bit "flat" to me. In this one the main aspect is light, and not the species itself, I think.

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Prachtig tegenlicht, kleuren en details.

24 May 2010 12:19pm

@Photome: Dit is tegenwoordig mijn favoriete manier om deze soorten in beeld te brengen. Tussen de examens door probeer ik zoveel mogelijk tijd te maken nu om te gaan fotograferen - het Orchideeënseizoen is in volle gang en zoals ieder jaar wil ik daar niet te veel van missen :-)

"Dutch" from Chicagoland, United States

Almost like a mirrored image and yet not. I like this presentation, up close and personal clarity and a more artful bokeh on the rearward one.

24 May 2010 4:38pm

@"Dutch": I'm glad you like this appoach. It is one of my favorite ways on making images lately. It is not always possible - you need two flowers standing very close - but I try to search for them before I start making images.

Canon EOS 400D
1/500 second
ISO 200
150 mm