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Neotinea ustulata

Posted by
Johan Dierckx (Wijnegem, Belgium) on 30 May 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Series: European Terrestial Orchids

Neotinea ustulata (Former: Orchis ustulata - Burnt Orchid / Aangebrande orchis) is a delicate species and one of our most attractive dan delightful orchids. The unopened buds are deep purple, giving the top of the spike a scorched or burnt appearancen hence the name. ('ustulata' means 'scorched-looking' In Belgium there are only 3 or 4 places left where this species can be found in very limited populations, so I was very happy to find more than a dozen full flowering spikes on my trip to Germany.

Image: Germany 22/05/2010

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

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Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Beautiful orchid variety

30 May 2010 7:31am

@Marie LC: It is indeed, Marie. I do not know an other species showing this type of colouring.

Ralph from Overijssel, Netherlands

Mooie volle bos deze!

30 May 2010 8:26am

@Ralph: Het is slechts 1 bloemstengel. Het kleureffect bij deze soort is wonderbaarlijk.

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

Wat een schoonheid!

30 May 2010 9:05am

@Joke: Dank je, Joke. Voor mij is dit een van de meest attractieve soorten die je in onze buurt nog kan vinden. Er zijn in België nog slechts 3 of 4 vindplaatsen over - niet erg veel dus, maar ze zijn er nog !

Photome from Uden, Netherlands

Ik zou heel trots zijn op deze foto.....de plant toont zich in al haar elegantie en kleur. Echt prachtig gedaan.

30 May 2010 11:38am

@Photome: Dank je, Leonie. Het is een zeer fotogenieke soort :-) Het is prachtig als deze bloeiaren net boven het grasveld uitsteken. Ze worden ongeveer een 15-tal cm hoog en als het gras in het voorjaar nog kort is, komen ze er netjes bovenuit. De naamgeving van deze soort is echt wel goed gekozen: ze geven echt de indruk bovenaan verbrand te zijn.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

An explosion of wonderful color!

30 May 2010 11:49am

@GJC: Thanks GJC. I like the colours of nature ...

H.S. from K, Iran

tidy flower! ;)

30 May 2010 3:15pm

@H.S.: Thans, H.S.

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

Wonderful - I have looked your images of the last days - one better than the next - congratulations !

30 May 2010 7:20pm

@Loner: Thanks so much, Sonja. Good to see you back. Glas you still enjoy my images. Have a great time !

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

Beautifully done. So here is a question for you.. teleconverter vs extension tubes, I have tubes already.. but given my lenses [18-55mm, 55-250mm, 100mm macro] the tubes don't seem to get me where I want. Would you recommend teleconverters or.. is it my lenses?

30 May 2010 8:40pm

@Dutch: That's a tricky one :-) All depends where you want to go .. :-)

This is how I work - not the bible - just my experience.
I used extension tubes on a 60mm macro. I had to place several tubes to get some extra magnification and in general it did not satisfy me. Tubes work very well on wide-angle lenses. The same amount of tube as the mm of the lens gives a magnification factor of 1:1 (example: 18 mm lens will need 18 mm exttension tube, 55mm will need 55 mm extension to get the same magnification.) Adding more mm extension gave me some problems, I remember even a situation where the focus was within the lens ...so unable to focus on the subject)
Later on I bought a 150mm to have some more working-distance. Adding tubes on that one, would not give much extra magnification, unless placing 150mm extra tubes... (I never tried that :-) )
So for my moss-images I started experimenting with teleconvertors (I bought these in order to have some extra mm for my butterfly-images): advantage: the same working-distance, more magnification OR the same magnification with more working distance ... Disadvantage: extra glasswork so more chanses of reflections, abberations, distortions,...and a bit loss of sharpness . I tried both 1.4 and 2x convertor (even both together). The combination with 1.4 is workable in the field for me, with 2x or both together is in the field without extra light not realy suitable - also the sharpness is not that good any more. So now i regularly use the 150mm with 1.4 convertor in the field (on tripod of course :-) ) and i do like that combination.

I don't know iff converters will fit on your 18-55 or 55-250 mm lenses ? But I doubt that these lenses are suitable for good macro-work anyway.... I only use them on my 150mm lens. As for the 100mm macro - you really should inform before buying if the convertor fits !- but I think a combination 100mm with a 1.4x convertor to start would give more satisfaction then with extention tubes.

Maybe you should inform also with Tom (DANG) too - he is even much more experienced with macro-work than I am.

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

I think 150mm of extension tubes would push you wayyy back from your subject not to mention be hard to wield. Like a telescope on a camera body. I would like a photo of you doing it though! =) I already knew that too much tube-wise ends up in the lens. I have looked into teleconverters briefly, I will of course check to see what is compatible with my lens but it also sounds like I could use some different lenses. I've had my eye on the EF 50mm f/1.4 USM. Heard it is a good and fast lens. Also the MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x sounds appealing but $$$. I'll have to dream only of a Tilt Shift. As always I have expensive tastes so I will check into teleconverters. I have spoken to Tom before too. I think it's just a matter of discovering where I want to go and learning more. I'm always learning more.

1 Jun 2010 2:27am

@Dutch: I have no experience with that lens. I think for macro you better buy a real macro-lens with 1:1 possibilities. But all depends on what you have in mind to make pictures... It is really hard shoosing the right lens (or set of lenses).

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

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