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Registered: January 2011
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This was taken at Home Depot. I had to do a lot of cropping, I also blackened the background because of all the typical HD tools and equipment in the store. I have never seen this color before and now I'm sorry I didn't buy it. I guess with seven cats, it wouldn't last long anyway.
· Date: Sat April 23, 2011 · Views: 6,065 ·
Keywords: Blue Diamond Orchid
Camera Make / Model: Samsung NX10
State / County / Area Image Taken: Queens, New York
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Registered: August 2009
Posts: 74
Sat April 23, 2011 1:59am

I have never seen this color either.Was it natural or dyed? Lots of nice detail and clarity. Home Depot and Lowe's are great places for floral shooting with that nice defused light. I will mention it before Jan does, that a thin border of color would be nice to show where the edges are...:-)

Registered: January 2011
Sat April 23, 2011 2:24am

Thanks for the suggestion, I wasn't sure what it needed and a border would hid the line I missed on the right.LOL I hope it wasn't dyed, it was so unusual and stunning. Thanks for taking time to comment.

Registered: December 2009
Posts: 3,684
Sat April 23, 2011 2:31am

The contrast between the bluish hue of the orchid and your created black background really serves to make the orchid visually "pop" in the picture. Every time I see an orchid I'm always struck by their bird-like, or animal-like, nature with this orchid reminding me of a butterfly caught in flight.

Sat April 23, 2011 3:35pm

I saw them at Home Depot and thought they had a slight unnatural look to them, so I did some research. There are natural blue orchids but these are enhanced with dye. In fact, true blue orchids are rare and very expensive. Some is making alot of money by dying them with food dye.

I think the use of flash here is harsh. A tripod with f/22 and a longer exposure would have brought out some texture in the petals.

Your cats eat orchids? My cat doesn't eat any of my indoor plants!

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 183
Sat April 23, 2011 3:37pm

The slight softness makes for an alluring shot.

Registered: January 2011
Sat April 23, 2011 3:53pm

Thanks for the suggestions. Home Depot isn't my idea of a photographer's studio with lumber and carts zooming by. LOL. I should have purchased it and took my time for a better shot. Now that I been told that it was dyed, I'm a little disappointed. BTW, thank God my cats don't eat orchids but they would snap the long thin stem. Thanks you all for the comments and keep them coming, I need all the help I can get:)

Registered: March 2009
Sun April 24, 2011 12:02am

Dee, this is a great shot of the orchids. Thanks for your comment, Bill

Registered: February 2009
Posts: 1,503
Sun April 24, 2011 1:47pm

I love your perfect focus on this beautiful orchid - the slight softness gives it a "reach out and touch me" LOOK AND FEEL. But that most unusual color - WOW!

Registered: November 2010
Posts: 11
Fri May 13, 2011 4:07pm

Super capture of this Phalenopsis with unusual color. Well done!

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