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 A Different Bloom - 2020 by Lynne Hollingsworth

May 2020 - A Different Bloom - 2020

May 2020 - Lynne Hollingsworth


About the Image(s)

I had taken an image of this same orchid last May, 2019 and submitted it for our group critique. I've attached that image (Leafing Out), and here she is again this May, but this time in bloom. I did some post processing in the form of cropping, some sharpening in nik software, then converted to monochrome using silver effects pro. I took Stephen's advice from last year, shooting the plant this year from farther back, as well as reviewing the crop style of Robert Mapplethorpe's floral photographs.

This particular orchid was chosen because of the comparison to last year, but also because its growth habit is interesting to me. It will bloom for about 3 months, then be cared for and watered until October. Then she comes inside, sits on a windowsill, and all water is withheld until the first sign of new growth which happens around mid-February. The cycle then repeats. Over the course of the year, I lost the small psuedobulb and I replanted into a netpot.

8 comments posted

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine

I love it. Let me know what lens you used ...

Gloria   Posted: 05/04/2020 08:46:39
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Thanks Gloria. I used my 50mm f/1.4 Nikon prime lens. For lighting, I used the camera as a master and had an off camera flash as a strobe. To prevent shadows I had a tiny Litra light for fill.   Posted: 05/04/2020 19:09:09

Gloria Fine   Gloria Fine
I just finished describing to some of my Facebook friends what I have been doing during this Pandemic. I have an orchid plant that is beginning to bloom and as each part blooms I have been taking photos. I bought this Very light and flexible "Bolt"flash unit and really find it workable. This is really a new area for me. Thanks for your info!   Posted: 05/04/2020 19:53:31

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
This is such an interesting contrast to the last one--first an all white background and now an all black background--they both work very well, considering the life-stages of the plant.
I could not make out the framing against the black background of the website, without a stroke around the frame, but once I saved it to my computer and viewed it, I can see how carefully you planned the framing. I like the quiet elegance of this very much. You are building a body of work around this single plant. Just keep on and keep sharing it with us.   Posted: 05/05/2020 00:25:57

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
This is a very simple image with white on black. It looks very sharp and your lighting in good. I like the black background better than the white.   Posted: 05/05/2020 16:44:31

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I'm still envious of your orchid as I have never managed to get any of the ones I've been given as presents to flower again. I have one from my sister and would love to have it again but no luck. I do prefer this one with the black background and the slight curve of the stem is more pictorial than the original straighter one. The lighting has been very well handled. Congratulations.   Posted: 05/18/2020 11:48:58

Jennifer Doerrie   Jennifer Doerrie
I share Diana's envy, as I am not at all good with orchids. I also like the brighter plant and dark background better than the original image with the lighter background. Your lighting looks very nice and even. Did you use the camera and fill flash all at full strength, or are they adjustable? I find lighting to be a challenge.   Posted: 05/19/2020 23:27:18
Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
I find lighting to be a challenge too. The room was completely dark except for a small (but mighty) LitraTorch 2.0. It's a small cube about 2x2x2 inches, but it's powerful. I placed it on a tiny tripod (as it gets hot) and put it on a table to my left side at about 4 o'clock. Then I used the camera as a master and used an off camera flash as the slave, holding it at about 8 o'clock. Not very fancy, but it worked. The Litra was at the lowest setting as was the flash.   Posted: 05/22/2020 19:07:09


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