Lauren Heerschap  

Unusual Orchids by Lauren Heerschap

December 2019 - Unusual Orchids

About the Image(s)

This photo was taken in a greenhouse Conservatory in Volunteer Park, Seattle. It is challenging to photograph in a setting full of steam. The background is a window that is marked by water drops, since it was November and colder outside. I liked the way it added backlight and texture to the background. I enjoy photographing flowers but find they don’t sell well. I think it is because people think they can get the same image with a cell phone, so why pay for it? The volunteer docent didn’t know the name of the orchid, but she thought it was “unusual”, hence the title. This was focus stacked in camera, because I wanted front to back sharp, and taken with a macro lens, ISO 320, 60mm, f2.8, 1/250 sec.

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4 comments posted

Valerie Pohio   Valerie Pohio
Hi Lauren....I love your title story. I love your image too. What stunning subjects! I think you've achieved a wonderful result here. Almost like alien spiders dropping down the image. No further comment. It's great. I must try image stacking. Did you have any particular problems and did you do it all in Photoshop?
I would like to see these gorgeous orchids more isolated as well. Did you do any macro with focus on the unusual detail?

Have a terrific Xmas and all the best for 2020.   Posted: 12/12/2019 13:40:06

Karl Leck   Karl Leck
Hi Lauren, I photograph a lot of orchids and other plants for our exhibits at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. You have done very well at controlling sharpness & depth of field. Nice use of the window condensation although the part at top left is slightly distracting. The counterpoint of pink flowers and green leaves is outstanding color contrast. I wonder if your intent was to show the flowers as they really are or as a bit hyped as photo illustration. On my monitor the increased saturation takes it into the illustration realm. That's OK, but was it intended that way for more drama (or saleability?)?
Karl Leck   Posted: 12/24/2019 14:20:43
Lauren Heerschap   Lauren Heerschap
HI Karl,

Good point about the top left, I will consider taking that out. I did show the flowers as they really are. There is very little increased saturation, that is close to the original color.

Wishing you the best of holidays,

Lauren   Posted: 12/25/2019 00:57:56

Judith Lesnaw   Judith Lesnaw
From a distance the three flowers looked like three ETS helping each other climb a green ladder. I love the water drops in the background. Very interesting composition. The focus stacking worked well. It is very difficult to get a string of orchids in focus, and you did it.   Posted: 12/26/2019 17:17:03