Wes Odell  

Wood, water, glass and flower by Wes Odell

August 2022 - Wood, water, glass and flower

About the Image(s)

This year's Orchid bloom: A set-up in the garage with studio softbox lights, focus stacked with eight shots. I grow these. Conversion via Nik ColorEfex, Silver Efex Dark Contrast, tweaked with Levels, and then NIK Post Sharpener.

"Wood, Water, Glass and Flower > It has it all"

3 comments posted

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
As ever, I am so impressed that you can get your orchids to flower every year. My single plant is steadfast in its refusal to produce a flower. I like the dark background and the light on the cut glass of the vase. I wondered if the edge of the wooden table needs to be darkened down a little especially as it cuts the left frame If you could make it the same darkness as on the right? I also found the double shadow on the table top a little distracting, so maybe darken the triangle of lighter wood. Once you've seen the shadow you keep coming back to it I felt.   Posted: 08/07/2022 09:59:26

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Thanks, good ideas.
Re Orchids and blooming:
They (all comments typical) won't bloom until they are "root bound" in their pots. And they won't bloom or grow in dirt, only in something like bark. Then when they get root bound too much and stop blooming it's time to re-pot them (divide and make twice as many with new bark.) then it'll take a couple more years for them to get root bound and bloom again. A special orchid fertilizer applied as per the instructions only during certain months, is helpful.
I've given a lot of these away. I inherited them when my father died in 1996. He had many, but his wife (my step mother) was discarding them and when I found out I saved six. Even after giving some away, I now have 13. 10 blossomed last January/Feb....a strange time for a blooming, but....that's when they do it.
  Posted: 08/07/2022 10:17:19

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
Such interesting information about your orchids! We have always admired them from plant shots and often give them instead of cut flowers for various special occasions.
I find the bright highlights on the petals just a bit too bright, maybe.   Posted: 08/07/2022 17:34:40


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