Henry Roberts  

Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid by Henry Roberts

July 2021 - Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid

July 2021 - Henry Roberts


About the Image(s)

I walked a forest trail to a display of yellow lady’s slipper orchids and photographed them with a moderate telephoto lens as they were hard to get close to. In Photoshop I played with the sliders to what pleased me and then cropped to a single blossom which I thought more pleasing than the cluster of flowers. What do you think and how would you do it differently?
Canon EOS 5D III, Canon 70-300 zoom lens, RRS tripod, 1/45 @ f13, ISO 800, 300 mm.

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10 comments posted

Julie Deer   Julie Deer
Hi Henry,
I like the fact that you have cropped to one image. I would like to see a little more on the top left so that the whole of that part of the flower was showing and the same at the bottom. I the way you have handled the highlights in the background, but consider darkening those leaves just a little more to really make the flower stand out. It is quite an interesting flower.   Posted: 07/10/2021 20:04:44
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Yes Julie, I did crop a little too tightly.   Posted: 07/13/2021 19:26:40

Andrew Hersom   Andrew Hersom
I think it would have been better to have not cropped quite so close to the flower, you have lost part of it. But otherwise a nice capture.   Posted: 07/12/2021 13:50:46
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Yes Andrew, I did crop a little too tightly.   Posted: 07/13/2021 19:27:47

Anne Nettles   Anne Nettles
Hi Henry. I agree with the others about the crop being a bit tight. I love that the image is on the diagonal. The color is quite nice. I think it could be a bit sharper.   Posted: 07/13/2021 12:52:10
Henry Roberts   Henry Roberts
Anne, it could be sharper but I worked with what I had.   Posted: 07/13/2021 19:28:48

Catherine Honigsberg   Catherine Honigsberg
I love the colors and the diagonal. My eye is drawn the the stripes on the back of flower. I think it is more in focus? Nice dramatic composition.   Posted: 07/14/2021 06:05:57

Jamie Carrier   Jamie Carrier
The lines caught my eye.....parallel, spiral, and curved. The contrast colors really create a nice photograph. I agree with the others that it is cropped a little tight. It looks like you have room to enlarge and include the whole flower. What a find. Beautiful flower!!!   Posted: 07/16/2021 11:29:07

Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
A powerful picture. I had a strong visceral reaction to it whenI first saw it as I am not familiar with these flowers and I thought it was some kind of huge spider!
I am actually fascinated by the caterpillar in the original. A wider crop that includes the caterpillar might be interesting.
On the other hand, it might look better without it. Maybe cloned out.
I did a little slider work and added a little vignetting. See what you think.   Posted: 07/18/2021 16:10:14
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Alison McMahan   Alison McMahan
maybe this is better   Posted: 07/18/2021 16:12:05
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