Pleurothallids and the rest.
Dendrobium and Oncidium.
Paphiopedilum, Phragmipedium and Bulbophyllum.
Angraecum, Phalaenopsis, Vanda and kin at the Kansas Orchid Society show at Botanica in Wichita.
Cattleya alliance at the Kansas Orchid Society show at Botanica in Wichita.
At Botanica in Wichita.
I get tired of lugging the tripod along on photo expeditions, so I’ve been looking for alternative methods of taking close-ups. All but the last picture here were taken with an inexpensive but quite nice 18-55mm zoom lens, with a diffuser on the hotshoe flash. The real test of the system will come at the orchid show in two weeks.
As always, click to enlarge and see in better color. To see at full size, right-click and open in a new window.
Is it possible to take hand-held photos with a macro lens and flash? Yes, it is, but it’s difficult to hold the camera still enough to focus continuously on the right spot. These were taken with my 100mm lens. (These were taken at home, not at Botanica.)
The knight is four inches tall.
An unnamed Phalaenopsis hybrid. The label says
(Blessed ‘Walnut Valley’ HCC 76 pts
x Phal Talsuco Date ‘Max’ HCC 77 pts)
“Dtps” is the abbreviation for “Doritaenopsis,” i.e., a hybrid between Doritis pulcherrima and a Phalaenopsis. However, the genus Doritis has recently been lumped into Phaleanopsis, so the Dtps label is obsolete, and this plant is entirely a Phalaenopsis.
To see the three-dimensional images, cross your eyes so that pairs of images overlap, forming three images. Focus on the middle image, and the picture should snap into 3-D.
A “keiki” at the tip of a spent Phalaenopsis equestris bloom spike.
If you look carefully, you can spot a Hoya and some Tillandsia and Saintpaulia, but the vast majority of the plants here various kinds of orchids.
It’s best viewed in “fullscreen.” If that doesn’t work, here’s Flickr.
The weatherman predicted storms in the later afternoon, and rather than risk my good camera in bad weather, I made do with my toy camera and its on-camera flash. These are crummy pictures, grainy and harshly-lit, but the subjects make them worth posting.
I don’t know the names of most of these. If you do, please feel free to mention them in the comments.