Orchid society meeting, October 21

Dendrobium “Thai Jewel”

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.

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Catasetum “Frilly Doris”
Catasetum “Frilly Doris”
Bulbophyllum hybrid
Bulbophyllum hybrid
Bulbophyllum hybrid
Bulbophyllum hybrid
Dendrobium “Thai Jewel”
Dendrobium “Thai Jewel”
Epidendrum porpax
Epidendrum porpax
Gomesa
Habenaria
Habenaria
Odontocidium “Wildcat”
Odontocidium “Wildcat”
Odontocidium “Wildcat”
Odontocidium “Wildcat”
Oncidium “Twinkle”
Another orchid
Red leaf

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.

Sulcorebutia at eight months