As an aspiring animal photographer, it was odd but interesting to find myself photographing my first orchid flower. The flower was a gift to Paul from his colleagues at work to celebrate a big birthday.
I am thankful for the opportunity to get up close to a flower I usually imagine protected in an exotic hothouse like those in Kew Gardens, London. Orchids to me, are humid steamy and exotic flowers but, surprisingly, the survive indoors in places like New Zealand too.
In fact, it was while I was exploring the origin and background of these gorgeous flowers that I discovered a spectacular new species has been discovered. The Dracula Smaug Orchid. Dracula actually means little dragon, not blood sucking fictional character.
I recommend this easy to read post on the Kew Gardens website about the orchid, and why plants are named in a certain way. The Dracula Smaug Orchid images are under copyright so I recommend the page for a peek at the exotic flower.
Photographing the Orchid
I have not taken closeup pictures of such a highly structured flower before. so finding a spot to focus on was not easy. If you focus on the yellow area then further down goes blurry. Focus on the central flower and you lose some of the leaves which you can see in the picture below.
I ended up using camera raw to take the pictures and then making adjustments on post-production. This included sharpening the focus and trying to remove the shadows.
I recently bought a book about photographing gardens and flowers which I hope will give me plenty of tips.
A new plant species won’t be recognised as new to science unless it is named and described in a paper published in a journal that is of wide distribution.International Code of Botanical Nomenclature
According to Wikipedia the Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often gorgeously colourful and fragrant. Along with the Asteraceae (Asters and Daisies), they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants in the world.
Oh and the Lavender? I added it to you can see that using a mode like Av (Canon) does let you take big steps in the right direction.
Have you ever received a special flower as a gift? Did you take pictures of it?