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A pair of spacemen wearing yellow pants and white helmets 😉
Slipper Orchids, these are quite amazing flowers, the level of detail and texture in them astounds me.

Nicely done mother nature could not have done it better myself. Its always a challenge to capture the full depth of field when macro'ing, focus stacking is one technique, but time consuming and often (for me) does not give the desired results, in this case I use a couple of images manually blended to achieve my depth of field and also maintain some nice smooth, soft background. The other challenge posed by these flowers is the red tone, very hard to replicate and convey in a image such that it looks like what it does in real life. The red is a real deep dark red encased in areas of soft pink and spotty white. The yellow bits are .. well bloody bright yellow, i guess to attract the pollinators 🙂

2 frames Blended
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Nikkor 55mm f2.8 @55mm Aperture: f/13 and Shutter Speed: 1/3s
ISO 100
out front – Slipper Orchid

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed

28 thoughts on “Spacemen

  1. I love the story with these flowers! I don't think I wouldn't have seen the two little people in the center! "Beam me up Scotty" wonderful photo!

  2. Thanks +Chris Sutton , I am sure you have it in you! you don't need to do focus stacking or blending on most things, just need the right light – I forgot to mention on this image I used a flash with a little diffuser in front of it, it was all mounted on a tripod too. You can do the same with a popup flash, you just need to diffuse it with something like paper or one of these which I use

  3. +Gerard Blacklock Thanks Gerard, really appreciate the tips. For flowers I usually use a black background, and the light is a full length window that gives quite a soft light. I'll try flash when my camera comes back from Sony (2 months old and dust on the sensor, hate that 🙂 ) Your comments on the red were interesting, for me it almost never looks like the red on the flower, no idea why that is. Anyway, this photo is beautiful, inspires me to do better. 🙂

  4. +Chris Sutton That sucks about the sensor, hopefully it all gets sorted asap.
    Regarding the red colour, it is certainly one of the hardest colours for a camera sensor to capture correctly, I recall reading about it awhile ago but its slipped my mind now 😉 alittle like that theoretical physics 🙂
    With this image I did actually tweak the red to match what I saw, this actually involved desaturatig the reds but also adjust the cast of the whole image since the overall image straight out of camera was pinkish which affect the whit eon the petals..

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