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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


                                                                 ©2014 Andy deBruyn

I have a fascination with orchids..one of my all time favorite flowers to photograph and just to stare at. Of course you know when I get around to shooting some tulips I'll say..."...one of my all time favorite flowers blah etc..."

I picked up this phalaeanopsis over the weekend. The top photo is from this morning- the bottom shot is from yesterday. The set-up is basically the same just the background is changed. The lighting is quite different also. Yesterday the sky was completely overcast not a sliver of sun. Today clouds were breaking up so there was ample amount of sun.

                                                                              ©2014 Andy deBruyn

Shot in all natural light on the side of my house. The left side of my house faces northerly perhaps a bit to the west. Most of the day it's lit by the northern hemisphere of light. The sun doesn't shoot down the path until very late in the day. So when it's cloudy but bright outside I have great lighting for this kind of subject.

For both set ups - there's a large piece of white foamcore to the left. That's it. For the top photo there's an underlight coming from a small cosmetic mirror held just out of frame.

Exposure was the same for both days - that tells you how much the side of the house blocks a major portion of the light. ISO 100 f2 @ 1/50th sec. Camera on a tripod tripped with cable release.
Protective filter removed but with sunshade.

The lens - I took the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 and added a 2x converter making the lens a 150mm on the DX format.  Shot in neutral setting to maximize shadow detail with color added back in post.

"It is easy to take what we see for granted and forget the extraordinary also lies in the ordinary."
Brigitte Grignet

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