Monday, 20 April 2009

Spring!


Isn't it lovely to see flowers starting to bloom and blossom on the trees? Very little to say about this picture: I just want to celebrate the loveliness of the season. I like the unstructured and slightly oriental looking composition and the soft out of focus background.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Moth Orchid


This picture was taken as Kew during their Orchid Festival. It shows a group of Phalaenopsis or Moth Orchid. This genus of orchid is names because some of the plants look like moths in flight. I think that tendency is shown in this sample - they really do look like flying creatures. Planaenopsis grow widely throughout southeast Asia and northern Australia. In the wild they are most commonly found below the canopies of moist, humid lowland forests, although some are adapted for other habitats. There are many hybrids and they are popular houseplants, flowering for some months indoors.

Comment: I like the light and colour contrast in this picture, as well as the moth-like looks of the flowers. Light was low and I used a high ISO so there's some noise in the grey areas, but I don't think it detracts. Area for improvement: I would have liked to see more of the plant in focus. I really need to get a monopod or small tripod and take it with me on these trips as it would make a great difference to be able to use lower shutter speeds and/or to take two or three versions of the same image to focus stack.