More Orchids from Orchidophilia -2015

 

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This is my last post of orchids from an annual exhibition called Orchidophilia presented by the Ottawa Orchid Society. When shooting at a show you have control over so little, ie., the lighting, displays or other visitors. All of these factors must be taken into account but for me the biggest challenge is the shape of the orchid flower itself. They truly do seem to come in all shapes and sizes but for most part the shape is symmetrical, with a bowl like shape extending out from the centre. As a result, the best angle is usually straight on, that way you can display it’s symmetrical nature to its best advantage. I did try to capture them from different angles and sometimes it worked but I often found myself centring them and shooting straight on. Also this was often the best way to isolate my subjects and add negative space that did not include busy background stuffed with eye-catching winning ribbons.

 

In my post Ottawa Orchidophilia – 2015 the orchids were of a more similar shape and earthly tones. In this post the orchids are more varied and with more brilliant colours. The first photo looks like the orchid has one eye and a very interesting head dress. I noticed that a lot of the orchids have a face with a smashed nose, big jaw or beard and two large ears. But no matter what, they are an interesting bunch and a challenge to photograph. I think I did better then the first time I tried but there is definitely room for improvement. Good thing this is an annual event and that my sister loves orchids which means she will drag me along again and I will get more practice which is always a good thing.

 

 

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Ottawa Orchidophilia – 2015

 

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As promised here are orchids from an annual exhibition called Orchidophilia presented by the Ottawa Orchid Society. As I mentioned in Sneak Peak – Orchidophilia – 2015 , lighting was a challenge and a flash was necessary. So I decided to lower my exposure compensation to darken the background and use my on camera flash to light the orchids. And the response from my sneak peak post indicates that this was a fairly successfully strategy. I did have a moment of panic when I first arrived because I don’t use the on camera flash ever, I had no idea how to engage it. But after a quick look through the menus without success, I located the proper button on outside the camera. Go figure, crisis averted, thank goodness!

 

The show was filled with people taking pictures on every device imaginable and most seemed to think that the best view was a couple of inches in front of the flowers. In order for the 70-300mm lens to focus, I needed to be a few feet away which often mean’t taking pictures around people or waiting for them to move away for a clear shot. At one point, I was asked why I was using such a big lens to shoot flowers, implying that it was overkill. So I showed a picture and explained that I was better able to isolate my subject and blur the busy background. I was not offended because when I saw someone taking a picture millimetres away from an orchid I asked if that camera could focus so close up. It didn’t seem likely to me. But this type of show does seem to bring out the photographer in us all. This will be the first of three post of orchids. Some time later when I have processed the rest of the pictures, there will probably be a few more.

 

 

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Sneak Peek – Orchidophilia – 2015

 

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I am half way through processing pictures taken at Orchidophilia, an annual exhibition of 600 blooming orchids presented by the Ottawa Orchid Society and decided to give you a sneak peek. The show is held inside at the Nepean Sportplex which I mention because usually my photography is done outside in natural light or inside near a window using natural light. I had attended this show once before and knew that the lighting would be a challenge and a flash, a necessity. The show is very photographer friendly but I was attending outside the hours that allow tripods. Deciding that my Nikon 70-300mm lens would give me the most flexibility, I left my macro at home. The displays were impressive and from what I could see orchids come in many varied shapes, sizes and colours. I have included images of single and multiple orchids, a floral arrangement by a local florist and a black and white image. Hope you enjoy this sneak peek and that I have sparked your interest in what’s to come.

 

 

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Apple, Almond and Cinnamon Cake – Food photography

 

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If you love apples this delicious cake is for you. I love the look of this cake. The recipe comes from The Dessert Spoon. Stephanie has so many delicious baked goods on her blog. Her latest creation is a Lemon and Rosewater Sponge Cake. I’m hoping to inspire the baker in my house to bake this one too.

 

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Ice-Cold

 

Well to say it’s been cold in Ottawa lately is a large understatement. We were hit with a heavy rainstorm, followed by freezing temperatures and a dump of snow. It has been so cold that we are experiencing frost quakes which are usually identified as a loud noise in the night with no apparent cause. So they may be loud weather events but they are not lethal. The extreme temperatures of -35C or lower have to be taken seriously and I am, by staying warm inside. However, after a few days of looking out at all the trees lined with ice and snow, I knew had to try to capture a few pictures. I went for two quick outings near my home. It was no more than 15 or 20 minutes before my fingers froze and I had to return indoors. Usually, I use a tripod with my macro lens but I wasn’t fooling with anything in this cold. I set my camera on a high ISO and shot wide open, which meant nice fast shutter speeds but a very narrow depth of field. Hope you enjoy this ice-cold series and remember to click on the images to enlarge for better viewing.

 

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Happy New Year – A Second Mer Bleue Bog Series

 

It has been a challenging year for me and at times, I have had to take a break from blogging. So first, I would like to thank everyone who is still following my blog and wish you a Happy New Year. It’s cold and snowy in Ottawa which makes it a great time to try to make some headway in my archives. This series is also from Mer Bleue Bog. I think we were there a little earlier in the day this time. The light was overcast but the sun did peek through at times. As I stated in my last post shooting from the boardwalk can be challenging but it also allows for unique perspectives. Continually returning to a similar venue also has inherent challenges. You may recognize the same subjects but they are shot from a different perspectives or in different lighting conditions. The sky in these landscapes are more interesting because of the cloud cover and there is a lot of movement in the foliage. Because it was so blustery I took more close up perspectives of subjects that were protected from the wind. No matter how many times I visit the bog, I always find something interesting that I had not photographed before or I experiment with a familiar subject, looking for a fresh and unique capture. Hope you enjoy this second series and remember to click on the images to enlarge for better viewing.

 

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Collage of Autumn Leaves

 

Autumn is a wonderful time to walk in the woods and enjoy the fall colours. This year’s display was fantastic and it seemed to last forever. These images are from the woods near my home. In the first three images the leaves are backlit. They glow against a darken background with beautiful bokeh. The last three were captured in overcast light or shade conditions which produces a different, sometimes more saturated effect. These were taken with my new Nikon D610 and the colours are vibrant. In post processing I use tools to add contrast and vibrancy to my images but rarely does that involve increasing colour saturation. I think that it is good practice not to touch saturation or to use it sparingly. I did adjust the hue on one of the pictures where the orange colour was overwhelming.

 

The last photo is my favourite. Some shots look like they would be very easy to capture when in fact the opposite is true. Finding a really cool perspective where there just seems to be chaos is very difficult. These leaves were on a ledge that was at eye level which allowed easy access to them. I spent a good amount of time trying to frame the fallen leaves. Unfortunately I don’t have much to show for my efforts but you only need one. So this will have to do until I try again next year. Click on the images to enlarge for better viewing.

 

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