Calypso bulbosa, Fairy Slipper Orchid, Grand Tetons National Park

by Szulecki Joshua

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Gallery: Yellowstone & Grand Tetons NPs (May 2012)

Tags: seeking critique

Category: Nature

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Model : Canon EOS 40D
Date Time Original : 2012-05-24 05:36:27
Focal Length : 100/1
Shutter Speed Value : 1/789
Exposure Time : 1/800
Aperture Value : 2.8
F Number : 2.8
Iso Speed Ratings : 800
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Published: Sunday 30th of September 2012 07:47:32 PM


Tom Miller
Looks good to me!

You're not trying to sell the picture to the flower, so you have artistic license to do what looks good to you.  Yes, it's a tad dark, but you still have good highlights in the water droplet, and the darkness (as well as the shallow depth of field) keep the background from being distracting. It gives a different mood than a lighter image would, like a minor key in music, but if that's what you want, that's fine.  Go ahead and try some variations in the post processing and see how you like them.

I understand about the excitement - I saw a tarantula in the wild about a year ago, and by the time I remembered that I could get more depth of field if I used flash, he was gone into the brush.

Regards, Tom


Joshua Szulecki
Calypso bulbosa, Grand Tetons NP I was so excited to see these plants in bloom (right in the middle of a snowstorm) that I was not really worrying about photography at the time. In fact, I was shaking with excitement. That has, inevitably, worn off at this point. I'm interested in hearing what you think. Personally, I think the framing and focus could use a little work, and the exposure is maybe a tad dark. It is unmanipulated.

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