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    Posted: 12 April 2019 at 12:57
Hi All,

We managed to get to the recent Orchid Exhibition at Kew Gardens literally just before it closed it's doors. Us and several thousands of others... The day was cold, grey but the display was indoors and, partly, in a heated area so other than the crowds it was bearable. The displays were outstanding to see but so difficult to photograph - Orchids themselves have such complex shapes to their flowers it is often hard to get the right balance to DoF and detail; add to that the addition of many rods and devices to hold the plants in their display position meant that getting a 'clean' image was a little challenging to say the least. The following is, probably, the best I managed during the day and I hope it gives a flavour of what the event was like:

1. Display Group



2. White Heart



3. Pink Stem



4. Just Sprayed



5, Natures Design



6. Orchid Recession



7. A Pair and a Bud



8. Line of Orchids



9. Delicate



10. Orchid Squadron



11. Enticing



12. Delicate Branch of Orchids



All taken on the a99i with Sigma 105/2.8 EX DG Macro,; almost all hand-held.

A few more to come from the wider Kew experience later. I hope you enjoyed this small series and, as always, comments very welcome.

Best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2019 at 16:00
Neil, I think you achieved the right balance between detail and background in most of them, so there you did very well. Also your cerafully executed compositions help a lot in that. My clear favourites are 5 (the drops add something special) and 11. Also in 4 the oof background flowers are just in the right place. On the other hand I would like to have seen a little bit more at the upper edge of 10 and in 6 you could maybe try to mirror it, so the sharp flowers are on the left and the oof flower line leads the eye through the image afterwards.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wesleysa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 April 2019 at 18:26
Great series TFS.

Heading to a 'Rare Plant Show' myself tomorrow.

https://www.whatsonincapetown.com/post/tokara-autumn-open-garden-and-annual-rare-plant-fair/

I must now commit to share some pictures!

Great inspiration, thank you. Honestly didn't even think about taking my camera.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 April 2019 at 08:04
Thanks for the comments both.

@wesleysa - I hope you get some great images; and rare plants means we will definitely want to see images!

Pieter - thanks for the critique and comments; some of the suggestions I wish I'd had on the day (the mirroring of #6 for example) but, on the other hand, how about this as an alternative to #10:

10A - The Wider Formation



AS I mentioned, space and the flower formations themselves made some framing and selection of shots almost impossible to do in the way one would have wanted but it was a great day out anyway!

Thanks and best regards, Neil.

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Edited by owenn01 - 14 April 2019 at 08:08
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