Monday, February 06, 2006

Tiger orchids

My father has had a lifelong interest in orchids and has a number of really interesting ones in his garden. This one, I think, is called a Tiger orchid. The thing about this orchid is that because of its long, spindly petals, it's rather difficult to shoot a really nice picture of it without making it look inconsequential in the overall shot. I shot a number of these pictures, each time thinking about the angle and the background before finally hitting on this particular composition. I realised early on that there's no need to include the complete flower in the shot -- as long as a good portion of it is in there, it's good enough. I think what makes the shot is the little curved petal at the top which is repeated by the slightly out of focus flower in the background. Nikon D70, AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8 Posted by Picasa


twinkle_iris said...

I haven't seen this one... I wonder if your dad have the one that we have in front of our house?
(go to my blog)

BTW, nice shot.

Tan Kit Hoong said...

Hi twinkle_iris! The Tiger Orchid is of the genus Oncidium, which is a pretty large and varied family of orchids. I believe my Tiger Orchid is an oncidium cordatum. Not sure which one is yours though.