07.22.2019 Downy Rattlesnake Plantain closeup

Not a full frame of one bloom, but this was as close as the 180 with two tubes could get and still focus. The 100 might have got closer but the lens you have with you is your best lens and that was the 180.

Even though I’ve been watching these for a couple of weeks, actually three, there are still buds at the top yet to open. Orchids do a slow maturation.

It took a while, but the closeup happened. Even with the 100, I think a sharp closer shot would require stacking.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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14 Responses to 07.22.2019 Downy Rattlesnake Plantain closeup

  1. Drop dead gorgeous. Like a sculpture.

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  2. Leya says:

    Amazing – love the threads as well. This one we don’t have in Sweden.

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  3. bluebrightly says:

    The down in all its glory! And those tiny spider webs, just like I see here, but I don’t capture all the details as skillfully as you do. Wonderful!

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    • I used to wish the webbing wasn’t there but now enjoy their addition. And those tiny fine hairs, the flowers are so delicate. Thanks, Lynn!


      • bluebrightly says:

        The webbing annoys me sometimes too in my photos, but when someone online says they like it, that helps me see it in a different light. It’s a miniature aesthetic journey, going from annoyance to appreciation, right?

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      • Yes. I agree about the change of attitude when someone suggests a different value. I think we can attribute our dislike of webbing etc on the idea of the perfect subject (say a bird) in a perfect location for a perfect composition. BOASS…bird on a stick syndrome. 🙂

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  4. I see the flower at the lower left as some kind of bird’s head with an open beak. The one at the lower right might qualify, too.

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  5. shoreacres says:

    The delicacy of the colors is remarkable. I’m quite taken with the green lines running down the outside of the flowers, and the pink lines on the inside. I like that you were able to capture all the little hairs against the plant, too. It’s one thing to get them to show up against that dark background, but showing them against the green of the stalk takes it up a notch. These orchids really are fascinating.

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    • The closer one gets, especially with ‘white’ flowers, the more visible the subtle the tints become. When I shot these initially I had no idea the other colors were there until looking at the LCD screen on the camera back while previewing focus. You really have to get close to see where the downy moniker comes from too. I am not sure if I am done with these yet. They are quite long-flowering so I may still return to them and try to get a bit more artsy.

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