they keep on giving

March 14, 2021  •  3 Comments

Orchids are amazing flowers.  While growing up in New Mexico, it was rare to see an orchid, except upon occasion in a nursery or in a flower shop bouquet. They were expensive, and that price instilled fear about killing them when you brought the jewels home.  Now you can find beautiful specimens in almost every grocery store flower section.  They are often less expensive than bouquets.  I have been lucky to have two different orchids bloom at least twice, and you have seen several blogs featuring orchids that were given to me or that I was preparing to give to others.  I never tire of photographing them, and experimenting with light, shadows, and backdrops.


The bright afternoon light provided real drama, highlighting the blossoms and fading the background to black.


It is always a point of interest to see how colors vary under different light, emphasizing, once again, that in photography, light is everything.  The three images following were shot against a white wall with natural light.


I liked the way the white faded into shadow in this shot, rendering a grey ombre gradation.


As always, a close-up shot is always required.

Spring is upon us, in all its Rocky Mountain glory, with wind, warmth, and then coolness, snow flurries and occasional rain.  Change is afoot!

Thanks to Victoria, Terry T., Kay, Wayne, Jean & Sam, Lucia, Steve, and Catherine for your comments last week.

until next Monday,


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Dianne James(non-registered)
How wonderful to see such beauty in how you captured these wonderful flowers. The black background is very dramatic in constrast with the flower's quiet elegance.
Wayne Gesterfield(non-registered)
Wonderful lighting. You sure took great advantage of it to get these nice shots on the first three.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
As you aptly say, "in photography, light is everything." I was ready to declare that the "bright natural light" and black background won the day but now I think the natural light and white wall fading to gray create the most volume or sense of three dimensions. Either way, you've shown what a difference the light and background color can alter the subject. The more diffuse light with the white wall is more nuanced. The bloom is juicier.
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