Santa Rosa, CA
Photograph - Photography
This is an image of an orchid with the sunlight shinning through it from behind. I love the first bloom of any flower, but the bloom of an orchid is fascinating. There is another world hiding inside an orchid. I do not have any education with orchids, so I am unfamiliar with the names, origin, history, process, etc. One day, I was cruising around a thrift store, which is one of my favorite past times, and I saw a green ceramic planter with an orchid for sale. The orchid had not blossomed, so I was hesitant to purchase it. However, for five dollars I thought I would take a chance! After arriving home, I put it on top of a small table in front of a twenty inch by fifty inch window pane that had three to four hours of direct afternoon sunlight. Since I am confident about my abilities to grow vegetables and flowers outdoors, growing orchids raised a challenge for me, but I was determined to figure out how much water and sunlight this delicate flower needs. I think divine intervention assisted me with this process because in no time at all, I saw the first bud appear on the stem and I was thrilled! I watched that bud like a hawk every single day. I wanted to capture the moments of it's first bloom, so when the time was right and the bud was about to open, I situated myself on a chair with my point and shoot camera turned on and in hand and I patiently observed the orchid ever so slowly open. The first night I took four hundred pictures. All different angels and depths. The second night I took three hundred pictures. The third day, I decided to take pictures through out the day and night, then VIOLA'! I began capturing the most amazing images. This particular image was at full bloom and it was perfection! Since I do not know anything about the camera, and I keep it on the same setting, I did not experiment with shutter speed or ISO?? whatever that is, so this image probably could have turned out better, but I love it. All my images are on the same setting. Maybe one day I'll take a photography class! Enjoy this orchid!
January 16th, 2013
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