Archive for May 24th, 2009



Lady Slipper Orchid

Lady Slipper Orchid

Happy Sunday. The Lady Slipper Orchid is somehow appropriate to the day.

This is a good year for Lady Slipper Orchids. This is a great year for Lady Slippers. I have never seen them in bunches like this. One bloom. Two together, but nothing like the clusters in full cry at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge yesterday.

The light was fickle, with moments of almost sun breaking through to full overcast within the hour and a half I spent there. Getting the colors right down on the forest floor was a bit of a trick.

Because of the way the Lady Slipper hangs you pretty much have to get down low for the full effect. From above, the bracts hood the bloom and it has, especially in a group like this, a kind of hang-dog air. Just getting down below eyelevel with the plant and shooting slightly up transforms the flower.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide and macro. F4.0 @ 1/80th @ ISO 100. Programed Auto.

I had to adjust the color balance in Lightroom to keep it true to the understroy light. Recovery for the background highlights, and a bit of fill light for the foreground. Added Clarity and Vibrance, slid the blackpoint slightly right, and sharpened.

From Rachel Carson NWR Seasons.

The same cluster from slightly above, using the long end of the zoom to isolate the flowers against the background.