Archive for July 4th, 2009



Pink Pogonia Orchid

Pink Pogonia Orchid

Happy 4th of July!

On the way back from my Fernald Brook adventure, I ran into an area where the road I had to walk was completely under water…not much water…a few inches. It was an old road that, near as I could tell, skirts the edge of a  disused gravel pit, now turned into a kind of sumpy wetland. Not exactly where you would go to search for an increasingly rare orchid in Maine. But there it was, a patch of well over a hundred fragile plants, all in bloom.

Sony DSC H50 at full wide and macro. F5.6 @ 1/500th @ ISO 100. Programed auto.

Cropped slightly in Lightroom for composition. Recovery for the highlights. Added Clarity and Vibrance. Blackpoint to the right. Landscape sharpen preset. I also used the Local Adjustment Brush to paint a mask over the background and then decreased Clarity and Sharpness to the max, and Contrast slightly, to give the effect of a shallower depth of field. One of the issues with small Point and Shoots on macro is that the physical size of the aperture gives greater depth of field than the corresponding lens on a DSLR, which makes it harder to separate the subject from a potentially distracting background. LAB in Lightroom to the rescue.

And, for contrast, just a few yards away where the moss was taking over I found a whole cluster of these Sweet White Violets blooming the gloom of the overhanging trees and bank very late in the season.

Sweet White Violet

Sweet White Violet

F3.5 @ 1/60th @ ISO 100 in the more subdued light.

From Around Home, Kennebunk ME