Another image from my session with my kitchen orchid. I like this zoomed out version as much as the close up ones from my previous posts.
I bought some new portable studio lights last week and have just been able to start playing with them. First test subject was the ‘kitchen’ orchid. Messing around with high key images today, I really like the overall effect of this. It would look great as a canvas! Any takers?
Canon 1D MkIV with Sigma 150mm f/2.8 macro and Elinchrom Quadra with softbox.
A bit different from the butterflies in the last few posts, todays image, no 066, is of a ladybird on top of a common spotted orchid. I photographed this image using the same macro technique as the butterflies.
I really like the latin name of this: Coccinella septempunctata. If you split the septempunctata in half you have ‘septem’ meaning seven (which is why september is the 7th month in the roman calendar) and ‘punctata’ just means punctured or spots. Seven spots! Brilliant! This is the same for most ladybirds… 14 spot is quatuordecimpunctata (a mouthful I know!!) and 2 spot being bipunctata.
Seven-spot Ladybird, Coccinella septempunctata. Herefordshire, June, 2010.
Canon 1D mkIV with 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.
Following on with a flower theme, image 008 is of an Autumn Ladies Tresses orchid. The subject was backlit by the sun with the background in shade. I used a small gold reflector to bounce some light back on to the flower, giving this very contrasty image.
Autumn Ladies Tresses, Spiranthes spiralis, Malvern Hills, Worcestershire, August, 2010.
Canon 1d mk4, Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens.