Native Orchids with the Olympus

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I was out again over the weekend chasing Native Orchids with the Olympus E-M1 and 60mm macro lens.

This weekend I'm going to try the geo tagging app and see how it performs.

#1 Veined Helmet-orchid
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#2 Slaty Helmet-orchid
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#3 Slaty Helmet-orchid
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#4 Pelican Orchid
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#5 Tall Greenhood
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#6 In case anyone is interested, this is the sort of environment I go through to find the orchids
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Thanks for looking...
 

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Very interesting kinds of orchids.
If I have seen them, I will never realized them as orchids.

Thank you for showing
Klaus
 
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Very interesting kinds of orchids.
If I have seen them, I will never realized them as orchids.

Thank you for showing
Klaus
They certainly come in a variety of shapes and colours. The issue with the helmet orchids is they are so small. If you take a closer look at #4 the white stuff is sand.

Beautiful sharp images. What aperture? Are these stacked?
Thank you both for your kind comments!

The Helmet orchids are focus stacks, the greenhood is either f/7.1 or f/9. I generally take a couple of shots at various apertures and choose the one with the background I prefer. I'm still coming to terms with the difference in DOF from using APS-C and FF sensors.
 

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A suggestion when using focus stacking, for when you want the whole plant perfectly sharp but you want the background very blurred (as it distracts).

Use the widest aperture, f/2.8. So long as you have plenty of images of the plant, it will still be perfect, but the background will be much more blurred.
 
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I don't use these apertures for the focus stacks. The taller orchids will generally move with the slightest of a breeze, so I need to keep the shutter fast enough to freeze them. Using my DSLR's I can just about nail the aperture first go, but I've also shot 10,000's of images with them. :)
 
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