The crowds were thick as usual and unfortunately, it was cloudy, so the conditions weren’t great. It also seemed like there were less orchids on display this year. So I started getting disappointed, until I realized the main part of the show, aka Vertical Gardens, was towards the very end. The idea of having orchids in cascading “hanging” arrangements was pretty original; however, I was a lot more interested in capturing them at a much closer angle.
I do have to admit these flowers are definitely more challenging to shoot in macro (especially with a hand-held camera at low light) because they are not “flat”. You want to keep the f/stop high enough to capture intricate petal curves, tiny hairs, and deep “slippers”; but also, keep f/stop low enough to “blow out” busy backgrounds. I found myself mostly somewhere between f/5.0 and f/9, allowing smaller aperture for the shots where the flower took all of the frame.
For more images, visit my Orchid Show 2012 set.