Cacophony of Orchids: Stanhopea oculata

There was no resisting taking this image the morning after this orchid came into bloom. Taken in shade with a 60mm macro lens, this was actually a difficult shot. The enemy of the flower photographer, operating outside the greenhouse, is wind, even a gentle breeze. With cyclones around… wind was an issue. The other enemy of this session was not setting white balance and ISO correctly and resulting in off colour and grainy images, so you see, we all do it! Two friends came to the rescue on identification of this orchid, Robin Harvey and Tony Maycock, they are both former colleagues. The orchid is a Stanhopea oculata for those who are interested.
(Canon 7D; f/9; 1/15sec; ISO-640; 60mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography