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Schoenorchis fragrans

Discussion in 'Orchid Species' started by KellyW, Jun 11, 2015.

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  1. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I know this species has been posted a lot but here is mine. This is the first blooming for this plant that I purchased in August, 2013. It tried to bloom once before this but blasted. It ranks very high on my favorite list as do several others in the genus. Grown bright, dry-ish. Despite it's species name I do not detect a fragrance.

    The whole plant is 4 cm tall and each flower is only 6 mm tall. Schoenorchis fragrans close-900.jpg Schoenorchis fragrans plant-900.jpg
     
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    Very nice, really good picture. Thanks.
     
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    Very tiny but beautiful species! I am still amazed at how you grow so many of your orchids on slabs. Slabs just don't work for me. Great photo!
     
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    Very nice plant and flowers!
     
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    Lovely
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I just looked at this post on my LG tablet and the flowers look too "blue". The color looks realistic on my desktop computer. The flowers are the typical color of this species.

    John, I grow in a greenhouse so growing mounted is easy for me. If I grew in your conditions I would be growing plants potted, too.
     
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    Kelly, I see a blue cast to the shadows against the background. Are you shooting in sunlight or under lights?
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Marni, I was shooting under natural light coming through a window and was suplementing with a flash. I had the
    camera's light source setting set to sunlight and it was also over exposed. I had to adjust in post processing. On my desk top monitor it looks good. Not so good on my tablet.

    I am still learning the camera settings and lighting so any comments are welcome.
     
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    Marni Well-Known Member Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Kelly, do you shoot images in RAW format? If so, you can easily adjust the light if you have a program that will process them. Also, if that background is actually white, you should be able to set the white balance.
     
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    Following up, I usually have my camera set to a custom white balance to account for my lights which are 2850 kelvin. When I shoot outside or in the greenhouse, I don't bother to change those settings as I can easily select the light source when I am processing the RAW image. Not so if you are shooting jpegs. I have always shot in RAW format and as I get better with photo editing I can go back to old, old images and make them look much more the way they should.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I shot these in jpg. I sometimes shoot in Raw and need to make a habit of doing that. I get lazy and default to my comfort zone. Do you always shoot in Raw?

    I need to learn more about the white balance.
    Again, any suggestions are welcome.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    We were typing at the same time. You answered my questions.
    Thank you.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks Marni.
    I reshot this plant this morning using RAW and a custom white balance. I think it is better color. We'll see how it looks in the post.

    Schoenorchis fragrans2 RAW-900.jpg
     
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    I think that looks much more the way the plant does in person.

    What are you using to process RAW images?
     
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    My D90 has a setting where it records in RAW and JPEG at the same time. -FYI. Kelly, maybe just set camera to shoot in both. Storage is so insanely high, now; space is not the issue it once was.
     
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    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Marni, I am using Photoshop CS6 and when I open a RAW image from Photoshop it comes up in an embedded program called Camera Raw 8.3. When this new window opens with the selected photo there is a wide range of editing tools available. I am still very much a novice at using the editing but it is fun to me.

    Natureman, my camera has that option and I have used it in the past. Perhaps I should start doing that again. Thanks.
     
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    Kelly, I also use the the Photoshop processor and am still learning. I used to shoot both RAW and jpeg until I realized that I was storing duplicates of everything. I can process the RAW very quickly and convert it to jpeg if when I need to. You just have to remember to sharpen the image.
     
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    Where'd you find this guy for sale? Hard to find good places in upstate NY
     
  19. KellyW

    KellyW Orchid wonk Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Evargreen, I bought mine from Andy's. They are getting more common and the prices have dropped in the past few years. There are probably east coast growers that have it too. If you haven't dealt with Andy's before, they have a lot of plants that aren't on their web site. Give them a call if it isn't listed.
     
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    Yes I know that is right Kelly because it is nearly impossible to grow orchids in Arizona unless you have a greenhouse and a greenhouse costs to much to operate properly. Only the rich have greenhouses here.