BEARDS 'N BUDS & X-RAY VISION
The little orchids in "Beards 'n Buds" are some of my favorites and always a challenge to photograph. Between my low-end quality camera and lack of tech knowledge, things as white as those "beards" tend to wind up very indistinct or just plain blank shapes. But I passed these orchids the other day when they were in semi-shadow and took some of the best shots I've gotten yet this season. I could wish the centers in this one were a little clearer but still enjoy the contrast between the old(er) "beards" and the brand new buds.
"X-Ray Vision" below is of a bigger bunch of the same type of orchids. I still have the un-reversed color version, which is rather nice but needs a bit of clean-up that I'm just not up to dealing with today. (All that painstaking use of a stubborn mouse to color out a couple of obtrusive spots in the photo background.) So I'll just share this fantasy version today, which tickles me:
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