Tasmanian Orchids – Sun Orchid
Tasmania has a wonderful array of native orchids and last month I joined an Eco Tours Tasmania trip to search for and photograph many species in the Arthur Pieman Conservation Area. I have a great many images to share, and I am starting with some sun orchids, which are known collectively as “Thelymitra”.
Photographing the orchids was an interesting challenge and resulted in some camera settings I normally only use for auroras! As the orchids are only supported by very slender stalks, they are very susceptible to bobbing around a lot in even the slightest breeze. Hence I found myself using ISO’s in the thousands with a wide open aperture despite the bright middle of the day light.
I also found myself wanting to fire off multiple shots of the same composition, just to make sure I caught a sharp image without subject motion blur. Generally speaking I subscribe to a “compose more/shoot less” philosophy when it comes to my photography, but given the subject matter this time I was firing off a lot more shots than usual. I must say the fungi of autumn, given they dont move at all – is an easier subject to shoot – although the orchids were just as enjoyable and fascinating.
Finding them of course is probably the toughest part – just like the fungi!