The Missouri Botanical Gardens Orchid Show
The Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, MO was built in 1859, and for the past 150 or so years has been presenting the most magnificent floral exhibits.
Last year I photographed the Orchid Show in Infrared for a Blog story here. This year, I was given exclusive access to the show the day before it opens.
I photographed the Orchid Show this morning (02/05/16) in Infrared, and processed the images for this Blog.
It was a blast.
There is nearly every type of Orchid you can think of, or so it seemed to me.
The show is in an indoor facility, but I shot it the same way I would shoot foliage on location. The first thing I did was was find a large leaf and take a bracketed set of images for a custom White Balance.
In this case I selected the last image.
Then I went with my standard old faithful lens, the 50mm f1.8
Since I had the place all to myself, I could set up a tripod go with longer exposures rather than upping the ISO.
The textures in the petals really pop in Infrared.
I really like Orchids, but they do look a little like they could eat you at any moment.
As a side note, because of building being lit by skylights, the lighting did change in the short time I was there. As a result I ended up doing a custom White Balance two more times before I finished.
In post production, I did channel swap the Red and Blue color channels, and for the most part removed the Blue and Cyan tones.
I also went into Selective Color and increased the Black to try and add some drama to the images.
This incredible show was made possible by the hard work of Pat Scace, and her team.
They did an amazing job.
Before I left today, I ask Pat which of the Orchids was her favorite. She said she loved them all, but this one was her favorite.
Isn’t it wild?
Thank you Pat for letting me capture your beautiful exhibit.
If you are anywhere close to St. Louis, MO starting tomorrow 02/06/16 and running thru 03/27/16 you really should consider visiting and shooting this exhibit.
For more information regarding the 2016 Orchid Show click here
For info on the Missouri Botanical Gardens, click here.
Oh, and these images are also part of a story about the Orchid Show running in The Riverfront Times. You can see that story here.