Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Change Of Perspective

This week, Patti is asking us to Change Our Perspective for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I spent much of the time on Friday on my knees at the Chicago Botanic Garden, photographing flowers at the annual Orchid Show. This was my second visit, the first being on the previous Sunday when there were crowds of people and not much room to maneuver. It was a different story on Friday afternoon when there were times that I had the place almost to myself. When I wasn’t crouching down, I was looking up or twisting round and performing all kinds of contortions in order to get a different view of the blooms on show.

It’s not always easy to separate flowers from the surrounding foliage and sometimes it’s necessary to get into some rather undignified postures just to get the right angle.


They change the theme of the show every year and this time it was all about color and light, with some intriguing installations to highlight the displays. This one with the mirrored globes provided an interesting view of the orchids from different perspectives.

And another, with various colored strings that caught the rays of the sun through the greenhouse windows, provided ample opportunity to view the flowers in a whole different light.

While the towering chandelier, although not the easiest thing to access, still offered a variety of angles that resulted in a few interesting shots.

I always feel like a kid in a candy store as I’m taking in the sights at the show. There are just so many delightful blooms to reward the effort of a few somewhat uncomfortable moments of trying to get up from a kneeling position. The ends justify the means in this case.




37 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Change Of Perspective

  1. I love orchids but do not allow myself to bring them home as I promptly kill them so I have a very nice fake or two here and there. That said, loved your images. Although the theme was color my favorite was the white orchid against the black background. Go figure! Also loved the colored strings, very clever. Great opportunity to shoot for the challenge – well done.

  2. Stunning. The flowers, the shiny globes with their reflections and distortions, the coloured strings, even the little ladybird. Really enjoyable post Sue, and thank you!

    • Thanks, Liz! At first I thought the ladybird was an intruder but then I noticed they had lots of little green bug boxes hanging from various branches so it was apparently there on a mission.

    • Thank you, Tom! The orchids are always a welcome sight as we draw towards the end of a long, cold winter. Still waiting for anything other than a few bedraggled snowdrops to put in an appearance in the garden.

    • Thank you, John. Not that the orchids aren’t beautiful on their own, but the Garden always manages to provide a little added interest to these shows which draws me back every year.

  3. I love this series, Sandy! Beautiful photos of these orchids. The white orchids image with the dark background is my favorite. Thank you for the fabulous tour of this special show. 🙂

  4. Hi, Sue. Wonderful photographs of the orchids. I especially love your macro shots and the ones against the black background. The shapes and colors really are wonderful.

  5. Pingback: Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #87 – Reflections | The Showers of Blessings

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