These are two of the beautiful orchids which I received on my birthday. I wanted to try to get the white orchids on a white background with the edges of the flower as soft as possible against the background. Nearly blown out but not quite. It was also the start of doing long exposures so I was experimenting with the shutter speeds and going fully manual on a tripod with a remote shutter release and a macro lens with natural light. First steps on a steep learning curve. It was absorbing and I learned a lot. Now I need to think if I achieved what I wanted and what next. Some reading on long exposures I think and choosing a suitable subject. Certainly this blog is pushing my boundaries and making me think and try new things. Thank you!