Friday Flower Fiesta (2-21-14)—Photographic Art featuring orchids

Friday Flower fiesta

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My wise old grandmotherMy wise old grandmother used to say, “Never throw pictures away.” That was back in 1966, but her words are even more relevant in today’s digital photographic world with Photoshop, Topaz, Photomatix, Photo-Paint, PaintShop Pro, Gimp, Picasa, ACDSee, Aperture, and more.

One of my favorite flowers is the orchid because there are so many of them and they come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. According to Wikipedia, the orchid family is one of the two largest plant families with somewhere between 21,950 and 26,049 accepted species. That’s quite a wide range! That doesn’t even include the over 100,000 hybrids and cultivars that horticulturists and plant geneticists have created for our enjoyment. Why leave it to Mother & Father Nature to create something in millions of years when we can do it in decades, right?

I took thirteen orchid pictures which Eric Cooper, a former employee, initially classified as throwaways. Problems included poor focus, over exposure, under exposure, and big splotches and dead spots on the flowers. Remembering my wise old grandmother’s words, I had Eric throw them (pun intended) into a folder labeled throwaway orchids.

Today I retrieved them and used Photoshop and Topaz to create Photographic Art postage stamps. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed creating them. Let me know which is your favorite—13¢ is mine.

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

Photographic Art featuring orchis, by Russel Ray Photos of San Diego, California

Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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Pictures copyright 2012 Russel Ray Photos

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11 thoughts on “Friday Flower Fiesta (2-21-14)—Photographic Art featuring orchids

  1. philipfontana

    Russel Ray, I’ll take the 5 center, please!!!!!!!!!! They are all beautiful. Words of wisdom from Grandma not to throw any photos away! I find it hard to do so. Even an imperfect one has value….as you knew long ago with that folder! I had a big launch with a new post yesterday. 183 hits so far in two days is high for me. You must have a greater following. I have developed a following from Canada to Latin America to European countries to Eastern Europe Asia & to Australia. Waiting for a penguin in Antarctica! Nice post! Phil

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Keep blogging persistently and consistently, and interacting with others on their blogs, and your hits will continue to go up and up and up.

      I have also noticed that having lots of friends on Facebook and Twitter will help your hits, too. I post on Facebook but I’m not at Twitter at all. One of my blogging friends has something over 9,000 followers, but they all are at Twitter. Within minutes of publishing a new post she will have 500 Likes and 250 comments. It’s amazing.

      I’ve been blogging since July 2008 but I’ve only been at WordPress since January 2012. I’m currently averaging about 275 hits per day, which I think is low considering that I have 3,650 followers. However, this is a tit for tat world, and blogging is no different. I know that if I go like or comment on someone’s blog, 80% of those people will be over here to like or comment on my blog within 72 hours.

      There was one guy, whom I don’t follow anymore, who had six posts in his blog. Each post had over a thousand likes and 250 comments. The posts weren’t even interesting, but what he was doing was posting something and then spending the next 30 days liking everyone else’s posts. They would reciprocate. He felt good, and proud. Not my way to do it, but whatever.

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  2. tikarmavodicka

    A really lovely set of orchids. Editing them to stamps works really well! It’s hard to pick an out right favourite. 1, 3 and 5 cents are the ones that draw my eye to look and look again. 🙂

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