My Phalaenopsis or “Moth Orchid” put up a flower spike quite a while ago. I am talking months ago! I have been waiting patiently for the little blooms! This orchid only blooms once a year. So you can understand my excitement when I noticed the blossom was getting fat and could open at anytime.
I quickly set up my camera on the tripod and plugged in the shutter release cable/ timer. Placed a couple reflectors and headed out to meet my friend for lunch. I got home a few hours later and nothing! I kept watch all day and into the evening. I had to work the next day so I popped in a fresh battery and went to bed.
I saw my son in the morning. He said hey I thought you were up. I saw the light on, heard your camera and was talking to you. Then I looked in and realized your camera was “hooked up”. I just laughed…..sorry son!
But isn’t technology great.
Upon inspection the orchid had opened up part way! But sometime between 5:30 AM when my son got home (he works 3rd shift) and me getting up at 7:30 AM my battery died! ARG!!!!!! I put in a new battery and checked the last image.
The orchid had opened enough that there would be a big jump in the time-lapse video. Crap!
What to do…. just stop and hope to catch another bloom or continue and start the video with the bloom part way open??? It has been a while since I have done anything photography wise. So I decided to keep clicking away and hope my battery would last until it had opened fully. Off to work I went.
Upon returning home sure enough the orchid had bloomed!! Now to check the camera and see if the batteries had lasted until the end. I put in fresh batteries and YEAH! The image I saw was the orchid opened up completely!!!! YES 🙂
Told my hubby I’ll start dinner in a few seconds I just want to download these images to the computer. Of course he knows I will be more than “just a few seconds”. What a nice guy!
In all I had 94 images to put together to make the video. Next time I hope to capture this event from beginning to end.
But it was fun to be able to see this beautiful orchid open!
I would have missed it all since I was sleeping and at work while all the action was taking place!
To view the video click here
I will be posting images of this orchid very soon go to www.vickieszumigala.com