Blooming Orchids

We currently have five orchids in our house — in part to ensure that something is perpetually in bloom. (All of them are phalaenopsis orchids, which are among the easiest to grow; all I do is immerse their roots in water once a week and leave them in a semi-sunny windowsill to do their thing.)

Each orchid has gone through at least two bloom cycles since I’ve owned them over the past two years. Every time they bloom, I always get the idea to record a time lapse video of the petals opening — but never got around to it because I was too busy and didn’t care enough.

Now that I am on maternity leave, I’ve found some extra time here and there to pursue small projects: reading, arts and crafts, and learning more about my new camera — including how to make time lapse videos. Exciting!

Here are two time lapse videos I made showing two of our blooming orchids:


  • Camera: Nikon D7100
  • Lens: Nikkor 35mm/1.8 prime lens
  • Settings: Aperture priority mode set to f/10; interval shooting timer set to one photo every ten minutes for 500 shots (see #5 for more info on how to do it)
  • Editing: Photoshop (tutorial)
  • Location: Orchids were set up in an empty storage room with a table lamp with color & light corrected in Photoshop

They’re not perfect but the videos were fun to shoot and put together. Looking forward to seeing what else I can do with this camera beyond what I am already used to doing.




One thought on “Blooming Orchids

  1. Those were good. I liked them. I got a phalen…. orchid last fall as a gift. It had blooms. They dried up and fell off. I gave the plant a small amount of water each week per directions on the plant label.

    Afterward, it had two long stalks 18″ tall that were bare. An orchid care place said cut them off and put cinnamon on the wounds.

    Now I have several new roots but no new flower stalk. Will that come later? I have never grown an orchid.


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