It was delightful to meet Leo Li at the 2014 Autumn Show of the Queensland Orchid Society on Friday 11th April at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong QLD 4066, Australia, witnessing how skillful and concentrated he was at photographing various orchid specimens from different angles and distances with his NIKON D300 camera. Judging from the following photographs, Leo has ostensibly achieved considerable results on the spot without using any tripod and remote shutter release, and without having any control over the background and lighting conditions at the venue.
Leo Li is at heart an avid nature photographer who photographs a very wide range of subjects from natural phenomena (such as a thunder storm, sunrise and the Milky Way), wildlife and landscapes, food and decor, city views and architectures, buildings and cars, peoples and places, to festivals and shows, including the Brisbane French Festival, Ekka (the Royal Queensland Show), Supanova Pop Culture Expo, Kenilworth Food Fest, Cosplay Meetup at Roma Parkland, and Melbourne Cup at Brisbane.
The larger animals that Leo Li has captured on camera include Cattle, Lizard, Jellyfish, and Birds such as Duck, Corella, Tern, Seagull, Goose, Kookaburra, Rufous Fantail, Australian White Ibis, Eastern Yellow Robin, Royal Spoonbill, Black-Winged Stilt, Australasian Darter, Fairy Wren, Spiny-Cheeked Honeyeater, Red-Browed Finch, Night Heron, White-Faced Heron, Osprey, Cattle Egret, Sacred Kingfisher, Willie Wagtail and Pied Cormorant.
The smaller animals, as exemplified by many species of insects, have not escaped Leo Li’s gaze via his zoom lenses. They include Spiders, Snails, Flies (such as Rubber Fly, Hoverfly), Lacewings, Grasshoppers, Damselflies, Dragonflies, Butterflies (such as Papilio aegeus, commonly known as the Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly or Large Citrus Butterfly), Weevils, Assassin Bugs, Giant Bull Ants, Caterpillars, Bees, Beatles and Moths.
Leo Li is equally enthusiastic about photographing floras as he is faunas. Not being an orchid grower has hardly handicapped his ability to delve into the glamour and beauty available in the largest flowering plant family, for he has been able to highlight many orchid specimens and champions at major shows and exhibitions with ease.
Being an eclectic photographer, Leo Li is fond of a decent variety of other flowering plants such as Daylilies, Paper Daisies, Lavenders, Clivias, Roses, Waterlilies, Cherry Blossoms, Sunflowers, Dahlias, Fuchsias, Chrysanthemums and Strelitzias. He is also captivated by the gnarly and swirling patterns of certain woods and tree trunks.
Chosen here for orchid admirers are 50 photos in the ensuing gallery featuring 20 Dendrobiums (mostly Phalaenanthe type, and 2 intermediate/antelope hybrids), 9 Paphiopedilums, 8 Cattleyas, 5 Phalaenopsis, 1 Brassavola, 1 Bulbophyllum, 1 Dendrochilum, 1 Aerides, 1 Aliceara (Oncidum intergeneric orchid) and a few other genera.
The gallery is then followed by Leo Li’s photo album entitled “Lace & Beauty” showcasing the frilly or ruffled labella of Cattleyas, as well as his superb photos selected from the Queensland Orchid International Facebook Group in a chronological order, starting from the most recent.
Many of these photos are excellent close-ups around different rotational axes or orientations serving to capture the floral structures and forms, the zooming and cropping of which also impart certain interests and provide “boundary counterpoints” to the details of the subject(s) in view.
✿❀ LEO LI at Queensland Orchid International ❀✿
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