Phalaenopsis Orchid Enhanced in Photoshop

Peter Y. Chou

Preface: On Monday, April 26, 2010, I visited Gentle Dental at 3920 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto for my yearly checkup with Dr. John Glerum. Arrived at 2 pm for my appointment, but was not called until 2:20 pm. After picking up a magazine to read, I noticed the flower in the vase was beautifully and artistically arranged as in those Japanese floral arrangement. I asked the dental receptionist on the name of the flower. She wasn't sure and said it might be an orchid as there was a white orchid by her desk similar to the purple one in the waiting room. Since there was nobody in the waiting room, I moved the magazines on the table to take a photo of this beautiful orchid. After searching in Google Images (Growing Orchids, Pink Orchid, Graceful One) I learned that this was a Phalaenopsis, an orchid genus of some 60 species. This particular orchid appears to be Phalaenopsis cultivars or Moth orchid, named by Carolus Linnaeus since they resembled moths in flight. My photo (left) showed a row of chairs behind this orchid that distracted from its sheer elegance. So I went to Adobe Photoshop to delete these chairs to enhance its image. The resultant image (right) was achieved in two hours using clone aligned, paint brush, smudge tool, and line tool at the Stanford Art Library. White washing the wall was easy, painting the wood panel and carpet took a bit more time. Now, I need to contemplate on this beautiful Phalaenopsis Orchid and honor it with a poem.

Phalaenopsis Orchid
in Gentle Dental waiting room

Phalaenopsis Orchid
after enhancement in Photoshop

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