Orchid Trip: Belize
Confessions of an Overwaterer
Guide to Exhibiting Orchids
ABOUT THE WEBSITE
In the spring of
1996, the Orchid Photo Page began as a simple exercise in html, to
provide a small gallery of some photos I had taken of our orchids, and a
few AOS award photos. Although I had done some AOS award photography for
local shows, it was not until the West Palm Beach judging center opened
in April, 1992 that I saw a steady stream of high quality orchids. The
early images here were from slides scanned to Kodak photoCD which
provided easy digital content, though of somewhat spotty quality.
I bought my first digital camera in 1997 (an Olympus with about
.75mp resolution), but it was not much use for shooting orchids. The
following year I bought a Kodak DC260 with a whopping 1.5megapixels
which was eminently serviceable for taking studio photos of orchids - it
even allowed me to plug in my studio lights! That was a fun camera and
had enough features to be a photographic tool. I upgrade digital cameras as
their evolution warrants it. Not only has the quality of digicams
improved by lightyears, so has post-camera image processing.
September 2007, after eleven and a half years updating html pages by hand, I made a major design overhaul to The Orchid Photo Page that allows for easier updates. Now in its seventeenth year, new photos are added every week.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Greg Allikas is known the world over for his brilliant photographs of orchids. His extensive knowledge of his subject and artistic background offer a unique interpretation that is both accurate, and stunningly beautiful. Greg has been a commercial photographer in the Palm Beaches and is well known for his library of theater photography. An orchid grower since 1970, Allikas is awards photographer for the AOS West Palm Beach Judging Center, Florida-Caribbean Judging Center in Miami, and many annual South Florida orchid shows including Ft. Lauderdale, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Naples, Boca Raton and the Tamiami and Redland Orchid Festivals. His photos are regularly seen in numerous AOS publications including the annual calendar and the AQ+ and Orchids
magazine. He has written articles for both Orchids magazine and Orchid
Digest and has been published in Germany, South America, Sweden and in the Russian magazine, World
of Orchids. Greg also has many photos in the latest editions of the
Sunset and Ortho books on orchids and supplied all of the photography for Growing Orchids is Fun (Hollingsworth), Orchids to Know and Grow (Sheehan & Black), and Orquideas en la Gran Ciudad (Verdura). The book Orchids (Thunder Bay
Press, 2000), co-authored with Ned Nash, featured over 200 of his
photos. In 2005, Thunder Bay Press published a second Allikas-Nash book, The World's Most Beautiful Orchids
which features over 500 photographs and 450 pages of text. A third Allikas-Nash collaboration,
Four Seasons of Orchids.
published by Creative Homeowner is now in its second edition. This highly-reviewed 256-page book features more culture information than the previous two volumes and deals with culture from a seasonal
approach. Greg's most recent collaboration is The Orchid Whisperer written by colorful San Francisco orchidist, Bruce Rogers. This guide to growing orchids is sure to be a hit.
was honored to consult on, and supply photography for a United Nations
Postal Administration endangered species stamp release featuring 12
endangered orchid species. He is the recipient of the Silver Medal from the American Orchid Society for his service. Greg is a popular speaker and in demand at orchid societies across the U.S.
He especially enjoys field trips to photograph orchids in their native
habitats and rarely turns down an invitation to see and photograph
orchids growing in the wild.