Not my favorite orchid picture, but it's one of my favorite orchids.
I don't know why people would, knowing that people are going to be photographing the orchids, set up a black and white grid as the background. No good can come of this; it's just going to mess with people's eyes as they look at the flowers. And that goes triple for a flower that's already this dark -- may as well light it with a pink strobe and have the whole display spinning around, as put it in front of a black and white grid.
*sigh* But I am not bitter.
I've seen this particular plant before, at work, and am surprised at how much darker this flower is than those were. I don't know if this is due to cultural differences, or normal variation between flowers, mislabeling, or what, but it's a pretty drastic difference. I very much prefer the work flower to the orchid-show flower, because of the spots. (And the photography was better, too, as far as that goes.)
They both have nice qualities, though. The dark purple in the top photo is a nice color, and I kind of like the shape better. So, you know. Whatever.