Any comment/questions welcome.
A lot of flower shots creeping in - it must be spring. These are three I did recently using quite different techniques. I'm not going to say it's easy because the first one certainly wasn't. If you want to see more of my botanic shots they are here Rob's botanic shot Good job I'm married to a botanist
Shot #1 Is a Hellibore. Taken from the garden this morning (the botanist was out!). Placed indoors on table facing up. Two studio flash lights bounced off the ceiling so the light was from the top. Used six manually focussed RAW exposures to get the full range of focus from front to rear. Edited the RAWs in CS4 then fed them into Helicon Focus - a great bit of software for £38, which stacks them together taking the best focus parts from each shot. Output to 16bit TIFF and did some minor corrections in PS. I told you it wasn't easy
If you do macro or close-ups you will find Helicon Focus a very valuable tool, and it's cheap and east to use. http://www.heliconsoft.com/heliconfocus.html
Shot #2 - Camelia. Taken last week at Bodnant Garden North Wales. Bright sun overhead. I got my botanist to hold a diffuser (small foldup one) over the flower to shield the sun. Then shot the flower with slight fill-flash. All of that avoids the glare from the sun, while filling in some of the shadows.
Shot #3 - Chrysanthemum. This was placed on a sheet of black acrylic and lit with a single studio light bounced into a white umbrella to give a soft light. very minor processing was needed to finish it off.