|Thanks to Tony for the PS tip.|
|I guess I need new glasses.|
Featured Comment: Oh yes red!!! shades of red, tints of red, Chinese red, Morocco red, Congo red, Venetian red, Indian ocher, aniline red, even aurora red. In a meadow painted in gold through a profusion of wild and fiery California poppies, asserting itself you find this delightful hyacinth red, struggling to find its place, certainly it made a damn good difference. Made my day, much obliged.... - aU
For the techies: Taken at iso 100 using a tripod with a 50mm lens at f/16 aperture. I also attached an extension tube so I can get real close to the flower.
The shot was made outdoor using an off-camera flash (the camera was connected to the flash with an external cord) hand-pointed directly at the flower. It must have been less than three inches away from the flower. The ambient has low light so I took advantage of that. I deliberately set the camera at 1/100 shutter to under-expose the background. (Generally, the exposure would require more than 1 or 2 seconds to get the right exposure.) With the flash directed at a certain angle, it will only hit the flower and not the background, rendering the background almost black but not he flower. I tweaked the contrast in post processing to get the background entirely black.