I wanted to try something different with these first two, so I set up the tripod and turned out the lights, took out a flashlight and painted these with light. I used a beam of light to get the focus, , turned the light out, released the shutter, and just painted the parts I wanted. The background is...natural black space. In photoshop...just a bit of saturation/contrast/sharpen. This is usually a technique I use for shooting our halloween displays. The first shot is. ISO 200 TV-15sec AV-f/18 Canon XTI- 18-55mm kit lens at 47mm. Same technique, different flower Next day headed out to the Guild Inn gardens to see what was there. This little guy was sure a slow bloomer. This flowers colours struck me, so I shot the underside of it, and underfocused slightly to get a more abstract feel.