I was thinking about an using curves as the subject and looked around the house when I spotted the stamens inside the gladiolus. I had to remove a couple of the stigma which were for this shot intrusive, and did a bit of cloning and careful cropping, and some selective sharpening around the three stamen tips to get the final result.
Not something I do a lot of when shooting macro, this one is a stacked image of three photographs, with the focal points being the front two stamen heads, half way up the stem of the back stamen, and the head of the back stamen, and then these stacked in CombineZP. Tweaked the curves (sic) and brightness before adding a soft drop shadow and black 9 pixel stroke.
C&C as always appreciated.
Camera Maker: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 550D
Image Date: 2010-09-10 23:37:11 +0000
Focal Length: 105mm
Exposure Time: 0.0056 s (1/180)
ISO equiv: 200
Exposure Bias: none
Metering Mode: Matrix
Exposure Mode: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Flash Fired: Yes (Manual)
Color Space: sRGB
Photographer: Paul Iddon
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