I made these macro flower photographs during a recent DSLR Photography lesson with a student at Florida Botanical Gardens. I was of course focused on teaching her, but I did have a few moments to shoot along side her after I helped her get her camera set to make a similar shot. Sometimes I used my Nikon Speedlight SB-600 on and off camera, sometimes, like above, the natural light at 8am was good enough.
The above magnolia flower was offering parts of itself, or getting rid of parts of itself, in a very interesting manner to me. I wonder how often a magnolia flower's lower petal aligns just right so that it can catch those stems? Maybe it is not uncommon?
That red flower seems almost bioelectric to me, like it is plugged into electricity somewhere and at night would light up like a flower found on Pandora. I considered a closer crop of the flower, but wanted to included background elements to show its seeming desire to remain unseen by the passerby despite being so pretty.