As we head into the fall weather here (lows in upper 60s, warming up to 80s) in central Florida, the flowers blooming in our yard change with the seasons. We had a very tall marigold type flower growing earlier this week and I spent some time photographing it while trying to show off it's beautiful orange color.
This picture was taken with the Lensbaby Velvet 56 lens. This is a manual focus lens that was introduced by Lensbaby earlier this year. It can be used to make a flower 'glow' depending on what the aperture is set to when photographing. The blur provided by this lens is unique in allowing for selective focus on the subject (in this case a flower).
The same flower was lit by the sunlight shining through the upper petals in this picture. The Nikon Micro 105mm lens was used, F/9.5 at 1/10 second. A tripod was used to stabilize the camera while a stake was used to help stabilize the flower on it's long stalk.