I began taking Texas Wildflower photographs in the winter of 2015, following a discussion with some of my photography friends. At first I did not think that I would be interested in “taking pictures of flowers”, but, it was fun and intriguing. Not only did it require a completely different set of photography skills (and equipment) but it also had a scientific element to it that I really enjoyed. It’s not enough to take a photograph of a flower but you must identify it. That requires knowledge and a good deal of book and online research. Although most of my wildflower photos are taken in a natural setting, there are times when the conditions are less than ideal for wildflower photography. So, I built a light box in my studio. I use it to bring the plants indoors and capture images in a controlled setting. I was taking a photograph of this Purple Horsemint (Monarda citriodora and a member of the Mint Family) in my light box for my Texas Wildflower image collection when I spotted a tiny crab spider. He was quite active but finally settled down long enough for me to capture this image. I posted a story a couple of weeks ago about my encounter with this crab spider. You can read it here.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark III using my EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM lens. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/8, shutter speed at 1/25 at ISO 100. This image was taken in my light box using two LED lights set at daylight color temperature. I used the focus stacking technique and took a total of 15 images. I used Helicon Focus software to bring these 15 images together.