Here is a little insight into the making of an image. In this instance, a macro of a hanging begonia shot from the ground. I love the unexpected and unusual found in the upside down projection of these flowers which are typically planted in hanging baskets set above eye level. In this case, I had to improvise when I encountered them at Chena Hot Springs planted along the rock edge next to a walkway. The photos in the table below take you from the overall bed of flowers to the stem that I intended to shoot. The lower left photo shows what I was able to see from my vantage point while kneeling down and the lower right is the final image prior to my edits in Lightroom and Photoshop.
To make this shot, I got my settings just right then set the camera down on the ground (angled slightly up), put it in Live View mode and focused in using the 5x and 10x magnification option. I wish I had a photograph of the camera set up, but it was really quite simple. To combat the gentle breeze and waning light, I bumped the ISO to 1250 and shot at 1/400sec, f3.5, using a 100mm f2.8L IS USM lens on my 5D MK III.
CHENA HOT SPRINGS: If you haven't visited Chena Hot Springs recently, you owe yourself a trip out there. Not only will you feel rejuvenated from a soak in the spring, you will thoroughly enjoy the flower beds (over 250 varieties) all around the grounds. Resort greenhouse manager, Eric Cook, has done a tremendous job with the myriad flowers, herbs, and vegetables. To discover this in interior Alaska is simply astounding! The Fairbanks Daily News Miner recently published THIS ARTICLE about the gardens and greenhouses at Chena Hot Springs.