Ok I can't help myself. Flowers are so beautiful. How can you not photograph them??? So you think I went to some exotic location to take these pictures? Think again. Garden Department of Lowes. That is it. One thing before you run off to Lowes with your camera in your hot little hand. These photos were taken in the late afternoon sun. You get a nice soft tone of yellow light filtered by the atmosphere, plus there are no shadows. This time of day is almost like photographing in a studio. The light is wonderful. If you photograph at high noon the light is harsh with very deep shadows. If you have to photograph at noon then you have to. However you must find the right angles where there are few shadows, or use a flash. If you use a flash then you should put it on the lowest level of flash intensity so as not to over expose (make the photo too light). Plus, you also have to concern yourself with the angle of the flash. The flash can create it's own shadows. Photographers who do a lot of nature close up work use ring flashes. They attach on the front of the lens and give off light directly to the subject. I can tell you ring flashes are expensive. I don't use one. Just do like I do. Wait until the optimum time in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun is low on the horizon to do most of your photography. It is a lot cheaper.
If you want to see more detail click on each flower.