I’m sorry, but I continue to be fascinated by how easy it is to get a beautiful photograph simply by making flowers the subject of the shot.
And these are special flowers. They are sunflowers—the favorite flower of the lovely and vivacious Wonder Woman, for whom I got them in honor of her 39th birthday. A week ago. Them be some hearty flowers.
I jacked up the contrast and the dark tones using Photoshop, because I like the way it made the dark center bleed into the adjacent petals.
One of my goals when I decided to start a Photo of the Day feature was to become a better photographer, and I believe that my skills have improved markedly—you know, as long as you consider taking lots of flower close-ups and learning how to better tweak photos in Photoshop to mean that you’re becoming a better photographer.
[UPDATE 05.08.09: Since a couple of readers have been kind enough to flatter me by saying that they are now using this photo as their desktop wallpaper, I figured I'd include a link to a hi-res version that everyone can download for free. Full disclosure: yes, I am such a self-promotion whore that I embedded my URL in the image, but it's very subtle ... you know, just like me. Also, if you do decide to download the hi-res version, I would greatly appreciate it if you could leave a comment below letting me know that you've done so; I'm curious to see how much interest there is.]