Taken on April 15/09 at 7:28 am in own yard ( south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada).
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon 100-400 L IS USM lens.
Tripod; Manfrotto, including joystick head.
Taken at 1/640 at f/10, 360 mm, EV +1, iso 200, manual white balance 5700 kelvin.
I decided to get a little creative with this shot. In PhotoshopCS2, I used the channel mixer ( 30% red, 70% green) to change this into a black and white photo. I than added a warming filter ( opacity 11%) and repainted back the flower to its original color ( leaving the effects on the stem and background). I saturated the colors of the flower so as to add a little more interest to the actual pale shades in real life.