This shot was taken with a 28-100mm lens and a +10 close up lens on top. This allows incredible close-ups of my chosen subjects and still maintains the tiniest details. In this particular photo the thistle is barely recognisable due to the closeness which adds a sense of mystery and drama to the scene.
The ice trapped on the thistle is crystal clear in the foreground and gradually fades out of focus giving a sense of depth to the image. The spines are in sharp relief and look dangerous, yet it is suprising that they support the ice so gently.
The image was taken at sunset in a disused allotment in Hafield, Hertfordshire. No fill flash was used, as the foreground spikes would have been over exposed, so only natural light was used to capture the detail in the spine tips and the ice.