Further to my first thread on this subject, I must mention that there is yet another way to really make your flower pics stand out from the average. Considering all that I mentioned in that first thread and using those techniques, at the same time look for something that is in the shade such as a part of the garden that the early sun has not yet illuminated(or late sun). If you can isolate your subject in front of that dark bit while being backlit from the sun, wow does it really stand out in it's glory. Flower photography can be a challenge to the untaught, but with perseverance and technique your friends will be very impressed with your results. If you make a determined effort then I can assure you your home will look very colourful and cosy with a wall full of big pics of your lovely blooms, wait for the praise from the observers!!!!. Have a go.