Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF 300mm f/ 4L IS lens. Exposure: 1/ 500sec at f/ 4 ( ISO 160).
What we think: Long- lens close- ups are a great technique to try out during spring and summer. You don't need a specialist macro lens, just a telephoto prime or zoom with a reasonably wide maximum aperture – f/ 4 or faster is ideal. By getting down low, carefully focusing on a single, pristine bloom and shooting wide open, Nicole has rendered the foreground and backdrop a lovely field of pastel bokeh. The foreground bokeh has reduced contrast slightly, so we would be tempted to boost this selectively while processing. Otherwise, a lovely image! Why it works Low perspective Wide aperture and long focal length Great choice of specimen