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This shot is an Echeveria. The leaves are very delicately shaped. The overall effect is like a flower bud. Sometimes it’s just that simple! Grab a plant. Photograph it. This photo is nice partly because of the natural light.

The depth of field (portion in focus) is fairly shallow, even at f/6.3. This photo hides that fact, though, because most of the flower is face on and not at an angle to the camera. If you look closely enough, though, you can tell that the bottom leaves, the pot, and the table are getting progressively more out of focus.

Settings: f/6.3, 1/500 second, ISO 125, 300mm focal length. APS-C.

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