Playing with the camera settings. Last summer I bought a Canon 50D and it has been pretty exciting as I challenge myself to learn the fundamentals. I'm not a technical person and I'm numerically illiterate in that numbers do not equate in my brain. They never have, and at this stage in life I believe they never will. So that being said I struggle with numbers representing f stop, exposure, etc. So I keep playing, keep reviewing what I have done and what the end image looks like. The one thing I have going for me is intuitive composition. So all in all I figure I don't do too bad with my handicap as I have been getting some decent shots, though I persevere to do even better.
A black blanket set across a chair behind the flowers gave a plain background to shoot against. Out of about 200 shots these are the best. Flowers past their peak of perfection are far more beautiful than when in fresh full bloom.