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This is an odd Chinese flower from a plant given by a friend. It just started blooming and has many more flowers to go. I'm researching the name and will post later. I took the photo with a D7000 and Arax 80/2.8TS.
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Thanks Mike, keeping front to back (actually along the diagonal) was why I used a Tilt-Shift lens (Arax 80/2.8 with extension tubes). I used maximum tilt to achieve the plain of focus chosen. I took the first shots of this flower with my 105/2.8 VR macro and couldn't get what I wanted in terms of DOF and focus.
Nicely done, great color. There is a lot going on in the image.
I've forgotten all of the botany I ever learned, but the white star like "thingie" (technical term) looks like it would be fun to play with with a good sized extension tube. Maybe you could isolate the white star with the soft colorful background? Of course, you'd lose the flower's identity and it may be too abstract.