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24 Oct 14. Today's macro shot will not suffer from the distractions of yesterday's creative image and will focus on a variation of a portion of "My Favorite Things" made a household song in our children's youth by Julie Andrews. Since I'm somewhat allergic to roses, we don't tend to grow them around here, but flora of similar color are more than welcome, especially in the 9 months of our rainy season. This shot was taken under our rear deck during one of those 9 months earlier this year and is one of a series shot attempting to get the rain to cooperate with me. While it did to some extent, I never could get the exact shot I wanted, that of me being reflected in the water droplets. So I went with what I could accomplish at the time which was lots of different "poses" of the water with some serving as mini magnifying glasses. The softness of the image is intentional so as to force your eyes to the edge of the petal with the main water drops; and I've used full frontal flash, normally a no-no, to get even lighting across the entire flower, but used a somewhat small f stop to effectively blunt (underexpose) the impact of using flash in this manner. The f stop of 9 would suppose somewhat greater depth of field, but with the lens just inches from the subject I can achieve the softer focus. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/80 sec @ f / 9 with full flash.