July 4th. Happy 4th everyone, even if you don't reside in the U.S. I probably should have some sort of fireworks image to share but as I don't, I thought I'd go with something brightly colored and moderately explosive, if you are an insect. This is another shot of the red lily I shared last Friday but this time you get to see more of the plant and a different perspective of the stamen. This image started out in a new program, to me, that I used for the first time to see if it was actually as good as it was being hyped. First impression is that while it may be, it is so far removed from the interface used by most of the other graphics programs that I quit after playing with it for almost 30 minutes. Which means that I'll need to invest a lot of time to make it worthwhile and I'm not sure I want to do that. But as it is priced right, $50 for the next day or two, it would be a good investment for anyone looking for a powerful graphics editor at a very reasonable cost. Even at its normal price of $80 it would still be a good investment for anyone looking for a good graphics editor who didn't already have one. I finished this off with my usual software as I didn't want to take all day to get there. Starting with the base image, I cropped off a bit of material I didn't like, duped the layer and changed the blend mode to multiply masking off the stamen, and then added about a 5% increase in the micro contrast. Otherwise it is a basically straight image. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/500 sec @ f/10.