These beauties were crying out for a simple, linear photo. The background was chosen to echo the parallel lines but provide a counterpoint that emphasises the bendy unpredictable stems.
If I haven't already convinced you to shoot in direct sunlight only at the time of a full moon when you've listed 12 reasons why you should be allowed to, just compare these 2 photos:
The set up is exactly the same, next to a window. The first photo was taken when the sun was behind a cloud. The second when it was shining straight onto the flowers. How distracting are those hard shadows? (Very, is the correct answer).
If you've got a macro lens and an Icelandic poppy, have a go at something like this while you've got the chance:
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