This image was made in my front yard just as the sun was clearing the mesa–hence the name. I like the way the sunlight illuminates the tiny hairs on the stems, and backlights the petals so the flower seems to glow from within.
I used the rule of thirds to position the main subject in the upper right of the frame, and let the stem and bud fall across the center. This creates more visual interest than if I had centered the flower.
Equipment: Nikon F100, Nikon 105 mm f2.8 macro lens, Bogen tripod, Fuji Velvia transparency film.
Camera Settings: f8, 1/15th sec., film ISO 50.
Processing: Scanned to digital with Nikon Coolscan V, levels, curves, saturation adjustments, and sharpening in Photoshop.