Bouquet of Pink Pelargonium
Someone asked if I did a cutout using photoshop for this photo. I had a hard time explaining how I did the effect on-camera using off-camera flashes+light modifiers. Photoshop was applied only to sharpen and tune the levels in post production.
See the comparision of the orginal and edited image on my facebook page.
In order to ge the black background, I metered the leaves, and set my shutter 3 stops lower. Set my grid 1/2 feet away slightly in front of the flowers and pointed about 45 degree down. Power setting was at 1/32.
5DM3 + Sigma 150mm Macro + 580exII + DIY Grid + Phottix Strato II triggers
No plants nor flowers were pluck, cut or hurt during the photography.