I took this shot last Saturday afternoon at the Mercer Arboretum just north of Houston, Texas. It was mostly cloudy that day and the lighting was perfect for photographing flowers in the late afternoon. The image was taken at f/4.5 to control the depth field and create nice bokeh in the background. I shot this rose looking almost straight down and manually focused on the center petals to make sure it was the sharpest point in the image. Its hard to go wrong when the light is soft and the subject is a beautiful flower.