This image of the carnivorous plant Sarracenia Flava var Maxima, all green form pitcher plant was a finalist in the International Garden photographer of the Year, monochrome art category.
For the shot I wanted to give the plant an air of mystery and a fine art feel. I decided to minimise the depth of field and only focus on the nearest part of the plant to the lens. By doing this it would knock all the rest of the plant out of focus. The lighting was chosen to only have the highlight at the nearest point to the lens leaving the rest of the photo to fade into shadow, which gives the air of mystery.
Finally I converted the image to black and white and then split toned the colour in Lightroom.
The photography was shot with a 180mm Canon macro lens, at f8 with 0.5sec shutter speed and 100 ISO.
I am a professional garden & travel photographer, my website is http://stephenstuddphotography.com
I also run photography holidays & workshops: www.digitalphotographyholidays.com
International Garden Photographer of the Year competition; http://igpoty.com