The trick to grabbing great shots in winter is finding the plants that open up gratefully on a warm day after a chilly set of mornings. These plants are moistured up and ready to release all their full tones for the birds and the bees, so to speak. Make sure the highest point of light is toplit and background infills keep foreground subject focus sharp.

Good weather allows for so mnay eye opening shortcuts the sun and the weather are practically doing the work for you. The autoflex or smart selection tool will adjust light setting if you let it, or you can restrict light fill to test the integrity of your settings. You can pick the best one in the editing stages.

I took this picture as part of a slideshow I am making for a nursing home near where I live. When I have the whole thing done, someone lying in bed feeling awful can enjoy the bright colors and sunny fruits of nature.