Third full day fooling around with the camera. Here are three or four more photos:
Hoya coronas on pins (Left to right macgillivrayii, lobbii, bella, retusa, heuschkeliana)
Martini glass with fresh macgillivrayi bloom and dried macgillivrayi blooms
Raccoon skull with macgillivrayi and bella blooms
I really liked your corona study. I have such trouble shooting the shiny surfaces of Hoya flowers - I usually use a soft box and a second light with some kind of diffusing scrim. Still, I end up touching them up in post...
Thanks Dave, I kind of mangled that heuschkeliana corona. It was so tiny, and I was so clumsy. I have not yet figured out how to do anything in post - I need to work on that aspect. These were all shot with no flash - just compact fluorescent lights pointed at the flowers.
Yeah, dissecting Hoya flowers is a skill for those with steady hands and a good microscope.
You might look for some of the better LED flashlights for a temporary light source. They can be good for macro work. I have a ring flash and a regular flash (580 EX II), and a smaller spare one in the soft box, and I always seem to need more light...