This image was captured in the field at Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby Oregon. I was using my OlympusOM-D E-M1 Mark II Mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with the Olympus ED 12-40mm f/2.8 lens attached.
I exposed for my subject and not my background (cloudy dull sky) which pushed my histogram all the way to the right. I had my highlight alerts (blinkies) set to on. The sky was partially blinking, this rendered the sky almost completely white. For the finishing touches I used Nik Color Efex and adjusted the colors.
To learn more about how to create this look in the field, check out the updated version of my eBook Bloomin’ Ideas. It is a compilation of all three of my eBooks including The Softer Side of Macro, Bloomin’ Ideas (original version) and The Art of Flower Photography.
I almost forgot, the flowers reminded me of mini Cosmos and the top flower with the missing petals is what originally caught my eye.