Many elements go into the production of a beautiful photograph, and what elements are used depends on the subject matter. For this image, I used a range of things to enhance this gerbera daisy: removal of color, foreground and background bokeh created by the water droplets, negative space, and a lighting setup that boosted the texture of the petals.
Why remove color from flowers? Most people believe a significant part of a flower’s beauty lies in their vibrance. As a photographer, I see subtle nuances start emerge as color is removed — what I’ve come to think of as the flower’s unique personality. It’s less apparent when the color distracts my eye.