One of the flowers that is the most interesting is the Purple Coneflower. As intrigued as I am by them, I have taken many coneflower images, but have not been really satisfied with most the results.
These flowers have the ability to reproduce, photographically, as a delicate pastel, or a much more saturated purple. They seem to be best portrayed—as with many flower closeups—with a nicely blurred background.
Much of what is written about flower closeup photography suggests that we look very carefully for the perfect specimen. But in nature, there are few perfect specimens. One of my favorite coneflower images has a clear imperfection, but I don’t think it detracts at all from the final image.
I like to look for contrasting colors for a background for these images. It is common to see them planted near yellow flowers (like black-eyed Susans).