Thought I'd better get on with it. I took this on Tuesday, I loved the red colour on the stalk and the promise to come of vicious thorns.
Shot in RAW with Sigma 105 macro lens, tend to use auto exposure and let the speed set itself, but haven't noted either. Not cropped or cloned at all.
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Posted By Artois : I could not resist playing! I could see a shape in the image that looked like a dragon's head. So I rotated the image then cropped it to lose the side flower and leaf at the bottom. I also slightly adjusted levels and destaurated the colours by -5.
Posted By Artois : Sorry I uploaded the original by mistake. LOL senility creeps along.