Using direct sunlight as your main light source is usually frowned upon because of its deep-shadowed contrast. If you get out early enough, though, dawn's first rays can work for you, as proven by Theophilos Papadopoulos's caper flower here. Using the direct light of a low-lying sun as it broke over a distant horizon, Papadopoulos needed no diffuser because the sunlight was adequately softened (and warmed) by layers of haze in the distance. Also, the sun's light struck the plant directly (A), but also indirectly by reflecting off the nearby water (B), which effectively opened up the shadows. Papadopoulos shot with a Canon EOS 60D (C) and an EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS II lens that he was able to focus close with the help of a 58mm Canon 500D close-up filter. "I used manual focus and aperture-priority in order to get as much of the flower sharp as possible," says Papadopoulos. He was grateful for his lens' built-in stabilizer, which helped produce a sharp image despite a somewhat slow shutter speed.