The light was better because it was the morning. With gritty determination,
One more set of pictures on a sunny day. I think these are better. Sharper, anyway.
With an f2.8 lens, you need the extra light. That’s the answer, I guess.
One of the interesting things to note is that the color is quite different based on the lens I was using … and the light at that time of day. It is much warmer in the morning, colder in the afternoon. So the blossoms were more red at night, more orange in the morning.
Also, come to think of it, for the macros, I had the overhead light on, so there was incandescent light in the room, too. That would add a lot of yellow and orange.