Understory plants have gone, through millions of years of evolution, a way to cope and thrive under adverse conditions of light, therefore, been under the spotlight too long can be harmful to them. The Calathea, in the picture bellow, curls up when there is too much light, and ulfolds, when the conditions become favorable again.
Plants in the understory blend in with their surroundings, however, when it comes to have reproductive success, they need to be UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT!
Heliconias, Calatheas, and Gingers need to attract polinators to their respective flowers. So they resort to visual cues to stand out for their animal partners. To do this, a lot of them are colored red,orange and yellow that are outstanding bright colors, when it comes to attracting diurnal pollinators. So it is very important for flowers and bracts to stand out and make themselves visible at great distances, as bird pollinators require visual cues to find their food sources.
The sequence of pictures above were taken during a different shoot. I did have my tripod and the cable realease then. So turning my mind on to the possibilities rendered by the use of the digital darkroom, I did the following things: Set the camera to manual, desided to use an exposure that favored the highlights, turned on the Live View on my camera, so I could focus presicely on each of my subjects. Then I made the desired composition. And using live view I focused on the foreground for the first picture, and then repeated the same technique for the middle ground and background respectively, in order to get as much detail as I could, from each area. By having the camera mounted on a tripod to keep the same framing throughout the series and I clicked away as best as I could, to make the best of the moving spotlight throughout the frame. Later, I stacked the pictures in Photoshop which rendered the composite that you see above.
So to conclude, play with the light as much as you can and don't underestimate the little things in nature because thay can become a huge learning experience for any photographer.
Happy clicks, and see you soon.