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Paul, thanks for the positive comments.
I will be happy to share my technical approach, but I should mention that I think the technical aspects have not been important to me.
I decided to shoot with a goal in mind. As stated by Tom at the beginning of this post, my goal was to bring the viewer into the world of the flowers or at least to convey the impression of that world that I saw. I got this idea from BH event space videos. Many photography teachers recommend working on a self-imposed project. Concentrating attention in a narrow specific area will help one to improve. At this point I am getting ready to end my project and start a different one. After a while any project starts to become stagnant.
Beyond that my gear and technique are about as simple as possible. I have a Canon Rebel T3i, a 60 macro, and a 430II flash. I shoot Av and usually about f/20 for macro. The AF on my Rebel sucks so I generally manually focus and then rock back and forth for the final focus. Metering is center weighted and I manually adjust exposure compensation as needed. All of my shots are made in the field and hand held. I do prefer natural lighting especially because I am lazy and often do not have my flash.
As an example of my crude technique, for the first image I held a bunch of dandelion clocks in one hand, pointed toward the sun and shot with the camera in the other hand. I got the green background from reflected light off of foliage. For other shots I held the clocks above my head and got a blue sky background. Anyway my gear and technique are pretty simple. I get by shooting closeup but I would need a major jump in gear and technique to shoot true macro.