At our NANPA Meetup last weekend, I photographed a beautiful passionflower near the Big Spring. They are quite beautiful, and since I have not seen many of them before, a real treat to shoot.
I tried to line up the flower parallel to the back of my camera so that I could use a shallow depth of field yet still get most of the front flower sharp. That let the background go soft, and helped to play down any distractions. It was already bright and sunny when I shot it, so I just set up my camera on a tripod and stood with my legs so that it cast a shadow over the passionflowers, softening up the light quite nicely.