OK NsxType-R here is a follow on to our notes in PAD... Sorry if I sounded defensive, I was not trying to come across that way if you thought I was.
macro is all new to me and on the learning curve I have taken dozens of shots and this is really the only shot that is half way decent. I have a lot to learn on macro. I do have a 105 mm prime that should arrive on Monday. Not sure if part of my problem is the use of the zoom rather than working with my body to get the right position.
No, I'm not saying that there was a technical problem with the shot, my question was asked because I have similar problems with my own shots. When shooting something with deep, intense colors such as deep red or pink flowers, there appears to be blotches of white similar to your shot where there appears to have been overexposure but there shouldn't have.
Maybe this question should be directed in another thread.
Right now I am using a 18-200 mm nikkor to do macro. I find that I am usually making an attempt to do this is the afternoon, bright light and there is typically wind. I have a hard time getting the focus and at other times it does wash out. The shots I am doing are RAW format. I read a bit in the CS6 reference book I picked up over the weekend and it did note that when shooting in RAW and then looking at what is created with flowers with the rich colors that sometimes the computer screen can not reproduce the tones. The author suggests a couple of tweeks. The author, Martin Evening notes that the sensor in most cameras can capture a greater range of colors than can be shown in the monitor. He suggests using the sliders to minipulate the luminance and saturation to reveal the hidden colors to eliminate the "wash out".
I am learning and macro I have found to be more difficult than expected. Right now I am not sure if it is the photograph technique (I do think that has something to do with my issue right now) or the process.
Any thoughts or ideas are welcome.