Nice Shot! That could work in both landscape and portrait too. If I'd had to guess I would have said you used some fill flash but the light was obviously just right. I've often wanted to try a ring flash just for a little fill and sparkle. I'd probably get a few more keepers since I'm always shooting into the sun
LOL, you're right David. In checking the exif data, I actually did fire a flash. It was a few months ago, so I must have forgot. However, I am 100% certain it wasn't the ringlight, though, but rather the pop-up on my 7D that (as you said) was used for fill.
I do agree with you that the use of a little flash in harsh sunlight makes all the difference in the world. I took several photos of this spider
in both natural light as well as with flash ... and the colors in the natural photos came out terrible in the harsh light ... but they came out absolutely perfecto through the use of flash.