Murmetier -- no excuses needed! Thanks for writing in this barbaric language.
Isaac - Thanks! I like the idea of adjusting the brightness and will look into this.
Riaan -- Nice image by Cram. Using big flowers would certainly help.
Good to see how he did these and I will look into it more.
Slobodan - 10 mm (10-22 mm Canon lens) on a 50D, f/11, ISO 100, three exposures [1/125, 1/30, 1/8] processed in Photomatix and Aperture.
I have been back to redo this and will post, post-processing, if there is any improvement.