What can you do when direct sunlight is too strong? First, consider shooting at an angle to the subject, instead of perpendicular to the plane of the petals. But with this grass-of-Parnessus, that wasn't what I wanted. One problem with direct light is you can't get the subject out of your shadow. That can be a good thing when you need less light. UV filters also can help moderate the glare. Finally, use the magic box. Computers work wonders these days. Above you see the same shot as yesterday, with contrast increased and overall brightness reduced. And of course raw shots always need to be sharpened.