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Today's image is probably a lot easier to create than you might think. There were several spots in the Gardens where light was falling where you'd typically aim a strobe. Sort like nature's spotlight. The flowers were in full cloudy bright light and, with the right shooting position, the background went fully dark.
Once back in the darkroom (okay, it was actually Adobe Photoshop Lightroom [LR]) it only took bringing the Shadows down and the Highlights up to get 90% of the way there. A quick trip over to Adobe Photoshop (PS) and the use of Jimmy McIntrye's Easy Panel gave me the Luminosity Masks (LM) needed to drop the background out entirely without damaging the flowers.
Jimmy's Easy Panel is a free extension panel you can add to PS. There's probably a dozen or so choices you can make from the panel. I've only tried the LMs and the sub-choices produced by them cut work time down considerably. If you have a basic understanding of LMs you'll find Jimmy's panel very useful.
That was it. A couple sliders in LR and the use of LMs in PS. Quick and easy.