These are in a mix of 1:1 peat:course sand. I had a rhizome that wasn't forming a nice rosette last year, so I pealed all the leaves off and stuck them in the dirt. I kept the soil damp but, not wet and then placed them outside and dared the little suckers to die. As you can see, they grew quite well just to spite me.
I like to shoot with a black background. It emphasizes color and helps to isolate details. I use a sheet of rich black velvet which absorbs light well in most instances. If there are any blotches or light reflections I correct them in Photoshop.
Restinburk...if someone told you that the traps on a VFT get as big as lemons, they were pulling your leg. Two inches or a bit bigger is a good size trap and although I've heard of larger, no one has yet supplied a photo for proof. There was quite a discussion on this awhile back but I never saw photo supporting claims of giant traps.
BTW...traps is the appropriate term. Flytraps aren't animals...they don't have mouths.
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Holy moly! 3 => 100 plants!
You should throw some dead minnows into the middle of that bog and I bet you'd have all those traps closed shortly.