I bet I've taken 500 pictures of this shade and just can't get a decent shot... I've experimented with all sorts of lighting and settings to no avail... I even went on the internet and purchased a used camera that was recommended by someone who takes gorgeous photos of his shades... I used it on this photo and I must say it's the best shot so far... but I'm still not happy with it totally. The bands are obviously too dark but when they are where they need to be, the daffodils get washed out... at least it's pretty in real life! By the way, I found this base in the back of an antique store in Laramie, Wyoming this past summer... a good friend tightened it up and rewired it and it's perfect for this 16" banded daffodil in my opinion... well worth the $15 I paid for it!