Abstract Magnolia Stamens At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Fallen Away

Macro abstract Magnolia stamens fallen into a tepal at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Fallen Away

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While searching for a suitable subject one early summer morning, I discovered that magnolia blooms apparently shed their stamen.  From what I observed, it appears that in most cases they land in and are held by the tepal where they wait for some Fine Art photographer to notice their abstract quality and capture them before they fall to the ground.  😉


As I’ve written about previously, I don’t use focus stacking that much, but my Fallen Away piece really benefitted from employing it.  This composition was created so close to the subjects that the depth of field was extremely shallow and stacking was called for here so that I could get the majority of the stamen in focus.  The high level of detail allows surface texture and pollen to be seen.


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Author: Steven Dillon

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