Macro Lantana Blooms At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC

Spring Ornament

Macro Lantana blooms at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Spring Ornament

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I found the nicely blooming lantana in my Spring Ornament piece while working my way back to the big garden in the rear corner of the Aiken County Historical Museum.  When these showy little color balls really start to bloom, they can be so prolific that keeping them separated from each other becomes challenging.  However, in this case, my artistic vision was to utilize the pinks, purples, reds, yellows, and oranges by pulling as much of them as possible into the frame.  Shooting at two times life-size with a fairly shallow depth of field made it easier to dissolve the background flower into colors, but another important consideration remained.  Because of the similarities between the foreground blossom and the background bokeh, I wanted to keep matching colors from intersecting to avoid edge confusion.  By altering the viewing angle while simultaneously holding my main subject where I wanted it in the frame, I was able to arrange them so that, as much as possible, similar colors didn’t touch each other.  The way it floats and the colorful, nearly spherical shape reminded me of a decoration.  The high level of detail allows pollen and individual hairs to be seen.



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Author: Steven Dillon

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