Macro Canna Lily At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC

Canna Lilies

I noticed some bright colors in the big garden at the Aiken County Historical Museum that looked like canna lily when shooting the coneflower I previously posted.  I knew that I needed to get over there and check them out before the wind started to pick up too much.

 

Macro Canna Lily at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Spattered Curves

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The first subject I looked at through the lens was the foreground flower in my Spattered Curves piece.  I loved the patterns on the petals and the ability to see down into the center of the flower.  I have been enthralled with this particular variety of canna lilies since the first ones I ever saw at Magnolia Springs State Park in Georgia.  And, I’ve wanted to create a composition featuring one since then.  The high level of detail allows individual dew drops on the surface of the petals to be seen.

 

 

Macro Canna Lily at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Yellow Canna

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Yellow Canna was composed using the same subject, but it isn’t exactly a horizontal companion.  Indeed, the distance to the flower was shortened and the angle is different as well (in fact, it was completely reframed).  My artistic intent was to capture as much of the gorgeous oranges and yellows as possible while highlighting the fantastic pattern.  I love how the design has a sweeping, swirled feel as if it had been spinning clockwise when captured.  The high level of detail allows individual dew drops, both on the surface of the petals and along their edges, to be seen.

 

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Author: Steven Dillon

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