Macro Flowers At Rye Patch in Aiken, SC


Macro flowers at Rye Patch in Aiken, South Carolina

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I discovered the subjects in my Screams piece on the north side of the Rye Patch in a small garden area just off the driveway.  The bright white colors pulled me in.  In the interest of full disclosure, I was ready to point my camera at just about anything I could find because I was testing out a replacement head.  I use an Arca Swiss B1 (an original that I’ve had for more than a decade), and I just couldn’t work around the dreaded Freeze Up problem combined with a barely functional panorama locking screw any longer.  Simply put, the issues were causing me to burn through too much golden hour light fiddling with the head while trying to place the frame precisely where I wanted.  The bad news is that, over the course of a couple of weeks, I tested several heads and I wasn’t happy with ANY of them.  The good news is that Bob Watkins over at Precision Camera Works  performed his magic and fixed up my B1 just like it was new again.  And, it was repaired under warranty so it didn’t cost me anything.  I think it’s working better than it ever did.


Test or not, seeing these little flowers through the lens at two times life-size was enticing.  In my mind’s eye, the centers of the flowers resembled wide open mouths and the pearl colored structures just under the top of the center ellipse looked like snaggleteeth.  Because of the shape, the yellow and green area reminded me of a tongue.  They give the appearance of permanently yelling at the top of their lungs.  The high level of detail allows individual hairs to be seen (especially along the petal edges).


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Author: Steven Dillon

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