Macro Black Eyed Susan At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC

Curly Sue


Macro Black Eyed Susan at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Curly Sue

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I was experimenting with various ways of framing the foreground subject in my Curly Sue piece when I discovered an angle that allowed the background petals to bring additional visual interest to the scene.  I really liked the arcs of the petals in the background and how they came up into the left-hand side of the frame.  In fact, I felt that they gave the impression that this was one big black-eyed Susan flower with curled petals that were shooting out in all directions.  If not for the background stem being visible, it would certainly appear that way.  To perpetuate the illusion, I placed the center of the foreground flower just below the upper, rightmost crossing line, using the rule of thirds, and used that area as my focal point.  That aesthetic decision also tended to accentuate the relative size of the flower’s head.  The high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen and textures to be seen.



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Author: Steven Dillon

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