Macro Dogwood Berry And Fall Leaves At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Dogwood Berry


Macro dogwood berry and Fall leaves at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Dogwood Berry

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I’ve previously written about the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum that is within the Hopeland Gardens boundary, but I had never created any compositions from the dogwood trees beside it.  On the morning I composed my Dogwood Berry piece, the abundance of red berries called me over to that area.  While fall hadn’t officially started (at least on the calendar), some of the leaves were already displaying their seasonal colors.  After locating a berry that was near a colorful leaf, I found an angle that allowed me to place the berry on the right side of the frame while centering it vertically.  That arrangement opened up the left side of the frame so that the leaf colors could be pulled into the background.  My artistic goal was to keep as much as I could of the berry’s surface area in sharp focus, which is challenging using a single image because the camera’s sensor plane is flat and the berry is round (i.e., there will be falloff as the surface curves away).  The high level of detail allows tiny hairs and texture to be seen.



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Author: Steven Dillon

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