I was initially attracted to the camellia in my Stamen Forest piece by the fantastic pinks and reds. That being said, the stamen with their very nicely contrasting yellow anthers and white filaments added to the overall appeal. My artistic vision was to use a horizontal orientation so that the stamen would come up into the frame while nearly filling the entire length. In my mind’s eye, and especially at nearly two times life size magnification, the filaments reminded me of trees. Surface texture can be seen thanks to the high level of captured detail.
The camellia in my Rolled Edge piece had not yet completely opened. In fact, the focal point of the subject is the edge of an inner petal. Upon seeing this flower, I instantly knew how I wanted to compose it. My artistic vision was to create an abstract using the edge by placing it diagonally in the frame. Even with the incredibly shallow depth of field at two times life size magnification, tiny dew drops can be seen along the petal edge and on the surface of the petals.
For my Jam Packed piece, I felt that the randomly distributed anthers made a nice abstract. Surface texture and pollen can be seen here as well.