Macros And Abstracts: Part 1
After having made many trips to their gardens, I could hardly wait for the right time to get back out to the Yonce Farm and create compositions of their lilies. The conditions during the two trips that I’ll cover in this year’s blog posts were every bit as good as they’ve ever been. Though Bob suggested that he had not kept the gardens in their prime form and had let a few weeds live longer than he should have, I assured him that I wouldn’t have any problems finding subjects. With the dearth of potential candidates during outings to both Edisto Memorial Gardens and Swan Lake Iris Gardens this year, it was great to finally have so many possibilities in one area. As usual, it can be a bit overwhelming because everywhere you look there are gorgeous flowers vying for your attention. Long term readers of this blog know how fantastic the subjects can be, but for those of you who are new, click here for previous posts of this wonderful place.
In my mind’s eye, the anthers in my Togetherness piece were lovingly touching each other. Almost as if they were siblings or puppies bonding while grouped close to each other. Of course, the colors were also quite attractive. This is also another example of using a very long exposure time (especially for macro at nearly two times life size magnification). A full ten seconds was used since the rising sun had just come up and was partially obscured by clouds. Surface textures, pollen, and tiny dew drops can be seen.
I was attracted to the colors of the daylily and the shape of the anthers in my Farm Tan piece. Though the zone of sharpness is quite shallow here, surface textures are still visible.
The gorgeous pastel colors brought me over to the flower in my Huddle piece. I also liked how the anthers were grouped. The nearly two times life size magnification creates a dreamy feel with such a shallow depth of field. Surface textures can be seen within the zone of sharpness.
Two factors focused my attention on the flower in my Greenlight piece. First, I don’t get many opportunities to compose using a horizontal orientation. I think that is due to how the stamen are normally grouped together (i.e., they just naturally fit in the frame better vertically). Secondly, the wonderful greens and fiery reds in the background were quite alluring. Individual pieces of pollen and surface textures can be seen here as well.
I loved the pinks and pastels in the background of my In The Pink piece. Also enticing was how the petals were ribbed, and the design created by the tight grouping of the anthers. Once again, surface textures and individual pieces of pollen can be seen.