Macro Flowers At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Macro Flowers

 

Macro liriope at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Liriope

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I liked the design and colors of the flower in my Liriope piece.  I used red flowers for the background and opened up the lens just enough to create a nice bokeh while maintaining as much subject detail as possible.  As I have written in previous posts, having a Live View capability that can be paired with the Depth Of Field Preview is quite useful in these situations.  Those functions allow you to see how the F-stop changes will affect your image thereby giving you an ability to dial in exactly what your artistic intent is.

 

 

Macro flower at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Up Close

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The flower in my Up Close piece is the same type that was used for the background in the composition above.  I searched through and around the entire bush to find a subject that would give me what I envisioned.  Well, technically, I examined two bushes before settling on this particular bloom.  My artistic intent was to exclude any greens from background leaves while placing the center of the small flower in the upper portion of the frame.  To do this, I had to utilize my Frankenstein lens configuration.  Even though this was composed at less than two times life size magnification, the key was being able to get physically closer to the flower because that allowed me to only include what I wanted.  Surface textures can be seen here thanks to the high level of detail.

 

 

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Author: Steven Dillon

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