Abstract Macros At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC: Part 4

Museum Abstracts: Part 4

 

Part 4 is a continuation of the Abstract Macros blog posts.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 3, click here.

 

 

Abstract macro hairy plant at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Scribbles

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I discovered the flora in my Scribbles piece in the front garden at the Aiken County Historical Museum (not far from where I park).  I loved the random, naturally abstract lines formed by the edges of the leaves.  I’m not really sure what this thing is, but it kind of looked like some type of interesting cabbage.  Since I wanted to even out the light (i.e., bring down the highlights and brighten the darks), I had to try several different angles before finding one that was acceptable.  Tiny hairs and surface textures can be seen.

 

 

Abstract macro feathery seeds at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Feathered

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I liked the naturally abstract design of the hairs and seeds in my Feathered piece.  As they were in the big, back garden at the museum and the black-eyed Susan were still in bloom, I worked the scene until I found an angle that allowed me to use the flowers as a very nice, colorful background.  I reduced the F-stop a little from my normal setting so that no details remained in the background, but not enough to where I lost a significant amount of sharpness on the seeds.  I’m not really sure what type of flora the seeds are from, and I hadn’t ever come across any like them at the museum on prior trips.  Surface textures, single strands of hair, and tiny dew drops are visible here.

 

 

Abstract macro hairy seeds at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Seeds

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While my Seeds piece is not quite a vertical companion to Feathered, it was composed using the same group.  For this composition, I moved the camera closer to the subjects, rotated to a vertical orientation, and bumped the F-stop back up to ensure that I was able to capture all the fine details in the hairs.  Along with the black-eyed Susans in the background, dew drops, single strands of hair, and surface textures can also be seen here.

 

 

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Author: Steven Dillon

Discover behind-the-scenes details, aesthetic decisions, artistic visions, and compositional choices for my pieces in The Artist’s Story posts.

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