Periwinkle & Camellia At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Periwinkled Camellia

Macro flowers at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Periwinkled Camellia

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Intrigued with its center, I was closely examining the inside of a periwinkle before creating Periwinkled Camellia.  Especially interesting was its pentagonal shape as well as the tiny, orange looking core with hair-like structures surrounding it.  Positioning the camera close to the subject meant that the flower’s petals and everything in the background was almost completely blurred.  The bokeh was great, but the color scheme was not very attractive.  The background had a little bit of green in it, but mostly consisted of a dirty brown.  During my earlier exploration of the grounds, I had noticed that some of the nearby Camellia petals had fallen to the ground.  Since pink and red are complementary to blue and purple, I decided to gather some of the fallen petals and place them under the Periwinkle so that they would form a new, much more colorful, background.  I felt that the arranged scene was significantly more aesthetically pleasing.  The piece also gives the impression of movement; like the petals of the Periwinkle are fan blades that are spinning clockwise perhaps powered by the energy of its core.  This was composed at two times life-size with the focus and concentration of detail on the flower’s center, which allows surface texture, hairs, and even pollen particles to be seen.

 

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Camellia Resembles Mask At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

The Mask

Macro Camellia at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
The Mask

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The Camellia in The Mask was blossoming in front of the Dollhouse in Hopeland Gardens.  Primarily due to the odd shape, the center of it is what caught my attention.  It gave me the impression of being some type of a bizarre or comic-like mask with uneven and irregular eye slots, a vented nose portal, and dangling, yellow snaggleteeth.  At a minimum, it met my interesting criteria.  I also liked the little bit of inner glow coming from behind thanks to some backlight; that gives it a small color boost and increases the sinister feeling.  I think nature’s inexhaustible random creation ability is awesome.

 

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Camellia At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Hopeland Gardens Camellia

The Camellia flowers in Hopeland Gardens seem to be able to handle South Carolina winters quite well.  Even when it’s still pretty cold around here, blossoms can be found.  I composed the pieces from this post in early February.

 

Macro Camellia at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Timid Pink

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In Timid Pink, the center of the flower feels like it is hiding behind one of the pink petals and is too shy to fully show itself.  Even though the core may be bashful, there is still plenty of beauty on display.  The colorful rolls cascading away from the focal point create a soft, soothing feel.

 

Macro Camellia at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Pink Waves

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Though Pink Waves shares similarities with Timid Pink, it’s not quite a vertical companion.  While it is the same subject, the perspective has been changed.  In my mind’s eye, this composition felt like the round, orange core was dropped into a pink pool sending waves out in all directions.

 

Macro Camellia at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Proudly Pink

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Proudly Pink is a much more intimate look at a Perfectly Pink Camellia.  That was facilitated, in part, by the open blossom which allowed a composition closer to the subject.  For aesthetic reasons, I emphasized the pinks across the entire flower by using special processing techniques.  That also helped foster a softer, comforting appearance.

 

Macro Camellia at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Smiling Pink

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When composing Smiling Pink, the first thing I noticed was what looked like a wide smile, almost a grin, on the surface of the flower’s center.  That sets the tone across the entire piece because it seems quite happy.  After letting the little flower’s delighted look settle in, it’s easy to feel that it has a personality.  To me, it appears to have a pleasant attitude almost as if this Camellia was gratified to have been selected as one of my subjects and is wholly satisfied with its colorful petals.

 

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