The coneflower in my Centrifugal piece was so vibrant and fresh that I had to create a composition with it. For artistic reasons, I placed the center of the flower very near the center of the frame. That produced a feeling of expanding outward like a controlled explosion of colors. It also allows the sharpness to fall off in even amounts starting from the center, where the focal point is, and heading across the frame toward both sides. The morning dew enhanced the saturation and provided a good deal of satisfaction for my color junkie cravings. After processing this one, it immediately became my new favorite coneflower. Individual pieces of pollen can be seen thanks to the high level of captured detail.
There were plenty of coneflowers in the back garden at the Aiken County Historical Museum where I composed Half Cone, but finding one that appealed to me artistically wasn’t easy. A bit of frame placement experimentation helped lead to the discovery of a perspective that I hadn’t previously considered. I felt that reducing it down into the best colors and shapes (by eliminating portions of the flower), created an interesting abstract. I liked how the sharp, pointed areas are calmed by the smooth, soft arcs which produces a nice balance. I was also very aware of what was being removed from (and what was permitted to remain in) the frame. To assist with the aesthetic equilibrium, I kept the left and right side spikes balanced as much as possible. The high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen to be seen.
The tube-like shapes in my Cones piece are what the spires of a coneflower look like at two times life-size after zooming in close enough to eliminate the normal flower indicators. The cones themselves are covered in tiny dew drops which adds sparkle and visual interest. I like how the lower layer just below the colorful cylinders appears to be ready to push a new cone out as if they were similar to shark teeth where a broken or missing tooth is simply replaced with a new one that was waiting to be called into service.
Zoomed out a little bit but still close enough for it to be abstract, the cones in my Spirals piece seem to create a visual illusion. The pattern they form gives the feeling of movement almost as if they were spinning or twirling around. The tips of the spires are covered in dew here as well.
While much more round and smooth thanks to their dew coating, the colorful spines on the coneflower in my Candy Cone piece remind me of rock candy suckers. To my eyes, the overall color palette seems to be candy themed. I like how the droplets both reflect and absorb different colors while imbuing it with a sense of being juicy.