I liked the design in the center of the daisy in my Bloom Ring piece. The disc florets that aren’t yet blooming produce a nice abstract pattern all by themselves. I made the aesthetic decision to place the flower so that the left one third line, using the rule of thirds, crossed it directly at the midpoint. I also found it interesting that the disc florets that have bloomed form a ring (perhaps because they started from the outside and are working their way toward the very center). I came across this flower in one of the smaller, side gardens at the Aiken County Historical Museum. The high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen to be seen.
The daisy in my Sunny piece reminds me of a sun. Its round center with what appears to be flames and light shooting off from it in all directions was quite attractive. Of course, I also like the reds and they are how I found it. I was driving down Silver Bluff and noticed a large collection of bright red near the entrance to a medical building. Upon closer inspection, I discovered some very nice flowers – something that I hadn’t expected in the fall. The high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen and surface texture to be seen.
I love the intricate little landscapes that can be found within flowers. When you explore a flower at two times life-size, you will often discover unexpected properties. For example, the gerbera daisy in my Golden Rings piece has concentric rows of tiny flowers that form rings around the center’s hair-like strands. It’s like having a thousand little blooms hidden inside the larger daisy. If you were just looking at the daisy by itself from a distance, you’d see it and never know that the rest of those inner blooms existed. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I love shooting macro. To me, this composition feels like the sun with its white-hot center and ever increasingly cooler yellows and golds moving outward. The high level of captured detail allows single strands, pollen, and surface textures to be seen.
The Aiken County Historical Museum is another local spot where I can find macro subjects now and then. The daisy in Museum Greeter was on their front porch in a large pot with other flowers that had complementary colors. The folks that work there were likely using the display to add some color and beauty to their entryway, and, in this case, I’d say they were successful because it was the first thing that I saw and immediately got my attention. The focal point of the piece feels like a big, shining sun and gives the impression that it is radiating warmth and happiness vibes. The high level of detail allows individual hairs and surface texture on the petals to be seen.
I get lucky every now and then while exploring the Rye Patch grounds by coming across flowers that were presumably left behind after some type of an event. On this particular spring afternoon, I discovered some very nice daisies. Since I don’t know what purpose they served I can’t say the occasion had any relationship to Clemson, but the subject in Clemson Clad certainly has the right color scheme. The purple ring really creates an attention target for the center of the flower. To me, the piece projects a feeling of power as if the center was a Clemson sun or star that was radiating their purple and orange light beams.
While the Color Bowl composition shares the same color scheme, it isn’t a horizontal companion to Clemson Clad. From the full view perspective, it projects less overall drama, but when the details are examined, the mood changes. Upon closer observation of the center, the orange particles appear to be boiling over and spewing from the pods or that it is being forced up and out of fissure vents like some type of molten lava. The yellows in the core underneath that activity take on a sense of extreme heat. Zoomed in, it feels like looking down into the mouth of a Clemson volcano.