Macro Daylilies At Edisto Memorial Gardens In Orangeburg, SC: Part 3

Orangeburg Daylilies: Part 3

 

Part 3 is a continuation of the Orangeburg Daylilies posts from the Edisto Memorial Gardens In Orangeburg, South Carolina.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 2, click here.

 

 

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Peachy

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My Peachy composition allows you to look right down the throat of this pastel colored flower.  Being a color junkie, the pale pinks, oranges, and greens are not what I normally look for.  But, as I’ve previously posted, that’s a good thing.  Sometimes the more subdued colors are a nice change of pace (especially if they are different from what you usually see and even better if they are a departure from your typical palette).  You can think of it as expanding your horizons or simply trying something new.  For aesthetic reasons, I placed the anther farthest to the left on the upper, leftmost crossing line, using the rule of thirds.  I then focused on the larger foreground anther on the right side which created good sharpness across all of them.  Individual pieces of pollen on the anthers and filaments can be seen due to the high level of detail.

 

 

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Pink Paradise

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Pink Paradise was composed looking right down the flower’s throat as well, but the colors are decidedly different from Peachy.  They are much more bold and saturated as well as satisfying to my color junkie needs.  The gorgeous pinks and reds are a nice complement to the bright yellows and greens, and one of my artistic goals was to feature them as much as possible.  To accomplish that desire, I found an angle that would allow those colors to fill the top of the frame while lifting the stamen up and off of the bottom.  I also wanted to hold the anthers near the yellows as their darker colors are naturally enhanced against the more vibrant tones.  While I used the first foreground anther as my focal point, the extremely shallow depth of field, when shooting at two times life-size, only allowed the zone of sharpness to extend just behind it to the middleground anthers.  Even so, the high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen to be seen.

 

 

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Macro abstract Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Orange Curls

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I was attracted to the flower in my Orange Curls piece because it was so different from what a normal daylily looks like.  It was immediately apparent that any composition using this subject would produce an abstract.  Since it was the only one in the area, and I didn’t have anything else to compare it to, I can’t say if this particular type of flower usually grows in this manner.  Perhaps it was lacking something or deformed in some way.  Whatever the case, I loved all the loopy, wavy lines Mother Nature endowed it with.  The stigma has character as well and is bent and curled like it had been abused.  Though the anthers aren’t as easy to see because they have the same color as the petals, I did place one at the lower, rightmost crossing line, using the rule of thirds.  I then used that anther as my focal point.  The high level of detail allows tiny dew drops to be seen.

 

 

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Macro Daylilies At Edisto Memorial Gardens In Orangeburg, SC: Part 2

Orangeburg Daylilies: Part 2

Part 2 is a continuation of the Orangeburg Daylilies posts from the Edisto Memorial Gardens In Orangeburg, South Carolina.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 1, click here.

 

 

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Marmalade

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After having seen the gorgeous oranges and reds in my Marmalade piece from several feet away, I could hardly wait to get the tripod moved and setup in front of this subject.  My main objective was providing enough space above the anthers for those attractive colors to be on full display.  Strangely enough, while I wasn’t concerned with the rule of thirds and didn’t even initially check the grid lines during framing, I actually put the anther farthest to the left on the lower, leftmost crossing line.  Which made me wonder if I’m starting to intrinsically see and compose that way.  I also liked the subtle blues in the anthers and their complementary blacks against the yellows.  Surface textures and individual pieces of pollen can be seen thanks to the high level of detail.

 

 

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Exquisite Fat

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The background of the daylily in Exquisite Fat was being backlit by the morning sun.  Those golden tones lighting up the petals created an irresistible beacon that drew my eyes and attention right to it.  I loved how the chicken fat along the petal edges, with their gorgeous colors, formed a V.  I placed the anthers where they were lifted up off the bottom while keeping additional space above them because one of my primary artistic desires was getting as much as I could of the backlit petals in the frame.  To ensure that I was able to sharply capture the anthers, focus stacking was used.  The high level of detail allows surface textures and individual pieces of pollen to be seen.

 

 

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Fat Liner

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My artistic vision for Fat Liner was to, once again, utilize the chicken fat as much as I could.  I decided to place it along the edges of the frame so that it almost formed a border.  I spent time adjusting angles and the distance from the lens to the subject until I felt I had maximized what the flower was able to give me while also considering the relative positions of the stamen.  Just like everything else in photography, ultimately, it was about making compromises (i.e., giving up one thing to get something else).  While not really caring where the anthers were with regard to the grid lines, using the rule of thirds, I got lucky with their placement.  The bottom one third line cuts right through the main group of anthers, and the outlier touches the rightmost one third line.  I also feel that I was fortunate in that the arcs created by the filaments share similarities with those in the petals.

 

 

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Macro Daylilies At Edisto Memorial Gardens In Orangeburg, SC: Part 1

Orangeburg Daylilies: Part 1

Most of my rose works are from the Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, and I’ve written about the gardens and adjacent areas in previous posts.  It’s a great resource to have relatively close by.  Too much time had passed since I last visited, so I decided a road trip was in order.  Unfortunately, I didn’t find a single subject worthy of closer inspection in any section of the roses I initially examined.  I think the early Spring with the warm weather and then the hard freeze caused a lot of subtle problems with our flora.  After checking out all the gardens on the east side, I decided to head toward the ponds.  That was a good decision because I walked right up on a part of the gardens that didn’t exist the last time I had been there.  A whole new section of daylilies had been planted and they were looking really good.

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Garden Gem

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The colors in my Garden Gem piece immediately drew me in.  The pastels combined with the oranges, yellows, and greens were all very attractive.  The most prominent outside anthers were placed on the upper crossing lines, using the rule of thirds, so that the stamen came up into the foreground from the throat of the flower.  I focused on the rightmost foreground anther and let everything else fall where it was in the zone of sharpness.  The high level of captured detail allows texture and individual pieces of pollen to be seen.

 

 

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Outreach

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I simply could not deny the bright yellows of the daylily in Outreach, and they, by themselves, forced me to create it.  Artistically, the sweeping arcs of the filaments and being able to see them from their origination point in the flower’s throat coming out into the foreground of the frame was my highest priority.  And while I didn’t care that much where the anthers were in relation to any of the grid lines, using the rule of thirds, the center of the group is very near the rightmost lower crossing line.  In fact, I used that particular anther as my focal point which tends to subtly increase the importance of its placement.  Sometimes we just get lucky and other aesthetic concerns drive a composition into a familiar layout without consciously trying.  Surface textures on the anthers can be seen thanks to the high level of captured detail.

 

 

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Chiffon

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Thanks to the time I spent with Bob Yonce and the wonderful daylilies he grows on his farm, I was aware of chicken fat.  Upon finding the flower in my Chiffon piece, I immediately wanted to feature that aspect of it by prominently placing it along the edges of the frame.  Because the anthers were in such a nice tight grouping, I placed them so that the bottom was very near the lower, rightmost crossing line, using the rule of thirds.  Those two artistic decisions also allowed the filaments to arch up and out of the flower’s throat and the ribs in the main petal to arc up and out as it stretches upward.  Here too, the high level of detail allows surface textures and pollen to be seen.

 

 

Macro Daylily at Edisto Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg, South Carolina
Excitingly Grape

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The gorgeous purple colors in Excitingly Grape grabbed my attention and held it.  I also liked how the inner colors form an ellipse as they transition from a light purple, to white, then yellow, and finally green.  The anthers were in a group here as well so I placed the anther farthest to the right on the upper, rightmost crossing line, using the rule of thirds.  That particular angle caused the arched rib lines behind the anthers, that emanate in the background, to come up and out from the flower’s throat into the middleground.  And the flow of the stamen and stigma arcs echo those lines.  The diagonal lines in the foreground pleats act as short leading lines that lead to the focal point.  To ensure that I had good sharpness on that area as well as the other anthers, I used focus stacking.  That aesthetic decision also allowed me to keep the stigma in the zone of sharpness.  Surface textures and tiny dew drops along the anther edges are both visible due to the high level of captured detail.  This was one of my favorites from the outing and would have made the trip worthwhile all by itself.

 

 

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Daylilies At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 4

Yonce Daylilies

Part 4 is a continuation of the Yonce Daylilies blog posts and the final installment.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 3, click here.

 

As I spent the morning composing the pieces presented in this series of posts, Bob continued on with his chores.  Folks were stopping in to walk around and select the plants they wanted to buy and he would spend time with them answering their questions, gathering their wares, and completing transactions.  At one point, Bob asked if it would be OK if he watered some of his flowers.  Now, just to set this scene, here I am – a non-paying guest grateful to have been allowed on the premises – with an entire field of subjects to pick from and he’s asking me if it would be alright if he turned the sprinklers on in an area that I wasn’t even in.  To me, that is the epitome of being considerate and just another reason why I can say from the heart what kind people I feel they are.  I wouldn’t have put up a fuss or any kind of argument even if it meant that I had to pack up and go home.  I told him to do whatever he needed and assured him that water can create fantastic conditions and that I considered the drops to be like jewelry that sparkle and add visual interest.

 

I had stayed out of the area that he watered since I didn’t want to kneel in a potentially muddy spot and I had plenty of other subjects to pick from.  But as it was nearing the time that I had to go, I decided to do a quick check before packing up.  That turned out to be a very good decision.

 

Macro wet Daylilly at Yonce farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Jewelry

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Jewelry is another one of those pieces where I had the feeling it could be something special before even reviewing it in the camera.  After processing the RAW file, it immediately became one of my personal favorites, and I feel that this composition, by itself, made the trip out there worthwhile and successful.  If there had been a contest that day for the best looking daylily, I would have selected this one as the winner.  For me, this is eye candy because: the colors are stunning, the stamen and anthers are bold and attractive, the center highlights have a sunstar-like quality, and the water drops are icing on the cake.  The high level of detail allows surface textures and reflections in the water drops to be seen.

 

I hope to return soon to create more works from the Yonce farm, but Bob did give an indication that he might retire from the flower business.  I don’t know what that will mean for his wonderful fields of blooming art, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that he will maintain some kind of garden.

 

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Daylilies At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 3

Yonce Daylilies

Part 3 is a continuation of the Yonce Daylilies blog posts.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 2, click here.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Pink Burst

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Upon seeing the vibrant colors of the subject in Pink Burst, I knew that I had to create a composition using that flower.  I worked the camera into a position where the stamen were completely inside of the center highlights which provide a spotlight effect behind them.  The center colors combined with the arcs and curves create a feeling that the stamen, following behind the stigma, have burst through the background and are now exposed and free to roam.  The high level of detail allows surface textures and individual pieces of pollen to be seen.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Naturally Brushed

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The dark reds in Naturally Brushed create a brush stroke effect especially near the transition area to the yellows.  It’s interesting because the transformation is random, uneven, and dappled as if the paint brush was nearly dry or it was purposefully lifted so that it just barely left a color change.  The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Stamen Tower

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While the fiery and vibrant colors of Stamen Tower were very appealing, the pattern that the stamen formed was equally enticing.  Their tight grouping and abundant covering of pollen reminded me of a tower with the tallest anther looking like a spire.  The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen here as well.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Chubby Anthers

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I had several goals in mind while composing my Chubby Anthers piece.  Most obviously, and I think for any normal color-junkie, was capturing the gorgeous colors.  Secondarily, I wanted to show more of the chicken fat that I previously wrote about.  I really like how it looks and that characteristic is not something that I usually see on daylilies.  I feel that it adds another dimension and increases the visual interest.  But, most importantly, I was impressed by how large the anthers looked.  They’re wide and give the impression of being juicy.  The high level of detail allows surface textures and individual pieces of pollen to be seen.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Ruffles

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Not being that familiar with the concept of chicken fat, I don’t know if it still carries that designation on daylilies that are of the solid color variety.  I guess that’s a good question for Bob the next time I make it back out to his gardens.  Nonetheless, I do appreciate the ornamental look displayed in my Ruffles piece.  Here it reminds me of pleating – especially the lower creases.  I also like how the stamen and stigma are so closely packed in a tight grouping which created an unusually tidy and focused area.  The high level of detail allows surface textures and individual hairs and a tiny water drop on the stigma to be seen.

 

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Daylilies At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 2

Yonce Daylilies

Part 2 is a continuation of the Yonce Daylilies blog posts.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 1, click here.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Independent Stamen

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The subject’s arcs, curves, and ridges combined with the interior color and shape in my Independent Stamen piece really draws focus to the stamen.  To compose this, I maneuvered the camera into a perspective that forced the stamen to remain within the highlighted center.  I like how the main group forms what looks like flames, but, as nature is prone to do, there is a random element present and the bottom stamen appears to be off by itself.  While I would have preferred it to be a bit less autonomous, it does add a certain visual interest by being alone.  The high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen and surface textures to be seen.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Blue Accent

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While there is a lot going on in the background with the ridges, color rings, and ruffles, I didn’t notice a fairly subtle characteristic of my Blue Accent piece until I processed it.  There is a small area of blue highlight on the anthers where the colors transition from white to black.  As I’ve written in previous posts, I love finding those little things when exploring a creation.  The high level of detail allows individual pieces of pollen and surface textures to be seen here as well.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Grave Digger

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I’m not sure how many monster truck fans also have an appreciation for the beauty inside flowers, but I do believe I’ve at least hinted that I’m a bit eclectic in previous posts.  The colors and shapes displayed by the subject in Grave Digger made me immediately think of that truck.  The dark purples and lime greens are prominent colors in both palettes, and the pitch fork pattern that the stamen form would seem to fit well with its overall theme.  The purple ring of color running through the center of the filaments bumps the sinister feeling up just a bit.  The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Splatter

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The dark reds in Splatter combined with the random scattering of reds around the transition area to yellow remind me of blood.  That said, I think that comes primarily from the color as it does not in any way feel gruesome to me.  The vibrant, happy yellows, filament arcs, and round anther shapes control the tone.  Even the two front anthers seem to be lovingly touching each other.  The high level of detail allows dew, individual pieces of pollen, and surface textures to be seen.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Bustin’ Out

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The anthers in Bustin’ Out appear to be splitting their seams and overflowing with pollen.  As a color-junkie, I obviously love the colors here, but I also like how the stamen pattern reminds me of flames.  The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.

 

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Daylilies At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 1

Yonce Daylilies

While out driving around one summer weekend near the city of Ridge Spring, I passed a field of very nice colors.  Curious, I turned the car around and went back.  As I pulled off the road and onto the grass I noticed a sign that read “Daylilies For Sale”.  I figured it certainly wouldn’t hurt to look around since this was apparently a place of business, though there wasn’t anyone in sight.  As I was examining the daylilies and wonderful colors, an older gentleman came out of the nearby house.  We exchanged pleasantries and I proceeded to excitedly praise the wonders my eyes had taken in.  I had never seen so much beauty in one place.  I’ve written about how lilies can be superb subjects in previous posts, so this was like combining every one of those flowers in a single field.

After calming down a little, I told him that I was a Fine Art and Nature Photographer and that I would love the opportunity to come back and capture some of his blooming art.  He introduced himself as Bob Yonce and gave me permission to come back anytime.  Bob and I continued to talk while he showed me many different types of lilies, answered questions, pointed out specific traits/characteristics, and described his love for growing and selling flowers.

As we were headed toward his house so he could show me other gardens, his wife Deloris came out and met us.  What a sweet couple.  They’ve been married forever and share a love of gardening.  They’re just down-home, good people.  They have several gardens and grow a wide variety of plants and flowers that they then prepare and take around to local venues and sell.  And they sell gourds near their house on the honor system.  I’m not sure what their day jobs were, but apparently the flowers and plants are more like a hobby that pays for itself and gives them a little additional spending cash.

After having spent an informative and color-filled time with the gracious and generous hosts, I informed them that I would be back as soon as the right conditions permitted it.  If the wind report looked like it might be good the night before, I would get up early the next day and eagerly check it again using both local and national sources.  Finally, a day arrived that had low wind speed, and I made my way back to the Yonce farm.  All works here and in future parts/posts were created on that fine summer morning.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Candy Anthers

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Bob was already tending to his daylilies when I arrived.  He came over and we talked a bit more.  I explained that I’d be using my macro rig and, as he had taken a photography class many moons ago, he understood that meant I needed the wind to be as calm as mother nature would allow.  He knows his land and flowers very well and informed me that I’d be better off in the back section since it was farther away from the road and not as open.  He also knew which direction the wind was coming from and felt that I would have less to deal with than had I stayed in the front where I was already set up for my first composition.

I was like a kid in a candy store.  There were so many subjects that it was difficult to pick one over another.  However, the anthers and colors of the flower in my Candy Anthers piece caught and held me.  The yellows of the flower were quite vibrant, but the yellow and orange outside and marshmallow inside of the anthers was not something that I had come across before.  The anthers reminded me of candy.  The high level of detail allows surface textures and individual pieces of pollen to be seen on the anthers.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Red Ring

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Instead of a more or less solid color, the petals of the subject in my Red Ring piece have a conspicuous ring of color breaking them up.  I also found it interesting that the stigma and filaments have a similar change of tone near their midsections.  I don’t know if this configuration is specifically intended to draw pollinators in like a bullseye on a target, but I can say that it certainly had that effect on me.  The high level of detail allows surface textures, individual hairs, and dew drops to be seen.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Chicken Fat

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During our initial visit, Bob showed me several flowers that had a peculiarly named trait.  He explained that the ornamental looking ruffles along the outside of the petals is known as chicken fat.  Which was something I had never seen before on a daylily.  In my Chicken Fat piece, I used the frill to create an edge along the fiery interior colors.  I found the anther’s shape with their sharper points unusual, and the way they are wrapped and twisted reminded me of a flame.  The high level of detail allows dew and surface textures to be seen.

 

Macro Daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Creamy Centers

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The colors of the subject in Creamy Centers immediately drew me in.  I love the greens, pinks, and reds.  But the marshmallow-like centers and puffy yellow outsides of the candy toned anthers combined with the flowing pattern they form kept my attention.  The high level of detail allows surface texture to be seen here as well.

 

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Daylilies At Aiken County Historical Museum In Aiken, SC

Museum Daylilies

Macro abstract Daylily stamens at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Stamen Pack

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Being physically close to a given subject and zooming in to the point of having removed nearly all of the flower identification cues is a compositional choice.  In Stamen Pack, that creates an abstract piece where only a single anther is sharply focused.  Due to the extremely shallow depth of field, the neighboring anthers are only visible as simple shapes while the flower background has been reduced down to just colors.  If you didn’t know that you were looking at the anthers of a real daylily blooming at the Aiken County Historical Museum, this could just as easily be a painting of anthers created from an artist’s imagination.

 

Macro abstract Daylily stamens at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Group Leader

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Group Leader utilizes the same abstract creating technique found in Stamen Pack.  Here the depth of field is just the smallest amount deeper and a portion of the next closest anther shares the sharp focus.  In my mind’s eye, if I imagine the stamen having personalities, then the one at the focal point becomes the leader of this group.  The remaining stamen are split between knowing their role (perhaps being part of the command chain) and eagerly anticipating their next assignment or order.  The high level of detail allows surface textures and pollen to be seen.

 

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Macro Daylilies at Aiken County Historical Museum in Aiken, South Carolina
Stereo

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I couldn’t resist the left and right side pairing of the daylilies in my Stereo piece.  As if it were some type of sibling rivalry, they appear to be fighting for a chance to be noticed or to best one another for the photographer’s attention.  If they had a voice, one can imagine them saying, “Pick me, pick me.”  I think I got the better of the deal by backing out enough to fill the frame with both of them.  The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.

 

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