Macros And Abstracts At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 5

Macros And Abstracts: Part 5

 

Part 5 is a continuation of the Macros And Abstracts blog posts.  To see works from or read The Artist’s Story for Part 4, click here.

 

 

Macro daylily with dark petals and fiery center at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Fire Pit

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I loved the dark purples and reds in my Fire Pit piece.  In my mind’s eye, the yellows, oranges, and reds in the center reminded me of fire.  My artistic intent was to place a little bit of the really dark petal as a foreground border with strong flames searing above it while the filaments carry the anthers up through the blaze into the frame.  The little deformation near the lower right-hand corner was perfect because it appears to be some type of glowing ember.  A deflector was used to even out the light across the subject.  Surface texture as well as lots of pollen can be seen.

 

 

Macro daylily stamen and chicken fat at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Singular Beauty

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I found the scene in my Singular Beauty piece quite interesting.  First, it is not often that you are able to isolate a single stamen away from the others and the stigma.  Secondly, the chicken fat coming into the frame from the lower right-hand side had a rather unique shape that added visual interest.  I also appreciated how the curve of the filament is sort of echoed by a vein in the background petal.  Without purposefully trying, the anther is essentially bisected by the left most one third line (using the rule of thirds).  These days I do, on occasion, specifically align things, but many times, while composing, my artistic desires just naturally utilize lines from the rule of thirds.  Tiny pieces of pollen can be seen here as well thanks to the high level of captured detail.

 

 

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Abstract macro daylily petal surface wrinkles at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Wrinkled

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I was attracted to the textured features on the petal of the daylily in my Wrinkled piece.  I loved the pleating, scrunched look and the dark orange and brown earth tones combined with the nicely contrasting bright yellows.  As the petal’s rib nicely divided the naturally abstract patterns on the surface, I made the artistic decision to place the ridge on a diagonal that arcs up and out of the lower right-hand side corner.  I subsequently used the furrow as my focal point.  A deflector was used here as well to even out the light and allow more detail to be seen.

 

 

Abstract macro canna lily parts twist and curl at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Ribbon

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The canna lily in my Ribbon piece was another fairly large subject.  Of course, I loved the bold colors, but more than that, I was enamored with the shape of the stamen and its naturally abstract patterns.  In my mind’s eye, the curl of the stamen reminded me of how a ribbon on a present is sometimes formed into a coil to add a touch of artistic flair and a little extra love while wrapping it.  The deflector was utilized here too, which, once again, brings up a concession management topic.  When there is simply too much light on your subject, a deflector is a fantastic tool.  However, additional shutter time will be needed with all other settings being equal (e.g., ISO and F-stop).  Under windy conditions, reducing your available light may not work.  In this case, using my preferred methods, with the last of the golden hour light nearly gone and the wind starting to pick up, patience was the only available tool in the bag.  That and creating lots of images to sift through for the few that were perfectly stable.  Surface textures and tiny pieces of pollen are visible within the frame.

 

 

Abstract macro daylily throat and petals at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Feeling Purple

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I was attracted to the flower in my Feeling Purple piece by the gorgeous purples and greens.  My artistic vision was to position the naturally abstract darker purple inner arc horizontally across the frame.  The most difficult aspect of this was finding and keeping the angle that resulted in the most aesthetically pleasing image.  To pull in the fantastic greens, I needed to look down into the core of the daylily, however, the stamen, and more importantly, the tips of the anthers wanted to creep up into the bottom of the frame.  When you create at more than life size magnification, small amounts of subject movement can greatly affect your composition.  With that in mind, the wind can also be a significant factor as it tends to manipulate your subject’s position (even when using a plamp).  Once you can imagine what you want, keep checking the framing to ensure you’re capturing the desired result.  Continue to reposition the camera as needed to maintain what you envisioned and hope that Mother Nature calms the wind down long enough to capture it (in this case, two and half seconds).  Surface texture can be seen here thanks to the high level of detail.

 

 

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Macros And Abstracts At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 4

Macros And Abstracts: Part 4

 

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

 

 

Abstract macro canna lily petal at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Red Rain

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I have always felt that canna lily petals have very nice naturally abstract patterns and shapes on them, and my artistic intent for Red Rain was to find an aesthetically pleasing arrangement of them.  As the petals are curved, finding an area that is flat simply isn’t possible.  Increasing the magnification helps a little because the slope is reduced as the surface area diminishes, but with a higher magnification the depth of field is shallower.  As I’ve written in many previous blog posts, photography is about concession management.  You likely can’t have everything you want, so you must accept the best you can get.

 

 

Abstract macro canna lily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Big Wing

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Some of the canna lilies at the Yonce Farm have very large stamens.  The stamen in my Big Wing piece was almost the size of a petal on the canna lilies I see at Hopeland Gardens.  I’m not sure if they are a specific type of canna lily or Bob’s plants are just really happy with the soil conditions and grow bigger.  At any rate, I loved the naturally abstract patterns of lines and shapes on the stamen as well as the colors.  Individual pieces of pollen are visible too.

 

 

Abstract macro canna lily throat at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Whirl

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Once again, I loved the naturally abstract shapes and patterns on the canna lily in my Whirl piece, but my artistic intent was to create a composition that looked down into the flower.  In my mind’s eye, doing that produced a swirl like effect almost like the shapes were being pulled down a vortex.  Even the design of the stigma adds to that feeling with how it is curved and twisted.  As the flower itself was primarily backlit, I used a diffuser to even the light out and allow a deeper look down into it.

 

 

Abstract macro daylily filaments and petals at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Rise Up

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My artistic vision for the flower in Rise Up was to create an abstract that featured lines.  I used the petals along the bottom to create a border and then placed the filaments and stigma on an angle coming up from the lower right-hand corner into the frame.  Additionally, the ribs and veins in the background originate from the same area and arch up and out into the frame in a similar manner.  As the anthers were beyond the zone of sharpness, they dissolved down into shapes and colors.

 

 

Abstract macro daylily petals at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Petals

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I was attracted to the flower in my Petals piece by the gorgeous purples, but after seeing how nicely the colors of this daylily flowed combined with how the flower’s petals overlapped, I immediately knew that I wanted to create another naturally abstract composition using them.  I placed the left side petal in the frame so that the edge of it weaves its way up diagonally.  I also used the edge as my focal point.  Surface textures can be seen here as well.

 

 

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Macros And Abstracts At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 3

Macros And Abstracts: Part 3

 

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

 

 

Macro daylily stamens resemble arrows at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Quiver

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I was attracted to the flower in my Quiver piece by the gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows.  My artistic vision was to frame it so that the chicken fat created a bit of a border along the bottom and lower sides.  Additionally, I placed the anthers high enough in the frame to be well above the border.  Even though they are curved, in my mind’s eye, the stamen, with their arrowhead like anther shapes, reminded me of arrows.  Surface textures and tiny individual pieces of pollen can be seen.

 

 

Macro daylily stamens and secondary colored petals at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Secondary Colors

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The greens, oranges, and purples in my Secondary Colors piece were quite appealing.  I also liked the creamy whites.  In fact, I made the artistic decision to frame this daylily so that section of colors had space to run along the top.  Interestingly, this particular variety of flower has filaments that have a section of orange that nearly matches the ring of oranges around the petals.  As an artist (and a confessed color junkie), I find the overall color coordination a nice touch.  For example, it has additional harmonious areas between the tops of the petals and the centers of the anthers.  Finally, the orange pollen contrasts nicely against the very dark outside of the anthers.

 

 

Macro daylily stamens and horizontal anther at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Odd Man Out

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The gorgeous reds in my Odd Man Out piece called me over to this flower.  My artistic vision was to use the foreground petals and the stigma to create a border along the bottom of the frame.  I liked the overlapping petals and how the veins are visible.  I also found the quirky horizontal anther attractive as you don’t see that very often (e.g., I have only seen and captured that on one other occasion).  Surface textures and individual pieces of pollen are visible.

 

 

Macro daylily with multiple stigmas at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Enchanted

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Of course, I loved the bold colors in my Enchanted piece, but I was equally enticed by how the petals unfolded and the pattern they created.  Additionally, the petal ribs and veins form what could loosely be described as leading lines that when followed carry your attention to the stamen and the flower core where it can burst back out and start the loop around the image all over again.  But that wasn’t the most intriguing part of this daylily, it has what appears to be multiple stigmas.  Bob had disappeared (likely to tend to other chores on his farm) or I would have asked him if he knew how one of his flowers could have up to five stigmas.  I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that before on a daylily.  Perhaps it is one that he developed.

 

 

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Macros And Abstracts At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 2

Macros And Abstracts: Part 2

 

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

 

 

Macro daylily with gorgeous colors and chicken fat at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Purple Passion

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The stunning colors of the daylily in my Purple Passion piece were impossible to ignore.  If this had been the only composition I was able to create that morning, I still would have felt that the trip had been worth it.  This quickly became one of my all-time favorite daylily images.  For me, there is so much to love about this: the gorgeous purples, magentas, reds, and greens, the pleating on the petals, and how the chicken fat rolls into the frame both near the center and along the bottom.  Pollen and surface textures are easily seen as well.

 

 

Macro daylily stamens with backlit petals at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Sun Kissed

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For my Sun Kissed piece, I tried something that I had never done before with a daylily.  This flower was very backlit by golden hour light with no other lighting source or deflector/reflector use.  That really lit up the oranges and yellows in the background, but it also darkened portions of some anthers and caused others to nearly become silhouetted.  Similarly, that artistic decision created what appears to be a glowing area in the center of the focal point anther and on the pollen that surrounds it.  It was an interesting effect and one that I was determined to utilize.

 

 

Macro daylily stamens group and background at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Unique

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The small stamen in my Unique piece all but forced me to create this composition.  I don’t know why it had a single stamen that was A) so much smaller than the others and B) not with the other group.  It was like an extra stamen or one that somehow had its growth stunted.  I also liked how the anthers were grouped and had formed a triangle shape.  I used an angle that placed the little stamen in the background between the arches of the normal stamens.  I also liked the pink and oranges in the background and the chicken fat.  Individual pieces of pollen and surface textures can be seen here too.

 

 

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Abstract macro strange growth on daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Invader

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The naturally abstract qualities of my Invader piece convinced me to create a composition of it.  I’m not exactly sure what this is.  It may have been some type of a fungus that attacked one of the daylilies.  At first glance I thought I was seeing a cool looking spider web with lots of pollen or tiny drops of dew in and on it.  Whatever it was, it appeared to be holding down one of the petals, an anther, and possibly even the stigma while potentially feeding off from its host.  And, it definitely met my interesting criteria for what to point the camera at.  Since it was on a lily, it also came with gorgeous colors.  Very fine, tiny hairs and polyp looking things can be seen thanks to the high level of captured detail.

 

 

Abstract macro deep inside daylily at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Origin

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My Origin piece was a bit of an experiment.  I have created several daylily interior compositions over the years where I attempt to get the focal point as far down into the flower as possible.  That, by itself, creates a naturally abstract result.  However, none of my prior works have had a horizontal orientation.  Here, the filaments (and where they originate from) are the main attraction – especially with their colors and curved shapes.  I also loved how the anthers dissolved down into colors.  Creating this one was fun.

 

 

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Macros And Abstracts At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 1

Macros And Abstracts: Part 1

 

Yonce Farm Sign

 

After having made many trips to their gardens, I could hardly wait for the right time to get back out to the Yonce Farm and create compositions of their lilies.  The conditions during the two trips that I’ll cover in this year’s blog posts were every bit as good as they’ve ever been.  Though Bob suggested that he had not kept the gardens in their prime form and had let a few weeds live longer than he should have, I assured him that I wouldn’t have any problems finding subjects.  With the dearth of potential candidates during outings to both Edisto Memorial Gardens and Swan Lake Iris Gardens this year, it was great to finally have so many possibilities in one area.  As usual, it can be a bit overwhelming because everywhere you look there are gorgeous flowers vying for your attention.  Long term readers of this blog know how fantastic the subjects can be, but for those of you who are new, click here for previous posts of this wonderful place.

 

 

Macro daylily stamens at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Togetherness

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In my mind’s eye, the anthers in my Togetherness piece were lovingly touching each other.  Almost as if they were siblings or puppies bonding while grouped close to each other.  Of course, the colors were also quite attractive.  This is also another example of using a very long exposure time (especially for macro at nearly two times life size magnification).  A full ten seconds was used since the rising sun had just come up and was partially obscured by clouds.  Surface textures, pollen, and tiny dew drops can be seen.

 

 

Macro daylily stamens at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Farm Tan

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I was attracted to the colors of the daylily and the shape of the anthers in my Farm Tan piece.  Though the zone of sharpness is quite shallow here, surface textures are still visible.

 

 

Macro tight group of daylily anthers at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Huddle

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The gorgeous pastel colors brought me over to the flower in my Huddle piece.  I also liked how the anthers were grouped.  The nearly two times life size magnification creates a dreamy feel with such a shallow depth of field.  Surface textures can be seen within the zone of sharpness.

 

 

Macro daylily stamens at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Greenlight

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Two factors focused my attention on the flower in my Greenlight piece.  First, I don’t get many opportunities to compose using a horizontal orientation.  I think that is due to how the stamen are normally grouped together (i.e., they just naturally fit in the frame better vertically).  Secondly, the wonderful greens and fiery reds in the background were quite alluring.  Individual pieces of pollen and surface textures can be seen here as well.

 

 

Macro daylily stamens at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
In The Pink

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I loved the pinks and pastels in the background of my In The Pink piece.  Also enticing was how the petals were ribbed, and the design created by the tight grouping of the anthers.  Once again, surface textures and individual pieces of pollen can be seen.

 

 

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Macro Lilies At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 2

Yonce Lilies: Part 2

 

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

 

 

Macro abstract colorful daylily petals and anthers at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Toasty

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I was attracted to the daylily in my Toasty piece by both the colors and the stamen.  My artistic vision was to create another naturally abstract composition by concentrating the focus on the anthers while filling the rest of the frame with the gorgeous background colors.  I really liked the tone of the anthers.  In my mind’s eye, they had the appearance of something that had been toasted (especially around the edges).  Composing at two times life-size ensured that the background details would dissolve down into simple colors.  In fact, very little details remained even in the foreground filaments due to such a shallow depth of field.  That said, within the zone of sharpness, surface texture, dew drops, and pollen can be seen.

 

 

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Macro dark daylily anthers at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Black Anthers

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I was attracted to the scene in my Black Anthers piece by the color of the anthers.  The darker purples and blacks were quite enticing especially when paired with the complimentary colors in the background.  I have to admit that the gorgeous reds in the filaments added to the excitement level as well.  I also liked the tighter grouping and design that the anthers were in, and having one by itself, with the ability to hold details, made selecting the focal point an easy choice.  I didn’t intentionally position them in the frame using any rule of thirds lines, but the rightmost one third line runs up through the anther I focused on, and the bottom, rightmost crossing line is near the point where the filament connects to it.  The high level of detail allows surface texture and individual pieces of pollen to be seen.

 

 

Macro daylily anthers and chicken fat at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Acclamation

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I had several artistic goals for my Acclamation piece.  The first, and most obvious for an admitted color junkie, was to utilize the exquisite background colors.  I felt that the transitions from the greens to yellows to oranges to reds and finally to pinks was spectacular, and capturing that was my first priority.  Secondly, I liked the chicken fat and the colors in the petals, and I needed to find a way of incorporating them into the frame.  That was resolved by selecting an angle that allowed some of the foreground petal to run along the bottom of the frame while still maintaining as much of the background colors as possible.  My final objective was to focus on the anthers while preserving the rest of my goals.  That too was just a matter of finding the right camera position.  While it did force one of the middleground anthers behind the chicken fat, I was very pleased with the resulting scene.  There was some backlighting coming in from the left-hand side and that lit up the bottoms of the two lower anthers on that side thereby adding additional color and visual interest.  While I didn’t utilize any rule of thirds during the positioning, some of the crossing lines are on desirable locations.  Within the zone of sharpness, individual pieces of pollen and surface textures are visible.

 

 

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Macro Lilies At Yonce Farm In Ridge Spring, SC: Part 1

Yonce Lilies: Part 1

 

It had been two years since I last visited the Yonce Farm.  Those of you that are long term readers may remember my last installment of blog posts from the photographic playgrounds (AKA gardens) Bob and Deloris maintain, but for those of you that haven’t read them, click here for an introduction to this very special place.

In late spring, we went out to the farm and visited with both of them.  I wanted to be sure that Bob remembered me and to see if he had retired from the flower business as he had suggested he might.  Though Deloris had developed some health problems, they were both quite active and engaged.  Bob was working on his antique tractor and Deloris had been tending to her gardens next to the house and putting together pots of various flora to sell at upcoming shows/events that they attend.  We spent a couple of enjoyable hours with them, and the wives had lots to talk about since they both have similar health issues.  Luckily for me, Bob hadn’t retired and when I asked him about that, he said that he had “slowed down”.  After telling me the best time of the year to see their flowers, he, once again, gave me permission to come back any time with unrestricted access to go wherever I felt had a subject worth pointing my camera at.  I don’t know very many people their age (they could be our parents), but I can’t think of anyone in that age group I’d rather be friends with.  I assured them that I would be back.

I made three separate trips out to their farm during the season and created some of my favorite lily compositions.  This is the first of many blog posts covering those visits.

During the two year stretch without any Yonce farm subjects, my artistic tastes evolved a bit.  I found myself being drawn to naturally abstract scenes more and more.  I explained that to Bob my first morning back, and since he has some photography experience, I’m pretty sure he understood it.  He seemed just as enthusiastic about my work as he previously had (regardless of what genre it was in).  After pointing out some of his favorite flowers, he went back to his morning chores.  I know I’ve written about this before, but it can be a bit overwhelming when there is that much beauty and so many opportunities in one place.  I saw desirable compositions everywhere I looked.  In fact, it was very difficult to keep them straight or even remember all of them.  And sometimes I would come back to a subject that I thought was going to be my next creation only to find myself looking at something else that was next to it trying to decide which one I should create.  That is a state of euphoria I wish I could find myself in every time I go out.

 

Macro abstract colorful daylily petals at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Kaleidoscope

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The colors and patterns in my Kaleidoscope piece were irresistible.  My artistic vision was to utilize the brilliant colors to create the feel of looking through the window of a well known children’s toy.  Perhaps due to the arch of the petals, they felt like they could have been rotated into this position in the frame.  There is a little bit of visible surface texture within the zone of sharpness, but by composing at two times life-size, not much detail remained.  I really liked the dew covered spider webs along the lower righthand side, but I have to admit, I didn’t know that they were on the flower until I got home and examined the image on a much larger scale.  I love those little serendipitous surprises like that (especially when they add visual interest).

 

Macro abstract daylily anthers at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Anther Cluster

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I was attracted to the flower in my Anther Cluster piece by both the pattern that the anthers formed and by the gorgeous background colors.  My artistic vision was to dissolve the background details away and concentrate the focus on the anthers so that they were enhanced by having simple colors surround them.  Even the filaments have a limited amount of detail and mostly consist of colors and shapes.  However, within the zone of sharpness individual dew drops and surface texture can be seen.

 

Macro abstract twisted daylily petal at Yonce Farm in Ridge Spring, South Carolina
Rainbow Tornado

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The scene in my Rainbow Tornado piece was enhanced by being backlit.  In addition to that, I was absolutely thrilled with the shape of the petal and the color palette.  In my mind’s eye, I immediately thought that it looked like a tornado with a rainbow of colors dropping down into the frame as it spins and twists.  Discovering naturally abstract compositions like this is why I love the abstract genre so much.  For me, this is simply fantastic and very cool.  I loved how the backlighting brought an orange glow to the outer edge of the petal and within the drops of dew along the fold of the twirl.  The high level of detail allows individual dew drops to be seen along the upper petal edges.

 

 

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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

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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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