The flower in my Star Light piece was fairly large compared to the periwinkle I normally see. In fact, that is what caused me to stop and look at it more closely. And, I’m glad I did. I loved the little wheel looking object in the very center of the flower and the ample amount of yellow encircling it. I also liked how the white was shooting away from the center (i.e., beams of varying lengths that fade in intensity as they travel farther from the center) as if it was some type of light rays. The high level of detail allows surface textures to be seen.
I discovered the group of periwinkle in my Pink Pair just off the sidewalk as I was headed toward the patio area. I found them attractive because they were fresh and pretty. I loved the subtle pink tones in their petals and their gorgeous centers. I placed the right side flower’s center on the right most crossing line, using the rule of thirds, and used it as my focal point. Luckily both flower centers were nearly the same distance from the camera sensor which meant that the left side fell squarely into the zone of sharpness. The high level of detail allows individual hairs to be seen.
The periwinkle in Spinner was the first subject to beckon me over after putting my gear together in the Aiken County Historical Museum’s parking lot. The petals remind me of the blades on a windmill. In fact, they feel like they could have been in motion. Even the center white area with it’s frayed, jagged, and uneven edges that fade as they flow further out into the petals, provides a sense of movement. I loved the little yellow ring at the very center and the petal folds that break up the otherwise uniform gaps and provide additional visual interest. The high level of detail allows surface texture and furry looking little hairs to be seen.
After having completed my exploration of the area near the Sensory Garden, I was headed toward the Horne Wetland Park when the center color of some small flowers planted along both sides of the walkway got my attention. In addition to having a brilliant color, their centers looked like five-pointed stars. Since both my colorful and interesting criteria had been met, I was forced to stop and investigate further. Upon closer inspection, I found the spring morning dew drops quite compelling. While proximity to the subject in Pink Periwinkle caused the star pattern to break down, visibility of the dew, and the circles and arcs they formed, was significantly increased. I was intrigued with how the light played off the water; reflecting nearby colors and objects, magnifying surface textures, as well as creating highlights by focusing the light. The high level of detail allows hairs, surface texture, and other minutiae to be seen (including my fingers and the diffuser I’m holding in the reflection of some of the dew drops).
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.