The stokes aster in my Epicenter piece is fairly well covered in pollen. As I was most attracted to the very center of the flower where all of the action appears to be taking place, I focused on it. I liked how the white, flame-like strands are tightly grouped around that point and then become looser and more independent as they get further away from that area. For aesthetic reasons, I placed the center so that the left one third line, using the rule of thirds, nearly bisected it. The extremely shallow depth of field also created another artistically pleasing effect. Since it wasn’t possible to hold everything in focus within a single image, the white, pollen covered stems dissolved and took on the appearance of being ejected or sprayed outward. The high level of detail allows texture and individual pieces of pollen to be seen.
The colors and shapes of this Stokes Aster I found on the side of the Dollhouse met both my colorful and interesting criteria. As I framed the composition for my White Flames piece, I felt that the inner shapes, with their sharp tips and orientation, resembled flames. It reminds me of the magic campfire colors I’ve seen, albeit burning in purple, blue, and white. While concentrated in the bottom center, they are shooting out in all directions which gives it a sense of being active. The high level of captured detail allows individual hairs, pollen, dew, water drops, and surface texture to be seen.