going small to see BIG? Or is it BIG to see small? I’m so confused…
a series about going macro to see micro
Text and photos by LensAfield
The banner image was of a bouquet containing lilies, carnations, gladiolas, anemones, and some strange accent acoutrements. In this installment I will look into that strange pinkish-reddish globular thingy. There were few scattered about the bouquet.
Despite their appearance as being some fake thingamabobs (I like to be scientifically precise whenever possible) used for visual texture, once pulled from the arrangement I could see the long stem was not completely covered in whatever they were dipped in. Could they actually be some sort of cut flower?
After a little research, I learned that this was a Craspedia, otherwise known as Billy Button. I’m guessing they were dipped in this reddish goop, likely latex, to mask their natural yellow-orangish hues which didn’t mesh well with the bouquet’s general color paradigm.
I decided to visit the florist that produced the bouquet. After showing them some of my photography stored on my phone as my calling card, they allowed me to peruse their cold room.
Once there, I showed them the banner image above and asked if they had any Billy Buttons in their natural state. They did. I bought one (and some other flowers for later study) and headed back the manor to set up for some tabletop studio-style shooting where I transform from being LensAfield (mask and cape set sold separately) to mild-mannered, strangely reclusive any-man, aka, LensAhome.
Now that we have a size reference, it’s time to go macro to see micro (technically, capturing 1:1 or better). In the image above we can see that there is tremendous tiny detail in this little globe. Let’s get closer and explore more deeply.
Now let’s get really close!
This final image is used to show the coated and uncoated Billy Buttons. We can now see that the coated one was in full bloom at the time it was dipped. Perhaps I shall pick up another and see if I can nurture it to get to the same state. That would make for some incredible shots!
The next post will examine another component of the bouquet. E.B., try not to get too excited!