Besides peonies, my garden also hosts many varieties of clematis, which I also love and have photographed a hundred times (at least). One particular variety, ‘The President’ boasts very large, deep purple blooms with centers of pinky-white filaments and red anthers surrounding a tuft of creamy white. It’s truly a magnificent flower!
A prolific bloomer and fairly vigorous vine, it grows up a trellis and then along the angled roof of our small garden shed. I noticed that one blossom up high had lost a couple of petals exposing the center from one side. Perfect.
The first tricky part was setting the right focal point and depth of field in order to achieve a tack sharp center. The second difficulty was capturing the right amount of light to set the center aglow without also getting nasty sunspots as I was shooting in the direction of the sun. I’ll admit, this took more than a few tries to get right. 😉
As for the name? I thought this image was a good candidate for the ‘Old Hollywood Glamour’ series and when my husband said the filments looked like long eyelashes, boom! it all clicked.
I can almost hear Kim Carnes singing in the background…