"Mélange" derives from the Middle French verb mesler, which means "to mix."
I HAD BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING MUMS and had created a setup ideally suited for these "Mélanges" although I did not realize it when Susan brought me two large baskets of flowers from her gardens. I hadn't a clue as to what to do with them. Many are daylilys and so would start decaying in a matter of hours. So with essentially no thinking I started pulling petals off the blossoms, much to Susan's (initial) dismay. I arranged them only to create reasonably uniform coverage and redistributed some concentrations of colors. The photograph was made in seven segments and stitched together. With focus stacking it required approximately 120 exposures.
The other two melanges were made two years later (2017), one with full blossoms and one with individual petals. The resolution is such that they may be printed up to 120" wide (that's 10 feet) with outstanding clarity. There is no manipulation of colors, just a special daylight created
indoors and an excellent camera and techniques.They are, of course, available smaller and in various crops of which three squares from each original are shown in the link.
They were illuminated with shadowless 5000K light (daylight indoors) and if you illuminate them with a bunch of LED 5000K light, the color and brilliance and unlike anything I have ever seen.
THE FLOWERS are a potpourri created over some period of time. Some are heavily manipulated in Photoshop and others are totally "straight" photographs. They are a segment of a much larger collection and each I find interesting in some unique way. All are of the highest quality in terms of my standards of color, focus and clarity.