"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

A Photographic Tool That Really Works? It’s Your Own Body!

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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Shooting with a shallow DOF is my style of shooting that I enjoy, as you all well know.
You can easily paint with your lens, selectively leaving areas within that frame a total or soft blur, while selectively having others areas with more details showing.
One thing that I have noticed while out shooting with other photographers, is that many will get down at ground level to try some shallow DOF type shooting, … but then, that’s it!
They will pretty much shoot from that one spot. What they see is what they get!
Nobody moves their body very much while shooting, and it is something that can be very effective while shooting this style of photography.
Ever so slight movements to or away from your subject while shooting shallow DOF images can alter the scene dramatically. Whether it be only a few inches to or from, up or down, left or right, or maybe up to a foot or so in distance moved can really make a difference while using a shallow DOF.
Try it!

© 2005 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.

The images here were taken with the Canon 100mm macro and a 2x teleconverter.

I simply leaned my body a bit closer to the subject in the second image, and as you can see, the composition changed a bit, the soft areas changed, the lighting changed, details and textures changed, etc.
You can get an entirely different looking image in a matter of seconds just by moving your body.
Don’t let the lens always be the final and deciding factor in what you capture. You can add something to that lens! Let your body do its thing too, and you will suddenly find yourself getting different perspectives on a subject that you only had maybe one vision of to start with.

And, … you may even find some muscles that you did not know you had until they start aching!!

Gotta go.
Take care everyone!

May 4, 2006 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 17 Comments


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