"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

Photography. What The Lensbaby “Should” Force You To Do!


I have noticed some questions about the “Lensbaby” on various forums, and there almost always seems to be something lacking within those conversations about this tool.
All of the talk is about ease of use, “hey, … take a look at my pics” without much thought behind them, what can one do with it, etc., … but it seems the most important subject is rarely talked about.The one thing that the Lensbaby “should ” force you to do, (and is great for a beginner in my opinion), is that it forces you to decide what is the most important part of the subject that you are viewing, and it “should” give one a higher sense of “composition”.


© 2007 – Michael Brown
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Recently, … or pretty much ever sense the Lensbaby hit the market, some of images created with the Lensbaby seems to have very little composition, which is so important to capture and hold the viewer’s attention. The Lensbabies are absolutely wonderful for abstracts, but even with some abstracts, and depending on the subject, some should have some type of compositional flow to it. There are those images that I have seen that have varying composition, little that really captures my attention, … and some may even be distracting to the viewer! A big glob of color is sometimes what I see. Now, … a big glob of color can make a wonderful abstract, but it seems to me that it works best if there is at least some kind of flow with one or more of the colors, …… at least! But often that can be missing as well!

The image above is a simple image to create with the Lensbaby. Here you see composition, and a composition that has a flow about it that makes it easy for the viewer’s eyes to follow. I focused my attention on the top portion, while letting the bottom portion to simply “fall where it may”.


© 2007 – Michael Brown
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The second image is one that needed a bit more time and thought put into it. These cyclamen flowers were shot in a high-key lighting. I wanted the main area of the flower to be fairly detailed yet soft, colorful. The rest of the image was washed in bright light, and I wanted that to be almost a total blur. You can see that at least the main area has some detail, (you can tell what it is), and the rest that is in a blur at least has some “compositional flow” to it. It moves your eyes, … not leaving one’s eyes to play about all over the place and not knowing if or where to settle down within a “big glob of color!”


© 2007 – Michael Brown
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So again, … the Lensbaby is a great tool to have along with you while out in the field. It is a great tool not only for nature type images, but for weddings, certain types of journalism, commercial, etc. Sure, you can do a lot of this type of selective blurring in Photoshop, but the Lensbaby can help train your eyes, to help them to see the composition, to force you to think and work with that composition, and then forcing the eyes and your mind to selectively choose what is the most important part of the scene that you are viewing, thus leading you in the important direction of how to enhance the entire image for overall impact and appeal!

Take care everyone, … now to answer some of your questions on these other posts. (I keep getting so far behind!) :)

“Macro Art In Nature”

February 16, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 21 Comments


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