"Macro Art In Nature"

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“Frog” – Digital Photography Painting.

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  1. Wow! Now that is some cool post processing, Mike! Say, when are we going to get together for a bite to eat and some chit chat?!

    Comment by paul | March 5, 2007

  2. Ah crap Paul, … I just remembered that e-mail.
    Will give you a holler here shortly, … later tonight.

    Man, … am I ever getting forgetful with some e-mails! :)

    Comment by macroartinnature | March 5, 2007

  3. This is pretty darn cool man. Would love to read the story behind this one. Peace.

    Comment by Mark | March 5, 2007

  4. I absolutely love this.. and I remember a similar dragonfly image you did in this style.. mesemerizing and so unique!

    Comment by Cindy | March 5, 2007

  5. Mark, Cindy, … thanks!

    Cindy, would you believe that I had a hard drive failure last year, and recovered everything just fine except for that one dragonfly painting.
    No problem I thought, as I surely had it on one of the backup drives.
    Well, guess what?
    I must had never added it to the backup drives. (Damn)
    All I had were the couple of jpegs of it, … and that is it!
    If I can recreate it from the jpegs, … I just don’t know.
    At least I have the original dragonfly image, and I think I can recreate it from that jpeg onto the original tiff of the dragonfly.
    If I can, … then that certainly will be one to write about!!

    Comment by macroartinnature | March 5, 2007

  6. oh nooooo!! I recall that photo because it had so much depth and was so very beautiful- and I know how much work you put into it because at the time I viewed it you still had some ‘finishing touches’ to do on it. Drats!

    2 yrs. ago I met with 4 other NPN members for spring migration at a ‘migrant trap’ on the coast. We had such a blast- but I used a brand new photopod (by apple) for my image storage. I got home and ALL of the photos I took were corrupted- and they showed up on the screen of the ipod as being just fine. I was just sick sick sick. I’m not an early bird and alot of the shots I got were taken in that sweet morning light that I rarely see.. (it’s hard to dance with moths and get up real early.. lol)
    BUT I still had a good time.. and I guess that’s what it’s all about. I’ll never replace all of those 100’s of photos, but I still can see them in my minds eye. (And it gives me an excuse to get even better shots now)
    But I know that sinking feeling.. and I hope you’re able to salvage the jpg.. that was a very special dragonfly :)

    Comment by Cindy | March 5, 2007

  7. This one looks great. Very moody too :)

    Comment by sil63 | March 6, 2007

  8. Fantastic! The original photo must have been awesome too. I’m never disappointed here!

    Comment by Roberta | March 6, 2007

  9. This frog doesn’t realize what a star he’s become! I swear, it looks like he’s posing for you, Mike. Gawking right into the lens. The sun in the background adds a second point of interest. I love everything about this photo, even though I’m not a frog fan. (Four brothers cured me of that.)

    Comment by Photo Buffet | March 6, 2007

  10. Wow! Speechless. Please, could you tell us, how you banned the frog the way it sits and look?

    Comment by Fiona | March 6, 2007

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  12. Fiona, if you meant “how did I get it to stay in one place”, … it is simply a matter of the frog getting tired and decides to sit for awhile.

    I had the shot lined up, and if he moved or jumped, I would simply pick him back up and put him back in the same place in order to take a few shots.

    After about 1 minute, he would jump again, I would move him again, … and then he would just sit and wait it out.

    I don’t think it caused him any stress, because when a grasshopper decided to make himself known, … the frog promptly ate it! :)

    Comment by macroartinnature | March 8, 2007

  13. Thank you Michael. Did the frog sit in the gras – or what kind of background did you use. I’m just trying to understand, how you built the mystic green-blue background.

    Comment by Fiona | March 9, 2007

  14. Yes, the frog was sitting in the grass and the camera was right on the ground for this shot.
    Then I took the original image into the computer, and painted over it using various programs.

    For the final results that you see here, I used Painter, Photoshop CS, and Studio Artist 3.0.

    Thanks again Fiona. Really appreciate it!

    Comment by macroartinnature | March 10, 2007

  15. Thanky you again, Michael.

    Comment by Fiona | March 11, 2007

  16. That is simply amazing.

    Comment by Solaria | March 11, 2007

  17. Thanks Solaria, Fiona! Appreciate it!!

    Comment by macroartinnature | March 20, 2007

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