"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“The Playful Assassin” Macro – “In Their World” series.

This image and text did not transfer during the move from Blogger to WordPress, … so thought I would post it again.

When out shooting, and I come across some interesting insects, I try to come up with a different approach to them instead of the “maximum detailed” images that one often will see.
Shooting with a limited depth of field and careful composition helps me to draw more attention to the subject.
A smoother background with less distractions often are the results, and even if there is a touch of falloff in details within the insect, many times even that is not a major concern.
This approach has often given me some insect images that seems to give the insect a bit of personality.
If the viewer can look at the image, and if the viewer starts to imagine a little bit, … then I have done something good!

With this image here of a assassin bug nymph, I get the feel as if he were a little kid, playfully swinging about on this small fruit found within a vine.

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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“The Playful Assassin”
“In Their World” Series


Canon 100mm macro
2 white reflectors
Manual, 1-160 sec. @ f5.6
ISO 200

Thanks for looking everyone!

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March 29, 2007 - Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, Wildlife | , , , , ,


  1. Mike, you’ve accomplished what you set out to do. I can almost hear this set to a whimsical beat. Really nice work!

    Comment by Photo Buffet | March 29, 2007

  2. very cool picture.. very much like the DOF and the color!

    Comment by profkienstra | March 29, 2007

  3. I love your photographs! You have a great eye!

    Comment by Thinking Out Loud | March 29, 2007

  4. Beautiful photo! The color of the nymph stands out tremendously. I definately see the little kid in him.

    Comment by chocorol | March 29, 2007

  5. how did you get the insect to keep still for long enough to set up the photo?

    Comment by achau | March 29, 2007

  6. Excellent work.Luckily the little fellow cooperated in this great composition!

    Comment by Jeremy | March 30, 2007

  7. Superb macro

    Comment by charliebrown8989 | March 30, 2007

  8. THIS was one of my faves of your Mike!! i still love it.. it would look fantastic on my wall…lol

    Comment by Leisa | April 4, 2007

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