"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Statice” Flower – For Stunning Macro Abstracts!

“Statice Flower”
(Limonium latifolia)

© 2004 – Michael Brown
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Without a doubt, one of the most wonderful flowers to photograph in a abstract form is the Statice flower, or “Limonium latifolia”.

Shooting this with the Canon 100mm macro, an extension tube, and the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens attached in reverse and the use of reflectors allows me to capture a shot with a quick fall off in depth.
I like to focus in right at the crisp looking edges of the flower, then let the rest to become a soft blur.
There are many abstract compositions to be found in the statice flower, and every year I am continually drawn to photograph them again.
This season, why not give them a try? I think that you would enjoy them, as not only are they fun to shoot, … but they are simply beautiful!

If there is one thing that I would like to add to this post, … is this.
This season, and when it comes to anything floral, … try to give your subject some character in your image.
When coming upon your subject for the first time and if you are very much attracted to it, then figure out just what it was that attracted you the most to this flower.
Ask yourself that question, then try to figure out just what you can do to enhance upon those traits that really grabbed your eyes when you first viewed it.
Figure out the true character of the flower, use the tools that you have available to their fullest, and I think that you will find yourself with a lot more keepers in your files.

Just some thoughts! : )

Thanks for looking gang!

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30 Comments

  1. Great shot Michael. Your abstracts are always outstanding. I love the way the sharp edges contrast with the sudden softness of the shallow DOF.

    Comment by askme2flashU | February 27, 2006

  2. Another amazing marco – I am very thankful for the teaching/advice you give each day! Thanks heaps for sharing..cheers

    Comment by david | February 27, 2006

  3. Surely it’s from Heaven :)

    Comment by Lorraine | February 27, 2006

  4. That shot is incredible..

    Comment by Brett Admire | February 27, 2006

  5. Astonishing, this is the one which deserves a big space on the wall. The colors, the rhythm and the comp are fantastic. Michael you made my day by sharing this picture, now I’m ready to have a wonderful day.

    Comment by Arash Sharifi | February 27, 2006

  6. Most beautiful colors and shapes.

    Comment by KPK | February 27, 2006

  7. Love the flowing lines of the petals mike.. and the DOF is wonderful :)

    Comment by Leisa | February 27, 2006

  8. Michael, to complicated for me.
    However it is good for arash and others….
    I was looking through my books to find the flower, to have an idea of what you have achived but no luck. Anyway fantastic colours.

    Comment by lino from Oz | February 27, 2006

  9. They are one of my favorite flowers. This is a beautiful photo here. Keep ’em coming. We love your work, to be sure.

    Comment by Micki | February 27, 2006

  10. Thanks gang!

    Comment by MBrown | February 28, 2006

  11. Beautiful, very celestial atmosphere. You have a great eye for these things.

    Comment by Kyle | February 28, 2006

  12. amazing photos on this site: personally i have no aptitude or patience in this area of photography, but i do appreciate what you do. this one is particularly lovely.

    Comment by david | March 1, 2006

  13. Kyle, David, ….. many thanks!

    Comment by MBrown | March 1, 2006

  14. Your photos are out of this world. Absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing them! This one I love in particular – very delicate and exquisite! : )

    Comment by flower | March 10, 2006

  15. Solid advice! I will definitely try to have a serious thought about my floral subjects this summer before even pointing the camera at them. :)

    Comment by Minna | April 19, 2007

  16. Wow, Mike! Macro + Extension + Reversal. Next you’ll be carrying a 200x microscope out into the field! :-) Excellent work, my friend!

    Comment by charlottekings | April 19, 2007

  17. Wow !!
    What a nice shot !!

    really like your DOF use

    Comment by Personne | April 19, 2007

  18. Excellent advice, it is one of the first questions that I try to consider. I think you captured the character here perfectly. My 50 mm 1.4 is on its way, hope to do some reverse play soon.

    Comment by Mark | April 19, 2007

  19. Truly beautiful!

    Comment by lulu | April 19, 2007

  20. Nice art =) Keep doing this great things.
    There is also micro art developing in a lot of places and we need people who does great art like you to give ‘petit’ stuff its chance to look beautiful to people’s eyes. =) From the author of: http://biofilms.wordpress.com/

    Comment by koxinelle | April 19, 2007

  21. Breath-taking!I stumbled upon your blog today and I was swept away by what I saw! I am a nature lover myself and I believe that your pictures convey, more strongly than I have ever seen before,the subtle beauty of nature – which I believe is the objective of nature photography! You are an extremely talented photographer. Please continue to provide us with your mesmerising pictures!

    Comment by Thalia | April 20, 2007

  22. Nice image Michael.
    (see some highlighyts on the white petal)

    Comment by Adrian Hancu | April 20, 2007

  23. Mike, this should be hung in large format in a dentist’s office. Very soothing!

    Comment by Photo Buffet | April 20, 2007

  24. Wonderful macro shot! Very nicely done!

    Comment by KAVEH | April 20, 2007

  25. Thanks again everyone! :)

    Comment by macroartinnature | April 20, 2007

  26. this is great.like dream

    Comment by reza khalili | April 21, 2007

  27. This is a stunning picture! All of this advice is wonderful!

    Comment by Epluim | April 21, 2007

  28. Wow, amazing work.

    Comment by Jeremy | April 23, 2007

  29. Smashing image again.
    – Paul @ photographyvoter.com

    Comment by Paul | May 9, 2007

  30. Just perfect !!
    I really like this intensive blue

    Comment by Personne | June 28, 2007


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