"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

A New Macro Photography Method Has Been Discovered!

Everyone hold onto your hats for this one!
Now, this method is quite difficult. I am sorry for not being able to come up with something simple and easy to do.
It requires years of practice, patience, … and a certain amount of quantum physics.
And now that I have scared most of you away because of the quantum physics part, for the rest of you, I will now get to the meat of this method.

I have named this method, the “Don’t Focus It” method! : )
It involves not focusing on your subject, but focusing just a touch in the front or behind the subject.

Actually, … this is another method that has been used for years, but it seems that many will not even attempt it anymore, relying on many of the other methods.
I will often focus in front of the subject, which of course will make the subject out of focus but will give the background a much better blur than it would if I focused slightly behind the main subject.

“Japanese Maple Tree” – Abstract
© 2007 – Michael Brown
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This piece is almost as I had seen it through the viewfinder.
I took this shot late in the day using my “cram it” method and the Canon 75-300mm lens plus the Canon 500D diopter attached, … shooting wide open.
Everywhere I looked while sitting within that tree, there was a beautiful golden glow in the background no matter which way I turned or what I focused my attention and lens on.
This is a very cool way of playing, of learning something about composition, learning about lighting late in the day, and I guess you could say, … learning something about yourself as well.

For the final image, I took this piece into Photoshop for your normal curves and/or contrast adjustment.
Then, a touch with the shadow/highlight tool to reduce any shadow areas, and for a more even type of blending with the colors and light.
Then for a touch of that dreamy look, I simply used the Orton method at a strength of around 30% or so.
Not everyone’s cup of tea I am sure, … but I enjoy them, and enjoy creating them also.

So, try the “Don’t Focus It” method this season, … a bit more than you have in the past. It is wonderful to use for abstracts.
I am sure that something will evolve out of it for you, and hopefully, something that will inspire!

Everyone take good care of yourself, and thanks for visiting!

“Macro Art In Nature”

April 21, 2007 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, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 21 Comments


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