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!
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