"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Oxalis” – Canon 75-300mm Lens & Canon 500D Diopter.

I wanted to take a break yesterday from doing some work on the house, so I went out to “Singing Oakes Gardens” to play a bit, to see how the late cold snap and their garden got along, and to see how Jim and Peg were doing.

This flower is a type of “oxalis”, or “wood sorrel”, that was numerous in numbers growing along side a path by the daylily beds. (Thanks Andre for the ID)
The clumps were around 6″inches or so in height, with the 1/2″ inch size flowers sitting atop those beautiful mounds of foliage.
I got down on the ground with the Canon 75-300mm lens, the 500D diopter, did my “cram it” dance while moving and zooming with the lens, … and had some fun.

I used 2 white reflectors, basically laying them on the ground to reflect some light into the clumps.
Then in the final piece and simply for some balance, I used a touch of the “shadow/highlight” tool in Photoshop CS to lighten the stem up. The stem seemed to be a bit to bold and dark, so the S-H tool was the perfect tool to help give the entire image the balance needed.

“Oxalis” – Wood Sorrel
© 2007 – Michael Brown
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15 Comments

  1. Beautiful, to say the least! I loved the colour, the pattern and the composition! An inspirational picture!

    Comment by Thalia | April 29, 2007

  2. The colors are great on this, and I love how the stem blurs out completely by the bottom of the frame.

    Comment by Brian Auer | April 29, 2007

  3. Lovely picture! I so glad you explain how you shot it.

    Comment by Fiona | April 29, 2007

  4. Love your work. And a beautiful picture as usuall.
    Could it be a kind of Oxalis species. (Wood sorrel)

    Comment by André | April 29, 2007

  5. Beautiful, as always.

    Comment by Dosia McKay | April 29, 2007

  6. What a sensational image you created, and a such a feeling of satisfactionyou must have, as well, after a break from the work you’ve been doing. I would have to add this one as another of my recent favorites from you. The colors, again, bring such a feeling of serenity.

    Comment by micki | April 29, 2007

  7. Nice and soft… I did a update visiting your blog, and it was an trip of inspiration again… Thanx!

    Comment by javga | April 30, 2007

  8. The detail in the flower is perfectly accentuated.

    Comment by Jeremy | April 30, 2007

  9. Beautiful as usual Michael. The soft dreamy colours are wonderful.

    Comment by robyn | April 30, 2007

  10. Mike, this is an exceptional “cram it” shot! Looks so delicate, it has a painterly feel to it. The mint green background sure makes the soft pink petals stand out. WOW.

    Comment by Photo Buffet | April 30, 2007

  11. I really like this image as well Mike. The soft pastels and color contrast, as well as the composition are very pleasing. Physically, I know that flower images are sometimes the most demanding on neck and back.

    Comment by photonz | April 30, 2007

  12. Lovely composition and colours, and great combination of details and softness.

    Comment by BobC | May 1, 2007

  13. Thanks everyone. Appreciate it!

    Thanks for the ID Andre. You nailed it for me! :)

    Comment by macroartinnature | May 1, 2007

  14. Glad to be of some help from the other side of the pond ;-)

    Comment by André | May 2, 2007

  15. Absolutely beautiful image, very nicely captured. Very delicate & soft!

    Comment by Clemente do Rosario | May 10, 2007


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