"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“In Their World” Series – Unwanted Highlights In Your Photography?

(This post does not have the original “Blogger” comments, as they would not automatically transfer when the move was made to “WordPress”.)

I normally do not go out with the sole intentions of getting a card full of insect type shots, but when something presents itself, I will work it and work it very hard!
I like to give the image of a insect that “in their world” feel with careful and different compositions, plus, always looking for something different within the background itself. To me, it has to say “different”!

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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“In Their World” – Series.

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One thing that I will always try to find in that background is some type of highlights, if it be from pure light or maybe some type of reflection.
The bright area in the background here is from a drop of moisture and a blade or two of grass, shot late in the day, selectively focused for depth and for that “in their world” feel.
Does not always work out the way that I want it to, but when it does, it can give that every day “ho-hum” insect shot a bit of impact. Impact is something that you should always strive for in your images, whether it be subtle or bold in the way that it grabs the viewers eyes.

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May 31, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 9 Comments

A Favorite Pastime – “Pushing That Envelope In Photography”

There is nothing like getting out, experimenting, playing, ….. and pushing that envelope!
This shot is of some type of plant that is hanging in and over the edge of a pond, right above the water.
I learned something that day about blown, highlighted areas, … and how I possibly can use them a bit more to my advantage, etc.
It did not take long at all to accumulate over 200 images, some of which I sent off to two of the art consultants.
A few days later, they convinced me that I need to shoot a lot more of these types of images.
“Highlights be damned” by so many individuals.
I’ll make them work for me!

With this piece, … again, … it is a matter of taste.
I did discover that quite a few like them!

© 2007 – Michael Brown
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“Veiled Visions”
From The “Silent Whispers” Series

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Thanks for looking everyone!
Mike

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May 31, 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 | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Information about the coming months ahead.

Hello everyone,

Just to let everyone know that I will not be posting much at all if any in the coming summer months.
If there is one thing that I desperately need to work on, is “marketing” my work.
I am happy with the buyers that I am working with now, but I do need to expand in some areas a bit more.
It is a part of the business that is ever changing, with new methods, new arenas to explore for my work, new styles, new needs and wants from the clients, … and so on.
It is a bit mind boggling, but it is something that I need to do in order to keep moving on with what I enjoy doing.
Everything will remain here as is, … I just will not be hanging around that much at all until late in the year.

So anyway, let me go and get back to these e-mails that I am way behind on, ….. again!

Everyone take care, … have a great time shooting and creating, ….. and enjoy it!!

Mike

“Grass”
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May 16, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 21 Comments

“Rose Stamen” – Macro Abstract

This is a stamen within a rose flower.
I peeled open a young bud that was maybe a week or two from fully opening, used the Canon 100mm macro and the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens attached in reverse to the macro, put it all on a tripod, … and started to create!

Gotta go shoot,
Bye gang!

“Rose Stamen”
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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This image was previously posted last year, but the image and comments did not make the transfer when moving from Blogger to WordPress.

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May 11, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hemerocallis, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 12 Comments

In Nature Photography, Crawl It, Cram It, Compose It, Shoot It!

This is the first image that I ever posted on “Macro Art In Nature”.
It is probably the one image that got me started with crawling, cramming, selectively composing, and shooting.
Yes, … it is pure hell on one’s neck, but I will have a remedy for that soon!
I have mentioned many times in the past about cramming the lens into your subject area, most of the time it has been a flower, but you will find more compositions than you could ever dream of simply by doing that belly crawl down on the ground, shooting wide open, … letting the inspiration slap you silly!
Not sure how this method of shooting would effect anyone who tries it, but for me, it is without a doubt the best wake up call in the world!
Created this piece with the Canon 100mm macro.

“Reverie”
“In Their World” – Series

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There are two “old” online buddies who have started a journal that I would like to draw attention to.

The first is a journal called “Nature Diary”, by Tom Whelan.
I have known Tom for a number of years now and got to know him even better when we buddied up as moderators in the Flora/Macro forum over at NatureScapes.Net.
Tom is a great photographer!
He shoots a little bit of everything as well, … from macro to birds.
I shoot birds too, ….. but only when I am in heavy traffic! : )
So if you have a moment, pay Tom a visit and give him a hello.
Just tell him that some redneck down in South Carolina sent you!!

Good ol’ boy Carl Donohue, … is one outstanding photographer!
Carl has a journal now called “Skolai Images”.
I do not have to say much about Carl’s work, as you will understand when viewing his work, that the images pretty much speak for themselves!
From the U.S. to South America, … this ol’ boy gets around!
So pay him a visit as well. I think you will enjoy this one!

Well, … that’s it for today.
I will not be posting much in the coming weeks, as today I happily got “slammed” with a whole bunch of work to do.
Will spend the coming days answering some e-mails that I am way behind on, … then it’s time for the creativity to come alive.
And, ….. I am going to have fun while doing it!
“Having fun” is always an important element in photography. Remember that!

Now, … everyone go out and find your field of dreams!!

Mike

“Macro Art In Nature”

May 7, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 14 Comments

“Dragonfly” – A Minimalistic View In Nature Photography.

Many times, I simply like to pull back and not worrying about getting close, … to show the main subject in the world in which it lives.
This shot is a even more minimalistic view than what I normally will get, as most of the time I would prefer to get at least a hint of detail or patterns in the background. This image contains virtually no background details.

“Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly”
Minimalistic View
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Canon 75-300mm lens
1/200 sec. @ f5.6
ISO 100

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May 7, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, odonata, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 8 Comments

“Camelia Stamens” – Macro

“Camelia Stamens”
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Canon 100mm macro, Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens attached in reverse
Tripod, available light and 1 reflector, macro slider, mirror
0.4 sec. @ f25
ISO 100
Processed in Photoshop CS

May 4, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 11 Comments

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