"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

Rattlesnake Rattles & Dogwood Leaves – Conversions.

Hello everyone!

Have just finished up a project for the El San Juan Hotel out of Puerto Rico, getting payed in a timely manner, so I am a happy camper.
Will be taking the entire month of July just to experiment with some things and ideas that I have, and thought I would come in today and post something.
Will be away for awhile, ….. again! :)

There seems to be a lot of requests lately for any type of work in sepia, whether it be straight photography or mixed media.
Here are just two images that I have finished playing with, … at least for now.

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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“Rattlesnake Rattles”


© 2007 – Michael Brown
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“Dogwood Leaves”


Hope everyone is doing well, having some fun shooting and creating, … and playing!
Thanks for visiting gang,

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  1. Hey Mike, these sepias are unique, because they’re not what we see too often–the orangish sepia tones. I like the light posterization work, too. It brings out every detail of the dogwood leaves. Looks like you’re in experimental mode–no room for humdrum in this work, hmm?

    Comment by Photo Buffet | July 2, 2007

  2. Thanks Bonnie!
    If there is one thing that I have learned about going into business for yourself, is to “never” let the clients see even a hint of humdrum in your work that you show or even yourself as being humdrum. It puts the doubt out there, and once seen and/or felt by them, … it really takes something special from you to get back to where you want to be with them.

    So nope, … no room for humdrum.
    Knowing that though, … it helps to keep one on their toes! :)

    Comment by macroartinnature | July 2, 2007

  3. Very nice work Michael, really like the feel of the rattles, has a neat western look to it.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | July 2, 2007

  4. Thanks Bernie!
    Just so happens that I am trying to work up something that is a bit different looking to give some of the sepia type images a more aged western feel to it.
    Not going to well, … but I’ll figure it out! :)

    Comment by macroartinnature | July 2, 2007

  5. Really nice sepias. Real nice feel to them.

    Comment by paintingartist | July 2, 2007

  6. Love that rattlesnake rattle shot Michael. Unique, western, and a wonderful treatment. Excellent all around!


    Comment by Nathan Buck | July 2, 2007

  7. The sepia work here has paid off with some great results. Nice work.

    Comment by Laurie | July 2, 2007

  8. i like the three dimensional aspect these photos have. surprising for me to not see your typical amazingly good macro stuff today. very different and very cool.

    Comment by Pixel Chix | July 3, 2007

  9. amazing!
    i would like to know how you did this.
    any tutorial??? ;)

    Comment by sabinche | July 4, 2007

  10. Sometimes when I haven’t checked in for awhile, I almost forget how breathtaking your images are. Fantastic!

    Comment by Moe | July 5, 2007

  11. i like both compositions and color effects; the post processing is very interesting

    best wishes

    Comment by pedro cardona | July 6, 2007

  12. Thanks everyone!

    Sabinche, … I simply went into Photoshop and adjusted the Hue & Saturation to something that suited my tastes.
    Now for the bare minimums.
    I used a “slight touch” of the Orton method on each one of these which gave me a bit more feel of richness.
    Then, I used a “slight touch” (barest minimum) of the “Poster Edges” in photoshop.
    I did not use it on these, but if you still want a touch more details and/or feel of depth, you can use on a duplicate layer a slight hint of “high pass sharpening”, or, the slightest touch of “craquelure”.
    The trick is to use these in the right combination, and again, the bare minimum of each and especially with the “poster edges”.

    Hope this helps! :)

    Comment by macroartinnature | July 6, 2007

  13. one word- excellent!

    Comment by Cindy | July 6, 2007

  14. […] speaking of leaves,check out Rattlesnake Rattles and Dogwood Leaves by my buddy Mike Brown. Exqiuisite- I love sepia and need to use it more myself someday, but in the […]

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  15. WOW! These look AMAZING Michael! Keep up the good work.

    Comment by photoheadlines | July 17, 2007

  16. The rattle snake rattles are great!

    Comment by Katie | July 23, 2007

  17. wowow! great macro work here.

    Comment by daniel | August 6, 2007

  18. I reeeeaally love the textures in the “Rattlesnake Rattles” shot!!

    Comment by Deina | August 27, 2007

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