"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

Backlit Macro Photography.

Backlit macro photography is something that is rarely seen anymore.
Over the years, the majority of written articles on macro photography have preached about things such as “maximum depth & details”, “using a flash for even lighting”, “fill the frame”, … and so on.
All of this is good of course and something that should be learned, but some of the most dramatic macro type images can easily be obtained with some good ol’ fashion harsh type lighting, … or strong backlighting.
You can see wonderful examples of strong backlit subjects in nature photography, such as those wide open landscapes, animals, trees, and so on, … but again, rarely do you see it in the areas of macro.

Try it sometime!
Just find a area out in nature with some interesting subjects, a place that looks like it could offer up some uniquely different compositions. Have some fun, and create something new for a change.
Use the available light for some dramatic and stark looking silhouettes, then if you wish, you can practice balancing out some of the lighting by using a flash.
Personally I do not like using a flash. I will use it when it is absolutely the only way to obtain the needed results, preferring natural light along with some bounce lighting using various reflectors and/or mirrors.

© 2007 – Michael Brown
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“Halloween Pennant” Dragonfly – Odonata
“In Their World” – Series


Canon 100mm macro and 2x teleconverter
1/160 sec. @ f9 – Cable release
ISO 100
Gitzo Explorer 2220 tripod
RRS BH-40 Ballhead

It was a wonderfully cool Sunday, … at least it was much cooler than it had been these past few weeks.
I sat at the edge of the pond, my pants slowly soaking up the moisture from the ground, watching the sun approach the tops of the trees, and witnessing the golden light that occurs late in the day.
I had the Gitzo Explorer tripod low to the ground, with the center column tilted 90 degrees over to its left and at eye level. All I had to do, was to lay there, watch, listen, … and only slightly moving my head and eyes to the camera.
A very relaxed position while one just lays, … and waits.

It was not long at all before all of nature came to me. I was now a part of it.
I was just sitting, … just watching, … just listening, ….. and learning.
I only took a few shots that day.
It is remarkable what one can hear, but only if one chooses to do so.
To hear a grasshopper land on a dried and hollowed reed with a distinct “click”.
To actually hear a dragonfly.
To hear the echo from a bull frog, with the sound starting clearly from the other side of the pond.
To hear the cranes coming in from a distance and then right over your head.
To hear a turtle slip below the water’s surface.
To hear the carp.
To hear the wind.

For many years, I had said it was nature talking to me.
But finally, I learned that it has always been another who was doing all the talking!

My day of shooting was postponed until tomorrow, so thought I would post something here today.
Thanks again for visiting gang, and will see you all again in a couple of weeks with some more of my ramblings! :)

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