"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“It’s alright”, and Fall Macro Reflections.

– It’s alright when the phone does not ring for two weeks.
– It’s alright to plan a weekend trip to Charleston, and to tell the family you want to go alone.
– It’s alright to get up early at the hotel, drive to Meeting St. before sunrise, load yourself down with a ton of gear, and walk the streets for 6 hours while never taking a single shot.
– It’s alright to go back to the hotel, … feeling guilty.
– It’s alright to ignore a good supper, instead, buying some pastries and a couple of Pepsi’s while kicking back in the hotel room and watching “Journey To The Center Of The Earth” on late night TV.
– It’s alright to get up the next morning, and still only capturing a few images of Charleston.
– It’s alright to have a period to where you “just don’t feel it”.
– It’s alright to get up very early the next morning in Charleston to head to Pawleys Island to shoot something you have been wanting to shoot, only to find out when you get there at sunrise that you read your tide charts wrong, and everything is now covered with water.
– It’s alright to stand in the mud below the bridge, and laugh at the elderly gentleman who just lost a nice sized fish.
– It’s alright that you just realized you left your extra boots at home, and now have to drive your wife’s SUV barefooted after climbing out of that marsh mud.
– It’s alright that your wife’s new SUV smells like marsh mud, and it’s alright knowing what’s coming to you when you get home.
– It’s alright to plan a short trip the following weekend to Swan Lake in Sumter for some fall color around the cypress trees, only to discover one area in the entire park has fall colors reflecting in those dark waters.
– It’s alright to leave Swan Lake and go to Poinsett State Park, only to find that there are virtually no fall colors and that the waterfall is the only thing that speaks to you.
– It’s alright to get up the next morning to take a shower before leaving for the Congaree Swamp, only to discover that 2 minutes after stepping in the shower and lathering up, the hot water vanishes, and later to discover you need to install a new heating element in the hot water heater.
– It’s alright knowing that now your day is down the tubes.
– It’s alright to discover that the following day, after finally getting to the swamp and a area that you have longed to photograph in the fall, is all but dried up because of the drought.
– It’s alright saying a few choice words.
– It’s alright knowing that there is a area within the swamp that always gives you what you want during the fall, and it’s alright never telling a single soul where this place is.
– It’s alright that when you get home, the phone rings from the buyer, informing you that the large project you were working on, counting on, … had fallen through.
– It’s alright when a few hours later, the same buyer calls to inform you that the other project has been approved, and the first installment will be wired before the bank closes.
– It’s alright to sit in your recliner that night, knowing that the next day will be different, and the search will start all over again.
– It’s good to know, that life always matters, and everything is alright!

© 2007 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.
“Swan Lake Cypress”


This first image is from Swan Lake, located in Sumter, South Carolina.
Wonderful rich colors were showing on that day, but they seemed to all be located in one area of the swamp.
This image benefited a bit more with a touch of the “Orton” method, blending in the colors to a point that appealed to me.
-Canon 5D
-Canon 75-300mm lens
-Gitzo 2220 Explorer Tripod
-RRS BH-40 Ballhead

© 2007 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.
“Congaree Swamp Reflections”


There is an area within the Congaree Swamp National Park that simply explodes with color during the fall.
Climbing down the steep banks to get closer to the tea colored waters can be a bit tricky, but if done at the right time of day, and on a day with a strong wind, there is a certain area that allows one to place their lens only inches away and right above the waters to capture those small reflections.
On this day, the winds were coming down that channel at a fairly nice clip, (enough to easily take my cap off), and those winds were helping to create some extremely small and somewhat choppy, well defined waves near the water’s edge.
Stunning colors, dark and well defined lines around each little wave, the bright light enhancing the leaves from above, … everything worked out well on this particular day.
-Canon Xti
-Canon 100mm macro & extension tube
-Gitzo 2220 Explorer Tripod
-RRS BH-40 Ballhead

© 2007 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.
“Congaree Swamp Reflections”


I really love the gold colored reflections coming from a area with the dark, tea colored waters.
The tones and movement within have always attracted me, pulling me in to photograph them.
-Canon Xti
-Canon 100mm macro & teleconverter
-Gitzo 2220 Explorer Tripod
-RRS BH-40 Ballhead

I hope that this post finds everyone doing well, that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving, and getting ready for upcoming Christmas rush will be painless! :)
Luckily I am still busy, and also trying some new things that I have never done before.
Have got plenty on my plate, and many ideas /projects I am working on.
I think that right at the end of this year I will be able to take some time and visit everyone again, and post a bit more than what I have in the past few months.

So, … everyone take good care of yourself, and best wishes for those who celebrate the upcoming Christmas holidays.

Michael Brown

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