"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

Pond Scene In Macro – “Rollick”

This is a rather simple scene, and is often easy to find along ponds, lakes, streams, … etc.
It was created using the Canon 75-300mm lens at 5.6, and simply cramming the lens right into a large batch of very thin blades of grass along the banks of the pond. I love shooting through existing foliage!
I shot this hand held as the winds were blowing slightly, and I had to often wait for a slight opening through those thin blades of grass that gave a clearer and more of a distinct view of the horizontal strand of foliage.

It was late evening, still fairly bright with a bit of haze, and I used the existing sun reflecting in the pond waters behind the buds for a spotlight.
Still, I had to make slight adjustments with levels/curves/contrast to help bring out the sun and to darken the foliage somewhat. This also created a bit more of a vignette around the edges of the image that already existed from the surrounding foliage that I was shooting through, and closest to the lens.

Images such as this are so easy to create.
But, … I think that it is a matter of composition and the flow that is most important in these types of images.
Not always one’s cup of tea I am sure, … but it certainly opens my creative spirit!

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Rollick”

Hope everyone is doing well, and thanks for visiting!
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

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June 22, 2008 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 | , , , , , | 8 Comments

“TinEye” Image Search Engine – What I found.

So many of us worry at times about our images, wondering who lifted them from our site, what they are being used for, etc., … and it has been nearly impossible to find your images being used elsewhere on the internet or in print unless you lucked up and found them, or someone e-mails you and gives you a heads up.
Until now!

I had heard about Idée Inc. from other photographers and their “TinEye Image Search Engine”, still in beta.
I sent them a request to be put on their list, and soon got a message to give it a try.
Wow!

You simply use one of your existing images to search for it on the internet and possibly some unauthorized usage. This is really cool in my opinion, and I certainly have high hopes for it.
You can easily upload one of your images to the TinEye upload page, and within seconds it will show you where your images are on the internet.
Or better yet, … and this is really cool, … you can use the TinEye image plugin for Firefox or IE, and search your images straight from your browser.
Still, even though I know that some of my images are all over the internet, authorized and unauthorized, and I know where they are, … TinEye did not find them all.
Reason being is that they are constantly indexing images all across the internet, and are sitting at roughly 500,000,000 images at this time. That is just a drop in the bucket, and they still have many images to index, so some of your images may not be found, ….. yet. It will still take some more time to index the millions and millions of images that they yet to have in their system.

But, … let me show you what I have found so far as an example, and the amazing capability that this system has. (I did find a few more images during my searches.)
Seriously, … this is very good news for everyone!

This image below is a old and simple shot of a “Palamedes Swallowtail” butterfly.
I ran a search using TinEye, … and was really surprised with the outcome!

At sometime within the past few years, I had posted a painted version of this particular image.
Every single little detail within the original had been altered, … painted over, … manipulated.
TinEye still found these painted versions on two different sites, and neither had asked for permission to use it.
Click the image for a larger view of the image and to see what TinEye gives you within their page.

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You can see that TinEye shows you the thumbnail of the image or images, shows the name of the image which in this case, both of the image names had been changed, and of course it gives you the page link to where your image is being used.

Then if you wish, TinEye also gives you a toggle switch so you can look at your version of the image you are searching with, and the version that is being used within the given link/page.
Again, click the image to see the larger version.
You can now see the painted version that TinEye found using their very cool search engine, and the original version I used to start the initial search.

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Like I have said already, I have high hopes for TinEye.
The drawback now with the beta version is of course, its limited number of images that they have already indexed, but right now Idée Inc. has something very powerful, something unique, and something that many photographers will find useful.
And then, … there is the question on cost.
There is no information available right now that I know of on the cost of using TinEye when it is available to the public.
If the cost is reasonable, (and it would have to be very reasonable for me to use it with the cost of everything else I have to pay for now), and when they have far more images indexed than what they have at the moment, … I will certainly use it.
I would love to be able to search my entire archive that I have with Photoshelter, but it just so happens that the Photoshelter images that a photographer may have listed there are all BMP, and they are to small for TinEye to read.

And another thought.
With the Orphan Works Bill looming on the horizon, (which should be scrapped in my opinion), TinEye could easily be used by those who are searching for the author or authors of certain pieces of work.

Stay tuned.
TinEye could be in your future!!
(and I am not getting paid to say it neither!)

UPDATE:
Jim Goldstein conducted a interview/podcast with Leila.
Interesting, and a bit educational as well.
Check it out here.
Interview/Podcast

Everyone take care,
Michael

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June 13, 2008 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 | , , , , , | 19 Comments

“Natural Design” – Image Design For Nature Photographers.

“Natural Design” – Image Design For Nature Photographers.

I am just about through reading this book, and I can honestly say that it is about time someone has come up with something like this!
I have known Gloria Hopkins for some years now.
A photographer, … a artist, … Gloria simply has a knack for putting it all together in her imagery and now she shares her knowledge for nature photographers to study.
Wonderful images, well thought out words that describe in depth, and she has even put together “composition maps” for her readers that makes everything understandable.
This is a e-book that is very easy to follow, and as I understand it, it just may not be around for long because her publishers are now favoring a hard copy.

Gloria says, … “the objective of this book is to expose and enlighten — to introduce ideas and present options rather than guide and instruct. The information in this book is meant to be used together with your unique ideas and inspirations. Use it to design images that reflect your enthusiasms and your personal understanding of image design, nature, and the art of photography.

Yes, … this is a book that I can easily recommend for those who are a bit more eager to learn the fundamentals of composition, … and a whole lot more.
Gloria has put together something that is, ………. “cool”!

Follow the link at the top of the post for more information on “Natural Design”.

Everyone take care,
Michael

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