"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Ancient Avian Migration” – In Macro!

I still continue today to search for those beautiful cut slabs of rocks and minerals which gives me the look of an ancient landscape, a landscape with a artistic appeal to the viewer, one that has never been seen before, one that draws the viewer within to study, and maybe a image which allows that viewer to dream.
Within many of those slabs that do give me the impression of a landscape, some of them will possess what I guess you could call “stress fractures” within certain areas of the rock.
At first, they look like simple cracks in the rock.
But with a closer look and under some high magnification, those lines or stress fractures are often bent into a shape just like those lines we use to draw as kids in our pictures, … a slight bend or dip in the middle of the line which gives the look of a bird or birds that are flying in the distance.
Couple those stress fractures that looks like birds flying in the distance, along with a intriguing, colorful, and ancient looking landscape, … then one can have hours upon hours of creating from just one small area of any size slab of rock.
This allows me to dream, and dreaming is a huge part of my creativity!

The first image here was created from a small piece of agate rock, and reminds me of a desert with scattered plants throughout the landscape, a dust storm brewing over the horizon, and the birds trying to stay ahead of that dust storm during their long and ancient migration.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Ancient Avian Migration” – #1
“Ancient Landscapes” – Series

The second image shown here reminds me of a large migration of birds that are flying above a body of water and the waves within. It also was created from a small piece of agate rock.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Ancient Avian Migration” – #2
“Ancient Landscapes” – Series

It is fairly hard to see exactly how these stress fractures will stand out in a image unless viewed at around 800 pixels, … then they really take on that intriguing appeal.
These images were created using the Canon 100mm macro, one or more extension tubes, reversed 50mm Nikkor lens, strong backlight, reflectors, … and patience!

I hope that everyone has been doing well, … now let me get to some overdue e-mail.
Have been on the road shooting, and now it is time to finally sit down for awhile!

Thanks for stopping by everyone,

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

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  1. Your interpretations of these images is so perfect. The top one makes me think of the African savanna – clouds of dust stirred up by a stampede of wild animals. These are absolutely fascinating!

    Comment by Roberta | October 1, 2008 | Reply

  2. Michel, these are wonderful. I really love your work and the enormous amount of creativity behind them. You rock! :) (Pun intended) :)

    Comment by sil | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  3. Mike, I bet you loved cloud pictures as a kid, too, didn’t you? I sure did.

    Imagination drives photo art. I believe that. You’ve done a good job of illustrating that here.

    Comment by Photo Buffet | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  4. How cool! Huge swirling flocks of birds, what mesemerizing images. Fascinating. And I agree, you rock ;)

    Comment by Cindy | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  5. Wow…these are amazing. I am in awe.

    Comment by Laurie | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  6. Both great ones here Mike. The association to birds just seems to come naturally with these.

    Comment by Mark | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  7. Mike,

    I’ve never seen anything like these two images. I love them both, but the second one has a mood to it that is so quiet and moving.

    Comment by Paul Grecian | October 2, 2008 | Reply

  8. Magnifique ! j’adore !

    Comment by cathy Bernot | October 4, 2008 | Reply

  9. Mike, these are really clever images. Without reading the text, I could not have imagine their origin. The result is really beautiful, and I can stare at them forever and keep seeing new details.

    Comment by Massimo | October 4, 2008 | Reply

  10. These are amazing pieces Michael, the image on the bottom that resembles the birds flocking is wonderful, great work !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | October 4, 2008 | Reply

  11. Really incredible shots, amazing idea for two amazing shots. Complimenti!

    Comment by Tiziano | October 5, 2008 | Reply

  12. so simple and so beautiful :)

    Comment by Natalie | everyday-wonders.com | October 5, 2008 | Reply

  13. Both are beautiful – the avian association clear and unforced. Been too long since I stopped by!

    Comment by tomwhelan | October 5, 2008 | Reply

  14. Beautiful images as always Michael! I always enjoy viewing your work -it gives me new ideas for this winter when the insects are gone.

    I noticed that your portfolio is at Photo Shelter. I thought that they were going to close the stock agency aspect of their business?

    Comment by Dalantech | October 21, 2008 | Reply

  15. Inspiring and beautiful work. Thankyou for the ‘how to’ background to the fabulous grass images. I’ve been struggling the last couple of evenings in my own field to produce anything meaningful so this was great to see.

    The rock images are incredible as well. I’ve never seen this done before in any UK photography magazines. Excellent work – thanks.

    Comment by Tony T | July 6, 2009 | Reply

  16. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

    Comment by Sandra R | September 9, 2009 | Reply

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