"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Clearing The Mind Of Macro Photography”

The existing weather conditions gave me one of the most awesome days for shooting macro that I have had in some years.
I arrived early at the Clemson Sandhill Research & Education Center in a complete fog, stunned at the silence and the beauty of that morning.
But soon, … I found out that my mind simply was not prepared for a day of macro photography.

I had planned for a day of experimenting with a few ideas I had floating around in my head, but it seemed that I was doing nothing more than pointing and shooting, which is not how I usually work.
I usually do not take a shot unless I think that it is something I can keep for my files.
On this day, … I took 186 images which is a lot for me, … but nothing seemed to be coming to me.
I decided to stop, … to stop trying for anything in macro, … to stop thinking.
It was time to clear the mind, which I believe is something that everyone should do at some point in time.

On my way back to the car, I noticed the fog that had rolled out and over the pond, surrounding a point that went out into the pond.
It was a image that I had envisioned at this pond for a number of years, and … there it was. Cool!

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“unnamed”

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So, … on this day, I took 186 images but only kept the 1 image of the foggy point out in the pond. No macro was created on this day.
I put the gear back into the car, grabbed my bottle of Mountain Dew and a pack of cheese crackers, walked back down to the pond, sat on a stump, and simply enjoyed the many gifts on this day.
I was clearing the mind.

The following day, I woke up with hopes of having the same kind of weather conditions as the day before.
I looked out the window, and already there were blue skies. Damn!
As I went about the day doing some things around the house, it started to get a bit dark and cloudy outside. A slight drizzle of rain soon moved in.
I checked the weather channel and it looked like it might be a good time to go back out to the research center.
I arrived at the ponds late in the day, and my mind was still clear of macro.
I decided to relax, … and simply let those scenes and the images to happen.

I noticed a “anhinga” (anhinga leucogaster) perched atop a old dock out in the water.
I placed the camera on the tripod, looked through the viewfinder while trying to find some pleasing compositions, and quickly noticing the somewhat lifeless looking sky in the background.
So, using that old technique of “cramming” or shooting through existing foliage, … it gave the background (actually the foreground) a bit more substance.
I like the silhouette. I like the illusion of clouds in the background.
I like the fact that the bird is looking out of the frame, although I am sure that the avian experts would say something otherwise.
I like that I was able to find certain openings through that foliage, giving one area the look as if it were a setting sun, and also leaving a opening area for the bird.
I like that I was able to clear the mind of macro photography, to relax, to create something different than the norm, … to simply enjoy!

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Anhinga”

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Thanks for stopping by gang, … and, …
Best of “New Year” to you all!

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

December 29, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 15 Comments

High-Key Landscapes.

The following two images is a combination of intentionally overexposing the image, then taking the image into Photoshop for a touch levels/curves to brighten the scene and help to remove any existing gray in the background.

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“Adagio Series”

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My son and I went out for a day of shooting around the ponds at the Clemson Sandhill Research and Education Center located in the Columbia area of South Carolina.
It certainly was the cloudy day I had been looking for, … but a bit on the wicked side.
Light gray skies, quickly turning to a very dark gray, … back to light gray then to dark gray again with some wind and rain, … then a touch of sunlight and quickly back to dark gray.
It was enough to keep the photographic mind busy!
Because of the existing conditions, I decided to abandon the up close abstracts I was searching for and to concentrate on some small high-key landscapes in and around the pond.

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“Adagio Series”

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Maybe not everyone’s taste, … but I enjoy creating them.
Give it a try sometime!

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

December 22, 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 | , , , , , | 8 Comments

“Bubbles” Abstract – In Macro

My son was working on a project for school, … something to do with the effects on light, water, colors … etc.
He held the dish up to the window to take a look from below, when I got a glance of it.
Cool!
I grabbed a few shots from below and at a angle using the Canon 100mm macro and extension tubes, Canon 550EX flash, Gitzo Explorer tripod.
Then, … my son ran me off! : )

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“Bubbles” – Abstract

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Thanks for visiting everyone,
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

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December 16, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 13 Comments

“Japanese Maple” – Using The Orton Method

This is a older image created back in 06 of some Japanese Maple leaves.
I enjoy getting up under or within a clump of trees/shrubs and shooting outwards, capturing various compositions, and playing with the blurred backgrounds.
A ever so slight touch of the “Orton Method” was used with this image, giving it a overall softness that I liked.

© 2006 – Michael Brown
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“Japanese Maple”

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December 13, 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 | , , , , , | 5 Comments

“Orange Milkwort” Flowers – Using The Lensbaby

While looking through my old files, I believe this is one of the first images I ever created using the Lensbaby.
Its a simple matter of getting low to the ground, selecting the right aperture ring for the Lensbaby, and finding some compositions to work with.
Shooting through the existing foliage also is a big help!

© 2006 – Michael Brown
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“Orange Milkwort” – Flower

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I have also heard during the past couple of years, some of the negative comments about the Lensbaby.
The vast majority of that time, I learned that those comments often were coming from those individuals who never took the time to see just what it could do.

Just my mini rant for this evening!

Thanks for stopping by everyone,
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

December 11, 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 | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Hitler Rants About The Nikon D3X!

Nothing about macro this time, … but this is absolutely hilarious! : )

“Hitler Rants About The Nikon D3X”

December 8, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, nature, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | 7 Comments

Yellow Wildflowers, Low Perspective.

It’s still a bit tough trying to find something to write about, but I can always go through my files and maybe come up with something that I have yet to post which hopefully can give another individual some ideas that they can try out in the future.

The following image is nothing more than a yellow wildflower found out in the fields but using a very low perspective and shooting through the existing foliage that was right in front of the lens.

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“Yellow Wildflowers”

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Thanks for stopping by everyone,
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

December 1, 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 | , , , , , | 13 Comments

   

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