"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

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.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Adagio Series”


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.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.
“Adagio Series”


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

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

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  1. I like the first photo here, the second one seems a bit too “crowded”. Thanks for sharing the technique, maybe I’ll try it one day. And maybe I’ll start to like overcast sky…

    Comment by Joanna | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. These are so beautiful. They are gentle and soothing and elegant.

    Comment by Laurie | December 22, 2008 | Reply

  3. I also like the top image, but believe the bottom image would be wonderful cropped up from the bottom (more of a pano). Your point though that one needs to keep the photographer’s mind at work is very true.

    Comment by Paul Grecian | December 23, 2008 | Reply

  4. Thanks gang, ….. and “whoops”!

    I just noticed that the information I gave on how I accomplished these photos has now vanished.
    Don’t know what happened there, but I will see if I can retrieve the original content.


    Comment by macroartinnature | December 23, 2008 | Reply

  5. I like your “creations”…it gives a focused importance on your “subjects”. As a pond owner, I feel both representations are accurate… just a few plants here..and perhaps over there a mini jungle going on. I’d like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas!

    Comment by spookydragonfly | December 23, 2008 | Reply

  6. Splendid work Michael, wishing you all a very merry Christmas :)

    Comment by Chris | December 25, 2008 | Reply

  7. End of the year thank you, Michael, for sharing and instructing us through your gifted eye. Heartfelt wishes for a beautiful and peaceful New Year.

    Comment by joey | December 26, 2008 | Reply

  8. I really like both images, the first for its starkness and the second for the crowded aspect. Both are very soothing because of the overcast day. I think that this might be my first time on your site. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by poietes | December 29, 2008 | Reply

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