"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!

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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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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Thanks for stopping by gang, … and, …
Best of “New Year” to you all!

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

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