"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“In Their World” Series – Macro Silhouettes

I decided to take a break from some of the back breaking landscaping being done here at home yesterday, and to grab the camera gear and head out to the ponds late in the evening.
The lighting was wonderful for some macro type silhouettes!

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“In Their World” – Series
Robberfly Silhouette


There were numerous compositions to be found along side the ponds with the hazy late evening sun showing in the waters, presenting silhouettes in the grassy areas and the occasional insect gazing about and into the world in which they live.

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“In Their World” – Series
Dragonfly Silhouette


Using the 100-400mm lens gave me plenty of room to play from the shoreline.
The trick in most cases was to find a appealing composition and to create the right kind of depth so that the detail of the main subject (the insect) would not blend together with its surroundings. To let the drop off of depth to start right behind the insect, … to fall off into a blur.
Only a very slight curves/contrast adjustment was used in both images.

Hope that everyone has been doing well, and that your creativity is always in high gear!

Thanks for visiting everyone,

Michael Brown – Photographer
“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

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  1. how refreshing, thank you so much, I am reminded to pick up my camara

    Comment by cindy hammond | June 15, 2009 | Reply

  2. Great stuff as usual Mike. Thanks for your recent kind words and comments on my flora posts over at NPN. You continue to be an inspiration to me!


    Comment by Nathan | June 16, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hello Michael,
    wonderful blog…
    your images are absolutely amazing!

    Comment by Silke Magino | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. Very nice Michael,you nailed these they have an almost metallic feel to them, well done !!

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. I especially like the second (dragonfly) and the metallic feeling of the piece. Great use of the whole frame and placement of the insect against the highlight.

    Comment by Paul Grecian | June 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. Amazing! I like the first. Beautiful composition and tones.

    Comment by Pernilla | June 18, 2009 | Reply

  7. Thanks everyone,

    Comment by macroartinnature | June 20, 2009 | Reply

  8. F A B U L O U S !!!

    These are so wonderful. I am envious.

    Comment by Laurie | June 21, 2009 | Reply

  9. Beautiful!

    Comment by lynnwiles | June 22, 2009 | Reply

  10. As always great stuff Michael. Really like the simplicity of the fly on the blade of grass.

    Comment by Dan Creighton | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  11. I am really liking these darker images of yours Michael. Good stuff.

    Comment by Mark | June 27, 2009 | Reply

  12. […] There is much to be said about “dark” macro photography, or those close ups of various subjects with strong and dark silhouette type areas along with a slight blast of highlights. I love these types of images, and is another area of creativity in macro photography that I am enjoying even more this season. Such as these recent posts; “Late Evening Lily Pads” “In Their World” Series – Silhouettes […]

    Pingback by “Dark” Macro Photography. « “Macro Art In Nature” | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  13. Hello,

    Really excellent use of composition and exposure techniques. I know how hard it is to get DOF and overall metering to “sync” in low light without generating artifacts from the sensor or total light input. You appear to have balanced these factors beautifully.

    Comment by Stewart Engelman DNI Services | August 1, 2009 | Reply

  14. Dragonflies are particularly difficult to photograph interestingly and these done in silhouette are just lovely! Stumble upon your site and I like what I see! Great work! Tracy

    Comment by milkayphoto | January 7, 2010 | Reply

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