"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

True Saturated Colors In Macro.

Yes, I will admit that I am fond of shocking a viewer.
I like to shock a viewer who believes, … “that can’t be real”.
The viewer who thinks, … “man, you must have jacked up the saturation in that shot!”
But there are many who are not that familiar with certain flowers and their characteristics in nature or in a garden setting.
There are those who do not understand the makings of certain flowers.
How much moisture they hold within their petals, the diamond dusting on certain petals, how certain flowers will absorb light, etc., … and the effects that those characteristics have when recorded on film or recorded digitally.

Now if you look at the following image, a daylily (hemerocallis) abstract, most will think that indeed the saturation was boosted up.
The colors and saturation as you see it here are just as they were recorded.
This shot was recorded with two small reflectors on each side of the flower, and natural early morning light coming from behind the flower, giving the yellow throat area that bright neon type of glow.
The daylily flower and its petals, are full of moisture. This is what gives it such rich and saturated colors depending on how the light is.
There are other flowers that has lots of moisture within the petals as well, … some with a bit less, … and then there are those with not much moisture at all.

So, before thinking that maybe a particular image was given a huge boost in saturation, that this flower is made that way, … and that just maybe it’s the way it is seen in the world of macro photography and with the right kind of lighting involved.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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Red Daylily – Abstract


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

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  1. Like flowing water with grand October reflections. Again a classic “Macro Art In Nature” image.

    Comment by Dan Creighton | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hello! Having just enrolled in my first photography class, I have a new appriciation for these awesome photos! I love your work and will be back to see whats new!!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by mulberrycreekcrafts | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  3. Hi,
    Wonderful blog and great pictures.
    I just created my first blog as a trail to something a little better.
    If you have time could you take a pick and drop me a suggestion/advice note?
    Thank you in advance.

    Comment by Many | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  4. The colors look very natural to me … wonderful capture and great flowing curve.

    Comment by MoniqueSamui | June 23, 2009 | Reply

  5. I’ve been following your blog for many months Michael & I truly appreciate your work as being highly artistic with amazing colors…excellent work! I also enjoy doing macro flower work…have a great day.

    Comment by Darlene | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  6. I love the deep rich tones of the daylilly. The ones growing on my property are very vibrant orange with just a little red within them. This is stunning.

    Comment by Laurie | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  7. Spectacular! Very rich and sensuous feeling.

    Comment by Roberta | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  8. Beautiful.

    Comment by Cindy | June 24, 2009 | Reply

  9. Beatiful capture. The colours are fantastic.

    Comment by pernilla | June 25, 2009 | Reply

  10. What a beautiful and flowing composition. You have the eye, my friend!

    Comment by Bob Towery | June 26, 2009 | Reply

  11. Michael – your remarks hit home. I think one of the great joys of photography is discovering the real beauty in nature is not always appreciated by a casual glance. Colors are often more impressive when an image concentrates our attention on them or the artist combines them with others in a scene.

    Comment by Paul Grecian | June 27, 2009 | Reply

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