"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Dark” Macro Photography.

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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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

I call it “dark” macro photography, since lately most of my work has been these soft focus pastels or distinct high-key images.
With these “dark” macros, or close ups, … one can take their photography in a different direction when the need arises.
If gives one a chance to see if they can offer up their subject in a pleasing manner, … a manner that they have not delved in that much.
For me, … it is calming!
I need to go and pass out right now.
My son and I spent a day at Pawleys Island yesterday for some shooting during the day and a good bit at night.
We were up for nearly 26 hours believe it or not, … and man, … do I ever have some processing and editing to do.
But wow, … is my brain ever in a fog.
There was a time where I could go long hours like this and not miss a beat.
Now, … I don’t think I should try that again.
26 hours with no sleep is absolutely killer for me!!
My pillow is now calling!

Take care everyone, and thanks for stopping by.

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

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  1. I like the idea with silhouettes and I plan to practice it a bit. Your posts are really inspiring, thanks for them.

    Comment by Tomas Turecek | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  2. Please, feel free to visit my photo blog Close Nature: http://closenature.wordpress.com/

    Comment by Tomas Turecek | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  3. My idea of a dark macro is a little different from yours but I love your idea.

    Comment by burstmode | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  4. Interesting techniques as always. Kudos for even attempting a 26 hour day! Must have been some inspiring shooting to keep at it that long.

    Comment by Roberta | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thanks everyone!

    Roberta, … all those hours spent shooting certainly was inspiring, until we hiked to a remote region with a inland pond with tons of birds and many many gators.
    It was those “man eating” skeeters and ungodly humidity that ruined those few hours of shooting! :)


    Comment by macroartinnature | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  6. Thanks for the visit to my blog and the compliment. I love this macro silhouette. The soft focus and lighting is perfect.

    Comment by camiller64 | July 9, 2009 | Reply

  7. Don’t underestimate the power of the dark side!

    26 hours? Time for an assistant! :-)

    Comment by Mark | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  8. I like the effect, cool image

    Comment by severnyproductions | July 10, 2009 | Reply

  9. Love the concept, Michael. But I’m not really sold on this particular execution. I think my problem stems from the background. I loved you lily pad image and the robber fly image off to the side also looks fabulous. Like I said, it is not the concept so it must just be my perception of this particular execution. Just my two cents.

    Comment by edvatza | July 12, 2009 | Reply

  10. Michael,
    Didn’t you have some videos up yesterday for a short period of time?

    Comment by lynnwiles | July 15, 2009 | Reply

  11. Hi Lynn,
    … sent you a e-mail.


    Comment by macroartinnature | July 17, 2009 | Reply

  12. Another top notch shot and very creative too 10/10

    Comment by Philip | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  13. Hi Michael, I replied days ago. Did you not get it?

    Comment by lynnwiles | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  14. Yeah, … I got it.
    Seems like messages are in some kind of delay mode for some reason.
    Thats never happened before that I can recall.


    Comment by macroartinnature | July 19, 2009 | Reply

  15. Lovely effect. I’ve been on a trend of doing backlit compositions, macro and otherwise, over the last few weeks. It is fun and challenging to get the balance such that it is not throwing everything this side of the light into complete silhouette. Maybe I will get around to posting some over the next few weeks. This has the right balance and is wonderful.

    Comment by Laurie | July 22, 2009 | Reply

  16. Great shot Michael I shot one similar to this in the Smoky Mountains of a Turk’s Cap Lily, I will let you know when I get it processed and posted.

    At least it reminds me a lot of this ;)

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | July 28, 2009 | Reply

  17. I get mixed feelings about this “dark” macro photography..
    On one hand I like the composition, the subject… but those dark color drag me down..
    It’s good, it’s a different emotion, but it’s not what I want to be feeling.. :)

    Comment by Natalie | July 29, 2009 | Reply

  18. Superbe photo et j’aime beaucoup l’ensemble des photos du site!

    Beautifull picture. And I like all the site (Sorry, my english is not very good…)

    Comment by cathy B | August 31, 2009 | Reply

  19. I really like the silhouettes in this Michael. It always amazes me the angles that you get. Makes me feel like I need a chiropractor.

    Comment by Richard Wong | October 4, 2009 | Reply

  20. These dark images are a strong complement to the bright pastels you do. The lily pad one is excellent. I like this one as well, though I wonder about the brightness of the central specular – burning that area might balance better.

    Inspiring images as always!

    Comment by tomwhelan | December 5, 2009 | Reply

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