"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

I’ve Been Tagged! Oh well, ….. here’s the tale!

I got tagged by Bonnie, … and that Paul guy started it!
Now I am suppose to tell you 8 things about me that you did not know.
So, since I have a day or two to goof off before getting back to work, … here we go.

1. I never really liked Elvis a whole lot, never did like the Bee Gees, never did like the Supremes, and absolutely hate “beach music!”

2. I do not trust a man who can not cry!

3. I would choose life on a small island all alone with plenty of food and good health long before I would take a place in the big city with all the money in the world!

4. I am a Carolina Gamecock fan, … so, … everybody else sucks! (okay, you can write me now!) LoL!

5. I will not eat anything that is still moving.

6. If I had a couple of wishes, one would be to go back in time, and beat the hell out of the person or persons who invented the neck tie!

7. If you ever mess with my family, …..

8. If you ever mess with my dog or my pickup truck, ….. you’re dead!

And one more:

9. I have a direct line with God who is always there when I need to talk, and the great thing is this, ….. he is “never” outsourced!!

Edit: One that I should have put in there.
“I have never been to a Starbucks”. (And never have any intentions of doing so neither!!)

© 2007 – Michael Brown
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“Halloween Pennant” – Dragonfly
“In Their World” – Series

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Everyone take good care of yourselves, and thanks for visiting!
Mike

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Using The “Orton” Method For Artistic Blending

© 2004 – Michael Brown
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magbridge1blog.jpgIf you want a bit of fun, a chance to perk up some of those photos and to simply try something different, try this method here for a touch of that “painterly” look. It gives some of the photos you may work on a touch of softness, rich colors in some areas, and maybe something that you have been looking for to add to your bag of tricks.
I have found that this method works extremely well with landscapes, and I have also been experimenting using this method with some of the macro type shots that I have on hand.

The images you see here were created with a digital camera, and worked with in Photoshop CS using the “Orton” method.
Simple and easy to do.

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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241_4116c1blog.jpg*Open up Photoshop and select a image you would like to use.
*Then, go to “Image”, then down to “Duplicate”.
*Now delete your original so you will not make any mistakes with your original photo.
*Go to “Image”, then click on “Apply Image”.
*The “Apply Image” box will appear.
*Set the blending to “Screen”, and your opacity to 100%. Click Okay button.
*Go again to “Image”, down to “Duplicate”.
*With the image you have just duplicated, go to “Filter”, down to “Blur-Gaussian Blur”.
*Set the blur anywhere from 20 to 50. Click okay button.
*Using your “move tool”, grab the blurred image and drag it on top of your first image and placing it evenly on top. (the image with details)
*Open your “layers” box by going to “Windows”, down to “Layers”.
*In that layers box, set the blending mode from “normal” to “multiply”.
*You can now make some adjustments with levels/curves/sharpening/etc. while switching back and forth between your background layer and your other layer.
*When happy with what you see, flatten your image by going to “Layer”, then down to “Flatten”.
*Then, ……… save your masterpiece!

© 2004 – Michael Brown
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162_6294bcopy13nsnp1.jpgAdmittedly, some images do work better than others. You just have to experiment.With landscapes, it does seem to be easier to do while using this method.
With any type of macros, and having a smooth/clean background, you can see a type of blurred halo around your subject. Less noticeable halos occurr when the background has more details.

It is something that is fun to do, and thought I would share it with you guys.
Back to work for me, … so everyone take good care of yourselves!!

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“Cram It” Photography Using A Phlox Flower

This is about a favorite technique used when I am out shooting, and especially for floral type abstracts.

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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“Phlox Bloom”

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If anyone is familiar with the “phlox” flower, you know that almost all of them will send up long stems or stalks, and at the end will be a large head filled with buds. Maybe 100 or so buds can be found. I like to find a large grouping that has about half of the blooms already opened, and the other half maybe a few days from opening. Shooting with the lens setting at wide open, this can easily give me a solid wall of color in the background while selectively focusing in on another section of buds, or already opened flowers.
Now, ….. for the fun part!
Just cram your lens in that large head of flowers & buds with the lens setting at wide open. Do it “while looking through the camera/lens”, and you will suddenly find yourself traveling through a maze of wonderful abstract compositions with varying light and shadows. Some of those visions will be detailed, some a total blur, with some of those visions becoming a mixture of both. Do not let something directly in front of your lens bother you. You will be shooting wide open, … so you will virtually be looking right through whatever is in front of your lens anyway, as it becomes a totally thin blur.
Just make it a point of giving this a shot. The world of macro is not meant for “details” alone, … like some think!
So, …… cram it!

The above image was taken using the Canon 100mm macro lens and extension tube, 1 white reflector to the right side, tripod, plamp.
1/60 sec. @ f2.8
ISO 100

So, do something a bit different this year, and make sure you have fun while doing it too!

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January 1, 2006 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, Blogroll, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 3 Comments

   

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