"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

Blue “Spiderwort” – Abstract

This is an abstract type of floral image created from a “spiderwort”.
Around here, it is sometimes known as a weed from hell.
Yes, it does have a beautiful blue flower that I truly enjoy viewing and especially up close, … but I just wished that it would grow elsewhere other than in our flower beds.
I also have heard over the years, a lot of the older generation to call this “snot grass”, or “snot weed”.
Reason being, … when you break or cut the main stem, … the thick liquid portion stored inside of the stem pretty much looks like, … well, ….. snot!
But the color of the flower is absolutely wonderful!

This was created using the Lensbaby along with the 10x & 4x diopter.
The flowers had a slight touch of moisture on the petals and were lit a bit more brightly than what I wanted them to be.
So, I used a polarizer along with the Lensbaby to cut down on the glare.
I still slightly overexposed the image.
Well, … at least it turned out to be something different! : )

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“Spiderwort” – Abstract

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Well, … back to some backbreaking work tomorrow.
Storms have removed our two largest shade trees in the front of our home during the past 4 years, and we had a whole bunch of shade loving plants that have been in full sun during these past few years.
So, … I have been tilling the soil and reworking the whole yard.
What a mess!

Hope everyone is getting along fine, and thanks for visiting!
Michael

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

May 17, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, botanical, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 4 Comments

“Dolce” Series In Macro.

“Dolce” – meaning “In a gentle and sweet manner.”
Soft; Sweet

I started late last year and have picked it up again this spring with the “Dolce” series, … a series of images mainly using the young leaves from Japanese Maple trees.
I enjoy shooting them at certain angles, early morning light, and using the Lensbaby.
It is the softness achieved for that somewhat abstract feel within that I like, and the wonderful ability to use the Lensbaby in combination with my now famous “Cram It” method.

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“Dolce” Series – #3

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I admit, … that I still get a kick from seeing other individuals use my “Cram It” method, a method that has been around for a long while now.
I see if often used around various photography forums, in Google searches, and they are really using it a lot over at “Nature Photographers Online Magazine” within their flora and macro forums.
All that I did was to bring out a old method used in photography, introduce it to those who may not have been aware of it, and then I gave it a name.

Hey, … I wonder if Billy Mays could take my “Cram It” method and somehow make me a go-zillionaire?
You never know! : )

Michael

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

May 4, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, botanical, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 14 Comments

“Free Wheeling” Photography.

“Ain’t got no breaks, ….. it’s free wheeling!”
Little Rascals, In “Free Wheeling” – Our Gang Comedy

And that is how I consider the direction of my photography to be right now.
It’s free wheeling, and I ain’t got no breaks. No maps needed neither.
I’m having a lot of fun with it as well.

I walked up onto a bridge and looked down.
I saw a scene, but started to enjoy a view that was entirely different.
I photographed the “not normal” view.
So, … what did I do here?
Why did I do it?
Ask yourself, ….. “can I do it?” Would you want to do it?
If not, ….. then why not?
All of us have been taught over the years and each day we still learn something new.
But with each day that comes, … one should try to teach as well.

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“Free Wheeling”

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#Edit:
I guess some may not know what in the heck I was talking about, … so, …
If you rotate this image counter-clockwise, this is how I viewed the image when it was first seen from the small bridge.
But something was drawing me to view it as a horizontal.
I framed it vertically on the tripod, then climbed up on the railing to make the final adjustments looking at it as a horizontal.
A polarizer was also used.
I guess my brain was on the wicked side that day!
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This world in which we live is so uptight right now, but it is not the way I choose to live.
I have to allow my mind to play, to explore.
It’s a never ending road that I like to follow, and I hope that my engine never runs out of gas.

On another thought, … there was an era when our youth and innocence went along hand in hand, when laughter from kids seemed to be more real than today.
The “Little Rascals” was a huge part of that era.
I’m sure that these clips are not shown today as much, since we now live in a highly PC world.
Here is the link to the video, “Free Wheeling”.
A highly recommended classic!!
The Little Rascals in “Free Wheeling” – Our Gang Comedy.

Take care everyone,
Michael

April 30, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, botanical, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 10 Comments

Frans Lanting: A lyrical view of life on Earth.

Without a doubt, … Frans Lanting is one of the greatest nature photographers of our time.
A touch over 18 minutes in length, this video shows Frans Lanting speaking and showing some of the incredible imagery he has created over the years.

March 3, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 3 Comments

“Adagio” Series – #21

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“Adagio” Series – #21

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February 13, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, botanical, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 11 Comments

“Adagio” Series – Black & Gold Version

I know that I have been a bit slack lately with some new “how to do it in macro” type posts, and hopefully I will come up with something soon, … after I catch up on a few other things.

A designer that I work with recently acquired some images from the “Adagio” Series for two floors within a large office building.
But, … the client wanted something different for the other two floors.
So, … I mentioned to the designer that if they really liked the overall style of the “Adagio” Series, would they consider staying with that style but in a different color? The client was puzzled at what I was talking about.
So, … a little time with Photoshop on a select number of images, … sent them to the designer, designer tests the waters and sends them to the client, … and “bingo”!
It suited their color scheme perfectly for the remaining two floors.
The following image is just one of those accepted by the client.

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“Adagio” Series
Black & Gold Version

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Always keep a open mind while out in the field, … and when sitting in front of that computer!
Getting creatively wild with your designers/consultants can sometimes work wonders for everyone involved in a project including the paying client!
And besides, ….. they look at so many photographer’s and painter’s work, … I know that they like seeing the sometimes quirky and/or wild side of the creatives that they work with. You never know what may develop.
After establishing a good working relationship with them, let them have a bit of fun sometimes with your work, … just like you should do!

In the end, … you just may turn out to be that consultant’s or designer’s “go to guy”!

Most of the “Adagio” Series, including some of the black and gold versions, will be uploaded to the archives in the next few days.
Newer images to follow.

Everyone take care,
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

February 5, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, botanical, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Photography – Mini Macro Landscapes – “Sporangia”

This is a repost from back in 2007.
It is nothing more than a reminder of things to come when the weather warms!

There is no doubt, that wonderous landscapes can also be found down near your feet!

The first image, I concentrated on these two “sporangia” spores, or moss, that were standing proudly among the mountains of white dogwood blooms that had fallen from the trees. It provided a wonderful play of colors and light!

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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“Sporangia Moss”

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With the second image, the lens was flat on the ground while the body of the camera itself was sitting down within a slight dip in the ground.
I wanted something a bit more abstract, and showing how the small stem areas of the sporangia moss could look like tall tree trunks in a landscape.

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“Sporangia Landscape”

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Both images were created with the Canon 100mm macro, teleconverter, cable release, and natural light.
Camera was flat on the ground for both images.

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

February 2, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 17 Comments

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