"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

The “Adagio” Series

This is a few more images from the “Adagio” series, created around some of the ponds near where I live.
I am now working on a similar series with rocks that line certain rivers, streams, lakes, and certain areas around the coastal regions of South Carolina.
My personal opinion is that these types of images literally speaks to the mind when viewed much larger.
Not macro, … but certainly a lot of fun and something that keeps the juices flowing!

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“Adagio” Series – #43

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“Adagio” Series – #42

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“Adagio” Series – #41

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

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

January 27, 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, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 10 Comments

“Tsunami” – Painting

Someday I may start painting again!
This is one created back in 06.
I also got to play around today with some of the new tablets that are out on the market now.
Very cool!

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“Tsunami”

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January 23, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, 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 | , , , , , | 16 Comments

“La Presa” – Ancient Landscapes Series / Brazil Agate Rock

This is another image created from a cut slab of Brazil Agate rock.
I like the barren landscape feel and the look of a approaching storm.
This rock had a ever so slight hint of cyan/blue within, so I removed that color in Photoshop.

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“La Presa”
Ancient Landscapes – Series

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January 14, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonfly, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, gems, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, lapidary, life, macro, Macro Photographer, minerals, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, rock hound, rocks, slabs | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Stephen Alvarez Video – “Earth From Below”

Now check out this photographer’s day at the office!
I wonder what type of macro world exists in this magnificent and incredibly huge cave?
Man, ….. I would love to find out!

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“Macro Art In Nature”

January 10, 2009 Posted by | botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, gems, hiking, landscapes, lapidary, life, macro, Macro Photographer, minerals, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, rock hound, rocks, slabs, Video | , , , , , | 11 Comments

The Perfect Season For Training Your Mind. Compositions In Nature.

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“Adagio Series” – #1

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In my opinion, there is not a better season to learn or to practice your composition skills in nature photography than in the fall-winter seasons.
Often you will find yourself trying to clear all of that daily clutter from your mind so you can concentrate on certain goals that you have in nature photography, so why not make the big push to concentrate on your compositional skills by shooting when there is less clutter in nature!
Hey, … there is not that many if any leaves left on the trees and shrubs.
Less clutter!
Now, … anytime of course is a good time to practice or to perfect your composition skills, but try it while we are still in a season when certain subjects seem so clean or somewhat unblemished.

With the first image above, if this narrow row of grasses was shot during the late spring or summer months, the grasses would have been more full, showing a lot more green and more thicker, leafy areas. It probably would have looked like a solid wall of green and other colors.
By shooting this in the late fall to early winter months, that row of grass along the edge of the pond looks much thinner, more distinct in nature.
I may or may not have seen this particular composition in the summer months because of the clutter or thickness of the row of grass. But, in the fall/winter period, my mind was able to see it much differently, thus allowing me to see a composition that I liked.

Now with this next image, … it is a simple example of a area with less clutter because of the season.
If it were taken during late spring or into the summer season, it would have been full of foliage and not as easy to work with or to find those intriguing compositions.
It mostly shows various lines that nature has given me, with some mixture of vertical/horizontal/diagonal lines mixed with a bit of color.
Playing within a area such as the image below allows the mind to play freely, to see how lines react within the frame using various depths of field, to see how well certain lines work when entering or exiting the frame and where, to experiment with different lenses and lighting, to selectively choose which areas should contain the most detail if any, to study the various tones within the darkest stems, … and more.
Much of this can’t be done or done as well when there is nothing but a big batch of foliage to contend with.
When one finds a area such as this, … study it. Take your time.
When finished, … it becomes time to move in even closer, to explore, … maybe for some abstracts.

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“Adagio Series” – #4

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Moving in closer allows you to play even further, with a whole different area to cover.
I like to do this while using the Canon 100mm macro and 2x teleconverter, or my favorite, … using one of the Canon zooms, such as the Canon 100-400mm lens.
Using the zoom allows me the comfort of staying where I am and moving in closer instead of moving the tripod and myself in closer. Many times I can’t move myself in closer even if I wanted to.
Also, probably my favorite way of shooting, is to position myself right in the middle of a batch of grass or shrubbery, and shoot outwards.
During the fall-winter season, getting into the middle of a batch of grass or shrubbery is a little more comforting, … because there are less critters involved!

So, why not start now?
Getting out is good for you, and nature always has something to offer!

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“Adagio Series” – #11

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The “Adagio Series” is a series of images that are usually taken around a pond or lake, deliberately overexposed on very foggy days.

Hope that this bit of info gives some of you some ideas.
Thanks for visiting everyone,
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

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January 8, 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, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Wild Rose Abstract – Rosa acicularis

When one speaks of another as “having a great eye” in their photography, should it not be said “having a great mind” instead?
After all, … the eyes are nothing more than a tool or a extension of the mind, ….. right?

Maybe it has been discussed before and I am already thinking way to much in this new year of ours! : )

The image below is a small grouping of wild rose leaves, … “Rosa acicularis”.
It is a simple composition, and by backing off on the focus it then gave the overall feel that I was looking for.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Wild Rose” Abstract – Rosa acicularis

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Hope that everyone had a wonderful time welcoming in the New Year, … and thanks for stopping by!
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

January 5, 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 | , , , , , | 7 Comments

“Clearing The Mind Of Macro Photography”

The existing weather conditions gave me one of the most awesome days for shooting macro that I have had in some years.
I arrived early at the Clemson Sandhill Research & Education Center in a complete fog, stunned at the silence and the beauty of that morning.
But soon, … I found out that my mind simply was not prepared for a day of macro photography.

I had planned for a day of experimenting with a few ideas I had floating around in my head, but it seemed that I was doing nothing more than pointing and shooting, which is not how I usually work.
I usually do not take a shot unless I think that it is something I can keep for my files.
On this day, … I took 186 images which is a lot for me, … but nothing seemed to be coming to me.
I decided to stop, … to stop trying for anything in macro, … to stop thinking.
It was time to clear the mind, which I believe is something that everyone should do at some point in time.

On my way back to the car, I noticed the fog that had rolled out and over the pond, surrounding a point that went out into the pond.
It was a image that I had envisioned at this pond for a number of years, and … there it was. Cool!

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“unnamed”

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So, … on this day, I took 186 images but only kept the 1 image of the foggy point out in the pond. No macro was created on this day.
I put the gear back into the car, grabbed my bottle of Mountain Dew and a pack of cheese crackers, walked back down to the pond, sat on a stump, and simply enjoyed the many gifts on this day.
I was clearing the mind.

The following day, I woke up with hopes of having the same kind of weather conditions as the day before.
I looked out the window, and already there were blue skies. Damn!
As I went about the day doing some things around the house, it started to get a bit dark and cloudy outside. A slight drizzle of rain soon moved in.
I checked the weather channel and it looked like it might be a good time to go back out to the research center.
I arrived at the ponds late in the day, and my mind was still clear of macro.
I decided to relax, … and simply let those scenes and the images to happen.

I noticed a “anhinga” (anhinga leucogaster) perched atop a old dock out in the water.
I placed the camera on the tripod, looked through the viewfinder while trying to find some pleasing compositions, and quickly noticing the somewhat lifeless looking sky in the background.
So, using that old technique of “cramming” or shooting through existing foliage, … it gave the background (actually the foreground) a bit more substance.
I like the silhouette. I like the illusion of clouds in the background.
I like the fact that the bird is looking out of the frame, although I am sure that the avian experts would say something otherwise.
I like that I was able to find certain openings through that foliage, giving one area the look as if it were a setting sun, and also leaving a opening area for the bird.
I like that I was able to clear the mind of macro photography, to relax, to create something different than the norm, … to simply enjoy!

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Anhinga”

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Thanks for stopping by gang, … and, …
Best of “New Year” to you all!

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

December 29, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 15 Comments

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