"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Adagio” Series – #55

Yet another image from my “Adagio” Series.

I was starting to get myself into a touch of depression as the fall and winter seasons moved into spring, and the reason being that I had thoroughly enjoyed creating these high-key type of images showing spent foliage and stems/twigs along the edges of the ponds and lakes that I had frequented.
It was fun, … it was fairly easy to do, … and it had opened up some thoughts on other types of imagery that I could create along the way.
But then I started to think that when the edges of those ponds and lakes would start to fill up with green foliage from the various plants growing there, … that it would be difficult to continue this series until the next fall and winter seasons came around.
Then I started thinking, … why not a “Adagio Green” series?
A high-key series with green instead of a high-key series with brown and black.

Ahhhhhh, ….. the mind is at work again, … so stay tuned! : )

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“Adagio” Series – #55

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Everyone take care,
Michael

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

May 18, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, nature, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 8 Comments

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

Blue Lobelia

I am always in search of flowers that have character, … a certain look, … a certain style that I enjoy working with when creating.
The blue lobelia flower, “Lobelia erinus”, offers up an array of compositions and playful depth when photographed in a large mass.
A large mass of colorful blues mixed in with green and late evening light gave me about a hours worth of play time the other day.
The following images are a bit different than the everyday head on shots that you normally see of these little blue beauties.
So, … give them a try sometime!

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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© 2009 – Michael Brown
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© 2009 – Michael Brown
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Hopefully one day I will have something to say and to write about like I use to.
The creative side in my photography is just fine, … but the creative side with my fingers and the keyboard is seriously lacking here lately. Just not much to say at all.
I think that my wife will soon try to commit me! : )

Everyone take care, and thanks for stopping by!
Michael

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

May 13, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, nature, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 14 Comments

“Dolce” Series – #1

This is another image from the “Dolce” Series, which is a series of images created from shooting deep within the young foliage of a Japanese Red Maple tree.
These are usually created with a macro lens, maybe a zoom lens at times, and this particular image was created using the Lensbaby.
Time of day and lighting are critical elements needed for this type of shot along with a good/strong composition.
Composition is key!

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“Dolce” Series – #1

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Thanks for stopping by everyone!
Michael

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

May 7, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, nature, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 3 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

Taking A Deep Break From Photography!

Yep, …… a deep break & breath is needed!
Yesterday while checking some of my files dating back to the year 2000, I discovered that I have created more images in the past 5 weeks than I have in the past 2 years.
Yes, I am busy. Creating new types of imagery, creating imagery for certain series I have been working on for quite a while, and writing a awful lot.
So, … I am taking a break.
Besides, ………. the grass needs cutting! : )

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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“Adagio” Series – #22

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During the past 5 weeks, while having some time out on the road, I have whipped out the laptop and worked on a website, a website that I will use for about a year or so while working on another site that is a bit more my style.
I have fixed something up over at Photium for the time being, and discontinued my archives at Photoshelter.
New Website: “Macro Art In Nature”
It will do for now!
Photoshelter was nice, and particularly for stock imagery.
But, for what I do, I determined that their little quirks that I did not like were pretty much the same as Photium, and I still could deliver files to clients like I have done in the past.
So, … for certain reasons, … I moved!

There are some things that I will be working on at this new site that you can visit now, such as the “Contact, Info, Client” pages.
Prints page soon will be in place.
All new work will be uploaded at this site as it is created, … so stay tuned.

Oh well, … let me run and answer some overdue email and get back out in the yard.
I have a couple of days to work around the house before heading to Summerville, Magnolia Gardens and Plantation, and the Audubon Swamp Gardens at the end of the week for a 3 day shoot, … so I’m outta here gang!

Hope that everyone is getting along well!
Michael

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

March 30, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, canon, composition, designer, Digital, DSLR, fauna, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, nature, outdoors, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 17 Comments

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