"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

“Macro Art In Nature”

July 29, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, Blogroll, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonfly, 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 | 9 Comments

“Banded Pennant” Dragonfly – “In Their World” Series.

This is a image of a “Banded Pennant” dragonfly, taken at the Clemson Sandhills Research Center this past weekend.
It will be included in my “In Their World” series of images that I am collecting/working on.
The left wing is in a way, cutting across the head, but I do feel that there is enough going on within the image itself that overpowers that one minor hitch.
I simply like the overall feel to this piece, … to look at a dragonfly, admiring him while he studies his world that surrounds him.
Without the spent lotus petal in the background pond water, I believe the overall feeling that I have for this piece would have been lost.

© 2007 – Michael Brown
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“Banded Pennant” Dragonfly

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Thanks for looking everyone!

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

June 19, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, odonata, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 12 Comments

“Dragonfly” – A Minimalistic View In Nature Photography.

Many times, I simply like to pull back and not worrying about getting close, … to show the main subject in the world in which it lives.
This shot is a even more minimalistic view than what I normally will get, as most of the time I would prefer to get at least a hint of detail or patterns in the background. This image contains virtually no background details.

“Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly”
Minimalistic View
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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Canon 75-300mm lens
1/200 sec. @ f5.6
ISO 100

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

May 7, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, odonata, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Exploring Your Nature Photography With Digital Painting!

Painting in the system many times will help me to relax, to think, to explore those thoughts of what could be.
I can use the Wacom tablet, kick back and relax while playing with a existing image on the screen, drink a Corona, … and simply to find myself entering another world.
It even helps me with my photography while out in the field!

The first rendering is of a dragonfly that I photographed from a perch that I placed on the back porch/patio of the house.
Under that, you can see the original.
Wacom tablet, Photoshop CS, Painter, Studio Artist 3.0.

“Blue Dasher” Dragonfly – Rendering
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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“Blue Dasher” Dragonfly
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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The image below is another rendering created from a photograph, using the Wacom tablet, Photoshop CS, Painter, and Studio Artist 3.0.

“Flower” – Rendering
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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I always encourage everyone to play while out in the field, to experiment, to have some fun.
But there are many times where simply sitting in front of the computer and playing around can benefit you as well.

Thanks gang for looking!
Mike

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

May 2, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, odonata, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly & Lotus Flower. “In Their World” Series.

Not much to write about today, … because I can’t seem to wake myself up!
Created this shot at the “Clemson Sandhills Research & Education Center” in the Columbia area of South Carolina.

Slaty Skimmer Dragonfly & Lotus Flower
“In Their World” Series
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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Thanks for looking everyone!

April 27, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonfly, 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 | , , , , , | 14 Comments

Michael Brown, Inventor Of The “Cram It” Method In Photography.

I can’t help but to get a good laugh out of all this!

I was looking at my WordPress stats the other week, and noticed quite a few hits coming from a forum over in France.
Not a large forum, as it looked like it might have been a forum for a camera club.
I noticed the link to “Macro Art In Nature”, so my curiosity got the best of me as I went to my translator to translate for me what was being said.
The whole thread was about the “Cram It” method, a technique that Michael Brown had created to create the images that can be found on his site.
Another forum that I have seen recently also had a long thread about the cram it method, a method that Michael Brown came up with.
And just yesterday, I came across another small forum where a guy asks in a thread, “Will someone kindly point me to the information on Michael Brown’s “cram it” method?” “I want to give this a try.”
Then in the same thread, someone else asked, … “I have seen the results and really like it.” “When will he start shipping out the software?”

I admit, … I get a bit tickled over this and usually start laughing!
I did not create this method, a method that has been around for ages now.
It may have been lost in the mix for awhile, when everyone in nature photography seemed to be focusing in on “details, details, details”, while seemingly ignoring anything that involved soft or soft focus images.

So again, ….. “I did not create this method!”
I may be known for giving it a name, and for all that I know, it just may already have a name that I don’t know about.
So “Michael Brown” gave it “this name”. I’ll be happy with that!

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

April 13, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hemerocallis, horticulture, insects, landscapes, lapidary, life, macro, Macro Photographer, minerals, nature, Nature Photographer, odonata, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, rock hound, rocks, slabs, Wildlife | , , , , , | 23 Comments

Mark Graf’s Post – “I Wanted It Small In The Frame!”

Mark Graf recently wrote something in his blog journal which I whole heartedly agree with, and something that I will often try to do myself.
In the world of macro, you do not always have to fill the frame to make your subject interesting.
Read Mark’s post, “I Wanted It Small In The Frame!”
His images are some of the best that you will find, … anywhere!
And tell him that ol’ Mikey sent you!! :)

© 2005 – Michael Brown
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“Halloween Pennant” Dragonfly – (Celithemis eponina)

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Thanks for looking gang!

April 9, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonfly, 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 | 7 Comments

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