"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

When It Rains, ….. *** (UPDATE)

*** The police found the car about 3 miles from our home around 3:00pm today.
It was a bit dirty, a full tank of gas was gone, smelled of pot inside, a man’s shirt left inside, the license tag had been replaced with a dealer’s tag, and a small kids school backpack left in the back. No damage, and the police say that they know who it is. Now, … just finding him!

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As that saying goes, “When It Rains, … It Pours”.

Yesterday morning, I go outside to crank mine and my wife’s car up to let them warm up a bit in this cold weather we have been having.
I come back inside, grab some things to get ready to leave, and in less than 5 minutes time, my wife’s new SUV is gone.
DAMN!
Yep, … somebody stole it right from our driveway, right from under our nose!

If anyone out there who has been having some good luck, and has some left over, … could you please send me some?
You can FedEx it if you like, and I will gladly pay for it too!

Seriously though, … seems like I couldn’t buy any breaks if I had all the money in the world.
From my truck getting totaled by a drunk driver 2 years ago, the hot water heater causing a huge mess, a hiking/shooting trip in Georgia that resulted in me getting a couple of teeth knocked out, a lawn mower that blew up, the loss of huge trees on our property from two different storms, a sink hole on our property, ….. I truly can’t catch a break.

Hopefully I will post something again one day. Maybe something that will inspire both you, ….. and me! God knows I need some quick inspiration.
Right now, it is pretty tough to write anything at all, … other than a bunch of curse words! :)

Hope that everyone had a great New Year, and that 2010 will be the best ever.
I’ll come around one of these days, ….. and soon!

Michael

January 13, 2010 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, gems, hemerocallis, hiking, 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 | , , , , , | 13 Comments

True Saturated Colors In Macro.

Yes, I will admit that I am fond of shocking a viewer.
I like to shock a viewer who believes, … “that can’t be real”.
The viewer who thinks, … “man, you must have jacked up the saturation in that shot!”
But there are many who are not that familiar with certain flowers and their characteristics in nature or in a garden setting.
There are those who do not understand the makings of certain flowers.
How much moisture they hold within their petals, the diamond dusting on certain petals, how certain flowers will absorb light, etc., … and the effects that those characteristics have when recorded on film or recorded digitally.

Now if you look at the following image, a daylily (hemerocallis) abstract, most will think that indeed the saturation was boosted up.
The colors and saturation as you see it here are just as they were recorded.
This shot was recorded with two small reflectors on each side of the flower, and natural early morning light coming from behind the flower, giving the yellow throat area that bright neon type of glow.
The daylily flower and its petals, are full of moisture. This is what gives it such rich and saturated colors depending on how the light is.
There are other flowers that has lots of moisture within the petals as well, … some with a bit less, … and then there are those with not much moisture at all.

So, before thinking that maybe a particular image was given a huge boost in saturation, that this flower is made that way, … and that just maybe it’s the way it is seen in the world of macro photography and with the right kind of lighting involved.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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Red Daylily – Abstract

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Thanks for stopping by everyone,
Michael

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

June 23, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, designer, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hemerocallis, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Daylily Abstract – “Silent Whispers” Series

This is a image that was recently added to my “Silent Whispers” Series, a series of images that is slowly coming along, … a series that I am picky about.

This was taken out in my garden among the dozens of daylilies of various sizes, shapes, and colors.
I had plenty of time to plan things out, surrounding this particular daylily with 3 white reflectors and using the Lensbaby.
Using the Lensbaby and a version of the old “Cram It” method works well with floral abstracts.
Fun, … and easy to do!

© 2009 – Michael Brown
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Daylily – “hemerocallis”
“Silent Whispers” Series

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Everyone take care, and thanks for stopping by.
Michael

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

June 20, 2009 Posted by | abstract, art, art buyer, art consultant, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, designer, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hemerocallis, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 7 Comments

“The Watcher”

My youngest son and I had decided the day before to get up early and head out to the Congaree Swamp National Park.
The weather forecast called for cloudy weather, which was perfect for what I had in mind.
But, … not a cloud in the sky from the moment we got up and on to sundown.
A “blue sky” day for sure!

We headed for a area where I new there would be plenty of shade, shade produced by the largest remnants of old-growth floodplain forest remaining on the continent. State and national tree records are held in this national park!
Before leaving the boardwalk and getting onto the backwoods trail where I wanted to photograph some reflections of fall colors in the tea colored waters, I decided to create some up close abstracts from the leaves that were along side the boardwalk.

Down on my stomach, head and camera along with the Lensbaby only about a foot away from the oily waters, I started to compose.
The very first view that I had, I noticed something in the middle of the frame which seemed a bit odd.
It looked like a figure, a person, … someone who was standing in the dark and oily waters, … watching me.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“The Watcher”

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I kept thinking about that very first image of the day, and was anxious to see that image on my screen when I got home.
Here is a part of the image cropped and enlarged.

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Looking at the original on the screen, I could see the area that possibly could look like a face.
Then I cropped and enlarged the area even more.
Whoa!

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On this day, I had certain ideas in mind for images I wanted for my files.
On this day, every where that I turned, there was something that I had never experienced before in this swamp.
On this day, it turned out that it was the best creative day I’ve ever had in this swamp.
On this day, … I could not help but to wonder, …… what was leading me to these intriguing spots?
What was telling me on this day to abandon all that I knew?

Only moments after this image was created, the waters of the swamp had slowly moved bits and pieces around to where this image looked drastically different, … and that figure in the waters of the swamp, was now gone.

Maybe the Watcher wanted to move on, urging my son and I to follow.

Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

November 9, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, gems, hemerocallis, hiking, 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 | , , , , , | 11 Comments

Black And White Macro Photography.

No, … still nothing much to say or to write about today.
Seems that this brain of mine is simply tired!

Still, when I do have some time on my hands and I am running about on the internet to look at other photographer’s work, I have noticed that when it comes to macro photography, not many will convert their images over to black and white, … just to see if something becomes different, … something new for them to work with.

These images below were converted rather quickly as an example, not spending a whole lot of time with tones, etc.
Doing this though does help me to look at an existing image in a different kind of way, and maybe to think a little differently while out in the field.
It is something that I would encourage everyone to try on occasion.

** The second image below is a composite of the same image.

© 2006 – Michael Brown
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© 2006 – Michael Brown
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© 2006 – Michael Brown
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© 2005 – Michael Brown
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© 2006 – Michael Brown
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© 2006 – Michael Brown
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Everyone take care, … and have some fun shooting!
Michael

South Carolina

“Macro Art In Nature”

July 21, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hemerocallis, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 13 Comments

Top Ten Posts From “Macro Art In Nature” Since 2005.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Daylily”

Well, ….. it seems that I have not had much to say or to write about this past year or so.
Have been busy with the family, busy keeping the business above water, busy creating a new body of work that I have yet to show anyone, … just plain busy!
It seems that when I do write something here in my journal, I have been repeating myself.
Maybe one day I will have something new to say.

I was digging around my journal the other day and looking at various stats.
One stat that I have not looked at in a long long time were the most viewed posts that I have created since starting this journal.
It was interesting to look at those stats, some which surprised me.

Here are the Top 10, most viewed posts since 2005.
** A couple of these are older posts moved over from the “Blogger” days, and I have yet to line up the images and text to match up with the existing WordPress posts.

1. Artistic Blurs In Your Macro Images Using Photoshop
2. Using The “Orton” Method For Artistic Blending
3. “Layers Of Gold” Macro – Using Reversed Nikkor 50mm 1.4 Lens.
4. “In Their World” Series – Unwanted Highlights In Your Photography?
5. Rose Stamen – 50mm Reversed Lens
6. What The Lensbaby “Should” Force You To Do!
7. Adding Space To A Image In Photoshop Using The “Free Transform” Tool
8. Michael Brown, Inventor Of The “Cram It” Method In Photography.
9. A Marriage Of Macro Photography & Georgia O’Keeffe Paintings.
10. Photography In Late Evening Light.

Oh well, ….. at least I wrote something! : )

Everyone take care,
Michael

“Macro Art In Nature”

July 6, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, gems, hemerocallis, hiking, 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 | , , , , , | 5 Comments

Daylily – The “Cram It Method” revisited, using the Lensbaby.

Many of you are already familiar with my world renown “Cram It Method”, (chuckle), … but even using that method has its limitations when using a dedicated macro lens or maybe a lens with a diopter attached.
This is where a Lensbaby comes in handy, allowing one to selectively choose which areas to contain some hint of detail, while choosing the areas of blur and the amount of smooth transition needed within the areas of light and color. Just cram the LB, … and have at it!

The two following images were simple to create.
The trick to creating these abstract pieces were a simple matter of composition which is so important, using the available LB #10 diopter, strong back or side lighting (never from the front), selectively choosing areas to increase the lighting by using a small mirror, and the selection of a colorful subject that contains a lot of moisture content within its petal and throat areas, which helps to bring about those dynamic colors.
Also when creating abstract type floral images, I seem to lean more and more to using what I call my “Cradle Method”, which involves choosing your main area within the image that you would like to draw attention to, and then cradling that area with some type of base for it to rest upon. Putting it simply, … you have put your main subject in a cradle. The main subject is your baby, … so give it something comfortable to relax in!

You can also see some more of these daylily/floral abstracts in my Photoshelter Archives.

© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Daylily” (hemerocallis) – Abstract


© 2008 – Michael Brown
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“Daylily” (hemerocallis) – Abstract

Taking some much deserved time off this week to catch up on a few things, … including some of those e-mails that I am so far behind on.
Hope everyone is doing well, … and thanks for visiting gang!

Michael

“Macro Art In Nature” – Website

May 25, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hemerocallis, horticulture, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 8 Comments

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