"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

Move back, … and take it all in!

This image is nothing more than a reminder, that macro photography does not necessarily mean that you have to get so close that you can see your subject’s DNA!
Back away for some of your images. Try to capture your main subject in a pleasing way, but also showing its surroundings that appeals to the viewer’s eyes.
How often do you see a macro image where the entire frame is or can be the main subject?
I enjoy shooting various types of insects in this manner. Fun, … and fairly easy to do.

With the following image, I used a older Canon 75-300mm lens with a polarizer.
I was shooting slightly downhill, with the pond as my background.
After loading the image into the system, I simply used one of the many Photo Filters (cooling filter) for the image which gave it a slight and overall bluish tint.
Then I selectively removed some of that blue away from the greens, increased saturation in the greens, and did the same thing with some of the parts that were in red, … or yellow, … and so on.
Some selective burning, or you can call it “selective contrast/sharpening” on the dragonfly itself was used to make the dragonfly stand out a bit more.

Again, … simple and easy to do.
(I need to look up the name of this particular dragonfly)

© 2007 – Michael Brown
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“Unknown Dragonfly” – Odonata

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Thanks for looking and stopping by!
Mike

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August 29, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, dragonflies, dragonfly, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hemerocallis, hiking, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, odonata, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, Wildlife | , , , , , | 12 Comments

Daylily Petal & Throat – Abstract Macro

Hi gang!

Here, … still working, … still shooting, … still having some fun!
Have also been uploading some images to “PhotoShelter”, and will soon be tying that site in with the private site that I have had for the art consultants and various clients.
You can see just a few here, but I do have much more to add still and plenty that anyone has yet to see.
I lost all of my key words someway, somehow, … and it is painfully slow adding all of that back into the system.
The ability to purchase prints will soon be added in to the PhotoShelter site as well, so if anyone has money that is burning a whole in their pocket, ….. LoL! (I have no shame!)
Have also been working on a postcard or promo-card to send out to various consultants and agencies, … so yep, … my plate is still full until late in the year!

This image below is of a daylily flower. I simply sat the lens right on top of the petal, shooting wide open, and moved the lens toward the bright throat area while composing, … shooting.
Fun and easy to do!

© 2007 – Michael Brown
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“Daylily” – Petal & Throat Abstract

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Everyone take good care of yourself, … and thanks for visiting!
Mike

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July 18, 2007 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 | , , , , , | 14 Comments

“Rose Stamen” – Macro Abstract

This is a stamen within a rose flower.
I peeled open a young bud that was maybe a week or two from fully opening, used the Canon 100mm macro and the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens attached in reverse to the macro, put it all on a tripod, … and started to create!

Gotta go shoot,
Bye gang!

“Rose Stamen”
© 2005 – Michael Brown
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This image was previously posted last year, but the image and comments did not make the transfer when moving from Blogger to WordPress.

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May 11, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, hemerocallis, horticulture, insects, landscapes, life, macro, Macro Photographer, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop | , , , , , | 12 Comments

“Oxalis” – Canon 75-300mm Lens & Canon 500D Diopter.

I wanted to take a break yesterday from doing some work on the house, so I went out to “Singing Oakes Gardens” to play a bit, to see how the late cold snap and their garden got along, and to see how Jim and Peg were doing.

This flower is a type of “oxalis”, or “wood sorrel”, that was numerous in numbers growing along side a path by the daylily beds. (Thanks Andre for the ID)
The clumps were around 6″inches or so in height, with the 1/2″ inch size flowers sitting atop those beautiful mounds of foliage.
I got down on the ground with the Canon 75-300mm lens, the 500D diopter, did my “cram it” dance while moving and zooming with the lens, … and had some fun.

I used 2 white reflectors, basically laying them on the ground to reflect some light into the clumps.
Then in the final piece and simply for some balance, I used a touch of the “shadow/highlight” tool in Photoshop CS to lighten the stem up. The stem seemed to be a bit to bold and dark, so the S-H tool was the perfect tool to help give the entire image the balance needed.

“Oxalis” – Wood Sorrel
© 2007 – Michael Brown
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April 29, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, 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 | , , , , , | 15 Comments

“Daylily Stamens” – (Hemerocallis) – Macro

“Daylily Stamens”
(Hemerocallis)
© 2006 – Michael Brown
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If there is one flower that I can always count on to give me something interesting, whether it simply be the flower itself or a visitor within, .. it is the daylily. (Hemerocallis)

With almost any flower, those that are fresh looking in appearance that has yet to be hit with a blazing sun or has not been invaded by winged insects usually gives the best results.
This particular daylily here has always given me something that appeals to me.
It is a pale lemon yellow daylily in color, and unlike many daylilies where the pistil & stamens are sometimes a bit deeper color yellow than the flower it is sitting in, … these stamens remain the same color as the petals of the flower. A fairly nice blend.
Then with this particular flower, those “pollen sacks” that I like to call them, will not open up very early like some varieties will, and at 10:00am they are still fresh looking and do not have the pollen scattered all over the place. They have just opened!
Another plus, is that these stamen heads have a much richer black to them that shows up so well, giving a wonderful contrasting “pop” when photographed in good light.

Find a daylily, and you will find many chances to capture some wonderful compositions, … and at times, … those little visitors that sneak around within.

Canon 100mm macro & 2x teleconverter
Tripod, macro slider, 2 plamps, reflectors
0.8 sec. @ f32
ISO 200

Thanks for looking gang!
Michael Brown

(This post does not have the original “Blogger” comments, as they would not automatically transfer when the move was made to “WordPress”.)

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April 25, 2007 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 | , , , , , | 17 Comments

Peace Lily Macro Abstract – “Silent Whispers” Series.

This image is just one in this series that I have been working on, with many more yet to be created.

© 2007 – Michael Brown
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“Peace Lily”
From The “Silent Whispers” Series

Canon 100mm macro
Available light & 1 reflector
1/50 sec. @ f2.8
ISO 400
Shadow/Highlight in Photoshop

April 14, 2007 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, daylily, 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 | , , , , , | 27 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!

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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

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