"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

“Brazil Agate” – 100mm Macro, Extension Tubes, & 50mm Reversed Lens.

I am starting to pile up a room full of rocks and minerals here at home, most that have been photographed, quite a few that have yet to be photographed, and some that I will be revisiting with some new ideas in mind.
Out of all those rocks and minerals, I still find myself drawn to the “agate” slabs/rocks with all of their intricate designs that move in and around the rock.

I purchased this Brazil agate that you see below because of the possibility that existed for some landscape type looking images, containing scenes that might look like some mountains, valleys, the skies, … etc.
But this is the first one that gave a bit more when I viewed it under higher magnification.
Cool stuff!
Well, … at least to me it is pretty cool stuff!

“Brazil Agate”

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I set up the lightbox, cut on the light, set up two reflectors, placed the agate on top of the lightbox, and was a bit surprised at what I was seeing when looking through the 100mm macro, extension tubes, and the Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens attached in reverse.
It felt somewhat like I was viewing a world underwater. A world showing movement of water over a bed of rocks. Or, it somewhat reminded me of my scuba diving days in waters where a very distinct “thermocline” existed, … hovering above the rocks below.

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“Brazil Agate” – Up close

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Playing around and creating from these types of agates allows me to dream a bit, which I often will do, … then I get that urge to study it further, to ask those “how” and “why” questions from those who would know.
Educational, … and fun!

Thanks for visiting gang,
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

November 25, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, gems, landscapes, lapidary, life, macro, Macro Photographer, minerals, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, rock hound, rocks, slabs | , , , , , | 1 Comment

“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.

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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”

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Blue Series – “Ancient Promenade” – Brazil Agate Rock.

Just finished up the “Blue Series” of images, with a few going to a client up in Minnesota.
Thought I would post this one, showing a cosmic dancer promenading throughout the galaxies.
Can you see the dancer?
This piece is from a Brazil Agate rock created with strong backlighting, the Canon 100mm macro and extension tubes, … and other stuff!

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Ancient Promenade”
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I took my sons to the State Fair today, where they promptly took me everywhere there was to go and they did it multiple times.
My chair is calling me now! :)

Everyone take care, and thanks for visiting.
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

“Macro Art In Nature”

October 17, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, Fine Art Nature Photography, gems, landscapes, lapidary, life, macro, Macro Photographer, minerals, nature, Nature Photographer, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, rock hound, rocks, slabs | , , , , , | 7 Comments

“Eruption” – Ancient Landscapes Series

“The greatest teacher on the use of light in photography, … is the light itself.”
M.B.

Often, I can look through the viewfinder of the camera and become instantly entranced with what I see when looking at certain rocks and minerals.
With some of those cut slabs of rock, it is almost as if I am viewing the world as it existed millions of years ago, and a image of that landscape that was captured within the rock itself.
It can become absolutely intriguing to one’s thoughts!
It is also something that I will always get in the world of macro photography. “Intrigue”

The image below and one included in my “Ancient Landscapes” Series, was created from one of the many “agate” slabs that I have on hand.
It reminds me of an eruption that might have occurred millions of years ago, when the existing land was barren of any vegetation, deadly gases rising into the air, stars twinkling in the sky.
I would imagine, and would like to believe, that during all those millions of years here on earth, there was a scene somewhere that looked just like this.
Possible? Who knows, … but I like dreaming!

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“Eruption”
“Ancient Landscapes” – Series

Everyone take care, … and thanks for stopping by.
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

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October 13, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, botanical, canon, composition, Digital, 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, Wildlife | , , , , , | 6 Comments

“Ancient Avian Migration” – In Macro!

I still continue today to search for those beautiful cut slabs of rocks and minerals which gives me the look of an ancient landscape, a landscape with a artistic appeal to the viewer, one that has never been seen before, one that draws the viewer within to study, and maybe a image which allows that viewer to dream.
Within many of those slabs that do give me the impression of a landscape, some of them will possess what I guess you could call “stress fractures” within certain areas of the rock.
At first, they look like simple cracks in the rock.
But with a closer look and under some high magnification, those lines or stress fractures are often bent into a shape just like those lines we use to draw as kids in our pictures, … a slight bend or dip in the middle of the line which gives the look of a bird or birds that are flying in the distance.
Couple those stress fractures that looks like birds flying in the distance, along with a intriguing, colorful, and ancient looking landscape, … then one can have hours upon hours of creating from just one small area of any size slab of rock.
This allows me to dream, and dreaming is a huge part of my creativity!

The first image here was created from a small piece of agate rock, and reminds me of a desert with scattered plants throughout the landscape, a dust storm brewing over the horizon, and the birds trying to stay ahead of that dust storm during their long and ancient migration.

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“Ancient Avian Migration” – #1
“Ancient Landscapes” – Series

The second image shown here reminds me of a large migration of birds that are flying above a body of water and the waves within. It also was created from a small piece of agate rock.

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“Ancient Avian Migration” – #2
“Ancient Landscapes” – Series

It is fairly hard to see exactly how these stress fractures will stand out in a image unless viewed at around 800 pixels, … then they really take on that intriguing appeal.
These images were created using the Canon 100mm macro, one or more extension tubes, reversed 50mm Nikkor lens, strong backlight, reflectors, … and patience!

I hope that everyone has been doing well, … now let me get to some overdue e-mail.
Have been on the road shooting, and now it is time to finally sit down for awhile!

Thanks for stopping by everyone,
Michael

Michael Brown – Photographer

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October 1, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, gems, hiking, horticulture, landscapes, lapidary, life, macro, Macro Photographer, minerals, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, rock hound, rocks, slabs, Wildlife | , , , , , | 16 Comments

“Owyhee Jasper” Rock – Abstract Macro

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“Owyhee Jasper” – Rock

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August 15, 2008 Posted by | abstract, art, blog, canon, composition, Digital, DSLR, fauna, Fine Art Nature Photography, flora, flowers, gems, hiking, insects, landscapes, lapidary, life, macro, Macro Photographer, minerals, nature, Nature Photographer, outdoors, paintings, Photo Blog, photoblog, photography, photoshop, rock hound, rocks, slabs, Wildlife | , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

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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

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