In one of my Macro Boot Camps, a lady asked if I found that people were opposed to the fact that I arrange many of my subjects for photographing. I would have to say that there are always the purists who think that we should photograph nature as it is naturally created, and then there are the others who agree with what I do. As for the non photographers they have nothing against what I do, if there is anyone who is opposed to it, it would usually be a photographer, who has certain photographic standards they live by.
If I was a journalist or a documentary photographer, then no I would only shoot my subjects as is, without any changes. But I consider myself first an artist and second a photographer. I search out the art that is naturally created my mother nature, but then I also take what subjects mother nature offers, and combine them to create my own artwork, the same as a painter would create a still life to paint.
The camera is just the tool I use to record the art. I can’t paint these things, so I use the camera as my paint brush and canvas.
Here are various colored aspen leaves that I arranged and added the water drops.
Here I added the feather to and interesting pattern in a tree stump.