Photography Walk


"Abstract Macro Photography"
Mary Louise Ravese, Bella Vista Photography

  • Thursday, March 19, 2020 – 10:00 am2:00 pm

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Have you ever wanted to get as close to the heart of a flower as a honeybee does? As you enter into this inner world, images become abstract—emphasizing the features of color, line, and texture inherent in a single flower. In this session, Mary Louise will explain the photography techniques and creative approach needed to make unique abstract close-up images. Embrace your creativity as you practice extreme close-up techniques in the indoor classroom using cut flowers you bring.

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What to bring

  • Suitable for traditional cameras (DSLR and mirror-less) and smartphones.
  • At least one of the following for traditional cameras:
    • Zoom or fixed focal length Lens with a focal length over 70mm combined with either extension tubes or close-up diopters to enable close focusing. (See January photo walk for recommendations.)
    • Macro lens (90mm or longer focal length)
  • Smartphone users will need to have an accessory macro lens (e.g. 10x or greater magnification – Mary Louise I recommends lenses by Sirui, Moment, or Olloclip)
  • A tripod is required since we will be photographing indoors, potentially at shutter speeds too slow for hand-holding without blur. A tripod ball head is preferable for ease of positioning.
    • Smartphone users can use a smartphone tripod adapter (Mary Louise recommends meFoto)
  • Cut flowers or similar (for practice). Bring a vase, flower frog, or floral foam to hold flowers. Deep flowers (e.g. lily, alstroemeria, etc.) provides easier practice opportunities
  • Bagged lunch

Mary Louise Ravese

About Mary Louise Ravese

Mary Louise Ravese specializes in fine art nature and travel photography from locations across the world. Her photographs are in private, university, and corporate collections in over 40 states and are exhibited nationally. She is the owner and principle photographer for Bella Vista Photography, and has a resident artist studio at 311 Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mary Louise is a regular speaker and competition judge for photography clubs in multiple states. She is an experienced photography instructor who has trained hundreds of amateur photographers. She enjoys teaching on a wide range of topics related to nature, travel, and creative photography, and can help with both the technical and aesthetic aspects of picture making. Mary Louise leads classes and workshops at a variety of locations across the United States and abroad. For more information visit her Web site at

$30.00 for members, $40.00 for nonmembers.
Advance registration is required. Please register online using our registration e-store. Registration is limited to 12 people and is considered complete when payment is received.
Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks prior to the program's start date. No refunds will be made after this time. A 15% cancellation fee applies.
Ruby C. McSwain Education Center, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, 4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.
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Free parking is available at the JC Raulston Arboretum and along Beryl Road.
Please call (919) 513-7005 for more information about this program.