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Macro How-To E-Book

Posted: October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

Creating Art With Macro  E-book

This e-book is designed to help you create beautiful art with macro/close-up photography.

This 185 page e-book is loaded with macro how-to, and only $14.95.

I’ve combined and updated some info from each of my past e-books into one.

It covers:

Equipment and Accessories
Benefits of Macro
Elements of Design

Composition
Lighting
Depth of Field
Finding Character in Nature
Two Subject Compositions
Flower Portraits

Shooting Tips
Purchase at http://www.macrostoreonline.com

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Bodie Ghost Town

Posted: October 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

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A couple years ago I was in California co-teaching a workshop with my photo friend Jack Graham, and part of the workshop was held at the ghost town called Bodie. A very cool historic place and great photo ops.

Here is some history on Bodie.

Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people. The town is named for Waterman S. Body (William Bodey), who had discovered small amounts of gold in hills north of Mono Lake. In 1875, a mine cave-in revealed pay dirt, which led to purchase of the mine by the Standard Company in 1877. People flocked to Bodie and transformed it from a town of a few dozen to a boomtown.

Only a small part of the town survives, preserved in a state of “arrested decay.” Interiors remain as they were left and stocked with goods. Designated as a National Historic Site and a State Historic Park in 1962, the remains of Bodie are being preserved in a state of “arrested decay”. Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds and an occasional ghost.

Location – Directions

The park is northeast of Yosemite, 13 miles east of Highway 395 on Bodie Road (Hwy 270), seven miles south of Bridgeport.
Latitude/Longitude: 38.2122 / -119.0111

From U.S. 395 seven miles south of Bridgeport, take State Route 270. Go east 10 miles to the end of the pavement and continue 3 miles on a dirt road to Bodie. The last 3 miles can at times be rough.

If you are ever in that area it’s worth it to stop in and check it out.

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I like To Have Fun Too

Posted: October 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

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I have lots of great subjects for photographers to shoot in my macro boot camps, and they have a great time composing the subjects in different artistic ways. So yesterday when I was setting up, I thought I would play a little myself. I have pocket watches that I have shot the gears in the backside many times, but never shoot the front side. So came up with a couple different ideas for backgrounds behind the watch. Shots these images with my Tamron 18-270 lens on the Nikon D7000.

I had some extra roses left after setting up the flowers for the workshop, so plucked the petals off a few roses and used them for the background for the watch.

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I set up this shot with some of my skeleton leaves and a black background.

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In this image I combined two slices of Nautilus shells and I didn’t like the large gap so filled the empty area with colored shells. Processed with the Bi-Colored User Define filter in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro4.

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(WINTER/SPRING 2015)

Macro Boot Camps
Holiday Inn, Monroeville, near Pittsburgh,PA, Feb.6,7,8, Cost $199
Hiton, Ocala, Florida, Feb 27,28 March 1, Cost $199
Hampton Inn, Sterling Hts, near Detroit,MI, March 13,14,15, Cost $199
Hampton Inn, Brevard, near Asheville,NC, March 20,21,22, Cost $199
Comfort Inn, Middleburg Hts, near Cleveland,OH, April 17,18,19, Cost $199

MORE TO COME

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Popping Flower Tops

Posted: October 21, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Yesterday I was setting up the flowers for my Macro Boot Camp in the Nashville, and had lots of flowers left over, so just cut off the flower tops and piled them on top of each other.

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I just sent out the final email update for this weekends Macro Photo Conference to all the people who signed up.  If you didn’t get yours, let me know at macrogeekmike@yahoo.com.