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Macro Photo Contest

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized
Flower Photo Contest

Hey all you flower loving photographers, now’s the time to enter a free contest and have a chance to win a Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD, model F004, value $749.

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The prizes don’t stop there, you will also have a chance to win a

Think Tank Photo Bag  (Retrospective 40 in Blue, value $219)

Vanguard Tripod (Altra Pro 263 AT, value $149)

Hunt’s Photo (Two winners get $50 gift cards)

One Macro Boot Camp Entrance of your choice (Value $199)
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Rules are simple

Must be of  a flower(s) only, and in the style of macro/close-up photography.

No limits on how you choose to process your image.

Send in your best three images.

Let me know where you are from, city, country.

Resize images to 600 pixels on the longest side.

Contest runs now through May 5th, winners announced on May 7th.

Send images to macrogeekmike@yahoo.com

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Good Luck
Let the games begin

Funny Photography Jokes

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Good for a laugh photography jokes.

http://www.photographytalk.com/photography-articles/4321-the-cool-list-of-photography-jokes

Fall Macro Workshops

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

2014 Fall dates for Macro Boot Camps. Cost is still $199 for the boot camps. More to come.

MBC – Wingate Hotel, Savannah, Georgia, Sept 19,20,21, Cost $199
MBC – Double Tree Hotel, Overland Park, near Kansas City, Sept. 26,27,28
MBC – Holiday Inn, Martinsville (near Indianapolis) IN. October 3,4,5, Cost $199
MBC – Hampton Inn, Minnetonka, Minnesota, October 10,11,12, Cost $199
Old Car City Workshop – White, Georgia, October 16,17,18 Cost $449
Macro Photo Conference – (SOLD OUT) Massachusetts Oct 25,26, Cost $199
MBC – Buffalo Niagara Marriott, Amherst, NY, October 31st, November 1,2, 2014 Cost $199
MBC – (SOLD OUT) Marriott, Cranbury/South Brunswick, New Jersey, Nov. 7,8,9 Cost $199
MBC – Wyndham Hotel, Glen Mills, PA (west of Philly) Nov 21,22,23, Cost $199

For sold out workshops add your name to waitlist, send me an email, macrogeekmike@yahoo.com

For more info and sign ups, go to, http://www.macrostoreonline.com

Spring Reflections

Posted: April 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Daily Macro View

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Before the leaves pop out and the trees are still bare, I search out the edges of ponds looking for abstract reflections from the trees. If the water is calm, you would see the trees and branches clearly reflecting in the pond, but with a little slight movement in the water from the wind, the water creates this distorted effect of the trees reflection. When shooting these images, I set my aperture to f/22 to maximize the focus of the whole image. If you need a little more speed to stop the action, you can raise your digital camera’s ISO. This was shot on an overcast day so the water has a milky look. If shooting on a clear day the sky would reflect a blue in the water.

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Macro Contest Coming Soon

Posted: April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
I will be running a macro contest for the flower photographers.
First place will be a Tamron Macro Lens, and other prizes to be won.
Watch for updates over the next couple days.
Purchase the Mike Moats Macro Control Light Kit
http://www.outdoorphotogear.com/store/mike-moats-fms-macro-light-control-kit.html

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On April 10-30, Topaz is running a 50% promotion on Topaz Detail, with coupon code “aprdetail”.

Topaz Detail helps photographers get tack-sharp images that “pop”. Here are the main benefits of using it:

* Better control over image detail. Detail uses size-based processing that lets you independently adjust small, medium, and large details.
* More natural images. The technology in Detail substantially reduces the halos and artifacts you get from over-sharpening.
* More volume and three-dimensionality. Detail can enhance larger image features to increase the perceived “depth” of your photo.

click here for offer

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Benefits of Macro

Posted: April 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Daily Macro View

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Benefits of Macro

You don’t have to travel far for macro


Macro subjects are everywhere. You can find them at the local parks, in your own yard, and even inside your home. I have two great parks within twenty minutes of my house, and probably ninety percent of my images are photographed in those parks. A few of my best selling images were shot in my backyard. Most people have flower gardens in their yard, so they can walk outside their home and shoot. This close convenience saves on fuel, wear on our vehicles, and time when we just have an hour or two available. In the winter here in Michigan, I do most of my shooting indoors. I buy flowers from the local florist and also go online to order from websites that sell feathers, mounted butterflies, sea shells, and slab agates, all of which can be arranged into artistic compositions.

You can shoot with just one lens


You don’t need a whole arsenal of lenses for macro photography. I got by with one lens for seven years before I added new lenses. I shot for those first seven years using a macro lens in the 180mm range. If you are starting out as a macro photographer and are limited on funds, a mid range focal length lens like the Tamron 90mm will work well for all purposes. If you plan to shoot live subjects such as butterflies, dragonflies, and other small critters that will flee if you are too close, go with the longer focal like Tamron’s 180mm macro lens. If you like to handhold your camera, try the light and fast shooting Tamron 60mm macro lens.   Plan on shooting the majority of your shots with your camera mounted on a good sturdy tripod with ball-head.

Subject matter changes every month


With the four seasons, we have an ever-changing environment month by month and sometimes day by day. I can revisit the same areas every couple of weeks and find new subjects. It is a constant cycle as nature transitions from life to death. Depending on where you live, your seasons may vary and the environment may be totally different from the rest of the country. Learn about the subjects and life cycles of the plants and critters in your area, and make sure you are in the field when subjects come into season.

Shoot any time of day


Landscape and wildlife photographers have limited control over lighting and tend to shoot in the early morning and late evening which offer the best light.  Because of the small subjects macro photographers work with, we have the ability to control our light by using diffusers and reflectors, so we can shoot any time of the day. I carry a 12” diffuser which I use to control harsh overhead light from hitting my subjects, and a 12” silver/gold reflector for bouncing light into shaded areas of a subject. I will occasionally hand hold a special LED box light that is tuned for daylight to add light where needed.

More Creativity

One of the challenges for a macro photographer is working with depth of field. Because we are shooting very close to our subjects, the depth of field is very shallow causing out of focus areas in our photos. The closer we get to the subject, the less that will be in focus. We can use this shallow depth of field to our advantage in creating artistic compositions. If you like soft focus dreamlike images, shoot in the lower f/stop range and use this shallow depth of field to produce some beautiful artwork. If you have a subject with interesting lines and textures, you can set your f/stop to the highest numbers in order to bring everything into focus. We have the ability to cause everything in an image to be in focus as well as to use a more shallow focus range for creative effect.

Your own personal art


The ability to create personalized art is an important benefit. Every image on my website is an original. These subjects were present for only a brief moment in time, until the environment erased them forever. None of my images can be reproduced again because the subjects do not exist anymore. Mountains, rivers, and lakes exist day after day and can be photographed over time by many photographers. Because my subjects have been eliminated by Mother Nature, the photographic images now exist as my own originals.

Each year, more and more nature photographers discover the benefits of macro. The internet has allowed us to display our images on the many websites geared to nature photography; macro is growing and becoming a very popular pastime. Take some time and explore all the local parks and your own backyard. Enjoy the fun and unique experience that macro photography provides.

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Macro Photo Conference 2014 Macro Photo Conference

You can buy my images from a select group at GreatBigCanvas.com

To save 15% on Topaz products click here

New Jersey Macro Boot Camp has sold out.
To be placed on the waitlist
email Mike at mgmoats@yahoo.com
Courtyard Marriott Cranbury/South Brunswick, New Jersey
November 7,8,9, 2014
Cost $199
Just signed up a new Macro Boot Camp
Courtyard Marriott Cranbury/South Brunswick, New Jersey
November 7,8,9, 2014
See info and sign up at http://www.macrostoreonline.com

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The Candid Frame

Posted: April 16, 2014 in Uncategorized
Check out my interview on the Candid Frame
with Ibarionex Perello.
To hear the interview click Here

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Canon Printer Sale

Posted: April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
I was in the Boston area two weeks ago and stopped in to visit the great people at Hunt’s Photo and was asking about printers since one of mine was on its last leg.  I was looking to buy another Epson since I’ve had great luck with them and I was told that Canon was offering an amazing deal on one of their printers.  You buy the PIXMA Pro-100 and a box of (13×19) paper for $450 and Canon sends you back $300 in a rebate, making the cost of the printer with the box of paper only $150!!.  So it was a no brainier.  My new printer was shipped free, has arrived, and is now running perfect. Thanks Hunt’s Photo.
So I asked Andrea if she could get this deal for some of my students and followers and here is the info.

Mike,  I am able to give your followers the special
“instore” price of $399 for the printer, instead of the online $499
price. The paper is $50 for either the Canon Semi-Gloss or Canon
Pro-Luster 13×19 (50 sheets). Buying these two products together
(printer and pack of paper)will qualify for a $300 mail-in rebate. And
as always, we do not charge for shipping on these products.

All they have to do is call me at 781-662-8822, press 1 for sales and
ask for Andrea. I will gladly take these orders by phone. They can also
email me at acutts@wbhunt.com. My schedule this week is Tues 4/15
(9-5:30) Wed 4/16 (8-4) Thurs 4/17 (12-8) and Sat 4/19 (12-8). If you
have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Andrea
781-662-8822

Here is a link to our website with info about the Canon Pro-100 printer:
http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/detail_page.cfm?productid=6228B002&mfg=Canon&show=yes
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Macro Photo Conference 2014 Macro Photo Conference

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Chicago Macro Boot Camp is sold out.

If you would like to be placed on the waitlist, send me an email, mgmoats@yahoo.com

Macro Boot Camp –  SpringHill , Warrenville, IL (Chicago) May 9,10,11 – Cost $199

Macro Workshop Michigan

Posted: April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Mike Moats / Macro Boot Camp
Location of the workshop

Holiday Inn Express – Lansing-Okemos
2209 University Park Dr
Okemos, MI 48864

Date and time,

May 16,  5:30pm – 8:00pm
May 17,  9:00am – 5:00pm
May 18,  9:00am – 2:00pm

sign up at http://www.macrostoreonline.com

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Sundrops Processing

Posted: April 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

Here is the original. I was testing a green fabric background to see how it worked out, but it had a little to much texture.

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I did a little crop and cloned out the extra stem and a few dust spots. Then went into Nik Software’s Viveza and dropped a control point on the background and slide the Structure slider to the left which took out most of the details of the texture from the fabric background. I also played a little with the brightness darkening it just a little.

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Last I took the image into Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4 and click on the Low Key filter. It added a nice dramatic look darkening down the background and pulling out the highlights on the stem and flowers.

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Featuring Macro Photographer

Posted: April 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Ronni Silver

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Junk car at Al's Precision Shop

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Near Sheiraa's house, North Park

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Let talk about backlighting today. Here is the patch of Skunk Cabbage that I’m working. In another few weeks when these plants are full grown you won’t be able to see the ground. They grow in swampy and river bottom areas, and you can see a little bit of the swamps water in the background of this image. You can see the low angle sun touching some of the plants.

I walk towards the sun studying the leaves with the best looking backlighting.

The sun needs to be at a low angle to get the backlighting on the leaves. Processing was done first with the Solarization filter in Nik Color Efex Pro, and then some fine tuning in Nik Viveza 2.

The more deeply furrowed the leaf is the more highlights and shadows you get. I shot this at f/32 for full depth of field. Here is a horizontal version.

This is a Mayapple leave and they typically are not at an angle that catches the sun for backlighting, but this one had the right tilt that offered this view.

Backlighting really makes the veins pop in these leaves, so give it a try next time you’re out in the early morning or late evening sunlight.

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Places To Shoot

Posted: April 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

Check out this driftwood beach on Jekyll Island in the south end of Georgia. Very cool little island, and glad I stopped to check it out.

The driftwood beach has tons of old tree trunks to explore for abstract patterns. After I shot these two beach scenes, my little Canon point and shoot died, so now I have to go buy another one.

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Here my camera is set up to shoot, and I use a 12″ diffuser to cut the harsh sunlight. I’m using my Tamron 90mm macro.

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Two images from my shoot, processed with Nik Software, I used the Low Key filter on the first image and the second image I used the Solarization filter.

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Featuring Macro Photographer

Posted: April 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Karen Fulham

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Beetle on Leaf_Karen Fulham

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Bug's Eye View_Karen Fulham

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Dandelion_Karen Fulham

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Leaf Skeleton_Karen Fulham

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Timeless_Karen Fulham

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