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 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.


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Macro Workshop Michigan

Posted: April 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


Mike Moats / Macro Boot Camp
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Holiday Inn Express – Lansing-Okemos
2209 University Park Dr
Okemos, MI 48864

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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.


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.


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






Junk car at Al's Precision Shop


Near Sheiraa's house, North Park



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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