Fun With Webs

Posted: August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Most shots of these dew covered spider webs that you see are shot straight on, but I’ve experimented with some angled shots shooting wide open to produce a little more abstract look. Most of them don’t work out well but once in a while you get something interesting.

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Fuji S5 Pro, Sigma 180 macro F3.5

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This is a common Black Eyed Susan that grows in abundance in the fields of southeast Michigan where I live. There is nothing very artistic about this shot, just documenting here.  99 percent of flowers in the fields have this kind of nicely balanced arrangement of petals around the center.

As I walk the local wildflower fields of the metro parks, I slowly study every flower for any unique characteristics. Something that makes it different from the standard looking flower like the one in the above photo.

I found this Black Eyed Susan (shown below on the right) with one petal in an interesting position. This type of unusual occurrence is what I am looking for during my photography outings.

This flower had something I have never seen before; one petal was curled over the top of the flower’s center. I composed this shot with a tight frame in order to emphasize the overlapping petal. I shot this image with an aperture setting of f/16 to obtain sufficient depth of field that would ensure most of the flower would be in focus.

At the bottom of this same flower was a petal that wrapped itself around a second petal adding even more character to its appearance.Again, as with the last image, I wanted a tight shot to show off the unusual natural characteristics. This is the stuff that “makes my day” when out looking for character in nature.

 

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Don’t Forget To Look Up

Posted: August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

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If you would like a few unique close-up images, just keep your eyes looking upwards into the leaf canopy of the trees on a sunny day. Most macro photographers are to busy scanning the ground for subjects while all kinds of these macro shadows are waiting to be photographed over head. Because many of these subjects are fairly high up on the trees, you will need a longer focal length macro lens, like the 180mm range or you can even shoot these with a normal zoom lens like my Tamron 18-270, or a 70mm – 300mm. At 300mm you will be able to reach out a good distance. While your out walking through the woods searching for your macro subjects on the ground on a sunny day, keep scanning up into the tree watching for shadows.

This first image is of a nice alignment of Sycamore leaves. I spotted the shadow on the large leaf, and then looked up a little higher and saw the small leaf that was creating the shadow. The small leaf also had some nice backlighting which made the veins pop.

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I was walking a trail one early morning and the low angle sun created this silhouette of a fly sitting on this leaf.

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Here is a great abstract of two “Birds Of Paradise” leaves that was produced by early morning sun creating highlight and shadows from one leaf onto the next.

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Here is a nice shadow of two Palm leaves.

So keep an eye out for unique shadows

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Fall Macro Boot Camps

Posted: August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

2014 Fall dates for Macro Boot Camps. Cost is still $199 for the boot camps.
MBC – (SOLD OUT) 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 – (SOLD OUT) 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

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Stump Art

Posted: August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

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A few years ago I found this old downed tree trunk, and it had this hole with a very cool design in the wood around the opening. I thought it was really cool looking, but on it’s own I didn’t think it had enough going on to photograph by itself. I came up with the idea of turning the hole into a natural flower vase, and inserted these Marsh Marigolds and called it, Stump Art.

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After this shot, I was on the look out for any stumps or downed tree trunks that I ran across that had holes that I could add flowers too. Here is another cool opening I found that worked well with these nice Orange Star flowers I picked up at a flower shop.

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I used the same hole from the last photo and placed these small white flower and made it a horizontal.

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I liked this little slot in this stump, and added these little flowers. I liked the nice texture in this stump.

So keep your eyes peeled for old tree trunks with holes to create your own Stump Art.

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Next time you’re out in the woods where you shoot, take a good look at any downed tree trunks.

Here’s an old trunk which over the years has lost the out side bark, and exposed the smooth wood underneath.

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Look at the center of this image and you will see that small round raised area on the trunk, which was where a branch had once been before it rotted and fell off.

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Now lets take a closer look at that raise area and near the center of the frame you will see the interesting swirling lines, which is what you want to look for on these old trunks. So study the areas where a branch has fallen off and look for the lines and texture left. Now you won’t always find interesting lines like this, but at least be aware that this is possible and study each tree trunk.

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We move into that area where the swirling lines are and this is what we find. By itself this image is pretty interesting, but it seems to need something to help put it over the top. This subjects make great backgrounds to go along with a main subject that is more recognizable.

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In this first one I added a Turkey feather, so now it has something that the viewers eye can go to that they will recognize and connect with, and than they will study the interesting tree trunk after they view the feather.

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In the next image I used the same background but just added this tiny Oak leaf. Again the viewers eye will first go to the recognizable subject, the leaf, and then roam through the background thinking wow, that’s pretty cool. Without the feather or leaf, most viewers (non photographers) would not appreciate this subject as much on its own. Now if the viewer was an artistic person or a photographer who can understand the value of interesting lines and texture, then they will get it even without the feather or leaf, but if you take the feather and leaf out, the vast majority of the public won’t understand why they are looking at a bunch of swirling lines.

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