Originally posted on Mike Moats:

It’s Here, the new software program. I’ve had tons and tons of people wanting to know what I have been using for my processing. I couldn’t mention it until now.

Topaz Glow

Glow can be used as a stand-alone or a plugin to transform your photos from dull to dazzling. Containing more than 70 unconventional and quirky filters, you can infuse your images with neon, graphic, liquid and other electrifying effects.
Take advantage of the introductory price of $49.99 (regularly $69.99).
Use the coupon code ‘INTROGLOW’ and buy click here

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Sea Biscuit and a Light Box

Posted: December 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

In my Macro Boot Camp one of the participants Tammy McFarland Mellert was working with a sea biscuit and her LED light and it created a nice effect. The small holes that formed the pattern on the top of shell allowed the light to penetrate through. So I thought I’d give it a try when I got back home.

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Here is a small shot of the pattern out of the camera, no processing.

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With the processing of this image I decided to do something a little artsy, so used the Solorization filter in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro4, and ended up with this.

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Ice Puddles

Posted: December 12, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

If you live in the northern regions, a great place to find artistic subjects is in water puddles that have iced over. Many of these puddles will have designs and bubbles trapped in the ice, and you may find some interesting leaf compositions locked in the ice.

Here’s some more puddles I was searching for art.

Here is one cool image of some interesting bubble formations.

There are always some nice puddles in the two track roads.

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I found this nice arrangement of leaves and some bubbles.

Shooting with my Nikon D7000 and a Tamron 90mm macro, F/8.

With a little magic in Nik software I made a big change in the look of both these images. I wanted a dark ice so used the “Dark Contrasts” filter in Color Efex Pro 4 which blacked out the ice in the background and gave the images a more dramatic feel.

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Here is the image how it look out of the camera. Pretty boring looking, but thankfully I have Nik Software to make these images pop. I cropped the image off the right side and cloned out the leaf on the right.

 

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(NEW) Webinar Series

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

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I will also be offering a Processing Webinar, info and dates to be announced soon.

Originally posted on Mike Moats:

In January I will be presenting three different live webinars.
Limited to 100 people per webinar.
Sign Up at http://www.macrostoreonline.com

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Webinar Series A – The Properly Equipped Macro Photographer

January 4th, 2015 –  7pm to 8pm eastern standard time

Cost $9.95

Learn what is the best cameras, lenses, tripod/head, accessories, and camera functions for the beginning macro photographer. Hunt’s Photo will be offering special deals on the equipment I will cover.

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Webinar Series B – Getting That Macro Shot

January 11th, 2015 – 7pm to 8pm eastern standard time

Cost $9.95

Most macro photographers struggle with depth of field and understanding f/stops. We will cover different styles of macro and how to make the depth of field work for each style.

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Webinar Series C – Creating A Great Macro Image

January 18th, 2015 – 7pm to 8pm eastern standard time

Cost $9.95

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Join NPEG

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

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In 2015, NPEG will start it’s 7th year. As you should know, by now, there is no other photography group in the USA that offers what NPEG offers for $4.92/month (less than 1 Starbucks coffee/month!)


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We will be presenting the 2014 NPEG Enthusiasm Awards to a record 5 winners from 4 states!  (Ohio, IL, MO and MI)


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My Walk About

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

walk·about

noun \ˈw-kə-ˌbat\

: an occasion in which an Australian Aborigine goes on a long walking journey on land that is far from towns and cities

Walk about is a time of reflection in solitude from community and routine, a time to detach and fortify the spirit.

Yesterday I had the need to walk about at a local park, escape from community, routine, and fortify the spirit. Of course had to do a little drive about to get around.

Come along on my walk about.

I didn’t want to be burdened with my DSLR and tripod, so I just carried my point and shoot.

The best part of visiting the parks this time of year is I basically have it all to myself.  I saw no one on my travels, and that is what a walk about is all about.

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I first went to Stony Creek lake to check out the lake edges for things to shoot. Ice is just starting to form.

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One of my favorite subjects to shoot are leaves and I knew I would find some at the edge of the lake.  Here is a leaf on top of the ice, and the darker leaf on the sand underneath the ice. Some specs of snow add texture.

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I found this leaf lying next to some interesting patterns in the mud.

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Along the lake in the mud I found a frozen foot print.

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While wandering by the lake I found a big Beech tree which had all kinds of stuff carved into the bark.  This one must have been from the sixties, Purple Haze, a Jimi Hendrix song.

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Once I was done at the lake I traveled to the nature center and visited Stony Creek and some ponds. Here’s the creek the park was named after. Looks more like a river than a creek.

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At one of the ponds I found this birch tree that had fallen into the water and is now frozen in place.

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I found leaves, pine needles, and some cedar locked in the ice at the edge of the pond.

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Here is a branch from another birch tree in the ice with streaks of snow.

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As I headed back towards the parking lot I wandered through the woods a little.

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 A pine tree had been blown over from high winds and part of a branch and needles rested on this tree trunk.

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I found this really large oak leaf on the forest floor.  It was larger then any oak leaf I’ve ever seen.  The colored leaf on the left is a normal size oak leaf and the one on the right as you can see is way larger then the normal size leaf. That is one humungous oak leaf.

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I looked for some interesting tree trunk patterns to shoot but wasn’t having much luck, so I did shoot a trunk and with a little help from Topaz Glow I came up with this cool abstract of the bark.

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When I exited the woods I past an open field on the way to the parking lot.  You can see the oak tree is still clinging to it’s leaves. The oaks hold their leaves for a long time before they finally drop.

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In the field I found some old milkweed pods and all were empty but one.

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Back to the car now and heading to another part of Stony Creek lake where I also find lots of leaves frozen in ice.  Here’s the area I will be searching along.

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Found this half leaf along with some nice patterns from stones under the ice.

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Stones underneath the ice make a nice abstract.

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Here’s one more group of leaves in textured ice.

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For my last stop I headed off to a beach where I was hoping to find some feathers from the local geese and gulls. Wonder why no one is at the beach today.

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Not as many feathers as I had hoped for but did get this one shot of two feathers together, which is not very common.

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On the way back to the car from the beach there is a playground of things that kids can climb on.  This was a small area from one of the jungle gym.

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So that was my Walk About and hope you liked traveling with me.  I wasn’t all that impressed with what I shot on this trip, and not sure if any will make it onto my website.  I didn’t really care if I got any great shots or not, as I said early in the post, I was just trying to escape from community, routine, and fortify the spirit, which I happily accomplished.

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Before and After with Glow

Posted: December 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

Yesterday I posted the launch of Topaz’s new Glow processing software. Here is a before and after showing the transformation that can be done using Glow.   If you would like to purchase this great new program, just scroll down a few posts and read more about it and the sale price.

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