Does Your Image Tell A Story

Posted: February 22, 2017 in Uncategorized
Many times I read photographers that talk about telling a story with an image. I do get that concept and think it’s a good idea, but it is not something that I ever think about when I’m lining up a subject to shoot.
Maybe in macro there are not as many stories to tell in our images.
When I view all my images I don’t see very many stories.
Maybe with other styles of photography it’s easier to find and tell a story within the image.
I wonder when you have an image that tells a story, how many people are really able to see a story or are even looking for a story in the image.
I think photographers tend to look for a story because they have been taught that concept, but I wonder how many non photographers are able to see the story or even look for one.
I guess I really don’t worry about trying to tell a story with my photos, I just hope that the people viewing them find the subject matter and the composition appealing.

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I had an anonymous comment at my blog the other day and not sure if it was male or female, but judging from the nasty content I assumed it was driven by the testosterone of a male.
Anyways this person was very upset by the fact that I post so many of my images using post processing filters, and that I encourage others to use filters to enhance their images.
Digital photography has grown into many different art forms, and I think that is a good thing. It’s perfectly fine if you believe in creating images with the traditional look of a photograph, but now we have options going well beyond the traditional photographs if we choose to do that.
Not sure why some photographers get upset over this, as it is each photographer’s decision on how he or she wants their images to look.
I show my images with post processing that I like, and suggest that you all give it a try, but I don’t go on a rant saying you have to do it my way. If you like traditional looking photos then do it that way.
If it bothers this person so much on how I process my images, then why is this person following me?
Seems to me if they don’t like what they see with my images, they would stop following me and follow other photographers that think like they do.
As an artistic person I will always be looking for something new and different for my photos.
I don’t go around bashing others for the styles that they choose, and there are some things I see I don’t care for. I’m not criticizing those photographers for what they like, they didn’t created their images to make me happy.
I do see a lot of this on some photo forums. People getting nasty because they don’t like what they see. Not sure why those people feel they have the right to tell others how their photos should look.
Do whatever makes you happy and don’t worry about what others think.

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I very rarely do in the field workshops, so this is a one time offer for 2017.
I will be partnered up with my old photo friend, professional nature photographer, Jack Graham.
Jack and I have done our “Macro and More” workshops in the past, before I decide to stop, due to Jack wanting to go out so early in the morning and get to bed so late at night. lol.
Anyways, here is a link to the one day “Macro and More” workshop that we will offer in the end of October, and the day after my “Macro Photo Conference” held near Cleveland, Ohio. Jack will be one of the eight speakers at the Macro Photo Conference this year.
It’s over half filled already,  so don’t think, oh I have lots of time to sign up.
http://jackgrahamphoto.com/workshop/macro-more-day-jack-graham-and-mike-moats

 

 

Fake Flower Photography

Posted: February 19, 2017 in Uncategorized
I’ve been experimenting with silk flowers purchased from a local crafts store and I have to admit that they look very real. The one problem with photography them is that the fine texture in the silk fabric can be seen in the photos. It is not as noticeable to the naked eye, but the camera and lens sees all. I think these will work out great by adding some artistic filters which will help hide the textures of the silk fabric. The Topaz Impression program or the new Glow program Topaz recently released will work great for processing these silk flowers.
I just set them up on my stairway where I have great natural lighting from a large window on the second story of my foyer, and using one of my background prints. To see how to make these prints click here . Holding the subjects with a Wimberley Plamp.
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So far I’ve worked with a rose, sunflower, and the two calla lilies you see here.

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Here are my three favorites from my first shoot with the silk flowers. I’ll post some different flowers in future.

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Photo Education

Posted: February 18, 2017 in Uncategorized
Once you have purchased a camera, lenses, tripod, and other needs for your photography, your only need now is education.
I see to many photographers endlessly spending money upgrading their equipment ever time a new camera comes out.
My most successful image that I have ever produced was with a Fuji S2 camera back in 2004, which is many generations ago in the digital camera age.
That camera could still produce an award winning image today, so what is the need for a newer camera.
Well I did eventually upgrade to a Nikon D7000 because of a new feature like live view, but I haven’t had a need to upgrade to another camera in 6 years.
If you have some extra money available to invest in your photography, you are far better off spending it on educating yourself on making images, rather than on more equipment that won’t give you a clue on how to make better images.
I’m going to speak at photo conference today along with other pro photographers, where smart photographers have spent their money to attend and hear the pros teach them about making better images.
Search out a photo conference, workshops, books, videos, or online photo courses, and you will be much farther ahead at producing great images, because you won’t learn it from your next new camera.

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Shooting Backgrounds

Posted: February 17, 2017 in Uncategorized

During the winter when shooting is slow outdoors due to the lack of any life or color, I like to shoot backgrounds for later use. I find tree trunks with interesting bark to shoot, and also I have used my ice abstract as background for a main subject.
Here I am lining up a shot of a Birch tree trunk.

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Here are a couple of my trunk shots, that I will use later at home shooting indoors.

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I will make a print on a matte photo paper of these backgrounds and lay one on the floor and add on a main subject like a butterfly mount or a leaf, or whatever I come up with. Here is one of my ice abstracts with a butterfly mount. I know butterflies and ice don’t mix, but hey I’m just creating some unusual art here. I position the camera right over top with the front of the lens parallel with the print on the floor. I will shoot in the f/8 range as there is a little depth with the subject on top of the print.

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Here is the same background but with a different butterfly, and I used the Nik Software’s Bi-Color User Defined for the split colors. This surprisingly has been a good seller at the art shows, mainly selling to younger people.

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Another great plant to find interesting lines and designs. Lots of nice artwork waiting to be photographed.
If you don’t live in an area with these tropical or desert plants that I have been featuring in this plant series, check your area to see if it has an indoor botanical garden, as they usually have some tropical or desert type plants.
Here’s is the plant I was shooting.

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Here is a nice comp from this plant. Shot with my Nikon D7000 and 18-270 Tamron lens. f/stop at f/32. I gave it a soft dream like look in Nik Software.

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