I was in Florida and went down to a beach on Anastasia Island to find things to shoot and came across these fences that the sun was creating some shadows off the fence, and I liked the lines that were being created. So shot some different comps, and haven’t decided yet which one I like the best, so I’m on the fence with these shots. 🙂 Used my Nikon D7000 and the Tamron 18-270.

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Best to always shoot a lot of different compositions, and decide latter which one worked the best.
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The Wizard Behind Wand

Posted: April 22, 2017 in Uncategorized
It’s not the magic wand, it’s the wizard behind the wand.
I’ve seen every brand of cameras and every DSLR model that each manufacturer makes in my workshops, and each camera will do a great job capturing a photograph for macro photography.
There are lots of functions and things we need to control on our cameras, and those photographers that understand and know how to properly work all those controls and functions will get the best photos.
To become a “wizard behind the wand” you have to spend time learning and understanding all the controls and functions of the camera, and the more you shoot the better you will become at working the camera to produce the best photos the camera can deliver.
I’ve talked about people that will admire your photos and say “you must have a good camera” and you cringe knowing that the camera doesn’t take the picture without your help, so you would really like the viewer to give you a little credit for knowing how to work that camera, finding a good subject, and composing that subject properly.
Being a “wizard behind the wand” is not only about knowing how to work the camera, we also have to know about finding good subjects and composing those subjects well.
So being a “wizard behind the wand” also requires that same commitment to learning about the subjects in nature and studying composition, and then lots of hours practicing to become the best photo wizard you can.

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I was down in Georgia at Red Top Mountain State Park and while searching for subjects to shoot, I found this group of tiny oak leaves on a dirt trail, and decide it would make a nice subject to photograph, but just needed a better background than the dirt trail. Found some nice textured moss, and also used a couple large oak leaves as a background. Shot with the Nikon 5200 and the Tamron 90 macro lens.

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My eyes are wandering everywhere when I’m out shooting. Even a mud puddle gets my attention.
Most macro photographers would walk right by this and never consider there may be something to shoot.

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I like to look for leaves in these puddles. You can find some cool art work as the leaves get swallow in the mud.

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Places to Shoot – ESP

Posted: April 18, 2017 in Uncategorized
Located in the city Philadelphia is the very interesting Eastern State Penitentiary. It’s been shut down for years, and going through stages of decay which makes for nice textured subjects. The gangster Al Capone spent time there, and you can see the cell he stayed in.
Eastern State Penitentiary broke sharply with the prisons of its day, abandoning corporal punishment and ill treatment. This massive new structure, opened in 1829, became one of the most expensive American buildings of its day and soon the most famous prison in the world. The Penitentiary would not simply punish, but move the criminal toward spiritual reflection and change. The method was a Quaker-inspired system of isolation from other prisoners, with labor. The early system was strict. To prevent distraction, knowledge of the building, and even mild interaction with guards, inmates were hooded whenever they were outside their cells. But the proponents of the system believed strongly that the criminals, exposed, in silence, to thoughts of their behavior and the ugliness of their crimes, would become genuinely penitent. Thus the new word, penitentiary. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton, and gangster Al Capone.
It’s very interesting to see this unique setting, and for a photographer it’s all about the textures of the crumbling walls and paint.
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I always tell photographers that a great way to advance their photo skills, and have fun hanging out with lots of other photographers, sign up for a photo conference.
Check out this post by Skip Cohen on how to make the most of attending a photo conference.

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Before and After

Posted: April 16, 2017 in Uncategorized
Here is the Before out of the camera.

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Here is the After. I used Topaz Simplify 4, and applied the Oil Painting 2 filter.

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