My photog buddy Lewis Kemper sent me this link to a site that shows you how to build your own macro rail. I personally don’t use rails, but if it’s something you are interested in, check it out.
How To Build An Automated Rail For Crazy Macro Shots for $150.
http://www.diyphotography.net/how-to-build-an-automated-rail-for-crazy-macro-shots/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Diyphotographynet+%28DIYPhotography.net+-+Photography+and+Studio+Lighting%29

Table Abstracts

Posted: February 23, 2017 in Uncategorized
You never know where you will find an interesting abstract.  I was talking to Edgar Payne at the set up of the CNPA conference in South Carolina for this weekend, and Edgar pointed out the interesting patterns in a metal table.  I said, I’ll grab my point and shoot and take a few shots.  Here is the table with Edgar and three very nice ladies from CNPA that were helping with the set up.

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Here is the abstract I captured from the table.  I love the lines, patterns, and colors. As I said you never know where you will find your nice cool abstract.

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Behind the Scenes

Posted: February 22, 2017 in Uncategorized
I’m here at the Marriott Convention Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina for the CNPA Annual Meeting.  Here they are getting set up and I’m am so impressed with the technical equipment, top of the line projectors, so our images will look amazing.  This is one first class photo conference, nothing but the best of everything.  I have a workshop tomorrow and conference starts on Friday and runs thru Sunday.  Speakers are myself, Rick Sammon, and Eddie Tapp.  About 350 people expected. A few shots with my point and shoot.

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Setting up my room for workshop tomorrow. Bruce and  Edgar, setting up.

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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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