Solitude

Posted: July 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

When I started out in photography I wanted to travel to the national parks and shoot all the cool landscapes I had seen done by other landscape photographers.  I’ve visited over ten national parks, and have to say, it’s not an experience that I want when I want to be in nature.  The parks have become over crowded and I’ve lost all desire to visit them.  There are a few national parks that are lesser known that I may go to, but the big names, I’m done with those.  The one thing I have always loved about macro photography is that I can get my nature fix by just going to local parks and wander the woods and fields, and not see another sole.  That is so important to me that I experience nature with no outside distractions from people.  I’ve spent 18 years visiting my local parks and honestly in those 18 years I have never run into another human while shooting macro in the woods.  I need these private experiences with nature to keep my mind charged and happy.  I don’t even care if I come home with some images worth keeping, I just need those times to be all alone in the woods, and if I photograph something really cool, then it’s just a bonus.  The photography part turned out very well for me, and I’m glad I can combine two things that makes me happy.  Happy trails. 

As we progress in our photography, we start to look at some of our past images, and realize we have gotten a lot better, and some of the older images don’t meet up to our skills of today.  We may be better at finding more unique subjects, better at composing subjects, and better at post processing.  So from time to time I review some of my old images and start deleting.

My Annual Flower Contest

Posted: July 12, 2019 in Uncategorized

Get out and shoot some flowers. My annual Flower Contest with the winner getting a Tamron lens (18-400) will be coming up in about six weeks, Sept 1st. You’ll have ten days to submit your most creative flower images, so get out there at find that unique flower, or flower composition. More details to come as we get closer to Sept 1st.

I will be going to Tucson, AZ for a 5 day macro workshop in January.

5 Day Workshop – Macro Desert World at Tanque Verde Ranch
Tucson, AZ

For more information and to register click below.
http://bit.ly/2Lguqy4

In this 5-day workshop with the 5th day for self-instruction come explore the deserts tiny landscapes and small details with the help of international award winning professional macro photographer Mike Moats.

We will be searching out artistic designs and abstracts in the desert plant life.

Key Concepts covered in this workshop:

Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories
Controlling light with diffusers, reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting.

Depth of Field
How to control depth of field with f/stops and special techniques / focus stacking with Helicon Focus.

Composition
Learn how to compose properly / finding character in nature / elements of design / textures / contrast / lines / light / visual weight / learning to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds / Two Subject Compositions / What not to do when composing.

Post Processing
Learn Mike’s post processing techniques using Photoshop, Smart Photo Editor, Nik Software, and Topaz software programs.

Lensbaby for sale

Posted: July 11, 2019 in Uncategorized

Any of you Canon owners interested in owning a Lensbaby Composer with macro filters. Price $125, free shipping. contact me if you are interested. mgmoats@yahoo.com

Video Peek

Posted: July 10, 2019 in Uncategorized

Here’s a peek of what you get when you sign up for my Macro Photo Club online. 180 instructional macro videos. Lifetime memberships on $79. Plus other benefits. For more info and to sign up, click here. https://tinyurl.com/y2xa5lf4

Join my Macro Photo Club and learn through 180 instructional videos, plus other benefits. https://tinyurl.com/y2xa5lf4
Easy to do, just move the camera in really close, focus on someplace in the foreground, and shoot at the smallest number f/stop. The shallow depth of field will give this soft look to most of the subject behind the point of focus. Works best when shooting into the side of the flower rather then the front side.