Posted: September 19, 2015 in Uncategorized
I’ve seen many photographers that post their great Dahlia images on social media sites, and I’ve always wanted to shoot them, but where I live I’ve only seen these flowers on occasion in a flower shop, and they are very limited on selection.
Last weekend I was speaking at a photo Conference in Asheville, NC and I visited the NC Arboretum which is a great place that you should check out if you’re ever in that area.  Lucky for me there was a building in the arboretum that had a Dahlia Competition going on, and they allowed me to come in with my tripod and shoot.  Many times photography is about being in the right place at the right time.  So I was able to finally shoot some really great prize winning Dahlias.
These were all processed with Smart Photo Editor, a program that I will be now teaching how to use in my workshops.








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  1. summitjim says:

    All I can say is WOW! Especially the last one.

  2. Anita Bower says:

    I love Dahlias and photos of Dahlias.
    I also admire your photographic and artistic eye. Your compositions and images are outstanding, and I’ve admired them for many years.
    I’ve noticed a difference in your images over the past few months. I think it began with using Topaz Impressions, and now continues, perhaps, with Smart Photo Editor. The compositions continue to be outstanding, but the processing has changed. I’m not fond of this change, and am curious about it. I suspect it has more to do with your evolution or experimentation as a photographer rather than being the result of the software you use.

    • Mike Moats says:

      Thanks Anita, yes I like the progression of the new processing tools, and I like the look an feel as it’s more artistic than the traditional photos.

  3. Elizabeth P Lawlor says:

    HI Mike..love your work..now for something you hate, I’m sure….I’m in the mose ofr a new camera set up…I have a Nikon but am lookin for new lenses that will helpmy with close-up tech…I know that’s a wide question but any info you can share will be MORE than appreceiated Thank you, Liz

  4. summitjim says:

    I’ve wanted a lens like that Tampon but it is way beyond my budget. Last week a local camera shop had a used Nikon Micro 105mm f/2.8 for $300. Not as versatile as some of the others, but since it was truly like new I bought it. But darn, I have not had a chance to wring it out yet. At least I can experiment with true macro now. Thanks for all the inspiration, Mike!

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