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.
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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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Macro Workshops Coming Up

Posted: April 15, 2017 in Uncategorized
Macro Boot Camp – Orlando,Florida, April 22,23, Click on link for more info and scroll to bottom of the page to sign up. http://waynebennettphotography.com/tours/mike-moats-macro-boot-camp/
Macro Boot Camp – Peachtree City, Georgia, south of Atlanta. May 20,21, Cost $199, For more info and to sign up go here. http://www.gobiphotography.com/macro-photography-workshop
Macro Boot Camp – Holiday Inn, Rockford, Illinois, Sept 16,17, Cost $149
Macro Boot Camp – Holiday Inn, Barboursville, West Virginia, Sept 30,Oct 1, Cost $149
Macro Boot Camp – Fairfield Inn, Columbia, South Carolina, Oct 14,15, Cost $199
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Here’s an interesting test with a scratched lens.

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Vanguard Alta Pro 2+ Coming

Posted: April 14, 2017 in Uncategorized
Had a fun time this morning filming a video for Vanguard, featuring their newly designed Alta Pro 2+ Tripod.  Video should be out next week.  The new tripod is awesome, hopefully they will be for sale soon.

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You take a subject like this Nautilus shell and there are tons of different compositions and varieties of post processing options. This doesn’t just apply to this shell it works with everything macro photographers shoot.
Here are two different comps that I used different values in the Solarization filter in Color Efex Pro.


Here is another comp using another setting in Solarization from Nik’s Color Efex Pro

Here is another comp using the Bleach Bypass filter In Nik’s Color Efex Pro

Another comp using the Fog filter in Nik’s Color Efex Pro

And last just a standard backlit shell.

So lots of different ways of composing the subject in the frame and lots of variations on post processing. We sure have it good as modern day macro photographers.

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