My wife is a science teacher, so she has some interesting experiments that she does in her classroom. This one uses whole milk, food coloring, a Q-tip, and some dish soap. In the image below I have some milk in a small container, with drops of different color food coloring arranged around the outside of the container and one drop in the middle. The colors will drift a little like you see here.
Using my Nikon D7000 with the Tamron 90mm macro lens. Tripod Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT and Acratech Ultimate Ballhead.

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Next take a Q-tip and soak the tip in dish soap. Stick the Q-tip end with the dish soap on it into the milk around the edges and swirl it around, and watch the colors go crazy. The dish soap is breaking down the fat in the milk making the colors to move around. That’s why we use dish soap to clean our dishes it breaks up any on the grease and fats on the dishes. So doing the same thing when it comes in contact with the fat in the milk.
Here is what it looks like after applying the soaked Q-tip and moving it around in the milk.

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Now try and get your camera over top and parallel to the milk. Shoot at f/8. I also used an LED light on the area.

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Macro Boot Camp

Country Inn and Suite
535 Wall Street, Bowling Green, KY 42104

February 2nd, 10am to 4pm
February 3rd 9am to 1pm

Sign up here. https://tinyurl.com/y7olxrmm

Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod. There will be lots of stuff to shoot.

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.

Finding Good Subject Matter
Learn when, where, and how to find good subjects through out the four seasons. How to shoot macro indoors.

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

Abstracts in a Stream

Posted: November 8, 2018 in Uncategorized
What are you waiting for, get with it and join my online Macro Photo Club. Get over 150 videos like this one, covering four categories, Tips From the Field, Composition, Equipment and Tech Tips, and Post Processing. Lifetime Membership only $79. Join Here http://www.tinylandscapes.com/macro-photo-club

 

Macro Boot Camp
Springhill Suites West Des Moines
1236 Jordan Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA 50266
March 2nd, 2019 10am to 4pm
March 3rd, 2019 9am to 1pm
Cost $199
Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod. There will be lots of stuff to shoot.
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.
Finding Good Subject Matter
Learn when, where, and how to find good subjects through out the four seasons. How to shoot macro indoors.
Post Processing
Learn Mike’s post processing techniques using photoshop, Smart Photo Editor, Nik Software, and Topaz software programs.
Sign up http://www.tinylandscapes.com/workshops/macro-boot-camp-west-des-moines-iowa
Macro Boot Camp
Comfort Suites
5219 Page Rd
Durham, North Carolina 27703
April 13th, 2019 10am to 4pm
April 14th, 2019 9am to 1pm
Cost $199
Bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod. There will be lots of stuff to shoot.
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.
Finding Good Subject Matter
Learn when, where, and how to find good subjects through out the four seasons. How to shoot macro indoors.
Post Processing
Learn Mike’s post processing techniques using photoshop, Smart Photo Editor, Nik Software, and Topaz software programs.
The 5th annual Macro Photo Conference near Cleveland was a great success. All speakers did a great job presenting, and attendees were having a great time. Mike Matthews had interesting critters to photograph, Don Komarechka set up water drops, Jackie Kramer worked with the flower photographers and lensbabies, Harold Ross taught all about light painting and Steve Gettle covered his amazing equipment set up from high magnification photography. Attendees came from 25 different states and we had 12 come down from Canada. Thanks to all attendees and speakers. We’ll be back again in the same location in 2019 with an all new speaker lineup. Sign up will happen in January.

Old Car City Workshop

Posted: October 16, 2018 in Uncategorized
Last year the country got to see the most unique auto graveyard in the world.  The New York Times did an article about Old Car City, and soon followed was CBS Sunday Morning News, Time Warner News, Yahoo News, and even a rumor of a reality show.  The attendance of photographers has exploded since all the news reports, which is good so that it keeps Old Car City in business.
CBS News video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l56yUuR48LI&feature=share
4,500 old cars, six miles of trails, through beautiful woodlands.  Hotel only 2 miles away.
45 miles north of Atlanta, Georgia, and two miles east of I-75.
Let me show you where all the best shots are, and how to get the most out of this magical place.
Old Car City Workshop
February 20th and 21st, 2019
Cost $299 – Plus daily entry fee into Old Car City
Sign Up Here

 

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