April Macro Photo Club News

Posted: March 31, 2019 in Uncategorized
April Macro Photo Club News
 
The April theme. Soft Focus Flowers. Images with just a little bit of the flower in focus and a lot out of focus. I have videos about how to do this in the Macro Club Video, search it out if you don’t know how to do this.
 
Post your images in the Mike Moats Macro Photo Club’s facebook group.
 
The March product giveaway was a $50 gift card from Hunt’s Photo and the winner is, Jennifer Bergstresser, from PA. So Jennifer, contact me and I’ll get you set up with Hunt’s.
 
For the April product giveaway, we have a Streetwalker V2.0 photo backpack from Think Tank Photo Bags. Value $174.00
 
As the weather starts to warm, I will be adding some new videos into the collection of videos for the Macro Photo Club Lifetime Members.
 
For those who have signed up for the lifetime membership in the Macro Photo Club, when you signed up you were sent an email that contained the links to the four categories of video. That is how you access the videos. It says in the email to save that email and it is how you access the videos whenever you need to view them.
 
If you are not yet in the Macro Photo Club Lifetime Membership, sign up now. If you are a former membership who’s 12 month membership has run out, contact me for the 50% off code when you sign up for the lifetime membership.
macrogeekmike@yahoo.com
 
For those who would like to be a new member of the Macro Photo Club, go to my website and click on the Macro Photo Club link at the top of the page.
 

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.

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Even mud puddles offer up opportunities.

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Here’s a Cottonwood leaf on the cracked mud next to the water.  I processed with Smart Photo Editor.

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Second image with a pair of Cottonwood leaves sinking in the mud.  I soften the image down giving the image dreamlike feel.  Also processed with Smart Photo Editor.

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Plants As Art

Posted: March 18, 2019 in Uncategorized

Just about everyone has plants near by or maybe even in your home to photograph. By studying the plants and looking for lines and patterns within those plants, you can create some great art work. Here is a plant I found in a botanical garden, which are great places to find lots of interesting plant life.

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Rather than photograph the whole plant or parts that may include the cluttered background, I moved in close with the camera and captured the interesting lines of the plant. I use a Nikon D7000 with my Tamron 18-270 lens. Because this area I was shooting had a lot of depth, I used my highest f/stop at f/32 to get it all in focus. Remember, the larger the f/stop number you use, the larger amount will be in focus.

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The Photographer’s Wife

Posted: March 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

Here’s a great post that was on naturephotographers.net a couple years ago, and thought you all would like reading it. Thanks Michele for this great insight as a photographer’s wife.

Photographer’s Wife
by Michelle Blanchard

Yes. I know not all photographers are men. But, being that my husband is one, I’ve learned that a photographer’s wife:

Knows that a “going for a walk” really means “stand for long, long periods in one spot”.

Becomes accustomed to seeing her husband lay on his belly in public places.

Knows that ‘the light’s gone’ doesn’t mean it’s dark.

Has learned that photography involves expensive gadgets which break, are easily lost, and are used only once in a very great while.

Has learned that photographic equipment multiplies and eventually fills up what used to be the guest bedroom.

Is resigned to the fact that camera manufacturers build obsolescence into each piece of equipment, and that after a year of use, the equipment needs to be replaced.

Never has to wonder what to get her husband for Christmas and birthdays.

Understands that when they board a plane, her bags will be checked, not his camera backpack.

Wisely refuses to carry that backpack.

Has learned that making statements like “watch your settings” and “did you charge the battery?” aren’t considered nagging.

Has learned that, no matter how many photos he takes, she will never see more than one or two.

Has learned that, “Okay, here we go” is always followed up with “Oh, wait”.

Has learned to check all his pockets for memory cards before washing his clothes.

Knows that “blowing out the whites” doesn’t involve explosions or Caucasians.

Cannot get her husband to sit still for a family portrait.

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Slinky Art

Posted: March 16, 2019 in Uncategorized

The Slinky has been around since I was a kid, and it’s a fun simple toy to play with, but also a great subject if you want to create some abstract art. I used the natural light available, and the original image came out as more of a black and white, but I used the “Bi Color User Defined” filter in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 4. F/stop at f/8.

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I have always recommended that photographers attend photo conferences where they get to hear some great speakers, and hopefully learn some new things to help them grow as photographers.  One of the issues I see when attending a photo conference is that there may be a lot of speakers, but they may not be speaking about what you are interested in.  

If you are a dedicated macro photographer like me, you may not be all that interested in hearing someone speak about, portrait photography, street photography, wedding photography, or even landscapes, and wildlife photography.  You pay the price to attend a conference and find that only one speaker may be talking about what you like.   So you don’t get the full benefit of the money you spent to attend.

When I started my Macro Photo Conference six years ago, my idea was to have a full two day conference dedicated to one style of photography, macro.  So you get the benefit of hearing 8 speakers covering the style of photography that most appeals to you.  

Some photo conference are mainly set up as lectures with limited or no shooting opportunities.  In the Macro Photo Conference we have over 100 set ups to photograph, and four hours of shooting time, with the speakers walking the floor helping anyone with questions.

So if this is something the sounds good to you, and are looking to grow as a macro photographer, check out the sixth annual 2019 Macro Photo Conference, near Cleveland, Ohio.

Check it out here. https://tinyurl.com/ybnd92x7