Out of Chicago Winter Photo Fest, Photo Competition.
I’ll be one of many amazing instructors at this years.
Here is the link to enter the contest, outofchicago.com/competition

There are 5 categories:
Street, Cityscape/Architecture, Landscape/Nature, Macro and Portrait

The OOC team will determine the top 5 winners in each category, and we’ll have all 25 printed on 16×20 gatorboard to display at the event.  Our attendees (and presenters too) will get a chance to vote for your favorite!

Can you please share the link and information with your followers and in social media?

Feel free to share the WINTER50 code for $50 off the event.

They can sign up for the event at outofchicago.com/winter

Starfish on the Beach

Posted: January 13, 2017 in Uncategorized
I can’t take credit for this idea as I got it from my photog friend Ken Robb. Ken had a great shot of a starfish that he bought at a shell shop and then took it down to the beach and photographed it as the water rushed over it. So when I was in St Augustine, Florida, I bought lots of shells from the local shell shops and took this starfish down to the beach to shoot this image of the water as it flowed over the starfish. Set my f/stop to f/32 to slow down the shutter speed and give the water a little softness. Not as nice as the shot Ken made, but not bad.

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Winter “Walk About”

Posted: January 12, 2017 in Uncategorized
walk·about
noun \ˈw-kə-ˌbat\
: an occasion in which an Australian Aborigine goes on a long walking journey on land that is far from towns and cities
Walk-about is a time of reflection in solitude from community and routine, a time to detach and fortify the spirit.
Last year I had the need to “walk about” at a local park, escape from community, routine, and fortify the spirit. Of course had to do a little drive about to get around.
Yesterday I posted about using a point and shoot for macro/close-up work, so I just carried my point and shoot. My G16 has a HDR mode and used it on all the images.
The best part of visiting the parks this time of year is I basically have it all to myself. I saw no one on my travels, and that is what a walk about is all about.
I plan to do another “walk about” this winter 2017 and plan to take my DSLR.
Come along on my “walk about”.

 

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I first went to Stony Creek lake to check out the lake edges for things to shoot. Ice is just starting to form.

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One of my favorite subjects to shoot are leaves and I knew I would find some at the edge of the lake. Here is a leaf on top of the ice, and the darker leaf on the sand underneath the ice. Some specs of snow add texture.

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I found this leaf lying next to some interesting patterns in the mud.

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Along the lake in the mud I found a frozen foot print.

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While wandering by the lake I found a big Beech tree which had all kinds of stuff carved into the bark. This one must have been from the sixties, Purple Haze, a Jimi Hendrix song.

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Once I was done at the lake I traveled to the nature center and visited Stony Creek and some ponds. Here’s the creek the park was named after. Looks more like a river than a creek.

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At one of the ponds I found this birch tree that had fallen into the water and is now frozen in place.

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I found leaves, pine needles, and some cedar locked in the ice at the edge of the pond.

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Here is a branch from another birch tree in the ice with streaks of snow.

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As I headed back towards the parking lot I wandered through the woods a little.

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A pine tree had been blown over from high winds and part of a branch and needles rested on this tree trunk.

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I found this really large oak leaf on the forest floor. It was larger then any oak leaf I’ve ever seen. The colored leaf on the left is a normal size oak leaf and the one on the right as you can see is way larger then the normal size leaf. That is one humongous oak leaf.

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I looked for some interesting tree trunk patterns to shoot but wasn’t having much luck, so I did shoot a trunk and with a little help from Topaz Glow I came up with this cool abstract of the bark.

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When I exited the woods I past an open field on the way to the parking lot. You can see the oak tree is still clinging to it’s leaves. The oaks hold their leaves for a long time before they finally drop.

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In the field I found some old milkweed pods and all were empty but one. Added a little Topaz Glow.

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Back to the car now and heading to another part of Stony Creek lake where I also find lots of leaves frozen in ice. Here’s the area I will be searching along.

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Found this half leaf along with some nice patterns from stones under the ice.

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Stones underneath the ice make a nice abstract.

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Here’s one more group of leaves in textured ice.

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For my last stop I headed off to a beach where I was hoping to find some feathers from the local geese and gulls. Wonder why no one is at the beach today.

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Not as many feathers as I had hoped for but did get this one shot of two feathers together, which is not very common.

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On the way back to the van from the beach there is a playground of things that kids can climb on. This was a small area from one of the jungle gym.

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So that was my Walk About and hope you liked traveling with me. I wasn’t all that impressed with what I shot on this trip, and not sure if any will make it onto my website. I didn’t really care if I got any great shots or not, as I said early in the post, I was just trying to escape from community, routine, and fortify the spirit, which I happily accomplished.

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Got on opening in this weekends Macro Boot Camp.
Location of the workshop
Comfort Inn
30715 W.Twelve Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
248-471-9220
Date and time,
January 14  10am – 5pm

January 15   9am – 2pm
Cost $149
To sign up email me at, mgmoats@yahoo.com


Macro with a Point and Shoot

Posted: January 11, 2017 in Uncategorized
I have a few photographers that ask me if they can do macro with their point and shoot cameras. I have been experimenting with a Canon G16 point and shoot camera for my macro/close-up photography and have to say it works very well.
One thing a point and shoot does really well is it gets everything in focus. This camera doesn’t do well to blur backgrounds on flower images, or produce shallow depth of field for soft focus flower abstracts, but it does great at getting everything in focus, so we just have to gear our shooting style to getting everything in focus.
We will search out subjects that everything in the frame is interesting, and looks great when it’s all in focus, and with this style we will be able to create great images with our point and shoot.
Here are some good examples of interesting subjects that work well with everything in focus. Add a little post processing magic and you have a nice image.

Flowing Ferns

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River Sand Patterns

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On the Rocks

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Macro Workshop – New Jersey

Posted: January 11, 2017 in Uncategorized
Macro Boot Camp
Unique Photo
Fairfield, New Jersey
March 18th,19, 2017
Cost $199
Check out the info and to sign up,
https://www.uniquephoto.com/event/383
Hope to see you there.

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Post Processing Tips

Posted: January 10, 2017 in Uncategorized
Learn how I post process.
Photoshop Elements, Nik Software, Topaz, Smart Photo Editor.
28 how-to videos.
Cost only $14.95
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Here is the original out of the camera.

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Here is the processed image.

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