Strange Green Hairy Stuff

Posted: May 18, 2016 in Uncategorized
The moss in this image was found in a swampy wooded area, and is something I’ve only seen one time in my forty some odd years traveling through the wilderness. I was shocked to see an area of about a thirty foot circle of this florescent green color that just glowed. There were cottonwood leaves scattered all over, and the moss was starting to grow on top of the leaves. I returned to this spot the next year hoping to shoot it again, and it wasn’t there. It may take a certain type of condition for this to appear. I can’t tell you what type of moss it was, but it goes to show if you cover enough ground and spend a lot of time in the field, you to will eventually run into these interesting subjects. I wanted every part of the image in focus, so I stopped down to f/32. I positioned the main part of the leaf in the upper thirds and the stem on a diagonal.

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Places to Shoot

Posted: May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized
Lucky for me I live close to the largest indoor museum in the country, because it has tons of great subjects to do close-up photography. Trains, Planes, Cars, Race Cars, Trucks, Carriages, Old Farm Equipment, Huge Machinery from Ford Factories, Clocks, Antique Furniture, Old Ornate Wood stoves, and others cool stuff I can’t think of right now. The building also sits next door to Greenfield Village which has tons of old famous buildings that were moved there. Tripod are welcome, and bring your long zoom lens. I always go during the week days when there are less people. I’m going to try and offer a workshop here in the fall 2016.
The Henry Ford Museum is located in Dearborn, Michigan, just outside of Detroit.

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Before and After

Posted: May 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Here is the Before out of the camera.
I decided to do something from the bizarro world.

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In the first After image I used the “Line and Ink #1” filter in Topaz Simplify4.

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In the second After image I again used Simplify4 and picked the “Painting Colorful” filter.

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As a macro photographer I have always owned consumer grade cameras, and have never even shot a pro level camera from the big brand names like Canon and Nikon. Most photographers would wonder why I don’t use the pro cameras. It’s simple, I teach workshops to people that shoot with consumer grade cameras. At least 75 percent of the people in my Macro Boot Camps own consumer grade lower priced cameras. For the people that sign up for my workshops they would like to know that they can get good quality images with their camera.
I’m speaking here to the macro photographers and not saying that a consumer grade camera will work best for other types of photography, so please don’t email me explaining how you need that expensive camera for what you do, this post relates to the macro field.
My workshop participants don’t want to hear that they need to buy the pro level equipment to produce good quality images, they want to know if they can get great images using their cameras. By me showing that I make a living shooting with consumer grade cameras, it gives them more confidence with their cameras. If they see my articles and images in Outdoor Photographer, or other magazines, they can say hey, his camera isn’t any better than mine, and he’s in a magazine.
The fact is that consumer grade cameras for macro photography will produce images that can be considered pro level quality, as I have done it. So people in my workshops can have the confidence to know that with some practice and knowledge they to can capture great images without emptying their bank account.

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For those of you that live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area, I will be doing a free 90 minute macro program at Norman’s Camera Store. 2954 28th Street SE Grand Rapids, MI 49512

Program starts at 6pm. Thursday May 12th

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Sometimes you have a great subject to shoot but a really cluttered background making it impossible to create an image with a nice blurred background. If this happens to you, just insert a background behind the main subject. See how to create these natural looking backgrounds. Also use them in the house when your shooting flowers.

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Image of the Week

Posted: May 11, 2016 in Uncategorized

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