Awesome, what a great eye

Mike Moats

Most macro photographers would walk right by this great opportunity and not see the artwork waiting there for you.  Here are two images of a small tree and a branch that has fallen during some high winds.  I find these a lot where I shoot and always check any interesting combinations of dying leaves.  Love the way they curl as they go through the dying stage.


Here are two images I like that look the leaves are engaging in a group hug.


The next two I shot with a wide open aperture at f/2.8 for a little more artistic feel.

Both of these I used the “Solarization” filter in Nik’s Color Efex Pro 4


Don’t pass up these downed trees and limbs without checking them out first


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Mike Moats

Macro photographers very rarely run into HDR (High Dynamic Range) situations, as the landscapes and wildlife photographers do. About the only time I have to deal with HDR is when I’m shooting dark subjects and white snow, or shooting white flowers with dark subjects. So two days ago we had some nice weather and I ventured out into the swamps and found some lingering patches of snow. There were leaves in the snow, and I found this nice group of three Beech leaves still attached to the stem, and nicely compose in the snow. Typically my camera meter will try to underexpose the image due to the large amount of white snow, and the snow will come out gray rather then white. I could manually over expose the image to bring the white back, but then the leaves become over exposed. So I shot it at the camera’s recommended metering…

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Diversify Your Macro Portfolio – Part 2 – Maximize Those Details

Great Macro tips, by the Macro Master Mike Moats

Mike Moats

I wrote an article that was published two years ago in Outdoor Photographer magazine  called “Diversify Your Macro Portfolio”. It talked about varying the different styles that are available in macro. Over the next six days I explore those various styles, and today is part two, Maximize Those Details.

My most Successful and best-selling images have been those with everything in focus. Viewers tend to like the all-in-focus look, as this is how we view the world. Our eyes see with full depth of field, so this style has a natural look. To shoot this style, I set my aperture to the highest f/stop numbers, which on most lenses is in the f/22 to f/32 range.. I know that goes against the grain of most photographers philosophy that shooting stopped down all the way will cause diffraction, or what most experience as a softness in the details. With digital this…

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