Trying out for another exhibit – Letters and Leaves exhibit

Ever hopeful I have submitted some photos for another exhibit, this one is Letter and Leaves at the UM Botanical Garden, they ask for “your most inspired photographs to accompany and enhance the poems on display—images that explore and reveal the theme of the poetry of nature.” SO, I submitted these three:

Orca near Vancouver, BC

Ivy climbing wooden slats

Inca tern

Cross your fingers!

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Addendum November 12th – I found out last week that “Striving,” the photo of the climbing ivy, was accepted into the exhibit! I’m getting it framed right now, so excited…

Review – Mike Moats Macro Bootcamp

I recently attended Mike Moats Macro Bootcamp.

It was everything I hoped it would be. A tell-it-like-it-is description of how he takes his wonderful photographs, to the level of detail that you can do it yourself. He covered lenses, accessories, camera details, the keys to flower and critter photographs, what buyers want, taking photographs at a botanical garden, elements of design and composition, finding character in nature, his workflow, including demos of how he uses software to clean up his photos, fun ideas for photography, and many many more.

He has lots of opportunities for you to try out his tips, with plenty of things to take photos of. He walks around and gives you advice, suggestions, and lots of encouragement. Overall a very positive experience.

I can already tell the difference when I’m looking for that photo to take, such as at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens earlier this week:

Matthaei peonies pink between whites

You can follow his blog to learn more about this amazing and amazingly generous photographer.