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01 May 2016

Ah, St Augustine

Greetings from southwest Florida,

This week’s images are from St Augustine, where over the last several days I was a guest presenter at the St Augustine Birding and Photo Festival. This is the third year in a row that Michele and I have been invited to host my macro workshop at this event, and we always enjoy our time there. This year we had over thirty people sign up for my workshops and participants walked away with some fantastic images. I have to say that this is my favorite event to be a part of and one of our favorite towns to visit. There is so much history in St. Augustine and the birding / wildlife photography is second to none. Below are a few quick images I was able to process tonight after getting in just a short while ago, but I will have a lot more in the weeks ahead.
I hope you enjoy these photos.
Have a blessed week.
Mike
Harbor Reflections White Egret with eggs Amazon Milk Frog Gator Bellowing
17 Apr 2016

Looking for Patterns in Nature

Greetings from Southwest Florida,

This week’s photos are from this weekend as I was looking for unique patterns in nature using my high magnification macro lens, the Canon MPE65. Looking through this lens is always amazing to me and the detail of some subjects is spectacular. Starting at one to one and going up to 5 times life size is like looking through a microscope. Below are a few of the images of showing this type of photography. I will have this lens available at my upcoming workshops to let participants try it out on some unique subjects.
Last but not least, I have included a photo that my wife Michele took of an Eagle Owl’s face at the Florida Space Coast Birding and Wildlife festival back in January. I was pleased to hear this past week that it took First Place overall in the amateur division for the FCCC (Florida Camera Club Council) digital photo contest! This image received the most votes for the color division and she was in competition with photographers from all over the state. Congratulations Michele!!
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.
Have a blessed week
Mike
Sharks eye shell Wing of a Polyphemus Moth Bearded Dragon
10 Apr 2016

Macro at the Mote Aquarium

Greetings from southwest Florida,

This week’s images are from this past Wednesday as Michele and I went up to Sarasota to celebrate her birthday. We had a great day, and one of the places we visited was the Mote Aquarium. I have always been fascinated with salt water aquariums, so I decided to try some macro photography using the same techniques that I use in my frog and reptile workshops. I was really pleased with the results and the flash made all the difference stopping the action and giving me tack sharp images of some of these underwater beauties.
Below are just a few of the images I took using this technique to get these shots.
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.
Have a blessed week.
Mike
Isaiah 40:31
Tips for shooting into aquariums
1. The glass has to be clean and clear. (no algae or scratches) The same goes for the water, it has to be pretty clear.
2.  Be conscious of the background, wait for the fish to swim into the open, or against a natural setting.
3.  Lens has to be square to the glass and right up against it (in this case I was using my 50mm macro lens up against the glass of the aquarium)
4.  Use a flash above or to the side to light the subject. A ring flash hand held over the top of the lens tilted in a downward direction worked great for these images.
5.  Use manual mode, 1/200 sec, F16- 22, ISO 400
Queen Trigger Fish Hogfish profile Clown Fish 0M4A1829 copy Octopuss email copy
03 Apr 2016

Macro workshops

Greetings from southwest Florida,

This week’s images are from yesterday as I provided my collection of reptiles and amphibians for a macro workshop for the Canon Co. and Adam Jones, a Canon Explorer of light, here in Fort Myers Florida. We had a great group of folks from all over the country and they took hundreds of images from my collection of exotic animals.  Below are few of the images I took while on break between the different sessions. If you like this type of photography, I will be hosting one more workshop here in Fort Myers in June before I send a lot of these animals back to private collectors until next year. Please see below the upcoming events and please let your friends and Camera Clubs know this will be the last chance until 2017 to get these type of images of these hand selected animals.
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.
Have a blessed week.
MikeAmazon Milk Frog Red Eye Tree Frog Blue Jean Dart Frog Blue Azurius Leopard Gecko Panther Gecko
27 Mar 2016

Circle B Bar Ranch

Greetings from southwest Florida and “Happy Easter”

I hope everyone has had a great day with family and friends celebrating our risen Lord.
This week’s images are from Circle B Bar Ranch where the variety of wildlife is always amazing. It is my favorite place in Florida to photograph wildlife. These photos are from just a few weeks ago when I co-led a three day birding workshop with my good friend Adam Jones. This workshop is already on the calendar for 2017 if you would like to join us the first week of March. All of these images were shot with the Canon 7D Mark II and the new 100-400 lens. It is a great wildlife combination and allows you to travel light as you are hiking. Recently, I have been asked when my next macro Frog and Reptile workshop will be here in southwest Florida. I am happy to announce that I will be hosting a one day event from 9a-4p on June 4th here in Fort Myers at the Homewood Suites across from Gulf Coast Town Center. It will be limited to 12 participants.  So, for those who are interested, please let me know by April 15th.
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.
Have a blessed week.
Mike
Little Green Heron email copy copy Great Blue Heron email copy copy Great Horned Owl baby email copy Baby Gator email copy Yellow Rumped Warbler email copy
21 Mar 2016

Birding central Florida

Greetings from southwest Florida,

This week’s images are all from today as I decided after church to take a little road trip. I have been wanting to check out a new place called Dinner Island Ranch, as well as visit some dear friends in Alva Florida. My first stop was in Alva, where I had hopes of getting a few painted and Indigo bunting photos. As luck would have it the birds were there and I was able to get some nice images. From there I headed east to check out this place called Dinner Island Ranch, a wildlife management area in Hendry County. It is about 50 miles east of our home in Estero and just west of Lake Okeechobee. There are over 21,000 acres in this management area, and you can drive through most of it. My main goal here was not only to explore new territory but to look for the Crested Caracara. It was a great place and I was not disappointed seeing at least six Caracara’s along the way. There were a lot of smaller song birds there with some wood storks and other wading birds mixed in, but the Caracara was my main goal. I even got lucky and saw this beautiful Yellow Rat Snake crossing the road.
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.
Have a blessed week.
Mike
P.S. Coming soon the 2017 Macro workshops, and Birding tours will be on my web site in the days ahead.
Painted Bunting email copy Indigo Bunting email copy Painted Bunting-1 email copy Crested Caracara-1 email copy Mockingbird email copy Yellow rat snake email copy
13 Mar 2016

Birding Coast to Coast

Greetings from southwest Florida,

This week’s images are from my recent bird photography workshop where 12 of us traveled from the West coast of Florida to the East coast for three incredible days of bird photography. My good friend Adam Jones and I co-led this workshop together and we photographed 5 top birding locations. It is always nice to see other fellow photographers along the way like my good friend Patsy Hall in Venice, and Vinny Colucci at Viera Wetlands. We had great weather and the birds were plentiful at all of our stops. One of my greatest joys is to show others how to see the little things in nature and not always just the big picture. I feel truly blessed to be able to teach and help others capture nature in its truest form.
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos
Have a blessed week
Mike
Isaiah 40:31
Upcoming workshops:
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07 Mar 2016

Macro, Birds and More

Greetings from southwest Florida,

This week’s images are from this past week, where my good friend Adam Jones and I held three back to back photography workshops here in southwest Florida. We had a great group of folks at all three events. We started out with a two day macro workshop last weekend, then followed by a three day central Florida birding and wildlife tour. We then ended the week with another two day macro workshop over this past weekend. All three of these events were sold out, and the participants who came walked away with hundreds of great images to take back home with them. We had such a great time and many of the participants flew in from the Midwest, and the Northeast. While still others came from as far as New Mexico, and even Brazil.
Below are just a few photos that I took this past week, and the 2017 dates will be posted very soon. So I hope you can join Adam and me next year for either a macro workshop, or the central Florida birding and wildlife tour. My next macro event will be at the St Augustine Birding and Photo Fest April 29th and 30th 2016. For more details please click on the link below.
I hope you enjoy this week’s images.
Have a blessed week.
Mike
P.S I just want to say thanks again to all of you that attended, and to Expo Imaging and Hunts Photo for the use of the Light Benders, and Ray Flash for the macro workshops. The results using these items were amazing.
Albino Blood Python email copy American Bittern email copy Scrub Jay email copy Whites Tree Frog email copy
28 Feb 2016

Macro in Jurassic Park

Greetings from southwest Florida,

This week’s images are from today as my good friend Adam Jones and I concluded our first of two weekend macro workshops here in Fort Myers, Florida. We had a great time, and the fourteen participants went home with hundreds of images of the 40 plus animals that I brought to this event. Some of them almost looked prehistoric, like this Green Plumed Basilisk that I bought recently. I also have a good friend who brought some of his personal collection of Chameleons and other exotic animals making it for the best collection of exotic reptiles and amphibians we have ever had at one of these events. This two day event is already on the 2017 Calendar and is already starting to fill up. So, please join Adam and I next year as we bring this one of a kind macro event to southwest Florida. If you can’t attend this event, then join Adam and I for a Canon event on April 2nd here in Estero, Fl.  Or join me in St Augustine in late April at the St Augustine Birding and Photo Fest  where I will have some amazing animals for you to photograph.
I hope you enjoy this week’s photos.
Have a blessed week.
Mike
Panther Chameleon email copy Vailed Chameleon Green Plumed Basilisk Bearded Dragon
21 Feb 2016

Macro at Corkscrew

Greetings from southwest Florida,
This week’s images are from yesterday at my macro workshop at Corkscrew Swamp sanctuary. It was a great time with 11 participants, and besides all the animals I brought, we had the opportunity to photograph a baby alligator courtesy of Sally Stein, Director of programs at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. Several of you have shared some of your images you took yesterday at the workshop and it looks like there are a lot of potential contest winners out there! Great job!  I also want to thank all the folks who came out Fridayevening from the Fort Myers camera club for my macro presentation. We had a great time and great food. Looking ahead, I will be at Del Ray Beach camera club hosting a macro workshop, and the Englewood Camera Club this coming week. So I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there. I have attached a couple of links below for some other upcoming workshops, one with Canon and the other at the St Augustine Birding Festival. Also, my good friends at Hunts photo and Video are giving great discounts on macro gear in support of my workshops – items like the Light Bender and Ray Flash by Expo Imaging. Many of you have tried these out at the workshops with fantastic results. So take advantage of these great deals.
I hope you like this week’s photos.
Have a blessed week.
Mike8T4A0029 Alligator reflection Red Eyed Tree frog email