What have I been up to?

Good question isn't it? I haven't posted here in two months so I must been doing SOMETHING right? Well I have been, so read on.

 

     I started teaching workshops, or as I call them Walkshops. Walkshops because I like to teach while out shooting, while walking about and exploring. So far they have been great! Great turnouts, great students, and best of all, great fun! I have a few more classes to teach in the upcoming month and I am really excited for these. I am especially excited to be teaching a class on MY landscape image processing techniques. I had been asked numerous times to teach a class on this so I finally caved and decided it was time to share what I have been working on for the last two years.  It was actually shots like these two that drew students in to this class.  

Shot during a summer storm in Eaton County

Dark skies,white clouds, and lush green countryside make for a contrast explosion.

In addition to the classes I have been occupying my time shooting macros. I can't get over the complexity and beauty of the little insects all around us. I have been asked dozens of times, "where do you find such unique and interesting insects?" and I chuckle because these are not unique really. They are found in huge numbers everywhere! You only need to venture outdoors and slow yourself down to see them. You pass by these little creatures countless times in a day. If you never slow down to admire them for their color and individuality then I guess you may be missing out. All these macros were shot handheld with the Olympus OM-D and mZuiko 60mm f/2.8 macro. I also lit them with off camera flash using the Olympus FL-600r triggered wirelessly w/ the flash that comes with the OM-D.

Little jumping spider no larger than my index fingernail. 

Donating  little blood in the name of photography. 

So that's really sums up a fair bit of what I have been up to lately and I expect to have some more cool things to share latter this summer! Like maybe some photos taken from a hot air balloon? Or maybe a sever storm or two? Let's just see what happens. 

Thanks again for stopping by and remember to share what you shoot with me so I can share it with everyone in my social circles!! 

 

Take care. 

Jamie A. MacDonald