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It's our fourth episode of Tamron Recipes. Time really does fly when you're having a good time. Looking back on the original idea, which seems like yesterday, we underestimated how much fun these would be to create. Even more important has been how much great information each artist is willing to share and their diversity.
With each new post, we always comment on "the recipe for success." We all know the expression, and there are four primary ingredients:
What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients:
Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities,
and be a member of a team.
Mike Moats is with us in the Tamron Kitchen. And, like our previous artists his career matches that quote above. Mike loves what he's doing and especially the diversity in the images he shares. He never slows down on giving it his very best with each click of the shutter. He never misses an opportunity to share pieces of the world that most of us miss. And, Mike's part of an incredible team, the Tamron family.
About the Image and the SP90 mm lens: The 90mm is Mike's go-to lens for much of his macro work. We loved Tamron's explanation for one of the reasons why this is such a great lens for macro work: "Minute objects are projected on the camera’s image sensors at a magnification ratio of 1:1 so that the photographer can enjoy a macro world on print that would otherwise be impossible to experience with the naked eye."
Being a great macro photographer is about so much more than just getting in close - it's about finding character in your subjects, which is no different than a portrait artist - just in a smaller world, as Mike explains:
Finding character: When you are out shooting, go slowly and take the time to study every subject for interesting characteristics. All settings that contain flowers, leaves, trees, and bugs have the potential to reveal elements of character. Character is reflected in an object’s distinctive shape, remarkable lines, exceptional contrast, unusual pattern, unique texture, or special light. Finding character in nature is about creating images that set themselves apart from the ordinary and mundane that most photographers capture.
About "Chef" Mike: Mike's an award-winning photographer who started shooting as a hobby in 2001. Today's it's his full-time business and his images have been published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Natures Best Magazine, PC Photo Magazine, Nature Photographer Magazine, Photolife, Whisper In The Woods, Michigan Game Finder, NANPA’s Expressions Books, Pure Michigan Book, and Tamron and Fujifilm's Newsletters.
He's also no stranger here at SCU and has always been willing to share his images and insight to help you become a better photographer. But, what's missing in his bio is his incredible passion for the craft, teaching and becoming one of the industry's most respected educators. Check out his workshop schedule, the Macro Photo Club and definitely wander through his galleries!
Stay tuned for Part II of Mike's Tamron Recipe coming next Tuesday with his podcast. You'll immediately pick up on his love for photography and education. Plus, we'll be sharing more of his work with a series of stunning images! Check out Mike's website with a click on his image above.
Stay tuned - Things never slow down in the Tamron Kitchen! There's a lot more coming this year with a new "chef" and "recipe" every month! And, if you'd like more information about the remarkable SP90mm lens, just click on the banner below.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.