2011 My Year in Review/ HAPPY NEW YEAR


A joyous and prosperous Happy New Year to you.

2011 has been a year of ups and downs and despite the downs, all things considered 2011 shaped up to be a pretty good year. Photography has once again played a major role in my life, and it never seems to disappoint. This year I shot more weddings than in years past and by the look of things 2012 is going to be even busier. As most of you reading know, I have always been geared to be more of a wildlife scenic type photographer, but it would seem that because of what I do and my philosophy of photography practices, there happens to be a few people out there that like the way I do business. All of this adds up to good things for everybody evolved and it is my earnest pleasure to provide people with exceptional quality at an affordable price. Now I almost sound like a car salesman, selling myself, but the fact of the matter is, I don’t do a lot of advertising when you consider the market and how competitive it is. Every wedding I have ever shot has been by referral or by direct contact , through social media sites, and the occasional friend who inquires about me shooting their wedding. The old saying in play, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink, I prefer to allow the horse to go to water and drink by his/her own free will. Now please don’t consider my use of the old saying as the comparison to people as horses, but the effective philosophy plays a major role in selling yourself as someone who is considered to photograph an event as important as a wedding.

Moving on lets talk about 2011 and some major events that took place in my practice. We have touched on the wedding photography, which has been incredible, but one of my proudest moments for this year was the fact that I had won some recognition from a orginization I belong to, known as the New York State Outdoor Writers Association. This prestigious group of professionals sponsors a photography contest for its members known as the Janice M. Kessler Memorial Photography contest. This contest is part of the excellence in crafts competition, and to my delight I placed in several of the categories for photography. Considering the competition I once again must state how honored I was.

2011 Found me doing something with photography that I had never done before. I was contacted by a family member and asked if I would be willing to donate some photos for an auction type charity event, that supported cancer research. Well they didn’t have to sell me on the idea, when I heard about their cause I was all in.  Several personal benefits came from my decision to donate to this event and one was the reconnection with  long time friends, who assisted me on putting together a donation to be proud of. The results of our efforts produced some very positive results. The charity had raised some substantial funds when selling tickets for the two photos we donated. Once again I felt a great swell of pride and happiness for being able to give something back.

Next on my proud moments, my involvement with the Silent Night Project. For one year and as time allowed, I provided some creative input as well as the photographs to be used in that short video which sent a very powerful message. Now although the video did not go viral as we hoped, it did in fact reach to date, 679 people and from my perspective that is a pretty cool thing to do. In short at first I was not to excited about the project until I heard the voice of a very talented singer. Kerri Piepenburg. Her rendition of silent night was a sign that I was meant to be involved with this. Just in case you have not seen it and would like to check it out, here is the link  Silent Night Nothing’s Right .  What impressed me most with the results of this video was the comments. So many understood the message and the comments regarding my shots were humbling.

With so much success seen in 2011, I have made the decision that it’s time to give back. I leave you now with some photos from 2011 and my wishes for a safe and prosperous 2012.

Michael

Night shot of Peace bridge

Buffalo Skyline

Grand Island Bridge

Silent Night Nothing’s Right// The Release


A Tremendous Monday to you , welcome to the post.

After a year in the making, I am pleased to announce the release of the Torquil Studio Film, Silent Night Nothing’s Right. It is our earnest desire that understand the message within the video and enjoy it as much as we did producing it.  Please share this video with your friends and family whom you feel would enjoy it. Thank you for your support .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nuJprtFHsk

Michael

Silent Night Nothing’s Right Part 3


Greetings Everyone,

With Just a few days to go before the release of Silent Night Nothing’s Right, please allow me to update you on the status of our progress. Over the last year we have spent a lot of time and effort putting together what we hope will be a well received message to the world. With just a few minor issues to work out, we are officially ready. So some of you may be asking the question, Why are we doing this, and what for? To answer that question allow me to respond with a very simple reply. First off the release of Silent Night is not to promote what is all ready a world full of gloom and doom. It is in fact meant to make each and every one of you aware of the beauty that surrounds you, and despite the way of the world, looking at things in another perspective may change your entire outlook on life for the better. The second reason this is being done is an experiment. Over the past year I have built a highly engaged network of followers and fans using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook just to mention a few. Being a total nerd I have purchased some software that will track just how viral the video will go and the sources of traffic that pushed and or shared the video. In addition I have also asked my network to share retweet and help us make this video trend and go viral. I believe that this will happen. The goal of our efforts is to put our work and our brands on the map and allow us to continue to do some great things and hopefully, we can make a few dreams reality, not only for us, but for a few incredibly talented people that we have engaged over the last year.  Once we achieve our goals Torquil Studio’s will be working on several concepts for the production of some highly entertaining, genre specific productions.

Through the Lens, Shoot 2 Thrill, are just a few of the projects we will be working on in the future. We also will be working with local business to produce and develop commercials, as well as promotional material. So in short, lets just see what direction this takes MSP.

My shot of the week, The Buffalo Skyline. I shot this photo for the Silent Night Project. The info, shot at f-10 with an iso of 400, and a shutter speed of 5 seconds. Tripod was used for stabilization. To note we were on the waterfront elevated in a watch tower. It was cold! But the shot was worth enduring the elements.

Buffalo Skyline

As always thanks for reading and please tell me what you think of the photo.

MIKE

Silent Night Nothing’s Right Part 2


Well here we are again, being ten days away from the release of Silent Night Nothing’s Right, I am finding that between my real job and my projects , the time is flying by. I am excited, and slightly overwhelmed as we approach the release date. We still have a lot to do, Including this post which is the start of my task list. First up, I want to share with you a second shot of the Grand Island Bridge. This photo was taken the same evening, but I used a different time setting to capture it. Instead of a full 30 second exposure, I  cut the time down to 15 seconds and this was the results. Although the sky has some grain, the subject of the photo was crisp and sharp.

Grand Island Bridge at 15 sec exposure

Next on the agenda is the “PROJECT”

I wanted to take this opportunity to give a very special thanks to a very talented young lady. She is an undiscovered talent, and was sent to us by a power that we just can’t understand, but it was clear to us that after we met her and saw just how much talent she possesses, we were destined to do this. Kerri-Ann Everett-Piepenburg contributed to the project by singing the song Silent Night . Her spine tingling vocals were so controlled, I was impressed, when right out of the gate she nailed the song in studio the first time. It showed us her passion and experience as a vocalist, and for the life of me I can’t understand why no one has picked up on her talents until now. Kerri, we at Torquil are going to do everything in our power to show the world how talented you are.

I also have to give a huge mention to my followers on Facebook and Twitter. You are going to make this happen, and I want the world to know that this would not have possible without you.

So in closing, with many  tasks on the  list, I bid you an excited farewell.

Stepping the game up!!!!!!

Michael