Shooting vs.Being Shot

As I have stated in the past, 2012 has been a great year for me in regards to photography. Although the winter months haven’t produced anything great as far as photographs are concerned, the shots I have taken in the past have caught the eye’s of several people in the industry, and they have asked for stories regarding the shots. Feeling that these stories are great opportunities for exposure to my brand, I have gladly obliged, and started to bang on the keyboard, offering stories behind the photos, from the perspective of a small town guy who happens to have  a deep-rooted passion for photography.

One aspect of this entire venture I did not see coming was the request for an updated profile picture to go along with the submissions. As the one who is normally behind the lens, I found myself in a unique and somewhat uncomfortable position of having to have my photograph taken. Having some reservations, I found myself in front of the lens as we proceeded to photograph a simple profile picture. Mind you, these photos were not taken in a studio, nor were they taken professionally. What we learned from this, some people are better at shooting than being shot. I posted on Facebook that photographers take the worst photos, and as I expected, a few comments were left, stating that this is a weird statement. Unable to disagree, I made light of the fact that when I am the one being photographed, no matter how skilled you are, you are going to be challenged to produce a good photo. As a good friend had also stated, “VERY SCAREY PICTURE’S MR. SARGENT” !!!! This comes from the guy who took the photos, and he himself walked away from this, knowing that some people are better behind the lens, than in front of it.

We did however decide that a few of the photos would be worthy of submission, and being unable to give you the settings of the photo’s themselves. These photos were submitted as potential profile photos.

So I am asking you, what photo do you think would be better suited to represent myself?

Michael Sargent

Michael Sargent

Michael Sargent

As I can easily make fun of myself, I sit here typing, with the thought running through my head, some things unlike a fine wine don’t improve with age. Thanks John for trying!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on my profile photos.





Putting Your Heart Into Your Passions

This week I am going to simply say, HOLY COW!

The last few weeks have been incredible. And my time has been spent focused on some pretty incredible happenings.

Diving right into things, Over the last month I have received invitations to be a guest writer for a couple of popular photography based websites. I gladly accepted these invitations, and began doing something I never thought I would be able to do. Writing has not been my strong suit, and although I maintain this blog, my skill as a writer is by my own standards not up to par.

With that being said, I started this blog under the advice of my oldest friends Jim and Barb Anderson. By doing this and following there suggestions, it has presented these guest writing pieces for my personal brand. Simply said, Thanks Jim and Barb for your insights and suggestions.

So first off which is part of the 7×5 network asked me to write a guest piece. After doing so, I was informed that the piece was well received. The comments left regarding the piece was also humbling as it was really my first attempt at writing. Some of the comments:

  1. Posted January 24, 2012 at 5:24 am by E. Sok | Permalink

    A very evocative photo, that one. Great shot.

  2. Posted January 24, 2012 at 7:24 pm by Paul Rainer | Permalink

    That is a stunning photo. The night and the lighting gives it a beauty that definitely would not be found in day light.

  3. Posted January 26, 2012 at 11:40 am by Abigail Winters | Permalink

    Great story and wonderful image. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Posted January 26, 2012 at 11:42 am by Alexandra | Permalink

    I admire your patience to get the right image — and it was well worth it. Fascinating!

  5. Posted January 26, 2012 at 11:46 am by Fred Stuart | Permalink

    Excellent post and great imagery as a result of your patience.

  6. Posted January 26, 2012 at 12:10 pm by Katlyn | Permalink

    You are absolutely correct about displaying the beauty of our world, despite the negativity. You captured it beautifully – I appreciate your story and truly admire that gorgeous photo.

  7. Posted January 27, 2012 at 10:50 pm by Isobelle | Permalink

    It sure was worth your wait and patience to capture such splendid glory. Beautiful!

  8. Posted January 28, 2012 at 11:58 pm by Khushroo | Permalink

    The really interesting part for me in this capture is the sky – you often see the sky as blue or black but never really a dark brown – that makes this original in my view

  9. Posted January 29, 2012 at 7:10 am by Jim | Permalink

    I love the camera tips you gave like using the built in timer to eliminate camera shake. I thought I needed a remote for my camera.

  10. Posted February 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm by Paul Cunningham | Permalink

    Incredible imagery. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and your tips.

    Here is the link to the article the published.

    With all of this going on I was also contacted by  Abe’s of Maine .Now in the world of photography, this is a big deal from my standpoint. They thought enough of my images to ask me to write a piece. This is also done and after some suggestions from my contact he has forwarded the piece to the editor. It was communicated to me that he liked the piece and would inform me when it was published. I will put up a link on my Facebook page as soon as I get the word.

    On top of all this, I t had become clear to me that I needed to make a change regarding the M.Sargent Photography Mobile. My 2006 ford truck was killing me with fuel costs. I had decided that it was time for a change. For years I had always wanted a Jeep Wrangler. Not that it was the best choice, but a long story short, I have my Jeep and I want to thank the sales team from the Basil auto group.  These guys worked their asses off to make this happen and I respect that. Give them a shout if you are in the market and tell them, Mike Sargent sent ya. Steve, Mike, Chris, Thank you again for your efforts.

    Now that I have given you an update let’s get to the reason for this blog. This shot turned out to be a favorite of mine. After my trail walk, and unable to capture any images of regard. I strolled back to my truck and proceeded to return home. Along the way I spotted these geese, setting up a nesting area. As you can tell by the photo we still had some snow on the ground, and these two had made the recent migration back to the Iroquois refuge. Pulling off the road, I grabbed my camera and set up for a shot. Returning home I immediately imported the image into my computer, and I began to enjoy this shot the more I looked at it. After doing some light editing in Adobe Lightroom, I began to develop a biased opinion regarding this shot.

    In summary,

    I have to say that for the most part Things of late have been incredible. My hard work and my images contain my passions for photography. I cant wait to see what else 2012 will bring. The proof is right here, that putting you heart into your passions is always a good thing!

    The shot Canon and Sigma lens combination, 400 iso, shot at f 5.6 at 1/400 of a second. Light color correction and sharpening performed in Adobe lightroom.

    As always thanks for reading, and I look forward to your comments and feedback.

    My best,