Sometimes it’s the simple stuff that makes life enjoyable. Working and dealing with everyday events can just wear you out and when this happens, you have a choice.

My choice is get up and go do what you enjoy. Today with a wedding to shoot, I have prepared myself in advance for an epic long day, and my mindset is one of excitement as I get ready to leave home and simply bring my A game. Wedding shoots are always a great day for me as I reflect on past events and strive to capture images that will bring smiles and tears to the people I am photographing. Simply put: It’s why I do them.

As I prepare for the day, I also look at the other side of my photography, WILDLIFE! When not doing weddings or events I find myself strolling through trails, woods or swamplands taking shots of a completely different subjects. Today I am going to share with you a photo that reminds me of how simple it is to become focused on the tasks at hand.

I often take a little time each week to revisit the roots of my photography because it reminds me of just who I am and where I came from. When you see this photo, you can say it’s a shot of a goose. Agreed, but the story behind the image and why it was shot is what’s important, to at least myself.


Nothing special but the photo is simple and that’s the point. Revisiting your roots and keeping it simple, puts things into perspective and allows you to refocus and be at your best. Those of you reading, and are involved with photography as a living will understand exactly where I am coming from.

The shot: Canon 7d and Sigma 100 to 500mm combination

Shot with an iso of 400 and an F-stop of 10@1/800 of a sec

Hope you enjoy the shot as I do, and I look forward to your comments.


Until next week, Get out there and keep that Shutter BANGING



Just Because

Just Because.

Please check this out. A friend of mine who inspired me to start a blog on WordPress has opened his deep thoughts and now shares them with the world. Mr. Jim is my oldest friend, and his takes on things are sometimes profound, but his actions are always thought out and calculating. It is time for Mr. Jim to be exposed to the world. He is too cool not to have the world know him.



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You should see what I see – YouTube

As of late, my time has been spent writing articles for a few publications regarding photographs and photography. Taking a break from this I found the time was spent doing what enjoy most. Out there in the field snapping shots, with the 7d. Here is a little slide show, that we quickly put together. Hope you enjoy it.

Enjoy the day, and get out there.



You should see what I see – YouTube.

The Path

One of my favorite areas for photos is a place known as Swallow Hollow. The wildlife shots that I have captured there have been some of my favorites, and often times they happen without warning. Today I am slowing it down a little and sharing a photo of the path taken to some of the wildlife shots.

The boardwalk photo was taken in black and white because I wanted to show the contrast of depth. Also, being early spring I felt that a color photo would not do it justice as color presence is not relative at this time of year.

Like the photo, this post is simple. That is the point step back and look at the little things. Get out there and enjoy.

The shot: Canon 7D

Lens: Sigma 100 to 500mm

Aperture: f-10

Shutter: 1/620

ISO: 200

Focal Distance:100mm

Edit: Adobe Light room

Coming soon: a follow-up to the Pileated Pride suet Project




Boardwalk @ Swallow Hollow

The Long Awaited 7d

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My purchase of a Canon 7d has been long-awaited and now that I am actively shooting with it, my first impressions of this highly advanced piece of equipment is simply, WOW!

With so many advanced features and custom settings to further enhance the quality of your photographs, at first it can seem a little overwhelming. Once you understand the options this camera offers and how to apply them, this quickly becomes second nature when you are out shooting photos.

What impressed me most was the overall image quality. Rich natural colors, tack sharp subjects, and a focusing system that is incredibly fast. Photographing moving wildlife subjects has just become a whole lot easier because of these features.

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Two key factors regarding my decision when purchasing this camera, was its ability to quickly adjust the exposure compensation feature, and its ability to take photos in lower lighting situations. Often times I found myself discarding photos because when photographing wildlife, the most important factor when doing so is to ensure that you can see the subjects eyes. The photos I am posting today are a clear example of how the 7d’s focusing system in cooperation with its lighting optimizer can assist you in achieving that goal.

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One last feature I have found useful is, when switching from auto focus to manual the 7d will beep and light up when the subject is in focus. This makes it so much easier when your camera can’t focus on a subject that may be behind something that your lens sees as the closer object.

Coming soon an update on the Pileated Pride Suet test, with some photos and possibly some video footage.


Until then, I hope you enjoy the shots, and please leave me your feedback.

My best


M.Sargent Photography



Pileated Pride

Pileated woodpeckers have always been one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Up until a year ago, I had never seen one in the wild. That was because I had no idea that they even existed. I quickly became interested after some conversation with an old friend who informed me that they are kind of rare to see. After some internet education, I knew what call to listen for and the type of terrain they like to inhabit. ironically while sitting on my back porch, I spotted one that was feeding on my bird feeders. surprised I snapped a few shots, nothing great but they were proof that I had one visiting my feeders.

Continuing on with my search, I proceeded to take a more active pursuit in trying to photograph one in the wild and after a few days of trail walking I heard the call of the Pileated woodpecker. Moving slowly towards the call, I spotted him flying from tree to tree, as he searched for insects in the bark. As luck would have it, I navigated within 30 yards and proceeded to snap a few shots.

I shared this photo with a company called Pileated Pride and they make suet cakes.

Pileated Woodpecker

They have sent me a sample of their product and after initial inspection, let me say I am impressed! The ingredients used to make this suet are of the highest quality and are sure to be the suet of choice for the birds that visit our feeders.  In the coming days I will be posting video and photographs to prove just how good this suet is.

To let you all in on a little secret, photographing birds in the wild is a great way to spend a day, but over time I have utilized bird feeders and suet cakes to enhance the encounters I have had with our feathered friends. These linked photo’s earned me the nickname “THE BIRD WHISPERER.”

I don’t often find myself endorsing or reviewing products, but in this case I wanted to share with you a product that I have found to be superior in quality and with the video footage I am capturing as well as the photos, you will see why I am giving these guys a shout out.

As always thanks for reading, and look for my next post on the results of Pileated Prides Suet.