The Agony Of Defeat


Losing builds character right. Well that’s what we are supposed to believe anyways. As of late  and if you have been following, my recent focus has been on our hometown basketball teams.

Very proud to have been able to snap these recent photos and what is very disturbing to me, is the officiating I witnessed this year. Ok so this post is a rant, but I need to say it. I watched the officials call fouls that were not fouls, and refused to call fouls that were obvious. In short all I can say is, the only winners here were the officials…. and me.

I captured several shots and the refs just showed how they can affect the outcome of a game. Shame on them and I have the photos to prove how bad they were.

Posted today is a photo that sums up the game, and instead of describing it, I am going to show you.

I call this: THE COACH

THE  COACH

THE COACH

MIKE

Can You Tell it’s Basketball Season


The last several months, time has been spent watching my kids participate in our local schools basketball program. Going as a spectator, most of the time I did not take my camera, just so I could watch the game. My Daughter however gave me a bit of business for this and from that point forward, the camera was in tow. So accomplishing a few objectives here, I set out to nail some shots of the girls, and do some experiments using high ISO’s and editing techniques. Satisfied with my results, I created a new workflow, for the task of creating what is now being called the “Michael Sargent Method”. So far, I’m pleased, some pretty positive things have been coming from the workflow development. One commenter said the images reminded him of Norman Rockwell’s work. Great company as far as I am concerned,but I did not view them that way. Rockwell’s work was generally sketches, but mine are photos converted  to what is being called artistic prints, and the workflow development has been a long and somewhat frustrating task. Having it just about perfected, I’m pleased with the feedback,and caution on the side of continuous improvement before making a final process in the workflow method.

A recent final composition, was taken and developed simply because a mother was present at the game, and as she herself was trying to snap a few photos, and seeing the look of frustration on her face, I offered to make some adjustments to her camera, for better image quality. While doing so I allowed her to view the ones I captured, and she asked me if I would snap a few of her son. Doing so, I showed her the ones I captured, and made a new friend in the process. What came next was the MSP workflow. The images turned out better than I had hoped, and my social media page was full of new likes and  comments. Also cool from my standpoint. What’s next? Who knows, but I am filling requests for prints, and enjoying the highs of knowing that some very happy people are excited about what I produce next..

I call this print MUNGIE. A nickname for the player and titled rightly so…

MUNGIE

MUNGIE

EXPLORATION


Today I am going to go deeper into that rabbit hole and further share this concept of “The Artistic Side”.

Most of the time, my practice generally is based around weddings and or portraits, but as of late my time has been spent doing some landscape images and sports photos just for the fun of it. Admitting  it has been fun, and having another opportunity last night to take some shots, I set up the 7d to nail some action shots. Using a very high ISO 4000 and shutter speeds between 1/320 and 1/500 of a sec, I came up with some pretty good shots. I am going to tell you however that shooting at ISO speeds this high with the 7d you are going to encounter some noise in your shots. What you can do about it, is learn how to edit the images and reduce the noise. Yes it is a bunch of extra work in the editing process, but I think the images within this post are worth a few extra minutes of time considering.

Most of us are aware of the simple fact, that to have a great finish on any composition, you have to get it right within the camera and go from there. My goal with some of these shots was to create an artistic version of some of the originals. I think I accomplished that with these images. First up a total shocker. As the action moved towards my lens, I used a back button focus technique to track, and engaged the shutter. Having snapped several shots in just a few seconds, I was surprised, when I saw this. At the time I had no idea that this was captured. After review I am so glad it was. I am calling this Competitive Spirit.

Competetive Spirit

Competitive Spirit

Taken with a 7d and a Canon Lens, edited in Adobe Lightroom. I used the MSP HDR method to apply an artistic look to the image, and then used a sketching development workflow, that I have been working on for a few months to create this final composition. To close out here are a few more images, using the same process. Hope you enjoy.

JUMPER

JUMPER

FAST BREAK

FAST BREAK

MY best,

MIKE

 

 

Artistic Prints/ The Size of the Dog always Matters


If ya can’t beat em, Join them. That is the age-old saying right? Well I also like to refer to the old saying as well, it’s not the size of the dog that counts it’s the amount of fight within the dog. Myself, well I guess you could say for an old dog I still have some bite & fight left. No point to any of this, but I felt it relevant to things now a days. Here is what’s up. In recent weeks, it has been said that the level and quality of my images has doubled and even tripled in quality and composition. MSP has seen growth in leaps and bounds over the last two years, and based on emails and contact from outside entities I can’t be disappointed. I can however wonder where this all leads in an uncertain future. On the flip side of this thought, do we ever really know what the future holds. So why waste time worrying about it. Smile inserted here.

I recently have been exploring the art of artistic prints, and when I say artistic, I mean heavy photo manipulation. I take a shot, and make some copies. Then I edit the hell out of them and apply some creative touches. I suppose this is all part of the artistic development process. To put it simply, I have been having a little fun exploring my creative side beyond the normal aspect of photography. Some samples, and maybe I am wrong, but I felt that these proofs were good enough to offer up as art. They have been uploaded and are for sale in the MSP store… The question is will they perceived the same way by others who happen to view them? I don’t know, but the initial feedback has been cool.

The Images:

TREE PRINT

TREE PRINT

HOAR FROST

HOAR FROST

Cold Barn

Cold Barn

Needles

Needles

HORSE'S

HORSE’S

Looking for thought’s and opinions. I don’t and never considered myself an artist, but just a simple photographer. Should I continue to pursue is the real question here? This is more of a hobby than a passion, but never the less, it has been fun.

Images seen here can be found in store at. msargentphotography.com

Thanks for having a look.

BE BLESSED,

Mike

 

 

 

 

Rocking Tree


Drawn to this local , I recently shot several versions of this natural wonder.

More in the store.

Enjoy:

MSP

Rocking tree

Rocking tree

Color

Color

Canon 7d and canon lens, iso 400, f-8 @1/400 edit in lightroom.

Shot from the window of my Jeep in WNY near home.

Mike

www.mrsargent.com

 

BRIDGES


With some extra time on my hands, I am  working on a few older shots. Displayed are edits of a favorite subject of mine.. THE GRAND ISLAND BRIDGE. The Black and White version is at the request of a long time friend….

Grand Island Bridge HDR

Grand Island Bridge HDR

Grand Island Bridge B&W

Grand Island Bridge B&W

Images in store and for sale.

Mike