SUNSET


I don’t really know what to say. Sunsets are always cool to watch, and when a camera is in hand it is just to easy to capture. A simple tree, standing out in a field, all of a sudden becomes a piece of a memory and I get to capture it forever. Now that’s just cool.
Enjoy!

Just above the horizon

Just above the horizon

Painted Skies

Painted Skies

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Mike

 

 

Special Places.We all have them.


You know that feeling you get, when you have a number of things on your mind that seem to simply consume your thoughts? You know what I’m talking about, thoughts so deep that your entire focus shifts to all these pressing matters and keeps you from completing more important tasks. We all have experienced it, and we all deal with matters in different ways. When these things happens, sometimes and to coin the old phrase, Go to Your Happy Place, is all that is required to bring back some clarity. If nothing else if you allow yourself to take in the scene, it just may leave you with a better outlook. I think everyone has a happy place and this location and image, I could clearly see as being on of these places.

Splash

Splash

In closing, I understand we live in a world full of problems. Do we create these problems, or are we subject to an environment created by the world we live in?

Either way, Have a happy place.

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Mike

 

 

Construction. Seemingly on your own


Going over some images, it seemingly started the wheels spinning. My blog is generally all about images and maybe some thoughts every now and again, but recent events have led to some turmoil and that has left me a little uninspired.
Here is a photo that is kind of significant of my mind-set at this time.

Building a Home

Building a Home

This Osprey has flown many miles to create his home, and his hard work is appreciated by his own virtue. Far too often, circumstances that are beyond his control interfere with his very natural instinct to provide for himself and his potential mate. Although these things are out of his control, he will still endure the trials of nature to do what his instincts tell him. How this compares to human beings. We talk and communicate. Although some do it better, we still have feelings, and we are supposed to be civilized, and we are supposed to be compassionate. When disagreements occur, it’s never a good thing, but we are supposed to work together to a resolution. Supposed to. That is the key words.  Unlike nature, we so-called civilized human beings have a choice in life and our choices have repercussions. unfortunately, some people just don’t care about how others may feel or the repercussions of actions. This in turn leads to a whole new road of problems. We often times can see the realities of nature and just how cruel it can be. In nature however, the balance always exists unlike in the world of the human animal.

Osprey I envy your world.

Osprey

Osprey

Gonna leave you with a simple goodbye.

Mike

Busy


Ok just a quick post. My apologies for my lack of reading as of late. I generally like to have a look around and like what I see on WP. Simply, I work 14 hours a day, and trying to maintain all this social media can be tough.
So if any is slighted, I’m sorry, but for now A man has to do what a man has to do.
May you find your lives blessed, and be aware, I am watching.

Mike.

Special Places


The State of West Virginia, is a place that is very near and dear to my heart. I can say that is likely because of all the fond memories and experiences I had there when we would go visit family as kids. My Aunt’s, Uncles and Cousins were always just fun to be around. Yes, a very special place indeed.

Some of the most scenic land in the country, can be found right here and here is just an example. Unsure of the name at this time, this mountain falls can be found outside of Fayetteville, West Virginia, and it is a place that offers just a serene, pleasant environment.

Mountain Falls

Mountain Falls

I shot this image in HDR , with the intent on capturing all the details. Hope you take away from the image the same feeling I do after viewing it.

My best,

Mike

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The Roses of Winter


I have made this comparison many times in the past but, Cardinals are the Roses of Winter. Enjoy the shot.

WINTER ROSE

WINTER ROSE

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Mike

 

Saying Goodbye


Many of you who read my posts, know that one of my favorite creatures to watch is the hummingbird.There antics and sweet little chirps provide me my morning entertainment while having my traditional cup of coffee.  This year however we seemed to have more present than in the past, as we were at times refilling our 3 feeders almost daily.

All good things must come to an end, and with fall approaching our encounters have quickly decreased. Yet again little one I bid you farewell till next spring. Your countless hours of entertainment will be missed. When you return I promise you. the nectar will be waiting.

Just stopped to say goodbye

Just stopped to say goodbye

I really hate to see them go.

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Mike

 

THE BOND


Last post, I mentioned that I was going to do a little talking about a project in the works. Well a slight change of plans… Where to begin. Lets just summarize. With an opportunity on the table, and considering ethics and morals, one could be considered a terrible person if they forego what they believe in and  trade those beliefs for a quick out. The problem however lies in the reality that some people cannot keep the tasks at hand in focus, nor can they finish what they start. Then if they do finish something, the failure of following up is huge disappointment. Look, I will say that from my perspective, having some success is a great feeling, but when you work so hard and the others involved in the projects don’t seem to share your drive, it’s disappointing. Saying that you don’t do cold calls, or expect people to contact you instead of taking some initiative to aspire to a goal is setting things up for failure. Knowing this now, is kind of a good thing, because I can use the time to do something more productive instead of wasting the time with stupid ideas, that produce little results. For proof, I offer this 3.7 million reached vs. 355 views and out of the 355, about 85 percent were generated by my activity. I know My opening is kind of “what the hell is he talking about”, but trust me the point I am making, to achieve a goal you must step outside of your comfort zone sometimes. If you are unwilling, than you will never know, what you could have done. You cant expect everyone else to step outside a comfort zone, if you are not willing to do the same. With my rant being over and related to my photo for this week. Here is the similarities. Bonds. Think about what a bond is. and please don’t confuse it with bound. People often mistake these two words and from this perspective a bond is a connection. An understanding of trust and mutual caring. Bonds are rare and even more rare when we are talking about Human and Beast. I feel very privileged to have captured and even more privileged to be able to share this with you, the reader.

My Photo for the week.

The Bond

The Bond

Shot with the Canon 7d camera and the Tamron 18 to 270 lens, I employed the aperture of f-8 and an iso of 400. Partial metering was used and a single focal point focused on the kiss itself provided a very good depth of field once the shutter set at 1/500 was pressed.

Post processing. I used Adobe Lightroom to put a warm glow in the white balance, and proceeded to adjust the exposure and contrast and reduce a few high lights caused by the overhead sun. I then used a developed MSP script, to give the image an HDR appearance. Thus creating my final composition. I know not everyone will like this because of the HDR appearance, but from my view, this is how HDR should look.

As stated in the last post these were taken while on a video shoot for an entirely different project. My guess is when this video project is done, if it ever gets done and I get to view it. The results of this will be much like the same as many of the past projects. Yeah it will be seen, but it will be seen without me promoting it, and it will be another disappointment in a long list of many. The Question is why?

The image here has already been seen by thousands, on facebook, twitter, and google. The reviews and comments are inspiring and I want to give a big thanks and hugs to those who have left me with so much positive feedback…. I offer a fist bump, handshake, or a kind thank you for this and I will use this experience as future inspiration.

Thank you,

Mike

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Gentle Power


Horses,are always a favorite subject of mine to photograph. Most impressive is the connection they sometimes can have with people. I have never seen a horse do this before, but hugging a person is something that made my eyes pop out of my head.

A hug

A hug

I shot this, did some editing and post script applications to create this image. Going more for impact than clarity, I think I captured the moment in this composition.

Another image from this shoot was a trot. I think this one is just a nice composition.

_MG_3714-EditThese shots were both taken while on a video shoot, for a project being done by Torquil Studios. Next post I will show a little preview of what is going on there. Until then.

Get outside and enjoy the world.

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Mike