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LONG WALK SHORT PIER

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Some recent work.

Waterfront Buffalo, New York

Waterfront Buffalo, New York

LONG WALK SHORT PIER

Yeah about That


Today is one of those days that maybe I shouldn’t post. However I say throw caution to the wind.
Yesterday with plans foiled by crazy winds, I finished up some editing. These images are what I was working on. First the Lighthouse done as an HDR. The whole HDR thing is a love it or hate it genre of pictures. They are always subject to interpretation, and for all the likes and comments you get on them, there is always that select few that simply don’t like the composition or the way or parts of the way it was processed. In short it always come down to, either you love it or you hate it. Enough on the topic.
The Shot:

Lighthouse long exposure in HDR.

Lighthouse long exposure in HDR.

My next shot for this post is of a small creek bed with water falls in the background. I shot this one a while ago, during an exploration walk of a nearby nature trail. I took the series of shots more for an exploration of custom camera settings rather than image quality or composition. However the photo itself turned out ok from my perspective and felt them to be post worthy.

Waterfall in the Fall

Waterfall in the Fall

While shooting the image, I stepped right into the creek bed, and slowed the exposure down and shot with a f-stop of 10. With wet feet at this point, My hope was to be able to capture some leaves going over the falls to create an off color variation in the water. That happened but the color I was seeking was not to be on that day.

Up next on the agenda, A shoot of another water falls and some client shots, a trip and shoot of my hometown for an upcoming project, Not to mention a trip to a local sporting goods store for some basketball shoes… Hey a dad has to do what a dad has to do.

Later,

Mike

 

Haters be Hating


Just a very quick follow-up. Recently I have taken some crap for my next project regarding the archery shoot. Someone even posted on my fb wall,,, They hoped that I would take an arrow to the head or neck to teach me a lesson. They quickly removed the post before I could screen capture and show the world what kind of dink bag this guy is. Look its real simple I choose to do things because I can. People may not like everything I do, but it is my choice. Wishing me harm shows some character, and simply put. Just because some will never get off the couch and step outside the comfort zone is not my problem. If hating on me gives your life a sense of satisfaction, well who am I to deny you that brief moment of enjoyment…. I know the risks and will do what I have to do to achieve my goal. That is the difference between me and the haters… I do while they sit. I have not the time nor the dedication to involve myself into an argument with people of this nature. My summary Screw them.. It is all about the photograph. When I post my final composition, then all will be forgotten about how I captured it. Because in reality no one cares anything about the hows they just want to see the image…

CRAZY GUY

CRAZY GUY

GOTCHA

GOTCHA

SHOOT IT!

Mike

The Archer/ My Dedication


I will start off saying, don’t try this at home. Some have said I am crazy for doing this and maybe I am. It is in fact research, I am studying arrow flight for a concept photo I am working on. The shot I am envisioning is what I am calling The ARCHERS ZENITH.

We are also filming all of this activity for or next production of Shoot 2 Thrill.

I can tell you that my initial photos proved a few points to me. I can capture an arrow while in flight, and I can capture this with incredible sharpness. On to the next phase of the project. The Shots.

CRAZY GUY

CRAZY GUY

GOTCHA

GOTCHA

ALL QUIET ON THE SET

ALL QUIET ON THE SET

A few Links to all this fun.

Video

Killing Mike

Until next post.

Mike

Raptor Strike….. Research and Observation.


With anything, hard work and dedication make it happen,and having a plan doesn’t hurt your chances of success either.

Our day began exploring nesting sites. Our first stop was to confirm a nesting site, just to see if it was active. My collective partner on this project, Steven Wilson of Steve Wilson Photography was the first to spot a raptor near this nest, and to our surprise, we in fact are 90 percent sure that this site is home to Bald eagles. Our approach was slightly blocked by some pretty deep pools of standing water so the decision was made not to proceed forward, as this was an investigative mission versus a photography shoot. I am chalking this part of the mission on the positive side of the spectrum, as we know now the nest is active.

Part two of the mission was to explore an area where we suspected a nest of osprey and once again, Steve and I were pleased with our results. On initial sighting we spotted 3 osprey flying around this nest, but the majority of our time was spent observing 2 of them.

The osprey were well of our presence and they as well as us kept our respective distances. Unwilling to disturb their natural behavior we were treated to a fantastic show as we in fact watched 3 strikes on the very large pond that seem to be their primary supply of  food. Steve was able to catch a shot of one of the osprey flying with a small fish in its talons . Being able to watch the tendencies just before the osprey made its dive to the water, was a valuable learning experience, and it was simply incredible to be witness to the entire event.  I felt the most impressive part of the experience was when the osprey broke the surface of the water. The sound of the splash, and seeing the osprey emerge from the water was a sight that will be cherished in my memory.

So taking the information learned on this adventure, we are formulating a plan to set up and improve our results when we attempt to achieve our final compositions of the actual strike, which is the ultimate goal of our project.

personally, I feel really good about this project and feel that we are solid in our action plan to achieve success. Steve’s enthusiasm is refreshing to me as I think he is just as excited about all this as I am. I understand his drive and motivation for success and I respect it. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue our adventure. Steve can be found on face book, and please give his page a like, drop him a note and say hello.

Enjoy the images and never stop exploring.

Osprey M. Sargent Photography

Osprey
M. Sargent Photography

Osprey with FishSteve Wilson Photography

Osprey with Fish
Steve Wilson Photography

Osprey with construction materials.Steve Wilson

Osprey with construction materials.
Steve Wilson

MY BEST,

Mike

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