Inspiration


A solution.. A short time ago, I informed those of you who read my posts, that I was moving things to blogger because google has become such a factor in my social efforts..

Now why I didn’t think of this before is a clear sign that maybe I am just a little bit pre-occupied with other tasks, but here is what I am going to do Because it’s just that easy.

If you are interested you can follow the link to my latest thoughts here.

WINTERS DEAD

Thanks for being patient while I figure this all out.

MIke

 

KISS

KISS

Only once in a while


To all of you who have followed me here… Although I will continue to post here on occasion, I have moved over to blogger, simply because everything ties together with my activities on google. Some of you may not continue to follow and I understand. The reasons for this switch is in part due to the social media outlines, and lets face it, the reason we all do this in hopes that we get noticed or we hope to make an impact with our blogs.. Yes my blog has a lot of follows, but as far as people actually reading, well I am finding that this is not the case. However, Photography being my main reason for having a blog, I have found that as far as impact and people actually reading , blogger has been the ticket for me.. If those of you who read this are still interested in hearing my take on things, and want to know what I am working on, you can follow me on Google Plus at Michael Sargent or see my Blog at ,http://forksalongtheway.blogspot.com/ .

Thanks for all the support, and I hope to see many of you on the new site.

MY BEST!!!

Mike

 

 

Destination Unknown


As part of my upcoming show in my home town of Middleport, New York, Jim and I took a few minutes to capture some images of home. The shot displayed today I am calling Destination Unknown. It is simply a black and white image with some contrast within the frame. Having the urge to create a deep depth of field and an image that just goes on forever I found myself down on the ground and committed to the aspect and perspective.

Destination Unknown

Destination Unknown

Shot with an ultra wide-angle lens on a very cold and cloudy day. I am considering adding this one to my National Geographic Profile. I am and always have been a fan of B&W imagery, but sometimes think that it is a lost art.

Shoot it,

Mike

THE MORE SERIOUS SIDE


In my last post I talked about the lighter side. A balance between the seriousness of what I do and how I light heartedly prepare myself for the task at hand.

I take my customers needs very seriously, and commit myself to doing the very best work I am capable of to meet the needs.

Glowing Bride

Glowing Bride

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Mike

 

Pushing it


Lets just say, I’m pushing. Working hard for a dream and seeing results for the work is a powerful motivator.
Yes I’m motivated and inspired.
Recent Images.

Grand Island Bridge in HDR

Grand Island Bridge in HDR

Towards the Goal

Towards the Goal

 

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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

 

 

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.

Shoot it

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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