Some one has to say it.


Some  one has to say it..

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M

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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

We interupt this blog for a word from our photographer


Yes, my posts are decreasing in numbers.

The reason for the lack of posts, are simply due to the time I have. Sundays and Mondays are generally the days I sit down and write a few words about a photo, or an event that takes place, but as of late that time has been spent editing or shooting. I also can’t see myself trying to type out a blog post on a mobile phone as my fingers are just pudgy to be doing that.

Some photos.

Light Trails

Light Trails

Wild Sunsets

Wild Sunsets

The light trails was a quick 30 second exposure taken one night on my way home from work. It was shot on a bridge that overlooks interstate 90. The shot itself was just a little fix for my lack of night shooting. The sunset image was taken with an old point and shoot that I keep in my travel bag. As the sun set that eve, I was in awe of how cool the sky looked. It was one of those you had to be there type of events, but take my word it was a spectacular sunset.

Well when time allows I will put up something a little more substantial, but for now this is what I can do.

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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Insects. The world we often overlook


I have come to a very real realization that time is precious. Well lets just say that I have always known this, and often times have considered time an enemy. Feeling that way is simply because it seems I never have enough of it. It is something that I have come to embrace over they years and instead of feeling frustrated because of the lack of it, I have shifted gears and now kind of view time as precious, and the best course and mindset is to make the most of the time I have. With a growing list of things to do and rarely being able to scratch a to do off the list, I have learned that it is best to enjoy the simple things, and feel accomplished when you are able to run a line off that list.
Case in point The crew put in a long, hard, hot day of filming recently, and as we snapped images and filmed video, we all felt like we had accomplished a few things. With that feeling, I noted some insect activity around the garden earlier and decided to have a closer look.
Good call! Enter the world beneath us. The insects were buzzing crawling and flying and the shutter was also a snapping.
A spot of white on a butterfly bush caught my attention, and as I had a closer look, we stumbled across a “Golden crab spider”. I had never seen one of these before and decided to snap a few shots. One image that I liked, posted here, was taken without a macro lens. Fact is I don’t own a dedicated macro, and now I refer back to my to do list. A macro lens will be a future purchase.
The image.

Crab Spider

Crab Spider

Macro photos with out a macro lens, is cool but, the detail needed for a great shot can only be acquired with the right equipment. Lots of options here, and one in particular is a reverse lens ring. A cool and effective way to do this, but me being me, would prefer the lens itself. In summary I need to do a little research and make a choice.

Another shot I want to share is this butterfly. Talk about round and round, this insect made me work hard for this image, and I’m glad it did.

A hard shot

A hard shot

I took the liberty of some creative editing on this image to offer a different look to this often seen composition. The contrast and clarity have been boosted just to give this a different look. Some like it, some don’t. Either way I know that some of the recent close up images have inspired a few people, and they have gone out and purchased some equipment, and that is good for the economy, and the picture world.

Being kind of moron here I will say to the benefactors of my inspiration.. YOU’RE WELCOME.

Wrapping it up, I will leave the cyber world with a fond goodbye, a see you next time, and my best advice regarding photography.

SHOOT IT.

Mike