The Painted Turtle. A short film on gifts

April 18, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Have you ever heard the old saying "That Every once in a while even a blind squirl finds a nut". Well a close friend used to tell me that all the time, and on this day it resonated with me. I set out to compose some images of a small patch of flowers that had an stone wall behind them, but when I arrived all the delicate flowers were gone. 

Despite the fact that my little scenic shot idea was not going to happen, I still felt very blessed. Having some time to think about all this, it made me realize that my friend was right. Sometimes we don't get what what we want. We do however get what we need. 

Enjoy the video. 

The Painted Gift After a blown scenic image, the gift of a painted turtle was captured Hope you enjoyed,

Sarg


Painted with the Sun

April 16, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Recent additions to the fine art gallery include todays images. 

Painted turtles are one of the most beautiful creatures on Earth and although fairly easy to compose, it needs to be understood that like any wild animal, they can be flighty if they are disturbed. I happened to get lucky with this as I was already posted up doing a landscape image and to my delight, I spotted this paint climbing on the moss covered tree, that had fallen into the water at some point. 

Shot on a Sony camera, at iso 2000, and using the f-stop of f-9 @ 1/500th of a sec, I had to use the full length of my lens to compose the image.

Without further delays here is the images. 

At Peace in the SunAt Peace in the SunA Fine art image of a painted turtle Fine Art composition

And the colored version below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always thanks for the read, and please share your thoughts. 

My best, 

Sarg

 

 

Painted in the SunPainted in the SunFull color of a Painted turtle basking in the sun


Photography and all the amazing things seen, and amazing people meet. What does it mean?

April 14, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

First things first. I want to thank those on social media platforms that have shared, commented and supported my photography and content creation. You are the reason I continue to produce. 

Secondly, I need to get this off my chest. Years ago, I used to have connections on Facebook with well over a thousand people. The reason why that number is so much smaller today is simply because there were so many that I did not really know, and the interactions with these people from a standpoint of why I even created social accounts, is simply stated as my goals were not just being met. I would ask people for reviews, I would receive very few, I would state sharing is caring, that adventure did not go as hoped. I often felt this was simply due to people not understanding how social algorithms worked, but in all reality people do not really need to understand how this works. If they like a post, it takes two seconds to share it. I do have some friends that really help me with this, but the saying it takes a village to raise a child, although I don's agree with the context, I can certainly see this applicable in the case of social reach. With that said, its all about the pay to play world now with all social sites. The exception being You tube, which if you play the content right can go viral, and if you do that, You tube pays you. What an amazing concept. I did in fact do some adds on Face book and Instagram, but it was not a good ROI and found that organic reach was a better option. 

Being a student, I did and still do research some marketing techniques, and one thing consistent is the need for a website, which although GO DADDY screwed everyone with relevancy by doing the Microsoft 356 thing, which destroyed a lot of websites search rankings, and forced so many to either pay for office 365 or loose their search engine rankings, lead to a very steep uphill climb to regain what was lost. 

Next we had the Instagram shift to short content. A few years ago, I would post a photo get several likes and all of a sudden, what was once a platform for photographers turned their backs on what made them, and it was all about short content or reels if you prefer. Then facebook obtains them. Now they are pay to play. 

In the grand scheme of it all, I am simply saying screw all that. After doing some educational investigation for myself, I have had enough of Social Media and it will change the way I put my work out there. I often thought that maybe my compositions were just terrible, but having several photos published in highly regarded magazines in addition to having sold some prints in higher end art galleries, it makes me think, Okay, your work is not to bad. It also leads me down a road of thought, that we hear about depression and, people who just give up. The impacts of social media does play a huge role in all of this, and it does make you think, why does no one like my stuff. It's not always your stuff sucks, it's because these platforms want you to pay to put your stuff in front of people that they determine might have interest in what you do. That is content controlled by algorithms, and this is what the downfall of so many things we live with today is all about. Remember something. The old saying, a fool and his money are easily divorced.  If you are paying for reach, its on you.

I will say once again, I want to thank those of you who shared, liked, and supported my content. It's is however time to ramp back what is posted on social platforms, because first off, people just don't care enough anymore to show support, and platforms just want you to pay to reach your friends. Stating once again, I do have friends that share and support, but I also have "friends" that are completely fucking useless, and this is the reason why I keep my circle small. Some advice for all who read, when your circle of associates has no one that impresses you, your circle is now a cage. I refuse to be in a cage, and the fact is, if you want to stay in touch, you can do it right here, you can also email me, or better yet call me. 

This post was inspired by a recent video post I put up which after looking at the analytics and realizing how the algorithm shadow bans me, I in all honesty, decided to just simply stick to my own little world and not post on social platforms. Of coarse I will still put out the blog posts but as far as adding content directly to social platforms, I'm done. 

I have been blessed by all the amazing people, I have meet, and all the amazing things I have seen, and my goal was to simply share some of those things. What a waste of time. Here is where I will be. 

With all that said, here is my most recent stupid slide show. Those who see it, I hope you enjoy it. I would ask for your comments, but why bother?

Much love to those who care and support my work, but I will not go the path of a WWE catchline and demand that you ACKNOWLEDGE ME ! 

Enjoy.

BlessedIt's been a blessed ride being able to see so many things and meet some amazing people. Blessed, 

Sarg


Buffalo-Niagara Metro Fine Art Photographer captures Macro Images without a Macro Lens.

April 11, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

Macro photography is one of the most challenging types of photography you can compose. 

Many photographers in fact obtain a dedicated macro lens. I have a sigma 150mm macro lens that i utilize when I do macros. I have tried some other types of magnification filters, but the results have always been mixed. I noted other types of glass I could use, like the raynox clip on filter, but I opted to look at the Nisi version because the claims state that it can turn any zoom lens into a macro lens. Full review and demonstration to follow. 

I will let you decide. Using a Sony Camera and a Canon 70-200 f2.8 with the Nisi Filter attached I composed these images. I also used an off camera flash and had to focus stack the image to get the depth in detail. 

I will be posting a follow up video in this post which will show you the technique I used to capture these images. Here are the images. They have been uploaded to the fine art gallery and will have them for sale in the near future. 

Share your thoughts. I would love to hear what you think of Macro Images captured with out a Macro lens. 

Dewly KissedDewly KissedFine Art Macro Composition in full color Dewly KissedDewly KissedAn unsigned copy of Fine Art Macro Photography

 


SHADOW OF THE GOOSE. NY Photographer offers unique perspective of the Canadian Goose

April 07, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

I will keep this short and sweet. I note that daily, new videos go up on you tube and they always tell you how to photograph or give some type of pointer. I think the biggest thing is to simply get out there and enjoy the surroundings. 

Embrace the ElementBuffalo Photographer puts a unique spin on the common Canadian goose.

I thinks its just that simple. Here are the stills.

Delicate Pedal'sDelicate Pedal'sBuffalo-metro photographer Michael Sargent captures a delicate flower and creates a fine art photo.

Shadows of the GooseShadows of the GooseBuffalo metro photographer puts a unique perspective on the Canadian goose. Making the common, uncommon.

As always, I would love to hear your thoughts.. 

 

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