Michael Sargent Visuals: Blog https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog en-us (C) Michael Sargent Visuals (Michael Sargent Visuals) Tue, 27 Feb 2024 21:22:00 GMT Tue, 27 Feb 2024 21:22:00 GMT https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/img/s/v-12/u939034787-o821387426-50.jpg Michael Sargent Visuals: Blog https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog 90 120 As the Seasons Change https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/as-the-seasons-change I don't always lean to back and white photography but, sometimes when I want to create something just a little different, I tend to enjoy the post production side. This image was shot with the intent of having some motion blur within. That means a longer exposure was needed to extend the sky in addition to having the background out of focus. This was achieved by isolating the subject and using a path blur to get just the right feel for what I wanted to produce in the composition.  Seasons ChangeSeasons ChangeAs we look to spring, a simple reminder of how the seasons will change and that means all is right in the world. The image was composed with motion blur intended and a reflective quality as the foreground.
I also had to use an AI fill on the right side of the image as the crop ratio some how was unbalanced
The final touch during editing was for me to simply put a fine art preset, I often use with some of my work with intent. The image is located in my fine art gallery and will be for sale as a fine art image. As always please share the post and work if you know anyone who may have an interest in this type of composition. 

Thank you for the read and I wish all, peace and prosperity. 


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Pet Photography and creating that memory of a loved fur baby https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/pet-photography-and-creating-that-memory-of-a-loved-fur-baby Maybe its just because I am older, softer, and more open to simply loving an animal, but something I can't stress enough is the need to go to a shelter and look for an adoptable pet there before buying from a breeder.

I know this sounds bleeding heart, but I have never had a dog screw me over the way humans beings have, and I guess that's part of the reason I like dogs and other animals more than I like most people. The saying, that a dog is the only creature on earth that will love you more than it loves itself is an absolute truth, and to be honest if you have not experienced this, than you are missing out on one of life's simple pleasures. 

Pet PhotographyPet PhotographyShelter pets are in need. Before you buy a puppy, please check your area shelters. Dogs are the only creature that will love you more than themselves

Having some time on my hands I decided to do some edits on images that I passed over. Miscues on shutter release often times leads me to pass on an image as I try very hard to only put the best images out there after a shoot, but in this day and age, where its more about volume than quality, I have to sometimes reconsider an image that I may have felt was not up to a standard I was maintaining. I also realized that sometimes the picture just tells enough of a story that the viewer can determine the emotion within the image. I think this image is a pretty solid example of that implication. 

My point of all this is pretty straight forward. Some of us have pets, and accept them as part of our family. Loving them just comes natural as the personalities of each individual creature shines, when embraced as part of a family. Having some regrets in my own personal experience with a beloved pet, I wish I would have taken more portraits of my dogs so I would always have the memory. With that said, just do it. If you have a pet that you consider a part of your family, get portraits. You wont regret it, because in reality, they are only in our lives for a short time, but in their world, we are their entire world. Ask yourself this. When you come home after a long day of work, who is the first to greet you at the door, and no matter your mood, who is just excited to see you? If your guessed your dog, your right. 

In closing, Your dog is the only creature on Earth that will love you more than itself. One photo will bring back memories, and after they leave us, you will want those memories. Reach out if this sounds like something you would like to do. 

As always, Thank you for taking a minute and reading my post. I welcome your thoughts, and would like to know what you think of the image posted here. 

Best to all, 


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Back up your photos, your presets, and your brushes https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/back-up-your-photos-your-presets-and-your-brushes Every so often it is a good idea to refresh your computer. When I say refresh, I mean wipe the entire hard drive and put a fresh install of your OS and your essential programs. 

When I migrated back over to Windows from Mac, it was a difficult choice to move from the Mac OS platform back to Windows, but based on some issues I was having with Apple PC's and considering that they would not stand behind the product, it became a no brainer pretty quick. 

When I purchased my windows computer, there was no way I was going to screw around with a system that may or may not have the power to run some of the software, so I did by a surface unit. I in fact bought the surface laptop 3 which I have no regrets. Well at least until last week. I am sure it was my fault, but I lost my webcam, my sound card, and the system was having some problems starting. I had become so accustomed to the unit booting up in 3 to 5 seconds, that I guess it's safe to say, I was spoiled. 

This all lead to me having to do a refresh on my system which was not working as I had hoped, and I made the decision to wipe it out and redo the OS. 

When that did not go as expected, I had no choice but to reach out to Microsoft. This went very well, and after a few struggles I was able to create a USB drive image of my computer, and was able to boot the system up and make the repairs. TO be honest, its faster now that it was before. 

With that said, I can not stress the importance of having at least on backup or external drive to save your Photo Cats to. I know some people have 3 or 4 backups but I think its a bit of overkill. 

I know most don's do this, but it also needs to be understood that if buy presets, create your own, you really do need to back those up as well. Because of my workflow and the way I compose images, some of these presets save me a great deal of time in post, and although I don't have everything back in place, I am reserving myself to only install what I will use. 

In summary, back it up. I would have been heartbroken if I would have lost and image like this. 

I See YouI See YouA fox kit busts the photographer during observations Just want to put it out there and advise all on this.. This is a super high resolution photo and the file size is about 60 megs. The image itself was about 8400X6500 if I am correct. SO having to step this down to even upload, I had the cut the scale to 50 percent, so the file would be about 8 mb. 

The biggest reason to back up. You will from time to time get someone who see's your image and wants a print right from the photographer, or you may want to print your own work and having the resolution associated with your image does in fact produce a better print. DO not limit yourself with all the options available today to save your photos and back up your programs. 

My stance on this is pretty solid as I speak from experience. I would have lost several images years ago, if it had not been for my oldest and smartest friend. Although my PC crashed, he was able to recover so many images, that I still fine myself revisiting today. 

That's is about it for today. 

Back it up. 


Thank you for the read, and if you have experienced a crash and lost data, I would like to hear your story. 


As always my best to you and thank you for taking a minute to read the post. 




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The Last Walk. A fine art inspiration composition https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/the-last-walk-a-fine-art-inspiration-composition I am not going to bore everyone with my ongoings and in fact this will just be a quick post to announce some new images in the fine art gallery

These types of image always perform well and are popular, so in short what I would like to offer. If any one has a favorite quote, or an inspiring verse that they would love on an image like to this, please reach out and lets get an idea of composition. 

Without further reading, I hope you enjoy. Please share your thoughts with me. 

THE LAST WALKTHE LAST WALKCaptured beach photograph and edited to a fine art print The Last WalkThe Last WalkBlack and white fine art inspirational poster The Last Walk InspirationsThe Last Walk InspirationsInspirational Fine Art Photo Full Color


Thank you for reading. Please share this with your friends and loved ones. We all need some positive vibes and I am simply hoping this will inspire someone who is feeling down.


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Take time for the simple things to improve your mental health. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/take-time-for-the-simple-things There is no doubt, there is one issue after another these days, and it amazes me at just how impactful the news and the ongoings in our country are to people. I mean honestly, all you hear these days is about people's mental health. 

It's sad. A suggestion to improve your mind set and distract yourself. Just reconnect with nature. Take a foldable chair, a mat, or just sit right on your tush, and breath in the fresh air, Enjoy the antics of small woodland creatures. They are quite comical. You may even see a deer and see just how peaceful things can be. This will also create memories that you can relive and it does take your mind off of your worries. I hope this post brings some peace to those who need it. 

Stay safe and look after your loved ones.


THe simple thingsWith a crazy world sometimes you just have to take time for the simple things Thank you for watching. 


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Night Skies and Sweet Smells https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/night-skies-and-sweet-smells I really look forward to the days when I can simply just look for compositions. Call it a mental break, recharging, or just disconnecting from the crazy daily grind of what is clearly an upside down world. 

So many thoughts surround how crazy and out of touch we are in todays world, and what I notice. If you do not take a step away from it, all the disagreements, all the different points of view, and the real possibilities that people are delusional, it does become a necessity that each of us has to take a break from the created craziness that we see here at home and abroad. Think about this. You can get up in the morning after a good nights sleep, have some coffee, and all seems good. Then you watch or listen to the news, and a topic that may be concerning to you can ruin what was looking to be a great morning has completely shifted your mindset. Of coarse it can be said, you should not let it bother you, but it's easier said than done. 

That's why I think we all need to have an outlet. Of coarse one of mine is photography and 2024 is going to be interesting for me. I have been living with some limitations for quite some time and almost three years ago, I began to have some of my defects corrected. Very soon I will be starting the next path of that journey and although several reasons exist for me to do so, one of those reasons is their are things in life I miss. One is being able to go all day afield and compose frames. Several years ago, I was notorious for going out all night and doing slow, or long exposure photography. Sometimes spending a night in a tent was just what the Dr. ordered and its been a minute since I have been able to do so. 

After all these years, I will tell you what I learned. Your employer and those you work with are not friends. We always make friends along the way, but I have recently made statements about trust. Maybe you have heard this. Sugar and Salt look the same. Be careful who you trust. Take my word on that. One thing people do is lie. I saw that in a episode of house once, and it has resonated with me. 

Without any further ongoings by me, This is an example of why I am walking the paths I am walking. 

Milky way and Lavender ScentsMilky way and Lavender ScentsNothing like the sweet smell of flora as you await the rise of the galactic core

My final thought. You can be a spiritual person or maybe not, but I think on both sides of that debate, you can say that everything happens for a reason. You just have to understand the reason. 

Once again thank you for reading and may you have a great day. 



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All this work for one little flower https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/all-this-work-for-one-little-flower A quick post today that is a POV type step to finding just one little flower to photograph. It certainly is not by any means a great composition but knowing that sometimes you just need to walk away with one, was my entire for bothering to put a small clip together to document the event. 


Photographing one little flower 


Hope you enjoy.. Honestly the best part of this video is the music.. Who does not love this amazing composition. As a matter of fact I will sometimes put in my Liberty earbuds and motivate myself through an epic soundtrack. 

Thank you for the quick check in. 

Wishing all a glorious day. 

Much admiration, 


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Stop worrying about upgrading your Camera. It's not the Camera, it's you. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/stop-worrying-about-upgrading-your-camera-its-not-the-camera-it-s-you Todays post may upset some people, but I think it clearly needs to be said that yes technology with digital cameras have come a long way in the past 5 years, but having such features as face tracking, eye tracking, faster autofocus, and huge leaps in dynamic range abilities allow photographers some relief to get it right in camera, I think it needs to be said that having higher megapixels and all this technology does not make for better images. 

Honestly, have you ever heard the saying, that camera of yours really captures a nice image. Think about that for a second. If you were dining out and the meal was fantastic, would you say to the cook, sir, you must have one incredible stove to be able to make such a wonderful meal? I am betting that you wouldn't. Its the same thing with a camera. It's about you and your skills. In todays world with the tech in smart phones, you see some incredible images for "Pro" photographers and non pro alike. In fact many award winning images are captured on smart phones and often is the case you don't even know it was taken on a smart phone. 

About a year ago, maybe 2 years now, I put up a you tube video that talked about a new camera is not going to make you a better photographer, and what bothered me, was some people I knew personally thought that the video was directed at them. Ok yes, it was stated to me that the need for a new camera was a priority, and it was felt that a new camera would help the photographer capture better images, but in all reality, and I am sure many professionals would make a case that this is such a misconceived thought. In my opinion it said a great deal about a person who took offense to a thought I had and then blocked me, because he could not handle the truth. 

The old saying sometimes its better to lend someone $20.00 and never see the person again is a very cheap solution to what could be what I would call a PITA. In short it was worth the twenty bucks, because I just need people in my life that think everything is about them. 

This post is not about any of that. This post is to just simply state that you don't always need the latest and greatest camera to be a solid photographer. 

With the recent releases, by Hasselblad, and other companies everyone wants to flock to the latest and greatest. I myself would enjoy having a Hasselblad to play around with, but that does not mean I am going to go out and spend $8000.00 because it will make me a better photographer. 

The long and short of this topic is simple. Composition starts with the person pushing the shutter. Over the years I have taken more than my fair share of let's just say it. Crappy photos. I did however not reflect on how terrible the shot was, but what I could do to make myself better. That is always the agenda, and achieving that is growth. 

The shared image is proof of what I am saying, and opinions will vary on just how good of a shot it is. Roughly 20 years ago I shot this image with a Canon XSI camera. The camera was a 12 Megapixel body, and it was really my first digital camera after stepping away from film. 

Your opinion may be different, but this way a great capture, and what I walked away with was a happy couple who loved this shot ,and there was a lot of positive comments that really inspired me to continue the journey. 

Vows during a Cold Winter Night Wedding Vows in Downtown Buffalo on a cold winter night

I really had to give a ton of credit to the happy couple because this was a long exposure and they held perfectly still the entire shot. 

As cold as what it was, and exposed as these two were, I give them the credit for helping me compose this. IT goes without saying that editing software has come a long way since this image was captured but I want to reinforce my subject here. You do not need the newest camera to take awesome images. 

I think the only argument here would simply be that this photo is pure trash, which would be debated. I won awards for this image and to be transparent, it lead to new clients and new business. Back then I was on a mission, and it was a pretty clear goal. Get good, get business, and help me pay for my ambitions in photography. 

We all out grow our equipment, and being able to support an upgrade is a great thing, but buying a camera because you think it will make you better is just not realistic. 

What I am hoping here is to inspire you to put the work in. Learn about composition, learn about exposure triangles, understand the impacts of ISO and most importantly, Know that you are the reason a photo is great. Putting the work in to understand how a camera see's light and how you can control the camera to create the type of image you so wish is the single most important thing you can do to solidify your reputation as a skilled photographer. 

I think this one phrase says it all. There is a huge contrast in camera ownership and being a photographer. 

With my post in conclusion, I would really like to know your thoughts on the topic. Please leave your thoughts in the comments and as always, I want to thank those of you who took the time to read my post. 

Keep shooting and always be learning. 

With admiration and respect, have a legendary day. 


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Content for Your Enjoyment https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/content-for-your-enjoyment Just a quick little video of My Encounter with a Fox 





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Sodus Bay https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/2/sodus-bay I have often been conflicted on todays image, and I found that editing it was difficult. 

IT was a question for me of just creating a mood, and I think I achieved my intent. 

SodusSodusA long exposure composition of the Sodus Bay lighthouse Thought are welcome. 


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OH NO. Photo Guy is back. Time for us all to Embrace our Individual Suck and Hang up our Cameras. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/oh-no-photo-guy-is-back This read might be a bit much for the faint of heart. I will disclose two things up front. I do not advocate for violence, and when I state punch him in the mouth, I mean call him and the BS out.

I have a question, have you ever been, or known Photo Guy. 

As I go a bit Jared Polin in this post, I want everyone to understand that my opinion here is mine alone(allegedly), and with that said, Always learn and take constructive feedback even from the most novice of persons. Distinguishing through conversation if talking points are relevant, their is a grace in humility( being humble) and kind to your fellow human.. Oh yeah animals too. Dogs, Cats, etc.

Here we go. Lets talk about photo guy... I LOVE PHOTO GUY and I hope you do too. 

win loosewin loose always learnNever stop learning  


I had hoped that after years of distancing myself from on line social media photo groups that just maybe some things changed. Wishful fucking thinking.

Recently, I decided to join a local photo group on Facebook. I guess my biggest reason to do so was to simply enjoy some of the compositions that are shared within the group and participate in some of the discussions within the group. It started off great and I even shared a few images. 

An image I am proud off was the supermoon image of 2016 as it was setting. The shot was taken in Niagara Falls in the early am near the bridal falls. 

Then it happened. PHOTO GUY showed up. Any of you who know me or have followed me for any length of time knows my past history with "Photo Guy".

I have written, and even did a Podcast on this amazing individual and his vast knowledge of everything to do with Photography. 

For those of you who have never met photo guy, let me introduce you to this icon. 

Photo guy, is a special breed. He is like fucking YODA, but for photography. Photo guy knows all the best ways to compose an image, he also knows out of the gate, how to set his ISO, His F-stop, his shutter speed, his aspect ratio, and everything he does is amazing. There is no image you will ever capture good or bad, that will ever be compare to anything photo guy composes. What is most amazing about photo guy, is his knowledge of lens's and their ability to offer unique looks via focal planes. I mean his worldly knowledge of horizons and what a moon would look like in the sky is just incredible.

Something else that is a huge credit to photo guys vast skills, is his ability to offer his opinion and or assumption in a way where he would not offend the artist. Even when it's established by peers and the artist, Photo guy has the incredible ability to completely disregard and acknowledge that his comments are offensive and will double down on his position and continue to push his agenda from his perspective because he knows he is completely in the right. 

I love me a Photo Guy, because everything he says, and every point he tries to make is a direct opposite of his original point. I also can't forget to mention his vocabulary and his amazing ability to communicate in a passive aggressive manner, while under the guise of stating he loves the image that was viewed and regarded by peers. Photo guy also likes to assume, and rightly so, that everyone considers him the resident expert and they want to hear his takes and perspectives on how an artist composes their compositions. 

So here it is, In honor of Photo Guy we salute you and all your amazing worldly knowledge on all worldly topics. You are a credit to all of us and those of us who have had the wonderful experience of meeting you and receiving your fantastic feedback.............


We thank you, YOU JERK!

First off, you can always tell PHOTO GUY, because he always has to have the last work in any discussion. Second, You always know it's Photo Guy, because he just does not seem to get it. His constant need to be always right just takes him to a place where he is invalidated by his all who have to tolerate his stupid opinions and assumptions. Even when you and everyone involved punch photo guy right in the mouth, he will make it about him and play the victim. Photo Guy is never the bad guy. Despite the hard truths, Photo Guy will never understand that he is just a jerk.

Photo Guy lives as the modern day term defines Imposter Syndrome. Photo Guy is so full of shit, that he will lie about his associations in Photography and no matter how much experience you have, his shitty compositions will exceed anything you do as a photographer. 

Hey Photo Guy, Your work sucks and when I say it sucks, I mean its like a hurricane vortex, that just sucks the oxygen and energy out of an place.

I'm mean your snapshots suck so bad that to even think they would pass as award winning photography is clearly defining you as a know it all, and just a guy who is envious of his peers and its clear. Photo Guy, you are  delusional, and your a jerk!

Just having you in the picture, makes my stomach hurt, and you have brought nothing positive to my life. 

You sir are like a dog that can't be housebroken. Constantly full of shit and a real pisser.

Screw You, PHOTO GUY. 

To those of you who visit my blog, I want to apologize to you for my harshness towards photo guy. After all these years of ups and downs in life and always looking to improve my talents, I chose to stay somewhat humble. I avoided the drama of photo guy for years, because I will choose distance over drama at this point in my life. I have nothing to prove, and its simple. If you like my work, I thank you for your kindness, and support. IF you don't like me or my work, know that I respect your opinion enough to simply say, Thank you for your feedback. My thoughts have altered, and I asked myself a question. Why should I not network, or engage with people who share my love for photography and the creative process. 

Once again my apologies to anyone who visits on a regular basis, but I still have my pride and I am not above punching a guy in the mouth when he crosses a line, and tries to play a victim, especially when he is called out for simply being a passive aggressive jerk. 

Don't be Photo Guy. Photo guy is a Jerk. 

DUHDUHPHOTO GUY just can't let it go.


As always, Thank you for taking the time to read, and if you have thoughts please leave a comment. 

Much love to all, 


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Expressions of Fall, a Woodland Walk https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/expressions-of-fall-a-woodland-walk In this post, I will share with you what I call an expression of the fall. 

As the seasons change, and the air becomes crisp, the woodlands fill with the scent of the season. Most of you will understand. That wonderful scent of rotting leaves. Using rotting as a descriptive word seems unpleasant, but in all honestly that is exactly what it is. Not all rots are associated with unpleasantness. 

Spending so much time outdoors, I have so many fond memories of the fall season much like the image Here today. 

Just being in nature offers so much from the perspective of recharging ones self, or being able to have the wonderful surroundings to simply get your thoughts in order. For the last ten years the majority of my time was dedicated to other entities, and here is some advice. Do not give up your simple pleasures in life or step away from activities you enjoy, because you feel you have to, to be successful in a job, or live up to an expectation. 

Trust me on this one. Do what you must but don't give up who you are, or what you enjoy, because you feel you don't have time. 

Time will always be your biggest enemy in life and the trick, is learn to work with time. I have said this on may occasions. Salt and sugar look the same, be careful who you trust. To build on that.  With a circle of people in your life you find that no one is impressing you, your circle quickly becomes a cage. Always try to be someone who offers something of value to your circle. IF this is not happening you need to change the circle. 

Well her is my composition to share today, 

Hope it inspires, or triggers a pleasant feeling. 

Expressions of FallExpressions of FallFinding unique or old growth trees is a treat when looking for landscape images. Changing leaves and glowing light is what inspired me to frame this composition.
I felt it was very expressive of the season and made a nice composition that expressed fall.

Thanks all, Feedback is always welcomed. I would also appreciate your review on google if you have a few seconds. It really helps me in SEPO rankings and I do intend on getting back to doing more of what I enjoy. 


Thank you for the read. Hope to see some comments. 


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My Review of Artcise Carbon Fiber Tripod https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/my-review-of-artcise-carbon-fiber-tripod At one point, I made an attempt to create some content on you tube, and I found that growing as a creator was pretty hard. One success during the time period was my review of a tripod that I purchased made by Artcise. I have had some high end tripods over my lifetime and always had some things that left me feeling like I paid a premium dollar for the equipment but they fell short of my expectations. On one frustrating outing I was so disgusted with my my tripod I had enough and starting researching solutions. When I came across Artcise I was very intrigued after reading the description and decided it would be worth exploring. After unboxing I noted it was light and did have a thought that it may not be stable once set up. That thought went out the window pretty fast. I also noted it had a nice sturdy hook that would allow me to add some weight if I needed to. I can say that after two years of ownership this has been by far the best tripod I have owned. 

Here is the unscripted real world evaluation of the tripod. I assure you this in now way is your traditional video and there was no scripts or narratives in the production. In fact I barley did any editing as I wanted this to be as real and in real time as possible.

Without any more words here is the production.  As stated it was by far the most watched video I produced.




Please let me know what you think. With some time on my hands should I do more reviews?

If yes, I promise I will put together a much more professional production. 

Images captured when using.  SolsticeSolstice

Thanks as always for the read, and your feedback is welcomed. 



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Oh Hunny, you are as busy as the bee https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/oh-hunny-you-are-as-busy-as-the-bee Winter is here and it gives me a bit of a chance to catch up on some overdue editing. 

Todays image is titled OH HUNNY, and I am hoping you like it. 

My original intent with this image was to just capture a nice macro composition, and sometimes bees can be a great subject for  the composition. 

I do however want to start offering some of the frames I have captured as fine art photos. I have had people on me for years to start selling some of my images and in late 2023 I decided that I would explore this option.. 

It's tough being a photographer, its even tougher when you get older, and you really do reflect on life and the things you always wanted to do, but as life happens you know you may not get the chance to do them. 

Trick is being ok with it and having a candle of hope that maybe, you will be able to in the future. 

Some details, I processed this image in Adobe lightroom and put my spin on it in photoshop. I wanted a 16X9 crop on the image as it just seemed right. 

Because I wanted the focus on the bee itself, I added some blur to the background, but just enough to draw the eyes to the bee itself. 

As always, I would like to hear you from any of you that read this, and have some thought on the composition. 

Thanks again for reading and I hope you enjoy the image. Clicking on the photo will take you right to the fine art gallery so you can view some other works. 

The buzzing beeOh HunnyFine art composition of a bee gathering life giving pollen and enjoying some nectar. Please and I cant stress this enough. Please like and share the post, and ask your followers to do so as well. 



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Hello old friend. A horse of course https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/hello-old-friend-a-horse-of-coarse Lets talk about relationships for a second. No, not traditional relationships, but relationships with horses. There are many who live with horses and the bonds that are formed between a horse and rider. Often times it's trust and there are those who are considered to be Horse Whisperers. Over the course of life I have seen some pretty amazing things between a human being and a horse. I can't speak of the bond but I can say its a matter of if you know you know. 

To honor this majestic species I offer up the Steed. 

Fine Art Horse composition The Steed A fine art composition of a majestic horse Thanks all for the support and the read.


(Michael Sargent Visuals) adobe buffalo fine art fine art photography kelby one new york photographer photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/hello-old-friend-a-horse-of-coarse Mon, 22 Jan 2024 11:33:30 GMT
Revisiting Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/revisiting-saint-marys-roman-catholic-church Today I took a few minutes and decided to visit some older images. My original compositions, once shared were met with some mixed reactions. One noted comment was because of the darker edits it was felt that the photo did not represent the church in a positive light. Respectfully, I completely understood the comment and realized that some people are deeply rooted in religion, and they have a passion for the beliefs of the church. In short they love their church and that is respected and admired. 

My personal opinion is simply like so much in life, photography is very subjective. Often times i visualize an image before I even frame it, and although one persons view may be different from mine, I always appreciate hearing comments from viewers of my compositions. Feedback is a good thing. 

We all have opinions. I can state that I have looked at the works of some pretty famous photographers and on more that one occasion, I have thought to myself, " I just don't get it". Why is this imagery so regarded? Why is this photographer so famous, meanwhile I sit here, have the ability, but my phone does not ring off the hook. This is when I realize, Photographer is subjective. Years ago I stopped worrying about the whys and just did me. I have won several competitions, my work has been published, from time to time I work with clients and more importantly, I still get to enjoy the subtle art of composition. My point of disclosure here simply to state, being able to create is what is satisfying. Some people will love what you do, others will not. 

Move forward and simply be who you are. 

Back to point here, I did in fact edit some images in the fine art format and added the to the Fine Art Gallery. My intent here is to simply start offering home, office, decor for anyone who has an interest in Fine Art. Remember the phrase, "if you build it, they will come".

Please share your feedback if you made it this far. 

St Mary's Roman Catholic Church CFASt Mary's Roman Catholic Church CFAMy intent here was to capture the beauty of the church and the original edit received some mixed reviews. What I have done here is edited the historical church in a fine art format to simply isolate the beauty of the structure.

Of coarse you cant have a fine art image with out the Black and White version. 

St Mary's RC church BWFASt Mary's RC church BWFAMy intent here was to capture the beauty of the church and the original edit received some mixed reviews. What I have done here is edited the historical church in a fine art Black an White format to simply isolate the beauty of the structure.

Some other offerings to consider that I recently added. 

Lavender FloraLavender FloraA fine art composition that strictly focus on the soft petals of this beautiful floral.
I shot this in my garden over the summer and as a rule fine art is black and white but I could not resist leaving the gentle color.
SilverSilver GlowFine Art Composition of a lonely tree in the heart of winter. Lightly kissed by stray moonlight this image is one that captivated my attentions

As always thank you for the read, and I look forward to any comments. 



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Kissed and Ditched https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/kissed-and-ditched Todays post will be to hopefully brighten your day. I have found that I have time on my hands and decided that I needed to get out today. If for nothing else, just to give me some sense of purpose. 

I did take Camera with me and I hoped that I may spot something on the winter landscape that would make for a worthy composition. Lets face it. moving snow is great and all but we have some pretty scenic sites if we get off our butts and do some looking. 

Here is what I found.

Kissed and DitchedKissed and DitchedAs the snow gently fell on the cold landscape, the sun offered its warming kiss to brighten the day

SO a breakdown of this image. My first notation was snow. Its bright and can be difficult to photography, because it will always be the brightest part in your scene, well that is of coarse unless you are capturing the sky. This composition I was however able to minimize the amount of sky in the frame and I felt lucky about that. Once I had the shot metered correctly for f-11 and 1/1000 of a sec for the shutter speed, I needed to find a focal point. I decided to really get a good depth of field that f-11 would work well but I did not want to go to deep into the frame for a focal point. My focus was just past the fallen snow covered tree on the left and on the edge of the water. This seemed to work. I also noted the light was hitting a little different and could see the sun to my right trying to peak through the cold grey sky. In an instant I saw sunlight and began to pop off some shots. 

It seemed that the cold landscape received its first kiss of sunlight which really helped with the reflections in the water. 

I did in fact upload this and some variation to the fine are gallery and here is a link if you would like to look around. Yes the images are for sale in a variety of shapes and sizes, They also can come framed or unframed. Nothing but quality from our partners folks. 

Just for fun, here is a vertical variation in Black and White which I am very happy with. 

There is just something about the beauty of Black and White. 

Am I crazy or would this not look good on a wall. Was a tough decision on a black mat or a white one. I also noted I could have went black frame on this as well, but I fear i would be considered to artsy and looked down on. 


Framed Print


Well if can visualize this, I have given you the best I had to offer today. 

Thanks for the read, and shoutouts of you made it to the end. Let me know what you think. 

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Google Reviews and Wins https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/google-reviews-and-wins As many of you know, if you own a small business or you are simply building a brand, one of the most important things to do is get you name out there. 

This includes social media like Facebook, Instagram, possibly The X formally know as Twitter, and most recently TIK TOK. Another key and this is by far the most important, Google. Having a business page in Google, and having links to social media accounts is very important. 

One action to take is ask your followers and clients to review your business on google. It helps raise your rankings in search engines. One last thing. You have to have a website. Give people who are seeking your services a one stop landing source to learn everything they can about what you bring to the table. 

I like to be transparent, and a couple of things I want to touch on today. First, Your family and friends are not your best resource for quality reviews on Google or any social media platforms. Consider these reviews endorsements and ask yourself, are your friends and family really going to give you a bad review? 99.8 percent of the time they will verbally support you but you have to ask, does this drive business to you which is really the ultimate goal. 

Year over year, the number of facebook friends I have has been reduced by my own hand. Here's why. Having a connection with someone that does not engage with you, or give you the time of day, or would not even say hello if you saw them on the street is in no way helping you with your goals. 

I have asked for reviews and I have received. The reviews I have I am truly thankful for, and I appreciate everyone who took just a minute out their day to drop a kind word about how they felt about the experience in front of my lens. I mean this with all sincerity. I value those relationships. 

The point of this post is moving towards a bigger win in my opinion and some of you may remember some drama on my Facebook page. 

While doing a paid shoot for a commercial project, I was questioned by another ""photographer"" about what I was doing when the drove by a location that I was photographing. This person had a reputation for just being a jerk and to be honest, the talent was not very good. 

Of coarse I answered, but I set a line in the sand very quickly with this person as  I  understood she would make some comments about why she was not contacted to do the work. 

Taking some offense, she started some drama right on my page, and it was a bad look for her as well as me. Facebook did in fact remove the posts from the my page, but a lot of people saw the conversation. Of coarse friends on both sides did get involved and further added to the entire thread.

Two things that came from all this, I received a call from the other parties mom asking me to not simply destroy her child's dreams of being a "photographer" , which was never my intent, but remember I did not start the drama. I was in damage control. The other real issue was one of her buddies left a pretty nasty comment on my google page. 

The win on this was Google removed the review and stated it violated their policies. This just goes to show you, you may a long fight ahead of you, but stick to your values. You will win in the end. 



I want to state that this issue was let go years ago and I don't carry things like this around with me. The fact is neither made an impact and to the best of my knowledge, nether person is even in business. You know who is still here though just doing their thing. You guessed it. 

I have always said, and have been told my biggest enemy was time. I acknowledge that. But due to some recent events I seem to have a lot of time on my hands and have put forth some new efforts with my love for content creation. Call it my hobby, do I love it? I sure do. It's one of the things in life that you can love and it does go away of leave you. Things have changed so much in the last 10 years and change can be good or it can be bad. I could really be brought down by all the negative and it would be just easy to quit, but that is not how I have ever been wired. People make choices, and they  have to live with those choices. Don't let a temporary situation dictate what you will do in the future. Sometimes words are hard to hear. To grow there are times you need to hear them. Remember this, there are many who secretly hate you, and the take great enjoyment when they see you fall. We fall so we can pick ourselves back up, and when you go through hell, i offer this. GO THROUGH IT! What's waiting for you on the other side just might surprise you. 

This is what I do, and it may not be your cup of tea, but that's the great part. I don't have to be. 

HappyNothing is more joyful that seeing a child be a child

Thank you for reading and I hope this brings value and possible some closure.


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Subtle Passages https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/subtle-passages  

As the fall came to a close, and on an early morning walk I spotted some subtle sunlight laying a gentle kiss on this dew covered spider web.

I have also added it to the fine art gallery and the image is for sale. Here is a link to the gallery. Gallery

Morning lightsSubtle PassagesAN early morning walk at first light offered up this incredible moment when the light shined through the trees and kissed this dew covered spiderweb.

Thank you for your continued support. 



(Michael Sargent Visuals) Buffalo Bills landscape Photography webs https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/subtle-passages Thu, 11 Jan 2024 21:48:42 GMT
Fresh Snow and Morning Light https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/fresh-snow-and-morning-light The long and short of it is pretty simple. Fresh snow and am light was the ingredients for this composition. 

Should it go in the fine art gallery?? You be the judge.  Crisp Mornings Fresh Snow and Morning Lights


Thank you for the view.. As always,, Sharing is caring, and I could really use the shares. 





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Hello 2024 https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2024/1/hello-2024 Just an update as we enter into 2024. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR to all of you who consistently read this blog. 

Plans will be to showcase more video content via this blog. 

I will also be starting the podcast back up. Links will be be place here in this blog. Hoping some of you will share and help me build that brand. 

In addition, you will start to see more commercial  work posted here with fine art prints that will be added to the gallery. 

Yes, those images will also be on sale. I figured I would just state that now because I am asked constantly on Social Media sites.  Links will be available, although a simple click on the phot will take you right the gallery..


On a personal level, 

I have had a lot of deep rooted thoughts recently in my career and I have to simply disclose that the past year has not been positive. 

Most often people don't like change, I embrace it, when its positive and productive and it benefits everyone. I however will state that seeing people come and go is not always enjoyable, but it's understandable. My concerns are related to generation gaps and yes I am talking about the work ethics and loyalties of Barrak's Babies. 


No Ethics, No Loyalty, and the mere notion that they feel they know there worth.  Despite my age, health, years of service, and my loyalty, I still find that what I am able to accomplish in a day is so far above what people who wish to replace me is, I kind of feel like I should be the one saying I know my worth.. I also kind of have the opinion that if I can't rely on people to do do their job and grow into a advanced role, than what do I really need other managers around for. This one aspect has impacted my personal growth simply due to the fact that the majority of my day is picking up the ball when others drop it, and my ability to advance my skills is now a question of time. My personal time is supposed to be mine however, for me to grow it seems I have to use my personal time to develop new skills.. Let's face it. I don't need to grow. I'm content, but life long learning is important even if I don't ever move up. Another talking point is my age. I have sacrificed so much of my time to be who I am today, that I am just tired of it, and will only dedicate so much of my personal time to new skills.


Am I wrong? 

With all that out of the way, lets move on the compositions.. 


That ShoreThat ShoreAs this small boat awaits it's next adventure, the fog starts to roll in. The coming year will produce some very detailed compositions and I am looking forward to capturing some winter images.. 

I am sure this year will be difficult considering I will be having some surgical work done, but the walking will be great therapy and having a camera in tow will make this easy. 

I call this pleasure and pain..

More soon. 




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When You are Told Dreams are Impossible https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/12/when-you-are-told-dreams-are-impossible Let me be clear on something. After years of just doing me and being told that your goals are impossible, you have to have faith that one day your dreams can and will come true. 

As long as you have faith, and work hard to achieve your goals, no matter if you win or loose, you can hold on to the pride of knowing you tried. 

If you can dream it, you can do it. 

Enjoy, and I hope you watch to the end. 

Dream On Don't let anyone tell you, you can't

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Spider Webs and the Early Moring Dew https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/12/spider-webs-and-the-early-moring-dew We often refer to time as being our biggest enemy. I can understand that statement, but I can also say that sometimes time is on my side. At least that is the positive spin I try to convince myself of to keep my outlook from being negative. 

I noted on a recent outing that the area I was exploring had several spider webs present and I thought that was interesting. What compelled me to take a composition was the presence of all the early morning dew that formed on the webs. As I studied them, it was kind of cool to see smal drips of water occasionally falling. Although I did not see the spiders that created this amazing environment, I am sure that they were somewhere very close to the webs they weaved. 

I did not want to disturb them as I looked for a decent composition. I struggled a bit getting it right in camera with correct exposure, and making sure I had a strong focal point that allowed me a decent depth of field. 

Here is the composition. 

Early Morning DewEarly Morning DewA spiders web covered with early morning dew

Considering a goal in composition is to try and make sense of the chaos that was present, I must admit, I found this difficult. 

I held off on presenting this frame, simply because I was not sure how I felt about it. After some time, I decided that it was time to let others decide if this was worthy. Here it is, you can be the judge, I have it in the fine art gallery and the image can be purchased. If it sells that will give me a good idea if the photo is received well. 

Here is a link to the gallery. 


I know we always use time as an excuse, because its convenient. The simple reality is life happens, and we sometimes must put things above our passions or what we may want to do. Any way you sum it up. Take time and enjoy the moments. Rethink your priorities. I have had to do that, and there are some things that have been summarized as things I need to change. 

Some thoughts to close this out. Recently someone said to me, Man, I do not know how you do all this, and my response was simply, " I did not have a fucking choice"

Remember, always keep your options open, and do what is best for you and the ones you love. Remove the toxic elements from your life. Trust me, you will be much better by doing so. 


Be Legendary, 




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Close Encounters https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/11/close-encounters I always think that one of the best moments you can experience as a photographer is when a well laid out plan just comes together, and you capture the frame you were hoping for. 

Not everything works out as planned, but when it does and that moment is just magic, it's something that stays with you for a lifetime. 

The letdown is simply when it does all work out, you so earnestly strive to have every time a field follow suit. 

I have always had a love for foxes. Having many special encounters with these clever characters, I feel very blessed to have seen some of the behaviors associated with this magnificent creature. 

This close encounter meeting was no exception. 

CLOSE ENCOUNTERSCLOSE ENCOUNTERSClose encounters with a red fox

I would love to hear your stories about Foxes. Please leave a comment and share your story with me. 

This image has been added to the Gallery and is currently 70 percent off normal prices. 

Gallery link

Thank you for reading and stay safe through the holiday seasons. 


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Deep Discounts on all Fine Art Images Until December 19/2023 https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/11/deep-discounts-on-all-fine-art-images-until-december-19/2023 Long Walk Long PierLong Walk Long PierSlow exposure of Pier In Fine Art Format


All products are up to 70% off normal prices including framed prints. 

This is your chance to get wall art at the lowest prices ever offered.

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Thank you, 


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Reflections of Fall https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/11/reflections-of-fall Recently I shared a post of a Duck that posed for an interesting frame. ON that very same walk I was looking for some scenic views that would show off the late fall season. Often is the case I will come across some lower foliage trees that still carry a significant number of leaves on them. 

Much in the case of this image. 

REFLECTIONS OF FALL REFLECTIONS OF FALL Glowing fall foliage on a smooth reflective pool of water

I shot this with a 600mm lens on a Sony camera and to be perfectly honest, I was not sure how it would turn out. I am not calling it a masterpiece, but I can say I was happy with the quality of the frame. In post I simply darkened it a little and bumped the vibrance up a bit. 

Although my intent for the day was to score on some wildlife, it's always nice to walk away with a composition that has al almost painterly look to it. 

What do you think?

The image is in the fine art gallery and is for sale if you would like this on your wall. Click on the photo and it will take you to all the images I currently have in the gallery for sale. More to come. 


Happy Thanksgiving to all. 



(Michael Sargent Visuals) adobe buffalo ny photographer canon creativity fine art kelby one landscapes michael sargent photography sony https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/11/reflections-of-fall Mon, 20 Nov 2023 21:37:25 GMT
Wildlife Walks https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/11/wildlife-walks It's been a while since I went for a walk with the intent of Photographing wildlife. I guess that's because my knees are not what they used to be. Honestly its not just the knees. I am not a young man anymore, but I am certainly looking to remedy the constraints I currently have. 

I wanted to see if I still had it. The skill set to take a decent wildlife photo. You are the judge. I am happy with my capture. 

I had one moment as this duck was in the middle of preening and eating. I had to snap the frame as he looked at the sky. I will certainly enjoy these moments in the near future. 

Please let me know what you think of the composition in the comments 

Shot on my Sony, with a sigma 600mm and a 1.4 extender. Effective focal length 740mm. Some minor editing in Light room and this one is done. It really does pay off in the end when you shoot it right in the camera before post. 

Thanks all, Enjoy the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.



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The Winds of Change Sportraits https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/11/the-winds-of-change Some deep thoughts from a big picture thinker. 

Hindsight truly is 20/20. SO, 15 years ago, I coined the phrase sportraits, and if I would have been a smart man, I would have copyrighted righted that phrase to my personal brand of photography. Yet a failure on me. IN the past few months, I have seen photographers replicating some of what I used to do, and still do from time to time and they are coining it as sportraits. Good for them. My talking point behind this is from a positive perspective and I do love to see other photographers get cred. What bothers me is being the guy that took athletes and created dramatic imagery based on what they love must have been ahead of its time when I was making a push in that niche. Sadly, it's just now catching on and it makes me wonder. DO I get back on the train and highlight what I can do? It's a question and a decision. 

PAGE-8The Begining

During my infancy in this, I kept it simple, but progressed in development, as I wanted the look to be edgy and represent what the athlete goes through to become a player of distinction.


I think the biggest part of any portrait image that displays the truth about growth in sports is always in the eyes. There is sacrifice and a deep motivation that drives people who are focused on a goal. If you ever note that once an athlete achieves the crowning jewel of their sport you notice that future portraits tells the stories in the eyes of those who reached the top. I would go as far as to say sometimes you even see a smirk or a smile in the subject. 


What sets off any Sportrait is the emotion. How do we capture emotion? Most will tell you it comes easy, but that's not truthful. The reality is no one really likes to be photographed. When I say that, I mean people are uncomfortable in front of a lens. The key variables here are in front of the lens and behind the lens. In short, the person behind the lens has to do the work. Make the connection, make the subject comfortable. How do you ask? I would say it's a trade secret, but the fact is you just must be a human being. You are photographing a human being. Try putting your ego aside and making a connection with the subject. 


No matter the subject matter, the point of this post is to simply make a statement about taking the subject and putting the subject in their element. 

The concept, the layout, the connection, the story communicated is what this is about. 

Some things to note. The images here, although acceptable, do not really display what is possible when doing this style of composition. I will be looking to do some images very soon that display what is really possible. 

I like Horses. I think it's time to take a shot of someone on horseback.... 

Reach out if interested. 







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Mountain Lakes https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/11/mountain-lakes Taking a needed break from the world, I find myself on the shore of a mountain lake. Share your thoughts.

I wonder if there is value explaining the composition. My camera is amazing, I taught it everything it knows. 

That ShoreThat ShoreAs this small boat awaits it's next adventure, the fog starts to roll in.


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The Webs We Weave https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/10/the-webs-we-weave

During a recent outing to simply go fuel my vehicle and do some thinking, I just happened to come across an area on a backroad where I noticed a bunch of spider webs. Being early morning everyone of these webs stood out because of the morning dew. My editing was pretty simply. I just put a cinematic very light blue tint to this image because the sky was just a little to bright, The subject is sharp but my composition is not what I would call outstanding. 

Thus the summary, ah the tangled webs we weave. 

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The Joys of Aging https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/9/the-joys-of-aging Have you ever noticed that when we are young we always say, I can't wait till I am older. When we are older we say we recant and say I wish I was young again?

ARCHIE  (62 of 64)The Joys of Aging Enjoying a Cake Smash

When I see smiles like this on little ones it just gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Happy 1st Birthday Little One. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) adobe buffalo cake smash fine art: hasselblad photographer sony https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/9/the-joys-of-aging Wed, 27 Sep 2023 21:25:54 GMT
NEVER FORGET https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/9/never-forget IF you are like me, you remember where you were and what you were doing on the day the earth stood still. 

I remember this once people found out it was an attack, for just one short minute the entire county was together, and we all swore we would never forget.

Guess what? The all mighty political gods want you to forget. Thats pretty clear. 

I guess and after seeing news articles about how the interest in first responder services has declined, as so many fire halls are hurting for membership, It makes me wonder if 9/11 was happening today, how many more people would die. I am betting the death toll would be a lot higher today. 

Perhaps I am wrong, but this problem was shared with me years ago, and I offered a take and a hopeful solution. It was blown off and I simply want to point out something. If The Big Mac, The Whopper, Dell, Microsoft, Canon, Sony, or a multitude of other companies failed to advertise their products, services, or in this case cause, do you think they would be staples in today's world? These companies are huge, and in today,s world and the shift in trends on simply how things get done or put out to consumers, does it not make sense to put your product or cause out there to generate interest or a buzz. 

Some old timers thought they knew best. I am here to tell you. They were wrong.  THE HEROTHE HERO 9/11 Never Forget The Heros of 9/11 NEVER FORGET


Stay Safe, even if we forget. 





(Michael Sargent Visuals) 9/11 Fireman First Responders Never Forget The day the Earth Stood Still https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/9/never-forget Mon, 11 Sep 2023 21:07:05 GMT
A Long Walk, A Short Pier https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/9/a-long-walk-a-short-pier A recent slow exposure image that I have added to the new fine art gallery. Please share your feedback and let me know if you like it.  Long Walk Long PierLong Walk Long PierSlow exposure of Pier In Fine Art Format

(Michael Sargent Visuals) Fine Art Landscape Photography Slow Exposure https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/9/a-long-walk-a-short-pier Sat, 09 Sep 2023 21:52:52 GMT
See Yourself in a New Light With Professional Portrait Photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/6/see-yourself-in-a-new-light-with-professional-portrait-photography

See Yourself in a New Light With Professional Portrait Photography



Professional portrait photography can be an incredible tool to boost self-confidence and help you appreciate the unique qualities that make you who you are. With the right photographer, portraiture photography can also help you capture special moments in your life and allow you to celebrate an accomplishment. Whether you want to dedicate a milestone to film or showcase your talents, a professional photographer can help you do it with style. In this blog post courtesy of Michael Sargent Visuals, we'll take a look at why professional portraits are so beneficial.

Elevate Your Self-Esteem

Having a professional photographer take your portrait can be a confidence-boosting experience. Seeing yourself through someone else's lens can reveal sides of yourself that you may not have noticed before, and highlight your unique beauty. It's a great way to celebrate your individuality.

Capture a Moment in Your Life

Professional portraiture photography allows you to capture special moments in your life that may otherwise go unseen or forgotten over time. It gives you the opportunity to reflect on memories and celebrate milestones such as graduations, anniversaries, or engagement photos with loved ones. Photos taken during these special occasions will allow you to relive them time and again far into the future.

Use Your Photo Session For Personal Exploration

A professional portrait photoshoot also provides an excellent creative outlet for personal exploration and expression—something many people lack in their everyday lives. This type of photography allows individuals to explore different sides of themselves that they may not be able to express through other means, such as makeup or clothing choices. With this creative freedom comes a greater appreciation for what makes you unique and beautiful.

Use Adobe Express To Create A Variety Of Creative Projects

Adobe Express is an excellent tool for creating personalized crafts and keepsakes using your photos. With Adobe Express, users have access to easy-to-use editing tools like filters, frames, text boxes, and stickers. Whether you want to make a photo card or an event invitation, you don't need design experience to create something great. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:


  • Make a stunning photo card to send out to friends or family. This is perfect for milestone events, such as a graduation or the birth of a baby. Adobe’s tools make the process super quick and easy.
  • You can make a fun thank-you card, holiday card, or greeting card using your photos. This is easy to do with Adobe’s free tools. Just choose the template you like and pick a photo that goes well with the layout.
  • You don’t need design skills to create a gorgeous desktop wallpaper. Adobe makes it fast and easy! Choose your colors and customize the wallpaper with different fonts or icons.
  • Senior portraits are perfect for graduation invitations! Add a great shot from your photo shoot to your favorite template, then add the graduation info so everyone can celebrate the big day. You can send the final version via email, share it on social media, or print it out.


Professional portraiture photography offers many benefits beyond simply capturing memories; it also gives individuals the chance to explore themselves creatively and foster self-appreciation. No matter what your goals are, an expert can help you create a stunning final image that you can look back on for years to come. And with a pro, you can rest assured that your photos will be of high quality, meaning they can be printed or shared online without degrading.


Ready to book your portrait session? Get in touch with Michael Sargent Visuals today.


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 Adobe Express buffalo ny photographer creativity Exploration" Personal Photo Session photography Professional Portrait Photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/6/see-yourself-in-a-new-light-with-professional-portrait-photography Thu, 29 Jun 2023 09:38:08 GMT
Banging out the Content https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/3/banging-out-the-content I am not sure how people view content, and I would assume that most people who do view content will view specific content that interests them. 

This is also known as a niche. The world niche is something I have never really liked, and this is my opinion only, but it's a stupid word, but its relevancy in the content creation world means everything. A simple example is why you are on this website. Is it because you are interested in photography or is it because you may know me personally and like to follow or troll my exploits in photography and content creation? Either way you are here reading this, and that very fact is why even I must accept the word niche. 

In regarding creation, it will always fall into the subjective aspect, much as photography does. An example, I see a ton of photographers around and when one catches my eye, and I do decide to check out what they do, I will form an opinion of that work and the photographer and thus we see things as subjective. 

I know a ton of successful photographers and it's my opinion the work is pure crap. Once again, it's 'subjective' and you form an opinion based on the subjectivity of the content that is produced.  I think the biggest thing I see these days is some photographers like to post on social platforms and it happens whenever they do a portrait session, they like to post that their content is published. Having another social account share your work or mention your work is different from being published in a major publishing house or nationally recognized publication. This is what we call Imposter syndrome, and it is quite common among millennials or new photographers who are trying to make a name for themselves. 

The fact is, it's a bad look, and despite any natural talent you have, one's character comes into strong question when you do this on a repetitive basis. 

With all this being said, 

Here is some content.





If you do view this content, you also will have the right to form an opinion. It either sucks or its pretty cool. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 black content creation contests creativity landscape michael sargent michael sargent photography photography. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/3/banging-out-the-content Sun, 26 Mar 2023 19:37:47 GMT
A Photography gift from the amazing people at MPB.COM https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/3/a-photography-gift-from-the-amazing-people-at-mpb-com I come bearing a gift A gift




See that link? Click it You know you want to. 

Get 20 bucks off your purchase at checkout @MPBcom by simply entering my name "Michael Sargent"



(Michael Sargent Visuals) Adobe Discount GAS MichaelSargent MPB.com Photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/3/a-photography-gift-from-the-amazing-people-at-mpb-com Sat, 11 Mar 2023 14:07:55 GMT
GLORIOUS https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/3/glorious Sometimes I find that I don't have the desire to simply go out and take photos. The missing element for inspiration is simply" if you have seen this area once, you have seen it a million times. The only changing factor is light. 

This photo is a prime example of that. I have seen this location a million times. Not once did it ever inspire me to take a composition. However on this evening, something special was happening and I had a high anticipation that we would see some expressive skies. 

The evening did not disappoint. Sorry about the Copyright sign in the middle of the composition, but when you sell a photo for commercial use, it is unavoidable. 


GloriousGloriousA dramatic sky as the sun sets on the shoreline of lake Ontario




(Michael Sargent Visuals) Adobe content content creation Dramatic Landscape Landscapephotography Photography Sarg Skies https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/3/glorious Tue, 07 Mar 2023 21:41:30 GMT
CONTENT CREATION Imposter syndrome https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/2/content-creation-imposter-syndrome Often, I hear terms like imposter syndrome, and I must wonder. What exactly is the definition of imposter syndrome?

Well Wiki defines imposter syndrome as: 

Impostor syndrome, also known as impostor phenomenon or impostorism, is a psychological occurrence in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a fraud.[1] Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon do not believe they deserve their success or luck. They may incorrectly attribute it to the Matthew effect, or they may think that they are deceiving others because they feel as if they are not as intelligent as they outwardly portray themselves to be.[2] Impostor syndrome can stem from and result in strained personal relationships and can hinder individuals from achieving their full potential in their fields of interest.[3]

When impostor syndrome was first conceptualized, it was viewed as a phenomenon that was common among high-achieving women. Further research has shown that it affects both men and women, in the collective sense that the proportion affected are more or less equally distributed among the genders.[1][4] Individuals with impostor syndrome often have corresponding mental health issues, which may be treated with psychological interventions, though the phenomenon is not a formal mental disorder.[5]

With that said, i usually hear this term on photography podcasts and there seems to be a great deal of focus on this topic. I personally feel that if you keep things in perspective and know your own personal limitations, this entire topic is a moot point. Let's be serious for a moment. IF you are constantly learning, and believe in a continuous improvement ideology, you can easily work through this entire narrative. A prime example. I may think something I do is awesome. I then will share it on social platforms to obtain some feedback, in addition I always hope that the right person will see that content and it may be for lead generation, or simple to promote my own abilities. What I can tell you is due to things like pay to play, your content rarely reaches the right people and often you just receive likes and comments from people who follow you on social platforms. Another fact is, as I type this and look to share the content on such platforms, I also know that one person out of ten will click the link and read the content I have posted. That is something that contributes to the whole imposter syndrome phenomenon.  Is it any wonder why people doubt themselves and their abilities? It's like I say in my video, which I will be sharing in this post. NO ONE GIVES A FUCK ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY. That is the same for the content you create in the video. The real fact is that a target group will care about what you do, and breaking into that group is the real struggle. 

I call what I do a hobby. It's a personal outlet for me, and I must be real and honest about it. Does this lead to paid work for me? It sure does, but I also must be selective about what I do in that field. In the past I have been involved in some big projects, and the content that was created was outstanding. The earnings from those projects define that. The other side of that coin is to reach a level of familiarity and become in demand is where most will fail. Being an individual who maintains a real-world job and does not work as a content creator or full-time photographer is the sole reason my time to dedicate to the craft has been limited. Some will say work harder, dedicate more time to the craft. Is this your goal? is that what you want to do for a living? Ask yourself that question. Thats the first step towards reaching a goal. Me, well I must be content doing what I am doing. 

Once you grasp all of this, your path becomes clear. As far as "Imposter Syndrome", I will chalk that up to being another modern-day bullshit excuse for being a failure. I am sick of hearing about this and listening to podcasts that talk about imposter syndrome, and mental health issues. GROW UP! Anything worth having, and reaching goals takes demanding work. The real problem is entitlement. Most have no idea what it's like to put in a grueling day to reach a goal. I hate to use this as an example but look at athletes past and present. LeBron cries like a bitch when he thinks something is unfair or he gets fouled. I have seen the videos of him throwing a fit. Here's the thing. Is this guy a beast? No doubt. HE always feels he is entitled. Look at MJ. He became pissed off too. THe difference. MJ did not whine like a little bitch. HE went out and did something about it. Thats why his team won so many championships, and that is why he is the goat. This is all debatable, and I am not a sports expert, but I will agree with many who have played the game and have stated publicly, that MJ is the GOAT.  

All of this garbage in today's world stems from a bad direction taken by leadership, and the facts. People today just suck. 

After typing all of this, here is how I know that my assessment is correct. Comments can be left on any of my posts. If 2 comments are left, I will be surprised.

Enjoy the video. If you made it this far, my hats off to you.. 

The Last Selfie opening Stay real, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 500px adobe content creation creativity DaVinci Imposter syndrome kelbyone lightroom photoshop https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/2/content-creation-imposter-syndrome Sun, 26 Feb 2023 12:39:42 GMT
My Tripod Review https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/2/my-tripod-review To put things into context. Over all these years I have owned a ton of different tripods, and some of them were expensive. Over these years, I have to say, I never found one that exceeded my expectations. Until now. 

To date this is one of my more popular You tube videos. To see my take on this little gem, please have a look at the video. 

I hope it adds some value if you are looking for a functional tripod that does not break the bank.




Thanks. If you like the video and it adds value, please like, and subscribe. 

Hope everyone is doing well. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) adobe content creation kelbyone landscapes lightroom photography photoshop reviews tripod https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/2/my-tripod-review Sun, 19 Feb 2023 13:15:17 GMT
CELEBRATIONS https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/2/celebrations Sometimes I wonder why we celebrate. I am, however, glad we do. No matter the reason, celebrations offers us a unique perspective into our social culture.

Thank you, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) celebrations fireworks lighthouse sodus https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/2/celebrations Tue, 14 Feb 2023 11:09:22 GMT
The Red https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/2/the-red By far not the best image, but it was worth me playing with in post processing a bit. I wanted to see how far I could push the boundary of what I would call a bad composition. You will not that the image itself is sheer chaos from an organizational standpoint. However, What I was more focused on is the splashes of red, that were present due to the Polk berries. 

As stated, this is not an image that would ever be a part of my print gallery of portfolio, but it is an example of how powerful post processing applications have become. 

If this image inspires you to leave a comment, please share your thoughts. 

The REDThe REDA splash of red berries

Until we meet again, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) Arts Bad Photography creativity floods landscapes photography Red Splash visuals woodland https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/2/the-red Sat, 04 Feb 2023 16:49:57 GMT
Spirit of a Lion https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/spirit-of-a-lion It's not very often when I compose and create on my smart phone, but this is one of those rare occasions in which I feel strong enough about a composition to do so.

This image is inspired by my granddaughter who refers to herself as the Big Lion. Of course, she calls me the old man, and i am fine with that. 

Digital composite The Spirit of a LionThe heart of a Lion I captioned this, Within the heart of every little girl lives the spirit of a lion. 

Although not a perfect blend, I am just going to say that this was done completely on my Samsung S23 Ultra. 

Hope this brings you inspiration.

Thank you, 



(Michael Sargent Visuals) composites digital imagery manfrotto photography platypod reviews samsung tripods https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/spirit-of-a-lion Tue, 31 Jan 2023 22:37:22 GMT
New Additions to the Print Sales Gallery https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/new-additions-to-the-print-sales-gallery Something I need to get off my chest. 

For years now, I have had this little website. I also have shared direct links to my website and my print sales gallery

I often wonder why, when I share photos direct to social media sites, it never drives traffic to my site. So the old dog learned a new trick. Now I share imagery from my website via the blog or direct from the photo on my website itself or from a relevant site like 500px

My hopes for doing so are simply to drive traffic to my site and increase awareness of my print sales gallery. Everything is linked in the forst couple of paragraphs of this post, but I did want to make people aware that often times the same photos you see on social media are right in my print sales gallery. 

I don't expect everyone to be all tech Savy but at my age, I figure if I can navigate the web, most of you can to.

This week, here is what has been added to the gallery. 

 If you want to help, let me ask you to do something. If you are going to check my work out on-line, please share it online. The likes are great, and I appreciate the feedback, but if you really like the content, thank for the LOVE OF GOD MAN, share it with your friends. 

Sharing is caring. Knowing that no one simply takes the one second to share content is the biggest reason why so many photographers make the statement, including myself..... NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY.  Prove me wrong. Read this, and leave a comment. This will a test and there is no point curve. 


One last thing. The quality of product in the online store here is produced with the absolute best the industry has to offer as far as paper and framing. 

Quality costs, so if you are thinking of getting a print, just remember, you do not have to have it framed. If you do, know that it will be the highest quality product and to date no one has complained about the workmanship our partners have to offer. 

Thanks for the read. 

Share it. Please and thank you. 




(Michael Sargent Visuals) Adobe buffalo ny photographer Canon creativity Kelby One landscape Michael Sargent https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/new-additions-to-the-print-sales-gallery Sat, 21 Jan 2023 23:11:24 GMT
Solstice https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/solstice Today was a day just to reflect in many ways. 

When the fog is light, and the light is right, you just must compose.

A slow exposure, winter reflection. 

Enjoy it. 




(Michael Sargent Visuals) buffalo ny photographer creativity Landscapes michael sargent visuals Photography winter landscapes https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/solstice Sat, 14 Jan 2023 22:31:15 GMT
The Last Selfie https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/the-last-selfie


I changed my profile picture on social media.  There were some interesting reactions to that image. 

A lot of people wanted to know if I was all right. I found that stirring, and it made me think. About what is a conversation for another time, but the photo was just for a project that I am working on, that simply asks the question. Why does no one give a fuck about your photography. 

I will do my best to answer that question because, this single point of view is what so many photographers including myself struggle with.

So many questions can be drawn from this, but my thoughts lead me to a more flawed understanding of why so many people are drawn to personality and subpar imagery vs. creativity and uniqueness. 

More on the topic

Stay tuned or don't. At this point in life, I could give a fuck less about what people do or how they spend their time. 

See the trade off in my logic. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) cameras canon editing photography projects selfie sony video https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/the-last-selfie Sun, 08 Jan 2023 15:25:09 GMT
Resting Grasshopper https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/resting-grasshopper


It is always a nice notification when you are notified that your photo is popular on a real photography platform. 

I doubt that anybody really notices but, I post less to Facebook these days and that is simply because I am not a big pay to play guy.

Many people think I have just hung up the camera, but the reality is I am just not interested in doing the normal snapshots that you see everyone else post. I'm sure that most won't understand but I am of the opinion, if you are going to pay to have a composition created, then you better make sure that you are creating something that is simply different than what everyone else is doing. 

OF course, these are my opinions, but I am not a person who subscribes to the point of view of just sucking. You embrace your own suck. 





(Michael Sargent Visuals) adobe buffalo ny photographer canon creativity grasshopper kelby one michael sargent https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/resting-grasshopper Sun, 08 Jan 2023 12:19:12 GMT
Show the world who you are https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/show-the-world-who-you-are




(Michael Sargent Visuals) interests sargvisuals self-identify sports video https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2023/1/show-the-world-who-you-are Sat, 07 Jan 2023 22:55:09 GMT
Landscapes and People https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/12/landscapes-and-people Also enjoy being able to combine two of the most impactful things we as human beings experience. Landscapes and people. I'm not the first to talk about it, and I am ok with it. 

Not much for words these days.  Congratulations. JJWED (1 of 2)JJWED (1 of 2) Jepson BW@1.5xJepson [email protected]




(Michael Sargent Visuals) adobe canon combinations environmental landscapes lightroom people https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/12/landscapes-and-people Sat, 03 Dec 2022 22:58:11 GMT
VIDEOS https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/11/videos NATURE SLOPES

(Michael Sargent Visuals) Content Creation Media Video https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/11/videos Fri, 18 Nov 2022 20:31:16 GMT
The Blood Moon 2022 https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/11/the-blood-moon-2022 My shot of the 2022 Blood Moon. 

Blood Moon 22 (1 of 1)Blood Moon 22 (1 of 1) Thanks You,





(Michael Sargent Visuals) 2022 Lunar Eclipse Blood Moon Michael Sargent Visuals https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/11/the-blood-moon-2022 Fri, 18 Nov 2022 11:40:17 GMT
DAYDREAMS https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/8/daydreams


Just a quick post and playing with a short film. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) Dreams Photography Reels https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/8/daydreams Sun, 21 Aug 2022 15:33:55 GMT
Moddy Black and Instagram Reels https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/8/moddy-black-and-instagram-reels Popular these days is the LUT preset or filters. For years now, I have developed presets and have updating my libraries by specific niches. 

Today I am showing a sample of my moody black preset which I will be offering as a download in the upcoming weeks.  My Moody Black Preset  (1 of 1)My Moody Black Preset Moody Black In addition to my preset work, I have been working on some cinematic reels. Smartphone photography and cinematic video has come along was since the first cell phone could capture video. This activity keeps me moving and although I am no Spielberg, I simply enjoy the process. 

A recent reel I released on Instagram did very well by my standards, and although the soundtrack is different, people seem to like the content. 

tree music


One last thing. I sent an email to all that follow my work, offering Pet Portraits to any one who may be looking for that special lasting memory with your best friend. I am booking fast, so if you would like that wall hanger, hit me quick. The half off sale ends at the end of August. 

Up next. Doing some Drone fun. Wish me luck. I expect to crash. 

(Michael Sargent Visuals) discounts Presets Reels https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/8/moddy-black-and-instagram-reels Sun, 14 Aug 2022 12:17:29 GMT
Do you Enter Photography Contests https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/7/do-you-enter-photography-contests This video was filmed last year and it was during a period of time when I was asking myself if I should enter a contest to promote tourism in my demographic area. I opted out of entry and the reasons why, are another story. 

IF you would like to know why, please comment on the post and I will give you my reasons why I do not feel inspired to do so. 

Peace all. 




To Enter or Not to Enter. It's Not Really a Question


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 content creation contests creativity michael sargent photograpy. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/7/do-you-enter-photography-contests Sun, 24 Jul 2022 14:11:57 GMT
Content Creation. The New Norm https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/7/content-creation Content CreationVideo for Content Seems all the buzz these days is content creation and if you are a photographer you better be a filmmaker as well. Just thought I would share some content. What I can tell you is the benefits. Not huge by any means but I have been able to gain and retain over 100 new connections on the ol instagram. 

What's all that mean? Nothing................. YET. What I can tell you is Mobile phone gimbals are an absolute if you plan on creating content. What I would advise against, is the damn apps that come with the gimbals. No matter the device you are using, I have found that both the DJI as well as the Zhiyun apps do not take full advange of your mobile devices capability. To hear more you will have to stay tuned. If I have time I will do a You tube video that shows you how to get around the apps and still use your gimbal to create smooth cinematic content. 

This video was shot using the Zhiyun app, and as you can see not everything in this video, is what I would consider sharp. 

Thanks for the read. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) Algorithym Deep Blue Instagram Reels Video https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/7/content-creation Sun, 17 Jul 2022 12:02:39 GMT
Cascades Or Waterfalls if you Prefer https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/4/cascades-of-waterfalls-if-you-prefer CASCADES

(Michael Sargent Visuals) Cascades waterfalls https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/4/cascades-of-waterfalls-if-you-prefer Sat, 23 Apr 2022 19:42:51 GMT
Social Media and the Algorithms that Kill it for Photographers https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/3/social-media-and-the-algorithms-that-kill-it-for-photographers Has anybody noticed that organic reach has completely been destroyed on Social Media? At one point in the early days you could post a photo on Facebook or Instagram and it was all the buzz. Now, due to algorithms, you are lucky to have your creative works seen by 20 people. 

The new thing is reels. Both platforms want you to do more video, and that's ok if you feel like doing video, but what if you don't want to do video. 

Well!!!! To bad. It is a must, and its because the platform designers said so. 

I have tried a couple of times to put up a short little post about Facebook on facebook but for whatever reason it does not want to post. I am sure because it does speak to the negatives on both platforms, however it does bear some questions regarding the use of Social platforms. I wanted to know if you as an individual or business could survive if you never had joined or used social media to stay in touch with friends. I mean back in the day that was the whole purpose right. Connect with friends family, and follow things that may interest you. I feel quite confident in saying that 98 percent of the content of what we see in our feeds is add based, and unless you purposely go to a persons page, you will never stay update to date with the content of someone's life, and this is all based on Algorithms. What kills me is the fact that now we have fact checkers who purposely block content of put false information flags on peoples post because it goes against the political agenda. It's called censorship, and it is not legal, not to mention it goes against a persons constitutional rights. Not to mention, we have a ravage of people stealing or copying people's profiles to send spam, scam, or information collecting messages to people who are on your friends list. I myself was a recent victim on such a situation. I received several messages from friends asking me if I was hacked or did in fact send the message. This brings me to a very interesting point. The majority of messages I received were text messages from phone numbers ( not chat apps) from people that I am truly connected with, and not the fake relationships that come from being on a social platform. In fact nothing about social media is really social at all. I like to call this false interaction, KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS. It poses the questions, could you in fact step away from social media, and not use it. I for one do not log in as much as I used to on either platform, because I just don't care to see the adds. A case in point. A person I knew in real life and was connected to on Facebook recently passed away. I found out about two weeks later and it was only because, a mutual friend posted something and that post showed up in my feed. Being pretty floored by the news, it made the light bulb goes off in my head and say, what face book was to what it has become is simply not what we all signed up for. 

In short, I often ask myself, I wonder if I ran into this person on the street if they would say hello or just walk on by. It also makes you question if this person would even know you if you did run into them. You also have to ask as well, why the fuck am I connected to this person in the first place?

Over the past few years, I have removed so called friends from my social platform, because it made me realize some things. Why would I be connected to someone I went to school with but never really had a friendship with, or was just an asshole to people in general. Hey maybe that person is different now. Well whopta fucking dee. Coming from my world, I learned that a zebra does not change its stripes, so that is always a consideration. 

As this trend in social media continues, I think it bears consideration to at some point to say enough and that is about where I am at. 

DO I need it, No. DO I want to use it, not really. Should I shut it down, I am considering it. 

I wont lie, I have made some pretty cool connections of the coarse of this, and some of these connections I have solid relationships with, One thing is for certain. Anybody that I really care about, I have their phone number and can call at any time. Its also a vice versa thing. In my eyes, that's more social than this entire online world of social media, which should be called advertising media, cause that is in fact what it really is. 

In closing I recently spent some time doing some traveling for work, and during those long rides 12 plus hours in fact I caught up on some podcasts that I subscribe to, and one of the talking points was to ask the opinion of some high profile photographers their thoughts on social media and the direction it was heading. They all agreed that social platforms and the algorithm's in place are not very friendly to photographers. In fact they stated they note that the engagement they see with content they create and share has been reduced to almost nothing. In addition they also state that the only way they can remain relevant is to produce a short video, also known as a reel, to help promote their content. One last point, some photographers do not like to produce video largely in part is because they like to keep their lives private and only share the content they create. They really dont want the world knowing when or what they dine on or what their travel plans are. That is understandable. However, you either embrace the direction or fall in to the social shadows. Like cattle to the slaughter.  I know that those that care about you will stay in touch or reach out from time to time, but those people are what is considered friends, Not facebook friends. Two totally different worlds. 

Please share your thoughts or comments. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) algorithms Censorship Facebook Instagram media Social https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/3/social-media-and-the-algorithms-that-kill-it-for-photographers Sun, 27 Mar 2022 12:20:50 GMT
A Valentines evening at the Harvest Restaurant within the Stunning Bent's Opera House https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/2/a-valentines-evening-at-the-harvest-restaurant-within-the-stunning-bents-opera-house I was very Honored to be able to spend Valentines evening with some wonderful people who celebrated the evening festivities at the Harvest restaurant within Bent"s Opera House. 

IF you have not seen what this place has transformed to, I suggested you do. This place was stunning. I can't describe it written word what a wonderful job they did renovating this building. ITs a real work of art, and I can wait to attend a show or be able to sit down and enjoy the amazing food. 

A quick video I shot with a photo slide show of all who allowed me to take a photo to remember the evening. 

Valentines at the Harvest RestaurantA wonderful evening at the Harvest Restaurant.

Check it, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) harvest restaurant new york bent's opera house medina https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/2/a-valentines-evening-at-the-harvest-restaurant-within-the-stunning-bents-opera-house Sun, 20 Feb 2022 18:51:22 GMT
Dependability and Accountability https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/1/dependability-and-accountability

(Michael Sargent Visuals) accessories and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment fashion food landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale shop store studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/1/dependability-and-accountability Wed, 26 Jan 2022 23:31:42 GMT
Making The Most of a Bad Day https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/1/making-the-most-of-a-bad-day morning medina (1 of 1)morning medina (1 of 1)

(Michael Sargent Visuals) approaching landscapes moods moody winter https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2022/1/making-the-most-of-a-bad-day Sat, 08 Jan 2022 13:54:33 GMT
My Disappointment with Microsoft https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/my-disappointment-with-microsoft


Microsoft Will I continue to use the Surface series for my editing.


(Michael Sargent Visuals) book canon laptops sony surface trade https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/my-disappointment-with-microsoft Thu, 30 Dec 2021 20:52:49 GMT
Photo Logo's and Signatures https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/photo-logos-and-signatures

It's so easy


(Michael Sargent Visuals) brushes logos photoshop watermarks https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/photo-logos-and-signatures Tue, 21 Dec 2021 21:21:12 GMT
Here Comes the Covid Train https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/here-comes-the-covid-train

(Michael Sargent Visuals) Covid failure Impacts Leadership Politics https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/here-comes-the-covid-train Fri, 10 Dec 2021 22:51:37 GMT
Tripod Review on The Big Picture Podcast https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/tripod-review-on-the-big-picture-podcast

(Michael Sargent Visuals) canon content creation michael sargent reviews sony tripod review https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/tripod-review-on-the-big-picture-podcast Mon, 06 Dec 2021 21:45:12 GMT
My Review of the Artcise Carbon Fiber Tripod https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/my-review-of-the-artcise-carbon-fiber-tripod Well I have to just say it. I have had enough of the heavy old tripods and after some thought on the subject I think I found a pretty decent and affordable option. 

(Michael Sargent Visuals) Amazon Canon Landscape Photos Carbon Fiber Tripod https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/12/my-review-of-the-artcise-carbon-fiber-tripod Sun, 05 Dec 2021 22:48:37 GMT
Talking Tripods https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/talking-tripods

(Michael Sargent Visuals) manfrotto platypod reviews samsung the big picture podcast tripods video https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/talking-tripods Tue, 30 Nov 2021 21:55:44 GMT
Photography: Landscapes/Photographing Woodland Winter Scenes https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/photography-landscapes/photographing-woodland-winter-scenes This week, I take advantage of Western New York's, or at least my home area's first snowfall of the season.



Thanks, for watching, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) buffalo ny photographer creativity landscapes michael sargent photography photography winter landscapes https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/photography-landscapes/photographing-woodland-winter-scenes Sun, 28 Nov 2021 00:12:54 GMT
A new Camera Is not going to Make You A Better Photographer https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/a-new-camera-is-not-going-to-make-you-a-better-photographer



(Michael Sargent Visuals) adobe lightroom canon gear heads photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/a-new-camera-is-not-going-to-make-you-a-better-photographer Mon, 22 Nov 2021 00:06:34 GMT
Contests To Enter or Not to Enter. It's not really a Question https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/contests-to-enter-or-not-to-enter-its-not-really-a-question




(Michael Sargent Visuals) Adobe buffalo ny photographer Canon creativity Kelby One Michael Sargent https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/contests-to-enter-or-not-to-enter-its-not-really-a-question Sat, 13 Nov 2021 16:46:18 GMT
Building a Team in Photography. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/building-a-team-in-photography



(Michael Sargent Visuals) . content creative lost opportunities team https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/building-a-team-in-photography Mon, 08 Nov 2021 07:28:35 GMT
Breaking Dawn https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/breaking-dawn Early morning strolls are just one way to relax. Having camera in tow, you just never know what you will see. When and if the light hits just right you just have to snap.

Breaking DawnBreaking Dawn Nothing to write home to mom about, but it just goes to show you that perspective is everything.





(Michael Sargent Visuals) behind canon forest landscapes light photography shot soft the wescott woodland https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/11/breaking-dawn Sat, 06 Nov 2021 11:48:14 GMT
Photography Competitions. Yes or No https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/10/photography-competitions-yes-or-no Let's talk about photography competitions for a minute. Do you enter them? I can say that several years ago, I used to. I won several of them back in the day, but I stepped away from them for several reasons. The biggest reason why I did this was simply because over time I learned that the majority of people judging local competitions had no clue what they were talking about when it came to photography or composition for that matter. Ok so before someone goes ahead and says, ah, your just as sore looser, Let me just state this for the record. A sore loser will not offer a word of congratulations to a winner despite ones own personal opinion. Nor will a sore looser ever let a jaded moment go. A sore loser will continue to bring up the topic of the said event, the winner by judge's, and they will be very public about the specified event. 

When I say that a judging committee has no clue about composition or even the basic rules of photography, I mean they do not factor in these basic principles when it comes to judging an image. For the most part and when it comes to local competition I can say that most people who judge imagery at a local level simply judge that imagery by what is visually appealing. That means the saturation of colors, the subject of the image, sometimes how sharp the image is, but for the most part, if it is colorful, that will likely be the winner. Does that breakdown make me a heal for calling this out. I don't think so, but when you compare the type of imagery that is judged  by a group of peers, ( fellow photographers, gallery owners , publishers, etc.) you can clearly see that game is really stepped up. The images, the compositions, is worlds apart. 

My conflict. I was just told about a local competition, and it was suggested that I enter it. My question regarding that suggestion was why should I enter it. I received a resounding response and it was flattering, because I think you would win. We checked out the contest site and the rules, and one for the first things stuck out to me like a sore thumb. Sunrise and sunset photos have the best change of winning and are preferred. I saw that and thought, Damn! talk about pre-judgement. With that stated it really limited, the prospective of showcasing some of the more popular things that people often do in the area, and really kind of limited the opportunity to showcase some of the really beautiful scenic area's that this small county had to offer. 

With that said, I have a personal choice to make. Do I go ahead and enter a contest that has a pre-judgment already in play, knowing full well that I will not be entering a sunrise or sunset photo. In addition do I go ahead and enter a composition that will be a great frame full well knowing that some crappy photo along a waterway with bright orange, yellow and reds, will more than likely beat out my composition, because it will be more visually appealing to a judge. 

That is a question that remains to be answered. You will have to keep watching the posts or a watch on my social media accounts to see if I go forth and do some photo hunting. 

Please by all means, share your thoughts. YES OR NO. 

Check point 3Check Point ThreeAlong the Shores of Lake Ontario Thanks for Reading, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) new york buffalo competition kelby one orleans county photographers near buffalo photography photography contests https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/10/photography-competitions-yes-or-no Sat, 16 Oct 2021 13:45:06 GMT
Feeling the Landscapes https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/10/feeling-the-landscapes Lately I have been getting out and taking short walks, doing a little video, and hitting the shutter a bit. In short, I am photo hunting. When I say hunting I really mean searching for compositions. The challenge of taking something that most of us would just walk on by, and finding something interesting, then composing something out of nothing has been so very satisfying. I think its just getting out in fresh air, and enjoying the break from all the crazy stuff going on under these left wing lunatics. 

Anyways here is my most recent captures. Hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did composing them. 

Until we cross paths again. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) adobe Canon Kelby One Landscapes lightroom Photography Reflections Soft Light https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/10/feeling-the-landscapes Sun, 10 Oct 2021 22:30:42 GMT
A Spirit Tree https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/10/a-spirit-tree In short, the story behind the image here is pretty standard. I went to an area that I have visited in the past. This area is kind of cool and features a small waterfall that I have photographed in the past. This time however I returned to the area because I wanted to photograph this old tree. The size of it indicates that it is very old and it kind of sits by itself. Funny how our lives kind of coincide with the tree. As we age, younger people don't really relate to those of us in our later years. I think back to when I was younger and a little more spirited in my viewpoints, and the way I lived life, I had a much bigger social circle. Now in midlife, I realize that people come and go, and to be honest, I do not think I would change a thing. When you stop and look at the big picture, and realize the mess this country is in, I cant relate to people who wont work, or feel that everybody owes them something. Some would say that us older people are just assholes, but the fact is, our life experiences and the final realization of just how screwed up people are these days, confirms a level of maturity. Sometimes its just better to get out and enjoy these little moments. The old tree is like an old man. Both are strong, mature, have seen a lot over our life times, and most importantly, they are spirited. 

I give you a Spirit Tree.  SPIRIT TREE (1 of 1)SPIRIT TREE (1 of 1)The Spirt Tree I did not do this old tree justice in my composition. It happens, it's all about light, and my light went soft. 

(Michael Sargent Visuals) blogging creativity landscape michael sargent tree visuals. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/10/a-spirit-tree Sun, 03 Oct 2021 12:52:51 GMT
Twists and Turns and Life Goes on https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/9/twists-and-turns-and-life-goes-on Interesting turn of events. I was taking walk like i used to do, before the world became so fucked up. I spotted this interesting growth and decided to to explore the scene to see if I could create a composition. This is what I came up with. 

It kind of shows you that life goes on even though it is full of twists and turns. 

3 shot Panoramic. Enjoy. 

Don't be a Mike, get out there and enjoy the wilderness. 



(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 buffalo ny photographer kelbyone landscape michael sargent photography michael sargent visuals photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/9/twists-and-turns-and-life-goes-on Wed, 22 Sep 2021 21:49:13 GMT
Woodland Panorama https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/9/woodland-panorama I tried a little experiment to day to see if I could pull it off. Nine shot HDR panorama.

You be the Judge.

Did we pull it off.


I also added this bit of morning glory. 

 My last composition for this post. 

We call this. Sit a Spell.

Let me know what you think. 

Thanks for having a look.



(Michael Sargent Visuals) Adobe HDR Kelby Lighting One panorama Photoshop Woodlands https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/9/woodland-panorama Sun, 12 Sep 2021 22:23:08 GMT
Sodus https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/9/sodus On the spur of the moment it was decided a quick road trip was in order. What we ended up with is a couple of new images in the print sales galley. 

This long exposure panoramic shot is quickly becoming a favorite. 

Enjoy, and put it on your wall. 

(Michael Sargent Visuals) lighthouse sodus https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/9/sodus Mon, 06 Sep 2021 14:01:40 GMT
When the Skies are Dramatic https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/8/when-the-skies-are-dramatic There is just something really cool about a sky full of drama, and when you can combine those elements with people it make for a beautiful composition.  JJCJ (167 of 266)JJCJ (167 of 266)

You only get one chance to capture moments. Once they are gone they are only a memory. Unless of coarse you have a photographer who can capture this sort of awesome. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) kelbyone photographer sargvisuals skies weddings https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/8/when-the-skies-are-dramatic Mon, 23 Aug 2021 20:39:34 GMT
Cool Breeze and a Hot Day https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/8/cool-breeze-and-a-hot-day It is certainly no secret that August is filled with hot sunny days, and as summer peaks, the reality is we are about to enter the fall season. I am happy about that because that is by far my favorite season. 

With the obvious out of the way, I wanted to take a brief minute and put a little update on line. First off, I was honored to have been selected as a spot light contributor to Photoshop user magazine. Who is not a fan of Kelby one and all of the great things the do to help photographers get better at all aspects of the craft that is so loved by all who own a DSLR, or mirrorless system. 

To see a copy of this magazine you can check it out here 

On to bigger things. Yesterday was wedding day. Yes it was hot, but we found a nice breeze and shot this longer exposure image, with some dramatic skies. Having always been a fan of the power of black and white images, I decided to put a spin on this image, and rather that desaturating, I converted this shot right over to black and white. Glad I did. 

JJCJ (51 of 53)JJCJ (51 of 53)Dramatic Wedding Photography


Personally, I think this rocks. You are always welcomed and encouraged to leave a comment, and share your thoughts on this blog. 

Until the next post, may your life be filled with amazement, and always take a second and look at the world around you. You never know what you might see. 

Thanks for checking out the post, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 black buffalo ny photographer creativity FJ Westcott Kelby one landscape Michael Sargent photography www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/8/cool-breeze-and-a-hot-day Sun, 08 Aug 2021 15:07:29 GMT
We have a Winner https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/7/we-have-a-winner Janice, Congratulations. Your Name was selected from the comments left on my original post for this 20X30 canvas print. 

AWESOME. Emails have been sent to contact you and I will also reach out via facebook, so you can claim you wall art. 


Subscribe to this blog and keep your eyes open. We will be doing more contests soon. 



(Michael Sargent Visuals) canvas contest milkyway winner https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/7/we-have-a-winner Sun, 04 Jul 2021 19:37:37 GMT
You've Been Thunderstruck! https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/6/youve-been-thunderstruck You wanna know what's been tough? Not being able to capture frames. Of coarse having to take a little time to heal up over the past several months, I wanted to see if I still had it. You be the Judge. 

Three new Images have been added to the sales galley. Thank you for your support. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) Erie Canal Lighting Medina New York Michael Sargent Visuals Panoramic Storms Towpath https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/6/youve-been-thunderstruck Sat, 19 Jun 2021 11:18:54 GMT
The Photo Whore https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/6/the-photo-whore


All I am saying. Be real. TFP is BS and trust me, when your big time you don't need to give it away. 

(Michael Sargent Visuals) accessories and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment fashion food landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale shop store studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/6/the-photo-whore Sun, 13 Jun 2021 14:14:44 GMT
Well I Did it. Sargent Prints Online and to Celebrate I'm Giving Away a FREE 20X30 Canvas Print https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/6/well-i-did-it-sargent-prints-online-and-for-sale-in-a-variety-of-formats I did it. So many people have asked for prints over the years and although prints were always available for clients and their shoots, I never really set anything up for some of the images that people have asked about. Well, that's no longer the case. I built a store front and have some of most requested and regarded images on sale now. One thing I will say up front. Some of these formats like, acrylic, and metals are expensive but, one thing I can say upfront. If you are going to invest in wall art, then I would hope that you would choose to have it displayed and made by the best in the industry. The partners that are responsible for making prints are regarded in the industry as only the finest. 

For seekers of framed prints, the above mentioned is also true in this medium as well. What I find amazing is the beautiful choices of frames that you can obtain for you photograph. 

For those of you that are conservative with your buck, I also have smaller prints available that you could easily frame yourself or simply go to a craft store and purchase. The one thing I can say is that anything you purchase here is the very best in quality, and having purchased so many prints here myself, I can assure you that your framed photos will be displayed with pride and trust me, people will ask you about the images. 

Here is your direct link to the store front. Print Store .

Oh one last thing. If you have trouble with your order or have questions, please feel free to contact me directly. 

Sorry, one more last thing. Anybody want to win a canvas 20X30 framed print from our inhouse print team? 

To celebrate the opening of this store we are going to offer up this favorite. All you have to do to enter yourself for consideration, is leave a comment on the comment section of this blog post. It's really that easy man. 

So share it with your friends and family. I will randomly choose the winner the evening of July 3 2021. Good Luck!!!!!!

Thanks to all who have already purchased some wall art from my gallery. Having the itch again to get out and capture some moments, please check back to see what's new. 

Keep shooting, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) Canvas print giveaway Contest Michael Sargent Photography Open for business Photography Print Sales https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/6/well-i-did-it-sargent-prints-online-and-for-sale-in-a-variety-of-formats Mon, 07 Jun 2021 22:52:22 GMT
Sold, Sony, Canon, Tamron https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/6/sold-sony-canon-tamron The long and short of this post is to say, I have de-hoarded and sold off some photography equipment. Yep I sold my Sony and a couple of old Canon Bodies. I made a good buck from the sales of this equipment and being a fan of the Westcott FJ lighting system, I purchased the FJ 200 strobe to compliment my FJ 400's.

In the past, when I wanted to dump off some gear I would send it into Adorama, and they would offer me a lowball price, and being stupid I would accept it because at the time it was the only choice I had. 

Well here is your option. https://www.mpb.com/en-us/ .

They took pretty good care of me and based on my experience I would suggest you check them out if you have some gear you would like to get rid of. 

They also sell equipment too, so be sure to check out that section too.

Full disclosure, MPB has not paid me to endorse there site and this suggestions come strictly based from my personal experience doing business with them on multiple occasions now. 


I am often asked by people about the ability to purchase  prints from my site. Well It's coming. I will be putting some images up in a store on this site. We will see how that goes on a trial basis. I also am going to start taking more Landscape images because it's what I enjoy, and had to step away from doing those things for undisclosed reasons. 

Stay tuned, subscribe, because I am shifting some gears. Leave me your comments. I enjoy hearing what you have to say. 

Here is a couple of images that I will be putting on the for sale site. 


NEW STORE FRONTImages to be in the storefrontPrints NEW STORE FRONTImages to be in the storefrontPrints

Stay safe, stay healthy, and prosper. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 buffalo ny photographer creativity michael sargent michael sargent photography photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/6/sold-sony-canon-tamron Fri, 04 Jun 2021 12:07:19 GMT
Rescue Puppy https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/5/rescue-puppy Before you buy a puppy, please look at a shelter or rescue dog. 


LEXI AND PUPPY (1 of 1)Lexi and her Puppy

That is all. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) dogs pitty mix rescue https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/5/rescue-puppy Sun, 30 May 2021 14:11:40 GMT
Tiny and Terrific https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/5/tiny-and-terrific They may be Tiny, but when you look at them up close do you see what I see. A soulful monster with coal black eyes nd it makes you wonder if he wants to eat you or maybe just pet you and call you George. 

Those eyes oh man!!




(Michael Sargent Visuals) black buffalo ny photographer eyes Michael Sargent Photography Spider https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/5/tiny-and-terrific Sun, 02 May 2021 23:32:04 GMT
AMERICA. YOU LOSE https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/america-you-lose win loosewin loose

(Michael Sargent Visuals) America biden remorse Lose Loss Stupid USA Youth https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/america-you-lose Thu, 15 Apr 2021 21:02:57 GMT
Bridge to Another World https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/bridge-to-another-world BRIDGE TO ANOTHER GALAXYBRIDGE TO ANOTHER GALAXY

(Michael Sargent Visuals) Bridge grand island milky photographer way https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/bridge-to-another-world Mon, 12 Apr 2021 21:25:44 GMT
Karma, You Reap what you Sew. Composites in Life https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/karma-you-reap-what-you-sew-composites-in-life

People make choices, It's called life choices, and sometimes those choices are the knock on the front door of Karma. You Reap what you Sew. When Karma comes a knocking, BOHICA!!!!! For those who don't know what that means, "Bend Over Cause Here It Comes Again"

BE ready to embrace your own suck. Creating a composite out of your life, or doing the drama thing cause you mental. 

Light house_Light house_Reap what you Sew

Peace MOFO's 

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One Tree https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/one-tree One treeOne tree Moods, 

Ever feel like you stand alone against approaching entities that perhaps wish to impose their way on an individual. Makes you think. 

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The light house redo https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/the-light-house-redo Light house_Light house_

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BEES and WHOA https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/bees-and-whoa BeesBees

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My Image of the Day Magic Moments https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/4/my-image-of-the-day-magic-moments MagicMagicSome Magic Moments



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Does it Inspire a Thought https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/3/does-it-inspire-a-thought SoulsLOST SOULSJust a random creation SO just a random share. Does it inspire any feelings?



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Oh so You Want to Talk About Photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/3/oh-so-you-want-to-talk-about-photography  



Yeah  I know. Often is the case, we go off on the insanity of politics, and it is a simple sad reality that we live in a world full of uninformed, and to be strait forward about this idiotic, and just plain unrealistic human beings. OF coarse I make no claims to be so much smarter than any one else, but you can't deny the fact that the direction our country is heading is not good. 

With that out of the way you wanna talk photos, OK well here you go. This week I am going to do just that, and the image I am sharing today is just a look into the creative thought process which drives my fondness for the production of my images. SO let me start by saying this. In the photographic world, the natural process of photography and creating an image has changed a great deal just in the past two years. What people want now is composite imagery, and that want has made many photographers go all in on photoshop and learning how to create whimsical composite images. Myself, well as always I entered that arena late, and it's due to my real life obligations and simply not having the time to teach myself the skills required to create the composites. Don't misread that, just because I entered that game late does not mean I don't have the ability. That would be a false statement. Oh I can do them, and I can rock those with the best of them. The reason you don't see more of those from me posted on social media is for one reason. I am not going to give away my content to platforms such as face book and instagram. Mark Zuckerburg don't pay me for my work and unless I want to pay for reach to promote my business it does me no fucking benefit to give my content away. In short Fuck you Facebook. I have a website, and the website is something I pay for every year. It costs me real money, and what I have done is create content on my site, and I will share links to SM platforms so that traffic is driven to my site. Why you ask? Well here is the reason. My website gets a ton of traffic. With that being a fact, it ranks me pretty high on google and other search engines. As another matter of fact my ranking is higher than the more popular photographers in my market zone and that turns into business from my optimal clients. Everyone has a specialization, and I let my specialization be discovered from people looking for what I do. In summary I leave the everyday session stuff to photographers who enjoy that type of lifestyle. For me, I am old and salty, and if someone comes to me asking for imagery, it's because they have seen what I can do and they like what they see. For me that is the motivation that drives you to create something special for them. A fun fact. Since recovering from my surgical procedure, and getting back behind the camera, I am doing more and more word of mouth shoots for boudoir and those images most people will never see, because they are personal and of a private nature. Look at your own ladies guys. dont troll my site looking for sexy ass photos. LOL. Wanna know why I am getting word of mouth recommendation? Well it's because I am not the creepy photographer who gets off on seeing women in skimpy outfits. You have to say it, and I know it's not a topic that people want to talk about. Despite that, I know that there are several perv's who do it, for the very reasons I just mentioned. Trust, that what it takes, and you also have to put your client at ease upon initial conversation. If your client is nervous and you can't build that trust, well forget it. Hang the camera up. 

This week however we are not focusing on Boudoir, we are focusing on Baby pictures. Newborns to be specific. Not to be a wuss, but I have a big old spot in my heart for babies. I mean c'mon man, who does not love just creating something special for tow people who just created life. Not to mention that you get to hold a baby. That's precious stuff there, and being able to hold and interact with a newborn is just plain sweet. Same scenario, These images are on my site and links are shared. Hey Zuckerberg, EAD you nutbag, cause in my mind if facebook was gone tomorrow, the world would be a better place. Your a platform not a publisher and the censorship and bias is the reason why so many people are starting to open their eyes and see the bullshit associated with your platform. 

SO here we go. Ladies and Gents I give you Silas . SILAS-7SILAS-7

Little man was awesome and I want to thank his Mom, Dad, and Gramma, for letting me create this visual. 

You wanna hear more about this shoot well you can listen to my Podcast to get the full details of this post. In closing let state this. Yeah I know we rant a lot on politics on the program. Some would say i should keep my thoughts on the topic private because it will hurt your business. Some truth in that, but here's my take. You either love or hate my work, and my work is not a reflection of my opinions on politics. You can choose to go with another photographer just like I choose to have a different viewpoint on the political machine. Either way one thing I can say for certain, just like photography, you have to learn how to capture, edit and create images. Politics, you also have to educate yourself on the topics of concern. I happen to be one of those people who choose to educate themselves and base decisions on facts. IF you choose to listen to the mainstream and be what is know known as sheeple, that I feel pretty sorry for you. All media including social is pretty much agenda driven and not based on fact. Here's a fact. I am pretty good at this image stuff, and if I am not your cup of tea, than drink fucking kool-aid. I have no room for opinions based on anything other than fact. I am what I am, and you be what you be. 

Go ahead and have a listen. 



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Liberal Logic and Gun Control https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/3/liberal-logic-and-gun-control smart mansmart man

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BORN FREE TAXED TO DEATH. Are you even AWARE https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/3/born-free-taxed-to-death-are-you-even-aware TAXED TO DEATHTAXED TO DEATH

(Michael Sargent Visuals) corrupt Taxes Thievery https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/3/born-free-taxed-to-death-are-you-even-aware Sat, 13 Mar 2021 14:10:19 GMT
THE PRINCE, THE PUMP and the POMPUS https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/3/the-prince-the-pump-and-the-pompus DUHDUH

(Michael Sargent Visuals) Covid19 Fuel Costs Kenneth Copeland The Prince https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/3/the-prince-the-pump-and-the-pompus Mon, 08 Mar 2021 22:28:13 GMT
The Big Picture https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/3/the-big-picture Its just getting started

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The Social Media Crisis. Looks like a Storm Brewing https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2021/1/the-social-media-crisis Well Ladies and Gentlemen,

It would appear the world as we know it, is about to fall into the crapper. One thing I can say with sincerity, I certainly appreciate the passion some people put forth in their political beliefs and can certainly understand why people feel the way they do about the outgoing president. However I also feel that so much of the passion placed in such beliefs are misplaced and here is why. 

There is a lot of people out there that do not remember the great days when politicians from both parties reached across the aisle and worked together to achieve wonderful things. During the Regan Era, following Jimmy Carter, this country was in rough shape. How many remember that. Although unpopular at the time, the Regan plan was to recover our economy and spark the job market and that is exactly what he did. In retrospect I see so many older people who greatly benefited by simple means of retirement savings and personal wealth all due to Regan's policies. Sadly so many do not seem to understand this. We also had major failures during that ere as well when it came to raising children and what is known as the breakdown of the family unit. As this trend continued and children were raised with out repercussions for their actions, you clearly saw an uptick in a lack of respect and bad choices by the youth of America. What we have now is a bunch of entitled misinformed people walking around thinking that everybody owes them a living. In addition people have no regards or worries when it comes to landing a job and working hard to keep that job. At the end of the day it all comes down to life choices and when this is pointed out, you are demonized for calling it what it is. 

With that said and in all honestly, I did not want to go all political in my post, but it leads into my current thought in regards to Social Media and the use of it to promote one's said business. My timeline goes like this. Election day, The upset. There is no way that this election was not stolen, and with any and all evidence being ignored to support this claim, one has to wonder if any of the rumors or theories being circulated are true. Of coarse I am going to be vague here, as I am not going to contribute to rumors. We shall soon see what the future holds for the USA. For years now we have seen The speaker and several other so called leaders suggesting civil unrest against the supporters of the president, not to mention the assault on law enforcement by the left. Now we are impeaching the president again because he is to blame for the "attack" on the capital. Really a double edge sword here considering. We have all watched the assault on the president over the last four years, and the same people who conducted these assaults are calling for healing. Then we have the actions of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, who have shut down the president on social media platforms. 

The explanation for this is, they state they do not want to promote civil unrest. Let's call this bullshit. I for one tweeted at Jack Dorsey (ceo of Twitter) and I let him know that his actions were a real dick move. In addition I also asked him to ban me. Of coarse, my account is still active. So in short here is how I am looking at all this. Censorship is a violation of the constitution and at last check, " THE PEOPLE" have a right to free speech. When you voice an opinion and that is removed because it violates community standards, it is in fact against the law.  Actions to follow. Over the last several months I have become less active on social media simply because Facebook is no longer the Facebook I joined years ago. As a person who has a business page, it has been noted that putting your work out there in the attempt at growing a business is no longer a great way to showcase your talents. In short it has become a pay to play type scenario. I am not saying that things go unnoticed but when you compare insights today to those of 6 years ago, you can clearly see that face book controls who sees your work. I also note that so many businesses are paying for page likes and what floors me with this, is these are all fake. I could go on and on regarding this and how crappy the entire social media world is but instead I am simply going to go at this on a different path. 

Moving forward, I will no longer post images to Facebook. Why would I give my work away for free. When I say this, I cant tell you how many times I get messages from friends, that notify me someone has one of my photos as their cover photo. Really shitty part of this is some of the people that do this is local. No credit to the photographer nor any connection as a client to my respective field whatsoever.  What I will do is blog and or post the images on my website and share the link to the post with anyone who cares to have a read. As time goes on, I plan on moving away from certain social media platforms, because I am tired of all the bullshit. Political and personal. 


In closing, I will state this. Some of you who know me are aware that I recently had a surgical procedure. I want to thank everyone who sent messages wishing me a speedy recovery. I also want to share this. One of the messages I received, I was a little perplexed over. The thought that my beliefs were a result of the pain I have lived with for years and or my disposition was directly related to this issue's I had struck me as assumable. 

I certainly hope people are paying attention. Life is going to get really interesting. May you stay safe in these unusual times. 

I leave you with a favorite. 

Wonders of the World.  SUPERMOON2016SUPERMOON2016Two Wonders One Frame


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I stand Alone https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/12/i-stand-alone Twas the time before Christmas, and all through the land, people were hurting due to the political hand. 

Covid or Corona whichever you prefer, has destroyed the world, and they claim there's a cure. 

Business's close due to tyrants rules, politicians opinion the people are fools. 

If you look very close at all this is in play, the informed realize the lies that they say. 

An election was stolen and its a topic of debate, BLM, ANTIFA and a country of hate.

Biden will unite us or so you think, 50 years in politics and 50 years of stink.

Christmas has passed and 2021 on the horizon, 4 more years of nonbipartisan.

The snowflakes all claim this is the start of a solution, but one parties solution, is another's revolution.

The patriots of the world who stand strong and free, a message to the rest, DONT TREAD ON ME!



super moontreesuper moontree

A simple Super Moon rising. 




(Michael Sargent Visuals) and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/12/i-stand-alone Mon, 28 Dec 2020 19:43:37 GMT
THE KING https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/12/the-king They say the future of successful photographers will be the path of composite imagery. To be honest, I can certainly see why this type of creativeness has so much appeal. 

With that being said, I will look forward to doing more and more of this, as I expand on the skill set in photoshop. 

The next stage will be to shoot some images for exclusive use in blend modes to create some images that I have had in my head. 

This one I will call the The King. As a fan of the whitetail-deer, I created this image based on some recent encounters with this elusive ghost of the woodlands. 

IF you have any thoughts, please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts. 




Stay safe, Stay strong, and be blessed. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) accessories and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment fashion food landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale shop store studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/12/the-king Fri, 18 Dec 2020 13:10:40 GMT
It just hits different https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/12/it-just-hits-different 2020, 

What a jackwagon of a year! Honestly, that's barely describes just how screwed up everything has been.

Between covid and how this has all been used as a political agenda is a pretty strong testament at just how corrupt our so called leaders are. Now with a looming dumpster fire in Biden and Harris, I hope everyone starts paying fucking attention. There is no doubt that most people will not being doing better in 4 years. Also with an outspoken political agenda aimed at disarming the American people of their right to keep and bear arms, It's a pretty sure bet that when the corrupt start to enact their agenda, this will be the time you see people rise up and start to fight back. Perhaps I am wrong. 

SO a little update: Over the last year my back has just petered out and It was time to do something. The do something has been done, and so far so good. Although I never really told many about my issues, it was the reason for turning down so much work over the last year. Plus side, It gives me a little time to work on my Photoshop skills, and start to put out some of the composite work I do. 

HEre is a couple of samples.   Bigger goal with all this is to implement subjects with the creative composites. For those of you that have spoken to me about doing composites, I will begin producing images in January. 

Keep your eyes open for a post in January. 

That is all.







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The Red-Headed Woodpecker https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/5/the-red-headed-woodpecker

The Red Headed Woodpecker, What can I say they are the most elegant woodpeckers around,

I was lucky enough to have found these two mating pairs and they're home at lakeside beach state park. I enjoyed their presence and didn’t seem to mind that I was enjoying theirs while they were cleaning out their home, it was a sight to see and the knocking sound coming from inside the tree and sticking their heads out to disregard the shavings from with in it was just absolutely amazing. Woodpeckers are my favorite and I never thought I would ever see a Red-Headed Woodpecker let alone two! And they’re home. 


Hope you enjoy!

D. James Photography


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Dandy is the Lion or Dandelion. Whichever you Prefer https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/5/dandy-is-the-lion-or-dandelion-whichever-you-prefer Something I have learned, and surprisingly it took a long time to realize this, it's not about how many shots you take, it's about the quality of that one shot you take. Playing with light is a hobby of mine and let's face it. Sometimes when you do shots outside, the light is just not good. Enter artificial flash. 

This could become my new favorite thing,and on a record pace to learn some new software with the addition of some pretty cool strobes, Who knows what's next. 

Amanda (1 of 1)Amanda (1 of 1)

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NICE TO MEET YOU https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/5/nice-to-meet-you My Encounter with a Fox Kit

Here is a little news for you. I have always been a guy who likes to practice a continuous learning mindset and all these years have gone by and I have not entered the photoshop world. Until now.

I could go into a long list of reasons why I never used photoshop but that could take hours. Instead I will tell you why I opted to go with the platform. Many of you may not be aware that I am now working with Canon and I have been accepted into a development program that enhances the careers of many talented photographers. In short I was considered to be talented enough to invest in. Doing my thing, my style, and going in my own direction, was the rteason I was accepted. A very good friend of mine who works at Canon, and is a spokesperson for the company advised me to go ahead and do the photoshop thing. With all that out now, I want to touch on the topic of wildlife photography. I see several photos on social media and here is the constant. The subjects are so far away that you literally can not see any detail or hardly can tell what the heck the subject is. In short, just stop. Take it from me, It does you no good to post stuff like this. Hit me up if you would like to discuss this topic. 

My opinion, if you are going to do this, incorporate some real outdoorsman skills and put those skills into practice. If you get really good at this you might just have an encounter like this.  Nice to meet you (1 of 1)Nice to meet you Fox favorites By far, my all time favorite wildlife image. 

Just saying. Be the wildlife. 15 yards and face to face. I can tell you what the Fox Says. 

Nice to meet you. 

Take care and Stay safe. 


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COVID TIMES https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/4/covid-times Hey all, 

Hope you are doing well during these Covid Times. How are you dealing with the isolation? Despite the times, here is a little beauty in an otherwise messed up world.




Covid Times (1 of 1)Covid Times (1 of 1)

Stay safe and wash your hands. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) accessories and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment fashion food landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale shop store studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/4/covid-times Sun, 19 Apr 2020 01:33:37 GMT
Alora Rose Isn't She Lovely https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/4/alora-rose-isnt-she-lovely Circles of life become more evident as you grow older. When your younger you just can't comprehend how life is a big circle, but one day it just clicks. 

Welcome to the world Alora. You will be loved, and i'm betting spoiled, 0)

alora vid Thanks for sticking around, 



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She's Here and She's Beautiful https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/4/shes-here-and-she-s-beautiful People, is there anything more precious ,  more beautiful , than a newborn. I think the only thing that come close is the glow of a mom to be. 

I guess maybe someday I will become a professional photographer. 

Welcome to the world Alora Rose. Alora Rose What a Sweetie Thanks all for the read. 



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Revisiting Old Content https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/revisiting-old-content Sometimes its just interesting to look back and see old stuff you created  88d9f36020fa27b76f712094591dbbfc And just like that, its over. 

Until next time, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale studio white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/revisiting-old-content Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:51:48 GMT
Waiting on the Birth Day https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/waiting-on-the-birth-day Mothers to be are truly a wonderful thing. You often hear the term, There is glow about  women with child and it's magical. You know what else is magical? When your baby is about to have a baby. 

More to come with this story.  


Maternity The Waiting Mommy to Be


Thanks for checking it out. 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/waiting-on-the-birth-day Sun, 15 Mar 2020 22:30:53 GMT
Short Eared Owl, Reclusive Encounters https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/short-eared-owl-reclusive-encounters You know that saying if ya can't beat them join them. Well I was beating them before there was any joining. A few years back I had the pleasure of capturing this normally reclusive bird of prey known as the short eared owl. Sometimes it just happens, you are just moving along and bam there's the shot. This was the case in this instance and I feel it just all falls together. Posted and here I am. 

Enjoy.  shortie (1 of 1)shortie (1 of 1) Sarg

(Michael Sargent Visuals) and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/short-eared-owl-reclusive-encounters Fri, 13 Mar 2020 10:00:00 GMT
The Not So Elusive Pileated https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/the-not-so-elusive-pileated It was a cool spring morning when I stepped out of my home and on my quest to capture this species of woodpecker. 

One hour later I was listening to the distinctive call of one of the most unique woodpeckers I have had the chance to photograph. 

What more can I say. I was a fan. IF you ever have a chance to observe these incredible woodpeckers, have a seat and enjoy the antics. 


pileated (1 of 1)PileatedThe not so Elusive Pileated

THanks for reading, 


(Michael Sargent Visuals) and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/the-not-so-elusive-pileated Tue, 10 Mar 2020 10:00:00 GMT
Coming in Hot, it's just a goose https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/3/coming-in-hot Going through my library, I came across this gem. Yes I get it, it's just a goose, but to me, it was a goose in flight and on that day, my whole intent was to go out and capture a goose in flight. Not an easy task considering the position i would need to be in to make this happen. Yes it did help at the time I was sporting my 600mm and my camera could shoot at 7 fps. But when I look back at this day, I often times think about life back then and think about who I was was with. This was one of my fondest memories of a day I spent with Wade, as he was young and simply loved the outdoors. He loved this shot and although to most, it's just a stupid picture of a goose in flight, but to us it was a great day. 

Wildlife Coming in HotGoose in flight

Miss you. 


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SCREWED https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/screwed

Screwed it aint fun, and it's my own fault.



(Michael Sargent Visuals) medina new york https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/screwed Sun, 23 Feb 2020 16:39:11 GMT
For the Love of a Boston https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/for-the-love-of-a-boston I have always been a fan of the Boston Terrier. There smart, stubborn, and love to be with people. With that said The one regret I have with our previous girl, was I did not take enough photos of her. Ironic right? 

I give you the latest edition to our clan. Bella.  bella boo (1 of 3)bella boo (1 of 3) bella boo (2 of 3)bella boo (2 of 3) bella boo (3 of 3)bella boo (3 of 3) Honestly people. If you share my love for this beautiful breed, or any pet, don't forget to capture some portraits. Time flies and before you know it, they go home. That's when you will wish you had those memories that last forever. 

Call me to set up your shoot. 

(Michael Sargent Visuals) and art black camera cameras commercial courses equipment landscape on photo photography pictures portrait printers product sale studio used white https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/for-the-love-of-a-boston Fri, 21 Feb 2020 23:19:11 GMT
Seriously C'mon Man https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/seriously-cmon-man VIllage of Medina Medina, NYHistoric Village of Medina Nice shot right? Well by all accounts, this was one of my post popular images on facebook. Yes it's the Village of Medina during the holiday season. Here is the thing. I always had this mid set of giving back but over the last two weeks I had to stop and ask myself. Give Back? Really? So the last several years I have spent a ton of time lugging equipment down to Medina, New york photographing the sights and sounds of the annual Christmas celebration. For whatever reason I always gave the town my best and I did it for free. This last year however we asked for a small fee for the work my team and I put in, and it was agreed that the two entities that put this event on would split my tiny fee. Ok great, but guess which one has decided to screw me. All I can say is I am not sure how it works in this beautiful town but as a rule when you or any service provides an invoice otherwise known as a bill, you pay the bill. Not here I guess. In short I would suggest residents ask for a voucher before paying a water bill or a tax bill because the way I see it, What's good for the goose is good for the gander. 

In short, several things to consider, Copyright laws and the theft of intellectual property is the future of things and although some may feel I am being a jerk about this, in my defense, I can tell you that when you work your ass off for peanuts for a town, that has never really supported my business it kind of puts you in a sour mood. What even amazes me more is the fact that I am the sucker that gave this event my all, when other photographers who were supported deserted this event and community. Sure, I will be the jerk. 

Yeah it hurts, but yet again the old saying "Once Bitten Twice Shy"

August, September is closer that you think. 


Now I'm Done. 




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The Medina Culvert https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/the-culvert A number of bridges cross the Erie Canal, but there is only one way to go underneath it, and that is Culvert Road Medina Ny. Otherwise known as the Medina Culvert, The tunnel that passes underneath the Erie Canal was built in 1823 the arch clearance is just 7-feet-6-inches tall. There is water constanly dripping from the ceiling of the tunnel, This is cause by the water in the canal that finds its way though the crevices of the rock. The Culvert is located just east of Medina off of Route 31 or off of Route 104, Which is about half way between Niagara Falls and Rochester Ny.
D. James Photography 

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Farm To Table. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/farm-to-table This dinner benefits the Canal Village Farmers' Market using products from the market's vendors and the food creation skills of local restaurants. Medina holds the Farm to Table dinner event on a closed off Main Street, This is a fine dining experience featuring locally grown food and wine. The event delivers an exquisite, six-course, gourmet meal.

Hope you enjoy, D. James Photography

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Medina Falls Ny https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/medina-falls-ny Medina Falls is located in Medina New York, which is about half way between Niagara Falls and Rochester. Old Orchard Creek tumbles off the Niagara Escarpment here, creating an impressive waterfall, especially when the water is high. In addition to this natural marvel, just upstream of the falls Old Orchard Creek flows under the Erie Canal. The sight of a bridge that essentially carries one river over another is interesting, to say the least.
Hope you enjoy, D. James Photography

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Hometown SEO, goals, and congrats to the cheifs https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/2/hometown-seo-goals-and-congrats-to-the-cheifs From the small town of Middleport, I bring you the Big Picture.


About the shot My Hometown, Middleport New York. When we were young, we sat on this bell for hours. 


See Ya 

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Blanton's and the beauty https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/1/blantonsandthebeauty Honestly, what can I say about the love of whiskey.  blantonsbourbon-005blantonsbourbon-005 OUT



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Naughty or Nice. The Santa Clause https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/1/naughty-or-nice-the-santa-clause Guess who came to town. That's right Chris Cringle himself and his Beautiful Bride. 

The Santa ClauseThe Santa ClauseNaughty or Nice

(Michael Sargent Visuals) dramatic headshot photographer portrait photographer santa specializations https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/1/naughty-or-nice-the-santa-clause Tue, 28 Jan 2020 00:03:48 GMT
Specializations and SEO https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/1/specializations-and-seo This week I talk about mistakes and the whys. Specializing and why you need to stop spending a fortune on SEO.




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Athletic Portraits here's 20% off https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/1/athletic-portraits-heres-20-off So here is the deal. I have been doing Dramatic Athletic Portraiture for years. No one does it better, and here is what makes me a madman.

I have watched other visual artists copy this style and as the old saying goes, often imitated, never duplicated. 

To prove this I am giving everyone a huge 20% off my normal session fee to prove that I am the guy to capture the spirit of everything you worked for. 

I also am going to throw in a print of your choosing up to 20x30  to sweeten the deal. 

Whether it's an athletic portrait or something you are passionate about contact me today and lets 

Show the World just who the Hell You Are!



(Michael Sargent Visuals) photo art headshot photo shoot photo studio photograph portrait https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2020/1/athletic-portraits-heres-20-off Sat, 25 Jan 2020 22:14:47 GMT
Medina's Old Tyme Christmas https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/12/medinas-old-tyme-christmas MEDINA'S OLD TYME CHRISTMAS Enjoy

(Michael Sargent Visuals) Medina NY Old Tyme Christmas https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/12/medinas-old-tyme-christmas Sun, 22 Dec 2019 10:33:30 GMT
Coffee photos and educated consumers https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/10/coffee-photos-and-educated-consumers https://anchor.fm/michael-sargentthebigpic/episodes/Educated-Consumers--Fall-Landscapes--Knowing-and-getting-what-you-pay-for--When-coffee-sucks-e5mpvd

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Mirrorless Madness https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/8/mirrorless-madness

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GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/3/get-out-of-your-comfort-zone 54268105_10157153154848485_3559185577960013824_o54268105_10157153154848485_3559185577960013824_o

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A Celebration of Murder https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/3/a-celebration-of-murder

(Michael Sargent Visuals) https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/3/a-celebration-of-murder Sun, 03 Mar 2019 13:52:09 GMT
Getting back in the Game https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/3/getting-back-in-the-game

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KILL DEM BABIES NICE JOB SATAN!!!!! https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/1/kill-dem-babies-nice-job-satan

(Michael Sargent Visuals) https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2019/1/kill-dem-babies-nice-job-satan Fri, 25 Jan 2019 21:46:35 GMT
Markets Pricing and being ready to walk away https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/10/markets-pricing-and-being-ready-to-walk-away  This week I talk about markets, the way I'm doing things , and understanding that sometimes you just need to say no and walk away. 


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Podcasts plugs and copycats https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/9/podcasts-plugs-and-copycats Podcasts plugs and copy cats

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Drugs, Canon, and a shout out to Mr. Raw Talk Himself https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/9/drugs-canon-and-a-shout-out-to-mr-raw-talk-himself

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Kap, Nike, and the moronic entitled https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/9/kap-nike-and-the-moronic-entitled My oh my. 

In my latest adventure I give some takes on some pretty big deals.

Um yeah.





(Michael Sargent Visuals) Kapernick Michael Sargent Nike www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/9/kap-nike-and-the-moronic-entitled Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:23:15 GMT
This week we talk about PHOTOGUY https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/8/this-week-we-talk-about-photoguy In my normal everyday Mikeness, I had to reflect on a few things that took place and I guess I am starting to mature a little. THat is the only thing I can figure. Now that I have built this up, let me lay it out. I belong to a few photo groups on social media platforms, and every once in a while I will share a photo. What kills me, and make me laugh is quite often when the comments come. Most recently I did a shoot in which we used some creative lighting, and as always I like to bend and shape my light for target area's on my subject. One aspect I always feel is important is the subjects face and eye's. Despite my opinion, I recently had one person comment and say it did not look natural because of some creative beams of  light I set up and used to enhance the overall drama in the image. When I took another look at the image , I felt a little differently about the opinion left, and instead of disagreeing, I just said thank you for your thoughts. You know however that in reality, I did want to comment back with a little retort , but in this case I did not. Maturity I guess could be defined as being reserved, or maybe it's the fact that I just did not care about one person and their opinion. Now here comes the real thought. Me being me, I did in fact say thank you for the thought, but I did take a look at the persons work and although I am not the famous guy, I realized that the person who made what I consider a negative comment was simply a novice photographer. In fact this individuals work was terrible. When I say terrible, I mean it downright was shit. (not very mature)  Although I said thank you for the comment, I kind of figured it out and this is sometimes the case when you belong to a photo group. There is always one or two people who post in these groups and they always have comments or takes on everyone's else work. Generally it's negative and in their minds they are the ultimate photographer and want to dictate the conversation of the group. The funny part of all this, is when they post an image, and leave a little comment about the image, it makes me laugh when that photo is not very well received by the rest of the members of the group, but in their minds it is the most iconic image ever shot. 

Some of us that have been doing this gig for years and have our own styles and genres of shooting, like to refer to this type of person as, "photography guy" or girl. Just a couple of funny things with photo guy that I will lay out. 

1. Photo guy is always ready to hate on another photographers work.

2. Photo guy is always a guy who's images are the most iconic images ever shot. Allegedly!!!!

3. Photo guy is a complete authority on camera settings as well as knows everything about lighting, and techniques.

4. Every photographer who has success as a photographer at one point was photo guy. 

5. Every photographer who was photo guy and has had success  has learned that being photo guy is a bad look.

6. Photo guy's images always suck.

7. Photo guy will cut up your work, and then ask you what setting you use when you take your shots, so they can try and copy your look. 

8. Photo guy, will troll social media for hours looking for images to rip on instead of learning to be a better photographer.

9. Photo guy  does not understand they are obnoxiously oblivious .

10. Photo guy can not be spoken with about this. He feels his work is his own style and it is unique to the industry. Photo guy is waiting to be discovered, so he can show the world just how talented he is. 

To put a summary on Photo guy, the short of all this is simply, photo guy just sucks. He or she has embraced their own suck, and deep down they know they suck, but won't admit they suck, nor will they do anything to stop the suck. They in fact want to spread the suck, and hating on better photographers work is just a small part of spreading their own suck.  In the end,  Photo guy sends a clear message to everyone in a photo group that photo guy him or her self sucks and he or she is the Jar Jar Binks of the group and is only there for comedic relief .

Photo guy, KEEP ON SUCKING , cause you are awesome  and make my life so much better. 

Ok with that out of the way. The image I am putting up this week involves my sports portrait work, and honestly my favorite part of this whole shoot is the studio shots, and that is largely in part due to the lighting techniques. Here is why. Having the ability to bend and shape light to create a look that is flattering to the subject is a big old rush for me. Not for the work involved to do this, but the reaction I get from the subject. It's not the words they say, It is in fact the facial expressions, and that expression says it all . The spoken words after the expression are just a little bonus. SO here is my slice of humble pie. Recently I had a client that travel 4 state lines so I could do a sports portrait for them. At booking time I had no idea that this was the case, and when I found out, I was taken back. This all took place because this person asked a local photographer if they could do a shot like mine, which I am to understand the client was showing an image from my website. The local photographer stated they could try but that is a unique look and it might be difficult to reproduce. THis local then suggested that if they wanted a shot like that they should book with the guy that took that shot. THe client did, and my hat goes off to the local photographer, for suggesting the subject do so.  I spent 4 hours with this athlete and as a senior in college he told me, that he thinks he will make the NFL. I can only wish him success and told him if he does, please don't forget about the little people. We laughed and called it a wrap.

My shot this week is of Natalie. Natalie is an awesome model and her sport is body building. I think she is kicking that ass pretty hard. Go get it Natalie. All the best to you young lady. YOU WERE INCREDIBLE!!!!!


Hope you enjoyed Photo guy, No one so great has ever sucked so much. 




(Michael Sargent Visuals) abs athlete body building dedication embracing the suck goals LA fitness muscle nation photoguy Sarg shape winning women https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/8/this-week-we-talk-about-photoguy Sun, 19 Aug 2018 14:06:41 GMT
Check Point 3 https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/8/check-point-3 Saturday night, while everyone was out doing the party thing, I opted to watch a sunset. Part of my reason to do so was simply to get my head ready for a big shoot on Sunday. Yes the shoot is a sports portrait style shoot, and I have some pretty ambitious plans with this. Oh baby a whole lot of light shaping going on. With the mission accomplished I had to wait till the last minute to capture anything decent, as the sun went behind a wall of clouds. At this point I was about to take off but something told me to wait it out and I did. Although nothing overwhelming the shot I took was pretty interesting just because of how the light fell on the scene. There is a saying regarding photography that states, you only get one chance to get it right, and I will leave that determination up tp the viewer. Myself, I am happy with the frame.


I give you, 


Check point 3CHECK POINT 3Sunset on Lake Ontario

Let me know what you think.




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Stepping it up going new old school https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/8/stepping-it-up-going-new-old-school This week I announced on the Big Picture that I was going back to the way I used to do stuff. The reason for this dramatic change is due in part to my disgust with the same old normal everyday crap you see from so many other photographers. 

I know this sounds shitty and it makes me seem  like I am an arrogant prick, but the bottom line here is, I have decided I will not do the standard snapshot anymore. In fat fuck that. I am going to show all you what you have been missing in photography and it starts right here with some macro shots I did without a macro lens. Totally tubular man... Ok excuse the bad 80's pun. 

Here ya go.... Just wait till you see whats next. 

Yard Macro-005Lifes a beetchSargent is going ALPHA

Yard Macro-008Yard Macro-008

I would say sorry for the boldness but it would be a big old fat lie. I'm not sorry, and will no longer do the normal




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Motivations and Reasons https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/7/motivations Allright, so much is going on, and I am rising to the occasion. The reality is I have been thinking a lot and doing more to increase awareness about what I do as a photographer and ok I will say it an artist. To me it's funny. Calling myself an artist is not something I would have ever seen possible , considering I am a big old burly bastard, who at times has a very focused intent on getting his way. Not by means of force, however but more by means of being able to prove my points.  With everything that has gone on over the last two years, there has been so many people that have commented on situations I have been involved with. One recent comment was, " Mike has a god given talent to create something out of nothing". A very nice thing to say of course and this is not to distract from the comment, but I wonder how many ever really took into consideration how hard I worked for this. God gave me the drive and determination, but he did not give me the motivation to work 20 hours a day to achieve my goals. That was all me. I thank God for the will and strength to move forward considering everything that has taken place. Next, let's discuss motivation. Since 9 years of age and that fucking Kodak brownie camera I have loved photography. Growing up the way I did, we did not have much of shit. Not to mention after the broken home thing, we had even less. I can only imagine how much different things would have been if every interest I had a youngster would have been encouraged rather than criticized.Learning a thing or two from all that, I gave up some of my ambitions when I was married and had children of my own. Let's call it what it is, when you have a family you sacrifice everything to give your children the very best things possible. At one point I thought to myself, well I will always have July of 1987, which was my heyday as a photographer. Somehow I was able to get back into the photography. It was not on a grand scale but it kept me interested. As I mention motivation, I will point out, the sacrifices, the loss, and the disrespect by community, family, and so on, hurt me pretty bad. It almost made me throw in the towel. Who cares right? That is what I learned. So as I make this statement, I am sure it sounds like I am simply a dickhead. Maybe it's true. So when people want to know my motivation, I will tell them Pain. Pain is what motivates me. Considering in today's world of photography, any asshole can walk out of a Walmart with a dslr and all of a sudden they are a pro photographer. I love that shit and it's a competition, with an end prize of being the very best I can be. Some of you have seen the social media battles with other camera owners and all the crap the haters have laid out for me. They say, I don't do weddings or I am hard to work with, I even had one person threaten to leave a company if I was brought in as a creative. So should I apologize for any of this? No I don't think so. I think as people hate on me for pushing myself to excel at something I love I think most make excuses and lash out because of their failures. 

I have rules I follow, I call them " Rules of Sarg" .  They mean nothing to nobody but me. Once in a while you will see me post a rule of Sarg. Most do not understand them and I explain if asked. 

Closing this opening, Pain seems like a pretty fucked up reason for motivation doesn't it ? I suppose, but I never asked anyone to understand it. I simply put it out here because the question existed as to what motivates me. I also will give credit to my wife. Oh yeah we battled, and battled hard.  I would like to consider myself what is known as a good man. Opinions vary. I also think about the old saying, behind every good man is a good women, but I find fault in that, cause in reality, I prefer her right by my side. SO there is my mushy moment. Piss off if you can't handle that. 

So from a fat old balding man with a shitty back and a nasty intolerance for bullshit and disrespect I give you my image for this post. 

Drunk at Heart-32Drunk at HeartLight modifications   Yes ladies and gentlemen, this image is brought to you in part by, Pain, death, disrespect, lack of belief, stupidity, and an overall disregard for one mans view on what is right and what is wrong.

At the end of it all if this crap makes me sound like a whacko, so be it. What I do know, is opinions will vary and in my opinion this is a pretty damn good frame. 

You all come back now ya hear.




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Rough Draft and Opening of THE UGLY https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/7/rough-draft-and-opening-of-the-ugly Laying this out. First off time has taught me that it would appear that not many really gives a fuck about this issue until it impacts their lives on a personal level. That's fine. Despite the talk and outrage over this plague it seems the only thing that is done is we have law enforcement nabbing some of these dealers. That's a wonderful thing. Law enforcement however can only do so much, and with so many support services such as rehab centers which are profit based, the actions being taken are still not getting to the root cause of this problem. First off it is an argument to state that this is a disease. Honestly this is not a disease, it is a choice, and that choice leads to disease and for many death due to the life choice. The thought itself that this is a disease is proof at just how flawed our thinking is on this. Case in point. I think today I will snort paint fumes and get high as fuck. I also believe I will do so much snorting that I will develop some brain cancer cells and see where that leads me. Should I go on? I think the points made. If not, once again based on what I have seen, it matters very little. 

For those of you that were aware of my Ugly project and supported it I thank you, and you will see at the end of this post a very rough draft of the opening tittle segment. To add to this project, there are several outside agencies as well as people who are involved with this and they are all contributing in some manor. 

In closing, I want to thank everyone who is involved and supported this  initiative. Those of you who turned a blind eye, well let me just hope that you never have to experience what so many parents have had to deal with over the last several years. 

Sad to learn that people only start to care after they have been impacted.

Stay blessed and blind to the truth.



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The Lost Art of Photography https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/7/the-lost-art-of-photography Lost ArtThe Lost art of Photography

(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 buffalo ny photographer michael sargent Michael Sargent Photography wny photographer www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/7/the-lost-art-of-photography Thu, 05 Jul 2018 13:47:00 GMT
Waging War on Addiction https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/5/waging-war-on-addiction Some of you may know I have been involved in the opioid fight for some time now. Speaking in front of large crowds and giving information regarding opioid addiction and overdoses has become kind of a standard for me as of late. In addition and with disappointing results I started a GoFundMe page to begin working on a side project in the works that employs visual stimulation and facts to help in the fight against addiction overdose. It became clear to me after starting a GoFundMe page that I was on my own with this or at least I thought I was. During my public engagement I've had the honor to meet several high-ranking individuals who understand my plight and now are assisting me in moving forward with the project. The end game here is to create something so dramatic, so impactful that it changes your mind set. I guess that's why photography plays such a big role in my life. This trailer that you're about to see is just a small small portion of what we are doing in the fight against addiction and overdoses. This of course is a very rough draft and it is simply a sample of what we're currently working on. In the coming months this project will really start to take shape as more and more people become involved. Stage 2 of the project is about Community involvement. Things are currently being organized and resources are being utilized to further this agenda to create this production which we hope will save lives moving forward. Your feedback and comments are important to  us so if you happen to be watching this video and you have an opinion on it, please by all means leave a comment or shoot an email off. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who donated to the GoFundMe page. Your support is greatly appreciated and I can only give you my heartfelt thanks for thinking enough about other people to try and make a difference. 






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Putting it all together https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/4/putting-it-all-together A quick update,

Two new bodies in place and holy crap are they tack sharp. I also updated my little play time video.. SO I guess it's true. I am nuts.

Enjoy and by all means tell me how nuts I am.

A Week in the LifeAdventures

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Rolling along https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/4/rolling-along What is up with this weather? Crazy right. Well it is driving me crazy.

Despite the weather, I am a man on a mission. Lots of bookings, lots of engagements, and of coarse, a whole bunch of logistics.

Anyway, feeling kind of sureal, as I look back on everything last year, it had me thinking. I certainly had no lack of interaction with people. What I mean by that is experiencing transformations. The correct use of written words escape me, but the best way I can communicate my thought here is to simply say, it is a powerful thing watching a person transform in front of my lens. I am always moved when I get the response of "I can't belive thays me". The smile and behavior of an individual who goes from the deer in the headlight look, to one of self confidence and just plain rocking themselves is pretty cool in my book. 

Anyway, It kind of inspired me to do a short quick video. As words escape me, I'm thinking the feeling is a little something just like this.



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Korea Among Other Things https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/3/korea-among-other-things The Big Picture

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Oh so I'm not who I appear to be. He's Nuts https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/3/oh-so-im-not-who-i-appear-to-be-he-s-nuts A peak into my life

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THE BIONIC PHOTOGRAPHER REMAKE https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/3/the-bionic-photographer-remake

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TRUMP GUNS GLORY https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/3/trump-guns-glory

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Twenty Two Blessed Years https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/1/twenty-two This post will be one of the hardest things I have ever had to write, but I wanted something that would serve as a forever piece in yet another life lost way to soon, that hits home, right in our hearts.

Our son Wade was lost due to the drug epidemic that has taken so many lives and continues to do so.

Long before Wade was born, My wife and I had been trying for a child, but for whatever the reason we were not having much success. We had given up.  It was shortly after we were blessed with the news that we going to have a son. My wife could not wait for the day he would arrive, and during Wades Birth, I watched my wife do one of the hardest things I think a women can do, and she did it with her heart and soul.  I will never forget that moment when Dr. Green took our son and placed him on my wife's belly. I watched a women transform. It was like a light had shined down on the two of them. It was magical and I have no words to really explain it, but I can tell you it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. I witnessed that three times in my life and felt blessed each time.  My wife, was now a mother and I a father, and I have to say this, My wife was incredible. She gave up so much to be a mother and the love she had for my Son and Daughter's was inspiring. It was the inspiration I needed that allowed me to provide for my family. It was hard and it was worth every sacrifice we made. Wade and his mother had a very special bond. I remember one day, I was at home with him and Michele went to the store. It was Wades birthday, and we were having a party for him. The poor little guy was not feeling well, and he was sitting in his high chair. I tried to comfort him but I was not doing a good job. As soon as his mother walked in his eyes lite up, and when they made eye contact, I saw the biggest smile on a kids face I had ever seen. Wade adored his Mother. 

As Wade grew, I watched him change. He was a tough kid. Very Spirited, and at times he was very determined, but always full of good intentions. He so loved the outdoors, I was proud of that. He spent countless hours with his Grandparents along the Erie Canal competing in the fishing derbies, and one of his favorite fish to catch was Carp. He had one year that he won a ton of fishing equipment, and several trophies. That time with his grandparents was wonderful for him.  He also loved to camp. He spent every summer with his Grandfather and cousin just enjoying the outdoors and all the people that were associated with these adventures. His grandmothers always had stories about the things he would do, and often would remark about things little boys do that grandmothers did not always care for. He was all boy and I enjoyed hearing these complaints, and often times would simply laugh with a proud thought in my head.  Being a kid who loved the outdoors, I nourished that, and his grandfathers, uncles, and I taught him everything we could about hunting. When he took his first deer, I was so very proud of him. I hugged him, kissed his forehead, and told him how much I loved him. Wade was an amazing shot with a bow. He would show us up every time we would set up a target, and loved to let us know he was the man. No argument. 

In school Wade had many friends, he was very social, and I have learned about what a caring kid he had become. He was compassionate and very protective of things he loved. I know school was not easy for him, but he did graduate, and had decided to work.

This is were things became unclear for Wade. He finished high school working at the local fast food joints, but after graduation, he went to work at a local factory. One of his coworkers introduced him to the world of drugs, and with peer pressure, he began to experiment. Now I can say so much about this topic, but the one thing I will note. It is a well know fact that this facility is a hive for drugs, and it is my opinion that this needs to be a looked at. As a father I can tell you, that a few of these scumbags came across my path, and let's just say, they will have the scars from my meeting with them. I am a big believer in Karma, and people who are blessed to be in positions where they can make a difference need to.

Wade became more and more independent, and refused to allow anyone to help him unless it was his way. As parents we continued to help him as much as we could. When we learned of his problems, we did everything we could to try and get him the help he needed. We were no longer dealing with our son. We were dealing with a demon, known as addiction. He did things that were not who my son was and it was very difficult for all of us to come to terms with that.  I know many have experienced what we did, and the only words I can find to help come to terms with this, is our child is no longer suffering.

As a parent you can mark my words. All of us who have lost a child know that there is no greater hurt that having to bury a child. We live in a time in which things are so completely turned upside down. I am not going blame specific individuals or political affiliations, however I will call upon our leaders and those in position to start thinking about people and the struggles families face. I have watched things go right into the toilet and the wonderful part is we can do something about this. The need for jobs in this country is great. Not just Jobs but jobs that pay people a decent livable wage. In our little town I am seeing growth, but that growth is not what I would call a future for our children. Understand, just because a business opens, does not mean it is good for the people who work for said business. People and cultures will never change unless they have the means. Those means are not there. We also have people in leadership roles who have no idea what is best for our world. These people need to be removed from power. Personal agenda's play no role in our day to day lives and we are not here to serve your agenda's.  The next thing is education. We all know what happens when our children give in to peer pressure. I am or the opinion that we are not doing enough to teach our children the dangers of drugs. We have always had a problem with drugs, but not like this. Many of you are aware of what has happened in the last several days since the death of my son. I ask how many lives must be lost before real action is taking place. That is no longer on leadership, that is on us as a community. We can not tolerate this any longer. I want to let everyone know, that these treatment programs that are being pushed are a fucking joke. They hand out what is know as subs to these children in the false hopes it will get them through. Law enforcement uses these kids as rats to provide them with information so they can make busts on low level drug dealers with the hopes that maybe they will get lucky and obtain leads on the people who introduce them into our culture. I am sorry but this is not helping our kids on the scale that needs to be accomplished. I will simply say to everyone in law enforcement. DO YOUR FUCKING JOBS!. I know the people I have been in contact with are doing everything in their power to change things. However they can't do this alone. They need our help. I would ask people to say something if they see it. Be more mindful of who your kids are hanging out with and understand that if these actions save just one child, it will be worth it. 

Nothing will bring back my son and as My family grieves, I would not wish this on anyone.  For you kids, that may be reading this, let me tell you, we as parents love you. We all try to do our best to give you things that you need. Most of what we give is our love, because that is the greatest gift we can give to you as parents. The playstations, the x-boxes the I-pods will all one day be worthless. Our love for you lasts a lifetime. The most hurtful thing you can do is walk down a path of self destruction that leads you to a destination, in which your parents have to say goodbye forever. We have to carry on with that love we have given to you. There is no greater hurt than a parent who has to say good bye to our child. I will never forget that moment when I had to walk into a hospital emergency room and see my son's lifeless body laying on a bed. Watching his mother and loved ones destroyed but what has happened. I felt like a piece of my soul just died, and the only thing I could do was run my fingers through his hair, take his hand, place a soft kiss on his forehead, tell him that I loved him and always will, and then say goodbye. That my young friend is what this road you choose leads to.

Stay away from this shit. If you are approached by a schoolmate, a coworker, a group of friends, do not give in to this peer pressure. Find new friends, tell someone what happened. You do not have to deal with this on your own.  If you tell a parent and they do nothing tell someone else. Do not stop trying. Parents if your children come to you listen. All roads once they become addicts will lead to you having to do what we and so many others have done. It is about time we start giving a fuck and taking action. 

Wade, I love you, and I know you did not always see that. I wanted so much more for you that what you choose to accept. I know you walked your path, and did not understand the decisions your Mother and I made.  I hope now under Gods watch and with all your relatives around you that have left before us, you understand how much and how deep our love was for you. You blessed our lives for twenty two years. Thank you 

Something was said to me by a close family member that helped me a great deal during all this. He stated, GOD PICKS HIS FLOWERS BEFORE HE PLANTS THEM.

BLOOM MY SON! You will always be loved.

" The Deer Hunter's Prayer " 

Heavenly father, to you I pray,

A majestic deer may come my way.

Let my aim be straight and true,

this my Lord, I pray to you.

A swift clean kill is what I ask,

Take his spirit swift and fast.

For his last breath should not be,

One of pain or agony.

Let his soul,

Come to Thee,

To roam your heavens,

Wild and free.

I also recently learned that Robert Ortt is taking action on this major issue and I cant thank him enough for taking the lead. You can read the story here. 

Goodbye my son. Your family will always love you

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Back to the Blog THE BIG PICTURE BLOG https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2018/1/back-to-the-blog-the-big-picture-blog SO let me lay this out. Some of you may know I host a little program on All WNY news and radio called The Big Picture. Here is the thing with this. It is not always about photography, often times I like to discuss the Bills, politics, my opioid and the ugly project, or just simply talk about my enjoyment in photography. One thing I know for sure. Life has kicked my fucking ass and I say that with no holds bar. Many of you know what my family has been through and the fucked up aftermath of said events. One thing I know. My wife and I did our best, and it is really a shame that interference from outside parties played such a huge part of what I like to call my own pit of misery. With that said, we move forward and endure. 

I am sharing with you today the newest creation, well sort of, from my twisted mind and it is a promo vid for the Big Picture. THis Podcast airs on Tuesdays nights at 8pm and is heard on All WNY news and Radio. 

It's real, sometimes it's raw, and you can bet your ass it's a ton of fun for me to do. Now only if I spoke better.

Here is the Video. Thought and comments are welcome. Oh yeah I do Guests on the show sometimes too. Contact us if you would like to be part of the program. The audio will be opening this week on the big pic.


That's all I got................ FOR NOW!



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Logo's and the Life Long Learning Lesson's https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/11/logos-and-the-life-long-learning-lesson-s For some of us photographer types, this is the slow season. For some of us. Recently I have been posting a bunch of sports images that I have been using my own created clipping masks with. The feedback has been great, so I feel pretty good about that. You wanna know what I don't feel good about? Logo's. That's right, I said Logo's. Here's the thing. Several years ago, I went to a graphic designer and asked him if he could design a logo for me. Roughly 2 weeks later he showed me some designs, and let's just say I was a little disappointed. Back to the drawing board. on a second consult he gave me something I could work with, but, I wasn't really happy. So a few years later, I sat down and started to design my own logo. What I thought was pretty good, well let's just say, I was told it sucked. Honestly, after really thinking about it and studying it, I agreed. Shortcomings that I identified right away is the mere fact that time is a huge enemy, and I really have no experience in graphic design. In short I never took the time to learn photoshop and to this day I still don't use it. Biggest reason here is Photoshop is a fucking nightmare to learn and I really don't have the time it would take to master that whole monster. I'm not gonna give much detail here but I came across some software that was part of a package photographic deal, and after checking this out, I went to the full version. Yes I went with another editing suite, however this one is a lot like photoshop but without all the hassle and time of learning to use the software. Another thing about all this, was the price was right. 

In short, I realized that although yes my time is limited, I will use any available time to educate myself on some new tricks.  After doing all this I realized for me, this has always been the way. So in recent weeks these new tricks are all self taught, and when I think about how I got there, well let's just say once i get pissed off, blown off, or just need to do it bad enough, I will always find a way. 

I'm new to graphic arts, and design, but this is my first go at it. I'm happy and I will go with. WHAT'S NEXT????

Have a gander, and please share your thoughts. 

LogoMichael Sargent PhotographyLogo and Watermark

In short and summary, I will offer a tidbit from the demented mind of Michael Sargent AKA: Me 

Always learn, keep your options open, and figure it out. You will be satisfied with your results despite the fact you hate the path to get there.



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Why You do Me like that Woody https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/11/why-you-do-me-like-that-woody So let me lay this out for you. Not to long ago I came across a pretty cool effect that I thought would be awesome for my sports and interests portraits. Understanding that all these effects worked in photoshop and I do not use photoshop, I was very curious if they would work with my editing software and my workflow. So I did what anybody would do. I reached out the the creator of the overlays and asked him if he knew whether or not they would work. Of coarse he was unsure, so I asked him if he would be willing to provide me with a sample. He did ask what I was really interested in. My response was honest, which I told him I was doing sports and interests portraits. He stated he would get back to me regarding. Good enough I thought and I waited a week. Nothing. So I contacted him again. Sads to say he did not respond. In light of that, I became a little annoyed at all this and to my discredit, I allowed this to piss me off. I am thinking, ya know I am pretty good at this photo stuff and my intention here was to purchase some of his products so I could offer a unique image to my clients. So in short I am thinking who does this guy think he is. He blew me off, and I am like, do you know who the hell I am, and what dude, you think you are better than me. 


SO after a few weeks of catching up on edits and stewing over this, I took a little time and said, screw him. I will create my own overlays and in time I will blow his away. That's the competitive side of me talking now, and lets face it, I don't quite until mission complete. 

This shot is out of the gate and it is a start to where I plan on taking the sports interests genre. 

JALINJALINThe Sargent Sports Overlay With all this said, let me offer some advice to other photographers. As of late I have seen a lot of ass kissing going on, and here's the thing. DO you think that by saying nice things about photographers who have made a big name for themselves is going to help you in your career at all?  Trust me it's not. The only thing that's gonna happen here is you will expose yourself as a big old butt-kisser. Unless you are going to work for that photographer as an assistant, trust me, ass kissing isn't going to do a damn but of good. What will do you good, is to simply run your imagry on your own merit until you break the barrier and create something they find interesting. If you can do that , and you play your cards right, you might just make a name for yourself. Me, well let's just say I am content in my own skin, and although I thought about taking a shortcut here, the end result is my clipping overlays are on their way. I am saving the created files and maybe, just maybe I will offer them as a product just like the dickhead who blew me off. The only difference here is I would have the decency to say yes or no if I am ask for a sample. 


Oh yeah I will discuss more of this topic on my Podcast which can be heard Tues nights at 8pm on ALLWNYNews and radio. 

Go check it out and get the mobile app so you can listen on your smart phone. Hers is the app.




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Jalin Cooper Rocks https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/10/jalin-cooper Just a quick little post today,

Ladies and Gents, JALIN COOPER!!!! I want to just say it, this kid is awesome. I invited him in and we talked. Despite his talents and his success, he was the most humble person I think I have ever met. Following his game play, of a touchdown and an interception I was inspired to do a little creative editing on this image.. 

JALIN, believe in yourself, stay humble, and keep working. You will make it. Here's my crazy.... A HIGHER POWER HAS TOLD ME SO!. NFL BOUND!

Ladies and gents JALIN

JALIN COOPER-056-EditJALIN COOPER Medina Mustang's Jalin Cooper

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Transformation into portrait awesomeness https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/9/transformation I have said this a million times. Being able to watch someone transform in front of your eyes is one of the most amazing experiences you can have as a photographer. Ladies and Gents I give you Hannah. This young lady is simply a wonderful person and having her in front of the lens was an honor. I watched her go from a simple snapshot to a Decca YEAH portrait in just a few minutes.

Something else I have said for years, everyone is beautiful. All to often you hear, well I don't look good in pictures, or did I break your camera?

Look people, it's real simple. It's not you.. It's the photographer, and all to often a photographer will not take the time to get you where you need to be, so the end result is a frame that makes you change your position on your so called, I don't look good in images take. 

In the case of Hannah, I did not have to do much work to get her comfortable in front of the lens. She simply came in and had fun.

So far this one has turned out to be my favorite..

She Rocked the shutter. Nice Job Young Lady. STAY AWESOME!!!!!

I give you Hannah.




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22 Blessed and Scared 2 Death https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/9/22-blessed-and-scared-2-death The link posted here will really be my first public outing since the passing our our son, and although I was asked to do several interviews with local news stations, I declined simply because I could tell my story but who in reality would give a damn. Sure friends and family would, and a few strangers would be supportive, but the general population would simply see this as just another news story.  

I could say I found a way to be more productive but that would be a lie. A way found me. Enter  Scared 2 Death. I was contacted by the brains of this program, and lets just say I bought in. My message was best served telling others with problems, like my son, the reality of what the future could hold for them and what the effects of these actions have done to the people who loved them most. 

So without a bunch of useless words from a talking head, here is the story on the Scared 2 Death project.



Thanks all for the read. 



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SUNFLOWER FUCKERY ABOUT https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/9/sunflower-fuckery-about I have a bit of a problem. See I want to say something, but I am really trying to be a nicer guy, but no matter how I say it, It won't sound good. So screw it. I will just say it. All the buzz this week is about a large field of Sunflowers located in Sanborn, New York. 

Pretty cool I guess, considering we don't see this too often in our neck of the wood. Oh sure you could drive towards Rochester or perhaps along rt.17 towards Binghamton. I know there are massive fields of sunflowers in those areas. Question here, is it really worth the drive to see sunflowers. All depends on who you ask. In reflection, yeah it is kind of nice to see them, they are pretty cool. Big thanks go out to the people who planted a whole field of them. I should have grabbed the name, but I did not. Yes that makes me a bag. Pressing on.

So here is where it gets a little weird for me. I think every damn person in the world has seen a sunflower, and if you have a bird feeder, it is likely that you have had them come up in your yard. On the Photo side. Everyone and I mean everyone is out there with their fucking I phones and digital cameras snapping away. Yeah I did it too, however I think a lot of people missed the "BIG PICTURE" here. So as everyone was taking selfies, and individual shots of specific sunflowers, I was like, holy shit are you kidding me. We have a huge ass field of sunflowers here that a very generous farming family has provided for the public's viewing pleasure, and the majority of imagery being taking of this gift is fucking selfies. Please! Now the few decent ones I have seen were not really decent because of composition it was largely in part to some really good equipment being wasted on people who have no fucking idea to to use that camera. Not to mention the only decent portrait I saw taken with a sunflower was by a friend in photography that I have never met, but he seems cool. 

Nice Job! You know who you are... I would mention your name but I didn't ask if you even wanted a shout out. So with all this sunflower fuckery about, I took my big carcass out to Sanborn and gave it a shot. However instead of doing a selfie I did a wide angle panoramic. Sticking to the rule less is more, I suspected that this would show things in a different light. Hell maybe even almost EPIC! What was even more noteworthy on this day was the cloud cover. Maybe no one noticed but it was raining like a bitch earlier today and when things started to clear it was a good time to be next to a sunflower field. THat is exactly where I was. So without going on and on here is my shot. 

Sunflowers for SanbornSUNFLOWERS and the PASSING STORMSanborn, Ny

I will tell you another cool story about today. These 2 wonderful ladies asked me if I would be willing to take their photo. I said sure. I think I caught them off guard when I dropped to the ground and shot up on them. However at first I used their camera, and the shot was not all that great. I then used my rig and BOOM! We had a frame. I told the ladies how to find me and I would have their image on my site here. They must have liked it cause sure enough they bought some prints. YEP!!! Good day and another encounter with some wonderful people who was simply enjoying the kindness of some local WNY farmers. 


This Print will be available for sale on my website along with some variations and different looks. Hope you enjoy. 


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FAVORITES https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/8/favorites

(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 buffalo ny photographer getty images michael sargent michael sargent photography national geographic new york states best photographer sarg wny photographer https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/8/favorites Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:51:01 GMT
The Ice Man https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/4/the-ice-man Ok, two posts in one day... As stated Moving forward and we who survive must go on. So, as of late I simply have not felt like shooting. However the desire caught me by surprise and I reached out for some subjects on my facebook page. One subject I wanted was a hockey player, and what I received was a 9 year old rockstar. Ethan came into studio and I knew right away that he was gonna nail it. As he put on his gear, I set the lighting up to fit his frame, and as I suspected, it did not take him long to show me just who he was. I love seeing the reactions and the smiles when I show people the captures on camera. I also love it when the subject puts his game face on in front of the lens. All I can say, is I was a fan of this kid from the first shot. Ethan you rock buddy. Thank you for allowing me to capture the frames. I also want to thank Scott and Sara for making this all happen. 

Summary, Fire is lite and Ethan NAILED IT!!!!

(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 Buffalo Ny Photographer Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography Sports Interest Portraits WNY Photographer creativity www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/4/the-ice-man Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:08:37 GMT
Moving Forward https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/4/moving-forward This will be the first post since we lost our son, and there has been a lot of thoughts that has run through our heads. I am pleased to see that the law enforcement as well as some of politicians are becoming more involved and in recent weeks there has been several arrests. I have refrained from contacting officials regarding the matter of my son, however there are several questions I would like answered. One mystery, is the fact that when all this started becoming obvious, there was an incident that took place in Monroe county. My son was stopped by the police and him and a friend had drugs on them. Yes they had purchased it from some scumbag in Rochester. The drugs were taken, however the police did not arrest them. WHY!! Not that this would have changed the outcome, but it could have. Wade also during this time was taken to a hospital in Rochester one night, and it was suspected then that he overdosed. We as parents tried to obtain details of this hospital visit, however because of privacy laws we were not allowed to receive any information.

We also tried to get him help with inpatient treatment, but we were told the situation was not severe enough to justify that action. The system is a joke, and some of the stuff I have seen regarding treatment is really flawed. As I stated earlier, these treatment facilities hand out suboxone like candy. All I can say regarding this, is WTF. Whoever came up with that idea, and those that supported it are in need of a reality check.

Since all this, and my original posting, I need to say I was overwhelmed with all the support and outreach, by friends, family, and yes, people we have never meet. The cards, letters, phone calls, social media outreach, and the prayers were inspirational. So many of you touched our hearts and we would not have made it through all this without the support. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone for your outreach.  God Bless!

Some of you know that WGRZ contacted me and wanted me to do a interview. It was considered, but declined, as some of you know me and know that I would not hold back. In short my thoughts would not change anything. What I do know, is in less than 24 hours, almost seventeen thousand people read my post, and the awareness created by that was touching. As I stated, the outreach was incredible, and the suggestions to help raise awareness were amazing. It was recently suggested that I start a go fund me page to help raise funds to fight the epidemic as well as use my photography to support that cause. It is being considered. One of the options suggested was to show the ugly side of this but, I think anyone who has lost someone understands the aftermath. Does anyone remember the Smoking is very Glamorous posters that used to be all around?  Not important, what is relevant however is the aftermath. Kids do not realize, what they leave behind. Families are heartbroken after something like this, and they have to go on. This addiction is a selfish son of a bitch, and once it gets hold of a person, you are no longer reasoning with your child, but a demon that has taken over your child. I also want to state that some people are calling this a disease. Seriously, it is not. Perhaps it can be argued that a mental condition could cause a person to inject this crap into ones self, but knowing this crap can kill you, well that is not a disease. My opinion, if you want to refer to it as a disease, well it is a self inflicted disease then, and you have to ask why would one do that. It takes you back to the previous, which would be a mental condition. The use of these drugs lead to disease, however once again they are self inflicted.

With that opinion out there, a respected friend suggested that perhaps I should reach out to addicts and recovering addicts and see if they would want to share their story to help raise awareness of just how bad this stuff is. I will leave it like this, If someone does want to talk about their problem and share their story I would be willing to film and photograph. I am not a filmmaker but I do have some skills and some friends that would be willing to produce the content.

Once again, thanks to everyone who offered their support during our loss. We were touched by these actions and it made me realize how wonderful our community really is.

Thank you all and God Bless.

The Sargent Family.


(Michael Sargent Visuals) Drug Epidemic Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography kill your local drug dealer medina new york https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/4/moving-forward Sun, 30 Apr 2017 13:17:37 GMT
As Photographers, We often speak of Moments https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/3/as-photographers-we-often-speak-of-moments On my website there is a introduction video that speaks about passion and how I will never tell someone that I am a passionate photographer. I state that I would rather show you what inspire's me.  That statement is a description about being able to capture a moment. Sometimes it is very easy, but often times it is difficult. With that said please bear with me as I explain this feeling in written word. My subject Je'ne is a natural. BE LEGENDARY Je'ne-5224BE LEGENDARY Je'ne-5224 She provided me with a ton of great looks and made the shoot very easy for me. As we were finishing the shoot, I wanted one or two images with Je'ne's mom in the frame. As we all know some people just are not comfortable in front of the camera. Jonna is one of those people. That's were I as a photographer do what I do best. I pushed the matter, and did my best to make her comfortable in front of the lens. In this case I felt the best way I can put my subject at ease was to simple have her interacting with her superstar daughter. The image I am sharing here is the third shot I took. As I figured it did not take long For Jonna to get into the groove and she killed it. In fact what we have here is a moment. After I looked at this I realized I had a moment. First off, Je'ne although an incredible athlete, is very humble. When she is on the court she is fierce and has the rare ability to turn it off, after the final buzzer. Her Mom, well there is no doubt how much Jonna love's her daughter. They shared that love with me and allowed me to capture a moment. All I can really tell you about all this, is that it is a powerful, experience. It is inspiring, and makes you feel pretty good, about what you just experienced, and capturing it forever. 

I give you JE'NE and her mom Jonna.  

BE LEGENDARY Je'ne-5249BE LEGENDARY Je'ne-5249Je'ne and Jonna Thank you ladies, for allowing me the chance to capture this moment... GOD BLESS!!





(Michael Sargent Visuals) 585 716 Buffalo NY Best Photographer Buffalo Ny Photographer Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography New York's Best Photographer Sports Portraits WNY Photographer www.msargentphoto.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/3/as-photographers-we-often-speak-of-moments Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:22:08 GMT
The Assassination of Betty Rage https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/2/the-assassination-of-betty-rage Transformations are a part of everyone's life. We all experience events, and sometimes these experiences can be profound. They could involve eye opening events, or loss and sometimes it can be as simple as the realization that you just need a change in your life.

Today we started the project, "The Assassination of Betty Rage".

Betty Rage was a pinup model inspired by Betty Page. The difference between Page and Rage was simple. Rage was a reflection of emotion. She held nothing back, and you always knew just what she was thinking. The downside of Rage was she was a soul sucker, and she failed to portray the person behind the persona. Besides that she was a bitch.  The time had come to remove Betty Rage, not only remove, but assassinate that bitch.

That is exactly what we did. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Carolyn Elizabeth. 

Carolyn is an aspiring model, who has an edgy side. Having photographed her on several occasions, I have learned on thing. You can tell her the look you need, and she always delivers. This black and white image is an example of her ability to portray a look.  Carolyn (35 of 62)-EditCarolyn Elizabeth Tell me what you see. I could make this easy, but for the fun of it. I want you to look at the image and tell me what you see.  

Carolyn is available for modeling jobs,and she can be contacted through our website by emailing [email protected] .

Here is the link to the gallery

For now, that's a wrap.



(Michael Sargent Visuals) Buffalo Ny Photographer Michael Sargent Photography Sargent WNY Photographer headshots portrait photography www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/2/the-assassination-of-betty-rage Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:03:46 GMT
Let's Clear Up the Confusion https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/2/lets-clear-up-the-confusion Recently, I was looking over some job offers and took notice of what I call a trend. Since when is a photographer a filmmaker? Does anyone else think this is wrong? SO lets break this down. All modern DSLR's have the capability to shoot video, and at times, yes I will use my camera to shoot video, but in the job market, it is my personal opinion, that a photographer is an individual who captures still images. A video guy is someone who shoots video. Does this make sense? Well, if you agree than I think it is safe to say, that employers should be able to distinguish between the two. I can be the first to tell you that I for one do not enjoy doing video. As stated I can, but I prefer to outsource that task. For me it is about focus. When a photographer is tasked with doing both, it is very distracting when you are wired to capture that moment. When doing both, I can promise you will miss that one shot.It is the same thing for a video guy. 

I am sure that a photographer can transition to a role of filmmaker and vice versa, but It is my opinion that this creates a water downed version of the selected craft.

In closing. Employers need to understand the difference. CEO's and hiring managers have much better things to do than worry about this. However, I think the crafts need to be defined so, when an employer is looking for a video guy, he is getting a video guy. When he needs a photographer, he gets a photographer. 

Two different skill sets, and two different personalities. 

Any thoughts on this ?


All for now. 



(Michael Sargent Visuals) 716 Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography WNY Photographer www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/2/lets-clear-up-the-confusion Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:03:47 GMT
The World We Exist in https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/2/the-world-we-exist-in Now here is some food for thought. In my life I have never seen things so crazy. In some ways it is refreshing to me, considering I have not been a big fan of the events taken place over the last 8 years. However this post is not about politics. It is about people. What amazes me, is those of us who are brought up with certain values, one day enter the daily grind and we do what we can to carve out a little piece of happiness for ourselves and our loved ones.  For whatever reason some people don't fair well in this quest. It is sad and I wish things were different, however I cant control peoples destiny and for that matter I would not want to. Something I do know, people often times cherish what they have and will fight to hold on to it. Rightly so. When I first saw this, I said to myself no big deal. I saw a lot of this in the South and perhaps I am a little insensitive, but thinking about this, I thought, WOW!! You never see this kind of stuff up here.  With all that said it had me thinking. I wondered about the story behind this sign. Many years ago I met the man that used to reside in the worn down house that sits on this property. Now I can not be sure if it is the same gentleman, but assuming it is, I can tell you he was a decent guy, nice to speak with. My guess is his home had become uninhabitable. I think that's safe considering the condition. Your first question would be, well why didn't he keep it in better order. My answer would be the struggle is real. Hey cupcake, not everyone has a great job and most people struggle just to survive. Take a trip to a third world country and this is how a lot of people live. So this little shed is now a home, and just my opinion here, but my bet this is all this man has. Taking this into consideration can you understand why he would protect it. Not everyone is born with a silver spoon in their mouth, and many people have to rise up to carve a bologna sandwich out of the ass of of life. I myself have had struggles and have went without and I completely understand the thought process behind this warning.

I saw a recent post on social media where the police where dispatched to a situation similar to this to determine if there was a danger.  It is not for me to say if this was right or wrong but I will say this. This may be all this man has and he is willing to shoot you if you trespass on his property. So if there is a danger at all, it will because some dumb ass did not heed the warning.  With that being offered let me say this. I am sitting back watching people cry and whine and throw temper tantrums because a man who became a man for the people rose up and said enough and as crazy as it sounds the people agreed with him. I expect great things in the coming years, and hope that one day we will unite as a people and do whats right for each other. Remember this, We the people are not here to be servants of the government. The government is here to serve the people.

You love what you own and you work for what you have. No man or no entity has the right to take that away from you and that includes your rights that are protected by the constitution.

God Bless.

Ladies and Gentlemen


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 585 716 Buffalo Ny Photographer Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography Photography WNY Photographer landscapes photographer www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/2/the-world-we-exist-in Tue, 07 Feb 2017 23:12:40 GMT
The Fact is.......... NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/1/the-fact-is-no-one-cares-about-your-photography Here is a little secret I want to share and this will come as a shock to many photographers. NO ONE GIVES A RATS ROYAL ASS ABOUT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY!

Profound isn't it. Well most truths are and sometimes it stings a little. Many of us go forth and capture great epic images and we proceed to share them in the hopes of being discovered. Well that isn't likely. I for one share images like most, and I enjoy the reaction especially when a photo hits home with residents of a community. For the most part I do a lot of sharing on facebook as well as Instagram. Yes these are ways to put your work forward, but if you look at the return as it relates to new business, I think it can be agreed with that the return on investment for posting a photo is not a worthy investment. Photographers including myself however will continue to do so. Now let's talk about boosting images and or paying for reach. It can be a solid marketing idea if you are looking for reach, but in the end reach has to evolve to new business. For the most part, a new client will stay with one photographer especially if the experience's are positive. It can be stated that clients are loyal, and will return to said photographer every time they have a need for photographic services. So the question here is why? Do you think it is because you produced outstanding images? Perhaps. I however think it has a lot more to do with the person behind the camera. After all these years, and all the training and learning of new innovative styles of image capture not to mention learning how to edit an image none of this matters. What matters is the experience and the personality of a photographer. I can tell you first hand that as a user of social media, (mainly facebook) I get to see just how many photographers exist in a demographic region, and it is amazing to me how many people are offering services. Now out of all these people who take images it can be stated with out any hesitation that maybe five percent of them know their way around a camera. However if they have a crappy personality it wouldn't matter if they are Ansel Fricking Adams, they are not going to get the job.

What's funny to me is I see imagery from said photographers and if it is a good photo it's because of editing. Not to many have the ability to capture a great image in the camera. It has become a lost art. With that being said, photographers still get work and it is due to personality. The sad part is personality may get you the gig, but if you can't capture a decent image in camera and your talent is in editing, you are screwing your clients big time. Having cut my teeth in film photography, I understand that you have to get it right. Film gave you one shot, and if you did not get it right, you blew it.

Digital however, changed that, and the evolution of the raw file and editing software was key in opening up the market, and allowing so many people to offer services. It could be debated if this is a good thing or not, but I know this, if you want to test a photographers skills ask them to take a photo and not edit it. You can then clearly see the skill set as they have to rely on their knowledge of just what all those settings and controls are. I often times like to show clients the image I captured in camera, and I am always jacked when I see the reaction. So I can say without any doubt that if there was ever a test of skills which involved a simple image capture and those images were judged, I would bury the me too crowd. In fact I have thought about trying to put something like this together just to prove a point.  The reality is NONE OF THIS MATTERS!!!!

If you are a person with a crappy personality, and you take great images, sell your camera, cause you are not gonna thrive 

If you have a great way with people and your images suck, sell your camera, you are not gonna make it.

If you have a great way with people and you can take a picture well you might be a photographer.

Last big point, If you have to beg for work, you may need to look at everything. I often times see photographers responding themselves to requests or recommendations for photographers, and if you really think about it, its kind of a bad look. It shows desperation or at least in my opinion it does.

My name is mentioned a lot in social media groups, when a person is looking for a photographer in these groups. I do get a notification when my name is mentioned however I do not post a link to my page. I sometimes will send a private message if I feel I can be of service to someone, but for the most part I prefer that people contact me and allow me to opportunity to earn their business. Another practice I avoid is commenting to a potential client about other photographers. Here is the reason and this all comes from past experiences. My name was mentioned right away, as a member of this social group had asked for photographer recommendations. The recommendation came from a past client that I have done several jobs for, and I thanked them for the recommendation. Just by doing that, I was notified by facebook every time a new post was placed in regards to this job. One camera owner had the nerve to state that I did not do this type of imagery. That is when I decided it was time for a clarification. This individual in fact I did know , not well, but I was asked for some help as they were new to photography. I did offer suggestions and it was admitted that they had no idea how to operate a camera and shot everything in full auto. My suggestion was they better learn to use the creative or controlled modes,  as full auto is simply not an option for a person who is advertising themselves as a pro. So when I saw the remark regarding what I do as a photographer, I was a little angry. I did make a statement about that, and I asked publicly if this person had ever learn to shoot out of the full auto mode. I was told to mind my own business. My final response was, "that is exactly what I was doing" . The client seeking did end up contacting me, and I provided them with an experience that they were quite happy with. They also loved the images. 

In summary,

we all know that sometimes no matter what people will have personality conflicts, it is how you act towards these conflicts that will define who you are as a photographer. A person may not like you and that is ok. It is all about fit and as time has taught me, I as a photographer have to be as selective about my clients as they are towards their choices for a photographer. In the end, one thing is for sure, if a client and you are a fit, always give them your best. This will lead to word of mouth advertising and it is by far the best. It is also how this mess became a lesson and a rule of operation for my conduct.

THE WINTER BLAHS are here, but some great frames are around if look closely.


That's a wrap!!!


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 585 716 Buffalo Ny Photographer Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography WNY Photographer creativity www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2017/1/the-fact-is-no-one-cares-about-your-photography Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:28:57 GMT
Two Wonders One Frame, So your a Passionate Photographer. Please. https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/12/two-wonders-one-frame-so-your-a-passionate-photographer-please Do you remember that song Show and Tell? Well I sometimes get into some deep thought and reflection and it always leads to some pretty profound opinions. Of coarse it all depends on which side of the table you sit, but today I am going to share my opinion, and you can take away from it what you will or you can simply say, ah who cares. Choices, Aren't they wonderful.

First thought. Have you ever noticed that when you ask a photographer what it is they do, they simply tell you, I am a photographer? Then as you continue to speak to said photographer you will hear all about how passionate they are about photography.  I even see this in people's Bios on some pretty shitty websites. Now my site may not be great but it communicates, and that is the goal. However to get to my point, I just about have come to a point in which I would like to slap the back of people's heads every time I hear "I am a passionate photographer" .  Now this is simply a personal take but I get it. Yeah you enjoy photography, but stating you are passionate about it? This trend started about 10 years ago and marketing experts suggested to anyone who would listen, you have to define yourself and state what your passion is. So without really putting thought into this, many photographers just simply went with this suggestion, and you see it all over the internet. I am sorry, but this is such a load of hogwash. Once again my opinion, but I have also been more of a visual guy vs. the spoken word. Yes, it is action that speaks louder that words, and let me go on record here. Stating you are a passionate photographer and then producing images that suck is not a very good indicator of passion or a skill set. I also see all this let me help you create a profit from your passion. Trust me, the only ones that profit in that industry is the ones who are trying to sell you an ideology of how to operate a photography business. There are practices, but the thought that saturated markets can be stood out in is possible, but in the end, running a successful business as a photographer is going to come down to two things. 1. The quality of your work. 2. Your personality.  On a local platform I have a friend in this business and the talent  is incredible. We share a common interest and it is nice to know that backs are covered.  However both of us have had to deal with the passionate photographer and let me define that passion. Ok the work is standard at best, but the practice and the personality is what I just flushed. Look you cant bully people into accepting your services. Stating that this person sucks or this person is a jerk is a bad look. On top of that, attacks on social pages is just a low blow, and it kind of defines who the hell you really are. I have had to deal with that, and believe me, I am not one to take crap from a person that I would consider to be a me too type of person.  Then of coarse we have the friends and family. Oh that guy just retorted, so lets leave crappy reviews and hurt this persons business. You know what? I am so over that. That is our standard everyday Passionate Photographer.  SLAP RIGHT ON THE BACK OF THE HEAD! 

Look sometimes you nail the shoot and sometimes you produce nice images. Once in a while you blow it. I know one thing, this art is a journey and every time you press the shutter, you need to learn something. Photography is truly an exploration of light, and what excites me is the next adventure. 

So with my opinion in place here and knowing this is like two minutes of your life that you will never get back, if you read it, I wanna show you how I define passion. 

This is the super moon of 2016. I read all the hype and news stories leading up to the event, but over the years I have been displeased with super moons of the past. However I read one story that stated we would not see a moon this big again for several years. I was hooked.  When the moon came up, it was like a 50/50 shot. Lots of clouds and as I stood out there with hope freezing my ass off, The moon peaked, over the horizon. As I watched the whole thing fell apart as the clouds just swallowed the view. Trust me, some real colorful metaphors came into play. However the event wasn't just isolated to the evening hours. I knew I may get a second change in the early am. Up early and out the door, I did what came natural to me. Set up watch, wait do my research and at one moment, I set off the exposure. One shot. 

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After post process, it hit me. I said to myself, " Mike you big dummy, you just shoot the meeting of two wonders of the world." Niagara Falls, New York, just meet the Super moon of 2016. Once again and in closing, we can all say how passionate we are about something, but saying it, and showing it are two different things. I prefer to be passionate about my wife and children and see photography for what it is. Moments captured forever in the ultimate exploration of light.

Shutter bang. THAT'S A WRAP.



Please leave your thoughts and comments on this post. I do read them, and like to hear the various opinions on the topics I write about.

Oh for the record, I know I am a jerk, that comment is stating only the obvious.


(Michael Sargent Visuals) 585 716 Buffalo Ny Photographer Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography Niagara Falls Slow exposure Supermoon WNY Photographer creativity nature www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/12/two-wonders-one-frame-so-your-a-passionate-photographer-please Sat, 17 Dec 2016 14:10:35 GMT
Sports Portraits https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/11/sports-portraits  

The time has come for me to a do a little self promotion and offer up what has been by far my most popular image campaign since I returned to the portrait studio.

So let me break this down. I was in the studio one day and just finished doing some head shots. I received a phone call. The caller asked me if I could do a sports portrait. Now to be clear, I had to distinguish the difference between a sports action photo and a sports portrait. Let me explain, a sports action image is one that is more or less live action or simulated in studio on a backdrop. The Sports portrait however is just a little different. What I do is capture the emotion, love and or intensity for the sport as told by the subject. Now this does not only apply to sports. In addition it can be about anything an individual may be passionate about. 

The experts say that photographers develop styles or certain looks to their images, and if that is true, than perhaps I found a look. I say all this lightly simply because I don't think it is about a look or style, I like to think it is about the subject and what you as a photographer have to do to bring out the intensity or passion in your subject.  Oh for the record I hate that term. Passionate. For years now I have listened to people people say I am a passionate photographer. Oh yeah, well tell me just how passionate you are. Would you sit in cow crap for 10 hours to capture a rare albino housefly? Tell me what's passionate about that. 

Enough, of my passion rant, so here's a look at my Sports Portraits. 

0U8A27630U8A2763 This is Eric. and it would not surprise me if one day you see him in the NFL. He is tough as nails, and he has a love for the game. I have had the pleasure of watching him play a few times, and he will knock you on your ass. Although we shot him in his basketball jersey, he loves football and if he can deal with the hell I put him though in the studio I can easy see him making it to the big show one day. 

This is Emily, and she was one of my all time favorite subjects. She came into the shoot and was just ready to go. Emily is a member of the Medina, New York Mustang Marching Band. This school activity has stood the test of time and the Medina Mustang Marching band has been winning awards for years now in state and national competitions. The dedication these kids have is incredible and that dedication is what leads them to greatness. 

I want to thank Emily, and her family for allowing me to capture this frame. 


This is Michael. Now I can tell you all about him and what he is into, but, I think what I will do here, is let you look at the shot and you can tell me what you see. 



Here is the closer. I have been producing these images on canvas and they are incredible. So in celebration of all the great feedback I am going to offer a special on the Sports Portrait package.  Normally this session costs $300.00. Book before the end of November 2016, and the session is $180.00 dollars. Oh yeah, we still throw in the 16x20 canvas print.

Hop on it we are booking quickly. 



(Michael Sargent Visuals) 585 716 Buffalo Ny Photographer M.SargentPhotography Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography Sports Portraits www.mrsargent.com https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/11/sports-portraits Sat, 05 Nov 2016 20:21:31 GMT
Resting Places https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/10/resting-places Have you ever found yourself just sick and tired of your daily routine? I know I have. At one point in life I took a hard look at history and the events that shaped our current world. It really is sad, and I could go on about what has happened and my thoughts as to why, but this blog or article, whichever you choose to refer to it as, is not about that.  It is about people, places, and showing you how I see the world. So you may say well Mike, why did you start off the post the way you did? My answer will be simply, " Well reader, I wanted to make a point, and that point is, Sometimes when feel beat down, or become so tired of the garbage you deal with on a daily basis, one must remember it is okay to simply say "What the Fuck" or "Fuck it". Find that place and spend some time there. Refocus and reevaluate. Perspective will come and that allows you to refocus.  One of my favorite places is among the dead, they listen, and don't hate on you for your thoughts.  Remember Happy Gilmore,, find your happy place Happy.

Here is a happy place. 

I shot this for a photo project, that involved an Arbor day theme, however it was not shot in the light I was waiting for. It is peaceful and please do't ask about the location. It's a secret and it is a place I go to think, work, and refocus. How many of you have a place like this?

I would love to hear about your "Happy Place", in the comments section.  Thanks for reading.



(Michael Sargent Visuals) 585 716 Buffalo Ny Photographer Headshot Photographer Michael Sargent Michael Sargent Photography Resting places among the dead nature park benches walking dead https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/10/resting-places Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:55:34 GMT
THE THUNDER ROLLS https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/10/the-thunder-rolls Often times, there are certain shots that are considered bucket list. In short they are not easy to capture, and if you are lucky enough it's an addictive feeling. 

There are a million lighting shots out there and tools exist to help photographers capture those shots. However try doing it free hand, Just you a camera and a tripod. No lighting triggers, no cable release, just you and your basic equipment. 

That is how I shot this. Here was my formula. I used mirror lockup, ISO 100 and a 15 second exposure. My lens was a 24 to 105, and used a 10 stop ND filter, to cut out as much light as I could. My delay on my shutter was 2 seconds. There is no way to time the strikes, so I simply was patient and hoped that sooner or later I would be exposing a frame and get lucky.

Some will call it luck, I will call it faith and experience. 

Hope you enjoy the shot as much as I did capturing it.



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Ronan Tynon Rocks Medina, New York https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/9/ronan-tynon-rocks-medina-new-york Saturday night September 17, the village of Medina, in Orleans county New York was treated to the vocal talents of the world famous Irish Tenor, Dr. Ronan Tynon.

As he entertained the audience with his charm and wit, he told marvelous stories of his life and times,

Ronan Tynon1-1Ronan Tynon that lead you into his true talents, which was his powerful, awe inspiring vocals.

From the very first tune, he had the audience captivated, and was meet with thunderous applause each time he would finish a song.


What I enjoyed the most about his performance was the heart and soul he put into the song. At one point, as his Pianist Billy Lewis played, I watched Dr.Tynon emerge himself into the music,  and feel the song. When his mouth opened, and that beautiful sound came flowing out, you felt like you were part of the song itself. I am not much of a classical music guy, but to hear him sing with such heart and soul, it brought a tear to my eye. You could feel the passion in his voice, it took control of you. That’s Powerful

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He also sang two songs that I really took note of.  I would suggest you go take a look online for his song, The Old Man, which will bring a tear to your eye. The other I am not sure is available on line, but he told the audience that he has always been a fan of Sting. Rightly so. He told a story of how he felt when he first heard the song;  Field’s of Gold, by Sting. Then he gave, the audience the pleasure of singing it. I will tell you that he owned it, and there is not anyone present that night that would disagree with me.


I spoke with Dr. Tynan, and he thanked me for being there and taking photographs of his performance. He also asked me if I enjoyed the show and, as I shook hands with him, I responded with enjoyed, Hell!  I was moved. I stated to the good Doctor that he brought a tear to my eye. He smiled, and then chuckled, and told me he was glad.


My closing thoughts. Ladies and Gentlemen, in this day and age we have a lot of acceptable bubble gum music to listen to. I won’t hate on any of it and honestly, some of it , I enjoy. It can be catchy. However if you want to hear a performance that not only will entertain, but may very possibly move you. I would suggest that you catch Dr. Ronan Tynon Live.  

His piano player Billy Lewis was amazing, and Dr. Tynon’s vocals are something that you do not want to miss.


I thank the Orleans County Renaissance Group for the chance to be present and photograph this amazing performer.




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My How Times Have Changed https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/9/my-how-times-have-changed Perhaps I am dating myself, but then again who cares. Yeah, I can say it. I am getting old, once again who cares. Whats most important is us old dogs learn new tricks, and I can say that I never stop learning. This week I learned some new terminology and how it relates to photography. So let me lay this out. I was photographing a wedding and I was setting up the bride and her maids for a shot. One of the girls spoke up and said "Hey, we should do our bitch faces". That prompted the question hugh, what is a bitch face. I learned quickly what a bitch face was, and then I had another lesson. Resting bitch face. I was amused by the looks on these ladies faces. Then I learned what dabbing was. That is another story. 

My point of all this. Well back in my day when I was in high school, you were considered a nerd or a geek if you were in the schools band or played a musical instrument. Not anymore, and I think that's awesome. In fact I think some of us were idiots when people were labeled. From personal experience, I wrestled in high school and although I was not a star, I was big enough and strong enough to throw down on the mat. Funny thing was here was a wrestler, who could play the violin or as I like to call it, the fiddle. I wasn't really good at that either. Now to bring up the cool. I happen to be very lucky to live in a district, were our local High School, Medina High School happen to be home to the highly decorated Mustang Marching Band. They have a long track record of championships across the country for outstanding performance. The kids are dedicated to being the best, and my personal opinion is they deserve every win they get. They are incredible.

I recently had the change to photograph one of the band members and we decided to do some back lighting portraits. I wanted bad ass and thanks to Emily I received just that. Ladies and Gentleman I am proud to present the beautiful, and talented Medina Mustang Marching Band member, Miss Emily Green. 

So tell me again that people in school bands are geeks. Anyone who still thinks that, well here is your punch in the face of reality. ROCK ON EMILY, MUSTANG MARCHING BAND, and MEDINA, Ny.

Once again I want to thank Patti and  David, for allowing me to do this, and a big shout, out and thank you to Emily. You were an incredible model and subject to photograph. 



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Eye of the Tiger https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/8/eye-of-the-tiger Ok when we here this title, we all think of Rocky 3 and the I pity the fool moments associated with the 1980's.

C'mon admit it. That music is running through your mind right now. Ok so now I have your attention, I want you to take a good hard look at the real eye of the tiger. Tell me what you see. What I see is the intense look of one of the world's most dominant predator. In short I will eat you. ROAR

How cool would it be to be a tiger for just one day. Find Aladdin's lamp and your wish will be my command. 




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Locks in Lockport https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/8/locks-in-lockport MSP-25MSP-25

Memory Locks

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The Black The White and the Starry Surprise https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/8/the-black-the-white-and-the-starry-surprise  Most everyone that knows me is aware that I have a flare for black and white imagery. I guess it has a lot to do with the dramatic flare and the power that a black and white  produces. In my opinion I think black and whites create statements. Opinions always vary so here is a chance for you to share your thoughts on the topic. 

This composite image is one that I converted to black and white for no other reason, other than because, I can. {Smart ass grin inserted here}

LIGHTHOUSE-1The Black The White and the Starry Surprise Long Exposure Please leave your comments and share the hell out it. I'm proud of this one. Should I be?

Stick to your guns!!!


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The Van Horne Mansion https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/8/the-van-horne-mansion As I sit here having a cup of coffee, and collecting my thoughts, I realize that I am a crazy man. Yesterday I was supposed to be in Buffalo wrapping a job, but good times and enhancement agents put that plan in the crapper. Now I could drop the old adages like when life gives you lemons, but screw that. Oh I did make my own brand of lemonade but I will call it a big tall glass of Van Horne. 

Here is a little info on this landmark : The Van Horn Mansion was built by Judge James Van Horn in 1823. It is the site of the Town of Newfane's first town meeting, April 6, 1824. The name for the Town of Newfane is believed to be chosen by the town Postmaster. Wikipedia.

VAN HORN VINTAGE (1 of 1)VAN HORN VINTAGE (1 of 1)THE HISTORIC VAN HORN MANSION So for this shot, here is what I did. I sized it up and decided just where I wanted to capture the frame. Wanting to create something different than some of the normal shots you see on the net I went for a low perspective. My carcass was on the ground and I put on a wide angle lens. I framed it at roughly 18mm and captured 3 bracketed images. That's right it is a HDR composition. If I wouldn't have told you, you would have never known. PHOTOGRAPHERS ARROGANCE INSERTED HERE, {Yeah i'm really good at that method}. So at iso 400 I shot these pics and then used lightroom to merge and do the basic edit. Then the magic started. I finished my vibrant colorful HDR image and decided that I wanted a vintage look. It was converted to black and white and I used Nikon software to add a border and classic copper color effect. Now here was the tricky part. The resolution on this frame was so  tack I felt that adding just a touch of grain would give this shot the vintage look I wanted. 

Opinions may vary but I have the shot I wanted. Not to mention I also came away with a lot of bites from ants. As my carcass lied on the ground, I was lunch for those nasty little bastards. Not the first time, and it wont be the last. 

Did I mention I hate ants. 




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Shelter from the Rain https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/7/shelter-from-the-rain Although it is raining today, I found that it was a great morning to be out with the camera. I went back to the micro world and pulled off some incredible macro shots today, and what is funny about that is I don't own a dedicated macro lens. Enjoy the photos I post here today and I hope that inspires you to follow the posts, cause I will be putting up a video showing you how I am able to capture these tack sharp, bad ass images with out a macro lens. 

Ant macroAnt macroSeeking Shelter From the Rain


The second frame I'm sharing was an awesome capture. The rain was coming down and I wasn't sure if I wanted to take a chance on the camera getting wet. Glad I said screw it.

Seek Shelter from the RainIt's just a little water Unaffected by the Rain

My third frame and my favorite, simply because of content. The Prince and his Palace.


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Instagram me bitches https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/7/instagram-me-bitches Hey everyone, I am on Instagram 

If you have the time you can check out my crazy there too.

A little news update for everyone who has followed me over the years.

This year has been by far the busiest I have had with weddings and portraits. It is a good problem to have.

Thank you for letting me frame you. I also want to thank those who had the balls to step in front of my lens and allow me to put you through my brand of photography hell. 

I know what I do is different and seems a little weird, but when I hear you say, " I cant believe that's me" then I see the ear to ear smile, we both know it was worth it and we know why.


I am also now a contributing photographer for All WNY NEWS . I suggest you follow and get your local news from this venue.

The Editor is one incredible, unbiased and true Journalist, not to mention I consider this gentlemen a friend.

Hats off to you MR. Scott Leffler FOLLOW THE DUDE!


Here is an image from my view



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Dreams just before waking up

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DAMN I LOVE THIS STUFF https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/7/damn-i-love-this-stuff 20160723_210052 Here is the edited image. 


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The Micro World https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/7/the-micro-world When Mother Nature gives you nothing, look to the micro world.

Micro world intro Micro world video THE FRAME


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A Nice Little Promo VIdeo https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/7/a-nice-little-promo-video Some time ago I was contacted by a marketing company who offered to do a little video for my facebook page.

Not knowing what to expect I thought ok cool, let's see what this is about. As promised they sent me a link and told me to use it. I did and although not exactly my style I thought it was well done. Now I am not gonna bore you with all the details, but, I would like to reach out to the person who did this and say thank you. I also would like to add them to my database for future reference. If anyone can help me solve this mystery please do.


The video:


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I Put Him Through Photography Hell https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/7/i-put-him-through-photography-hell Hello everyone! Michael Here. Today was Incredible. I was given the blessing of photographing a young man who, MARK THESE WORDS will be a superstar in the sports world. Ladies and Gentleman I am proud to present Eric Neace.



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My View https://www.michaelsargentvisuals.com/blog/2016/6/my-view

My big tall glass of awesome morning with a side of coffee and #CANON_bringit

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