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Back from a bit in southern Idaho, where I had the chance to photograph at the off-the-beaten path (and very peaceful) City of Rocks National Reserve. While hiking among the majestic granite spires, I found this dandelion seed head in a busy field of flowers, which not only inspired a photograph, but also a haiku.
Read the Making the Image and Poem on my latest blog post at http://youcansleepwhenyouredead.com/…/making-the-image-what….
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"What Lies Within Counts," City of Rocks National Reserve, ID
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100mm with two 12mm extension tubes stacked, ISO 800, f/2.8 at 1/500 sec.

#abstract #abstractphotography #dandelion #macrophotography #cityofrocks #idaho #naturephotography #naturepoetry #poetry #haiku
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"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way... things I had no words for.” ~ Georgia O'Keeffe
After my dear friend pointed out this beautiful swirl in a sego lily to me, I had no words to describe it. Instead, an abstract photograph immediately popped into my head, where I visualized focusing simply on the interplay of colors and shapes (which drove my use of a shallow depth of field to convey this visual message).
Have a great weekend everyone! May you find things you can't find words for...
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"Unfurl Your Tendrils"
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100mm macro with two 12mm extension tubes stacked, ISO 800, f/2.8 at 1/160 second.

#wildflowers #wildflowerphotography #macro #macrophotography #abstractphotography #abstractart #abstract #segolily #flowerphotography #flower  
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"To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle." ~Walt Whitman
Back in town after a week long jaunt to southern Utah filled with explorations of new lands, amazing light shows (thanks to the monsoon), marveling at the little things (including an incredible wall of tafoni along the canyon walls as seen in the photo below), and as always, lots of great times and laughs with great friends.
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"Stone and Lace"
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 24-105mm at 105mm, ISO 400, f/11 at 1/125 second, converted to black and white during processing.

#tafoni #blackandwhitephotography #abstractphotography #utah #canyon #landscapephotography #rock #erosion  
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Wonderful textures and contrast!!  Beautiful!  Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!!  Please see the about tab of +Landscape Photography !!  We have great new curators.   It's my pleasure to share your amazing photo to the +Landscape Photography page!  Check out all the great photos there including yours!!  
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Hope you'll join me for a FREE presentation for my "Going Beyond the Cliche" tomorrow night at 7pm right here on G+!  This show/talk is for you if you're interested in learning more about the creative process, tapping into your individual interests, background, and experiences, and building deeper emotional connections to create unique visual expressions that transcend the cliche with your photography.

#landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow
#photographytips #photographytipsandtechniques #photographytipsandtricks #photoeducation #creativity #creativephotography #creativeprocess #creativeart  
 
Landscape Photography Show Episode #40 with Colleen Miniuk-Sperry "Going Beyond the Cliche"
Come join +Colleen Miniuk-Sperry  and the +Landscape Photography Show  Team on Tuesday September 23rd at 7 PM PDT/8 PM MDT/9 PM CDT/10 PM EDT.  

Be sure to circle the +Landscape Photography Show page!  We have a new look and a new URL!!

Share your favorite landscape photographs that are non-iconic, creative, interpretative photos . Maybe one of the panelists will select your photo as the Show Starter and give you a shout out on air!

Join the fun on Tuesday September 23, 2014 at 7 PM PDT/8 PM MDT/9 PM CDT/10 PM EDT.  See you there!!
This Hangout On Air is hosted by Landscape Photography Show. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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Thanks for the show, I was away at that time but watched it today, very educational
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While the idiom goes, “A picture is worth a 1000 words,” sometimes I find I have a little more to say about a place or experience than just 1000 words. Although I have composed poetry to accompany my photographs for a number of years, few people outside of my immediate family and a couple of close, trusted friends have ever read my written creations. Until now…

Read my first publicly-shared poem, "On Becoming a Wave" and some additional background about Making the Image and Poem on my blog at http://youcansleepwhenyouredead.com/wordpress/making-the-image-and-poem-on-becoming-a-wave.

Since it's the first time I've shared with the world, I'd welcome your thoughts about it so leave me your comments here or on the blog post. Anyone else write poetry to supplement their photos?
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"On Becoming a Wave," Cannon Beach, OR
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 24-105mm at 32mm, ISO 400, f/9 at 0.4 seconds.

#landscapephotography #landscapephoto #cannonbeach #oregon #oregoncoast #oregonphotography #coast #ocean #oceanphotography #poetry #poem #naturephotography #naturepoetry  
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Wonderful waves!!  Beautiful!  Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!!  Please see the about tab of +Landscape Photography !!  We have great new curators.   It's my pleasure to share your amazing photo to the +Landscape Photography page!  Check out all the great photos there including yours!!  
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"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." ~ Desmond Tutu

While photographing in southern Utah recently, we had a most spectacular panoramic view of Capital Reef National Park and beyond from our camp situated at about 10,000 feet. Our perch served as a perfect spot to watch the light dance among the clouds as the afternoon monsoon storms rolled across the Colorado Plateau.
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"Revealed by the Storm"
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100-400mm at 210mm, ISO 100, f/11 at 1/40 sec., polarizer.

#landscapephotography #landscapephoto #storm #stormy #weather #light #Utah #CapitalReef  
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Love this shot, +Colleen Miniuk-Sperry  - How about sharing some of your photos with our Western States Landscape community? We'd love to see some of your images there.  

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"Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Although there were plenty of beautiful blooms in the mountains, I spent well over a half an hour ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the patterns in a yellow salsify seed head (which looks like an oversized dandelion seed head) while on my recent trip to southern Utah. And it's one of my favorite memories - and photo - from it!
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"Joy in the Little Things"
Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100mm with two 12mm extension tubes stacked, ISO 400, f/2.8 at 1/320 sec.

#yellowsalsify #wildflowers #wildflowerphotography #flower #flowerphotography #macrophotography #abstractart #abstractphotography #littlethings #joyinthelittlethings  
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Happy New Year everyone! Here’s hoping your 2015 has started off well and is your best year to date! In celebration of the close of 2014, I’ve posted my favorite 15 photographs from last year (including some new ones not previously shared before) on my blog at http://youcansleepwhenyouredead.com/wordpress/cms-photography-favorite-photos-from-2014/.

Thank you one and all for your continued support, friendship, and laughs in this fabulous journey!

#bestof2014 #landscapephotography #abstractphotography  
“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson. Happy New Year, everyone! Here's hoping your 2015 has started off with a bang and ends up being your best year yet! Almost every time I ask my Dad casually, “How's it going?” he responds immediately with ...
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I love this gorgeous shot!!  Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with the #LandscapePhotography theme!!  It's my pleasure to share your amazing photo to the +Landscape Photography page!  Check out all the great photos there including yours!!  
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Getting settled back into the office after an amazingly productive two-week trip to Oregon's southern coast.  Haven't been able to process images from this past adventure yet, but finally starting to catch up on my July trip through the Pacific Northwest (yes, I'm backlogged!).  On the way home to Arizona, I managed to catch an exciting psychedelic sunset at Sparks Lake outside of Bend, Oregon.  What a site to see, too - nature never fails to disappoint!

Purchase prints from our website: http://cms-photo.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Water-Coasts-Rivers-and-Lakes/G0000IF4HAO1dA5A/I0000uLjf3KS97Rc/C0000clfZeKcVJlc

Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 16-35mm at 30mm, ISO 100, f/18 at 10 seconds, 4-stop graduated neutral density filter, basic post-processing (including de-saturation!).

Interested in making your own photographs at Sparks Lake and other Oregon scenic gems?  Join me on the "Oregon Sampler" photography workshop, sponsored by Arizona Highways Photography Workshops, from May 18-22, 2015.  For more information and to register, visit http://ahpw.org/workshops/2015/Oregon-Photography-Workshop-2015-05-18/

#oregon #oregonphotography #sparkslake #sunset #sunsetphotography   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography +Landscape Photography Show +Margaret Tompkins +Jim Warthman +Kevin Rowe +Johan Peijnenburg +David Heath Williams +Tom Hierl +Carolyn Lim +Howard L. Smith +Kai Kosonen +Sheila B. DuBois +Toshi Nakamura +David Pilasky +Bill Wood +Tony Phillips +Jeff Beddow
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One could argue that there is no bad time to visit Acadia National Park—and one would likely receive little resistance from those who have experienced the magical park. However, like a proud peacock showing off its striking plumage, autumn’s arrival to Maine’s coastal gem ushers in a symphony of fleeting shades of red, yellow, gold, and even purple as maple, beech, birch, oak, white ash and other deciduous trees don their brilliant fall leaves be...
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Death Valley's Racetrack rocks moving finally caught on video by researchers: http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2014/08/27/watch-death-valleys-rocks-walk-before-your-eyes/.  But dang, it's not aliens!

#deathvalleynationalpark #theracetrack #movingrocks  
Scientist believe they've solved the mystery of Death Valley's "walking" rocks.
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Most interesting story and glad they finally solve the mystery. Yeah, may have been the most boring study but they can proudly tell the world the true answer to the unsolved mystery :) After all, it took only 2 years, that is nothing comparing to all these guessing!
Love the last image of the little gecko trying to show they are the one did it ;)))
Thank you for sharing!  
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Freelance outdoor photographer and writer, book author, and publisher
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  • Analemma Press
    Owner/Publisher, 2011 - present
  • CMS Photography
    Owner; Photographer & writer, 2003 - present
  • Intel Corporation
    Project/program manager - software engineering, 1997 - 2007
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CMS Photography: Arizona-based outdoor/nature photographer & writer
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As a corporate America escapee now making the great outdoors my "office," I aim to record images and write stories that help inspire people get outside, get their hands dirty, see incredible places, and actively experience and enjoy our remarkable world.

Formal bio:

Hi! My name is Colleen Miniuk-Sperry (pronounced "Min-ick-Spare-ee"). I'm a Corporate-America-escapee-turned-full-time-freelance-outdoor-photographer-and-writer, supporting a wide range of assignments. Specializing in nature and outdoor recreation, my work has been published in National Geographic calendars, Arizona Highways magazine, books, and calendars, Outdoor Photographer, AAA Highroads, AAA VIA, National Parks Traveler, Mushing Magazine, Lighthouse Digest, Experience AZ, InsideOutside Southwest, Sonora Es, Smith-Southwestern calendars, and a broad variety of other publications.

In November 2011, I co-authored and published the book, Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers, A Guide to When, Where, and How with my good friend and fellow photographer, Paul Gill. My second guidebook, Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How was released in late January 2014 after being selected three times as an Artist-in-Residence with Acadia National Park in Maine (November 2010, October 2011, and January 2013).

I'm just as excited to help others learn photography as I am making my own images, so I've proudly led photography workshops for the Arizona Highways Photography Workshops (AHPW), The Nature Conservancy, Maine Media Workshops+College, Arizona Wildlife Federation's "Becoming an Outdoor Woman", and Through Each Others Eyes as well as numerous camera clubs, photography symposiums, conferences, and events, and private workshops. 

As an active Associate of Through Each Other Eyes (TEOE), I have proudly participated in cultural photographic exchanges and multiple international exhibitions with Japan, Mexico, and Canada.

Being a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) since 2010 has allowed me the opportunity for unrivaled personal growth and new friendships with like-minded and extremely talented outdoor communicators. I was elected to serve a three-year term as a Board Member beginning in September 2013. In May 2014, I received the prestigious "Outstanding Board Member" award.

Growing up in Ohio, Arkansas, and Illinois, becoming a photographer or writer never crossed my mind. In 1997, armed with a Bachelor of Business Administration-Computer Information Systems degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, I moved to Phoenix, Arizona to begin a 10-year project management career in software engineering at Intel Corporation. Initially as an outlet to corporate life, I began making photographs of the intriguing landscapes in the West in late 2001 during my "Introduction to Photography" class at the Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Two years later, I started selling my photographs at art shows across Arizona. I saw my first editorial publication in Arizona Highways magazine in 2006. Then, in February 2007, I left the grey cubicle walls of Corporate America to pursue a full-time career in photography and writing. Now, I can't imagine life without a camera or a notebook!

Though I spend a significant amount of time on the road across the United States, I currently reside in Chandler, Arizona with my husband, Craig and cat, Nolan.


Education
  • Stanford University
    1993 - 1994
  • University Of Michigan
    Business Administration: Computer Information Systems, 1994 - 1997