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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!

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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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Lovely work!!
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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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A new photo from my artistic explorations in abstract ice bubbles, this time from a parking lot atop Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park this past February! My husband thinks it looks like a cracked egg (which it does!) but I titled it "Winter's Splatter Painting."

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Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 24-105mm with two 12mm extension tubes stacked (the 100mm macro lens did not make it into my bag for my 8+ mile winter hike in an attempt to reduce the weight of my backpack), basic post-processing.

To learn more about photographing Acadia in winter, pick up an autographed copy of my new book, "Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How" at http://photoacadia.com/!

#ice #icebubbles #acadianationalpark #abstractphotography #abstractart #abstractsinnature #winterphotography  
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Innovative and lovely.
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It seems I might have a developing affection (perhaps an obsession?) for decomposition and bubbles...who would have thought?!! While the tufas at Mono Lake in California are often the main draw for photographers, I had a strong emotional response this small other-worldly composition along the shoreline a couple weeks ago. I just can't get enough of these bubble scenes (?!?!), so I've started a new series/project to explore this subject in more depth moving forward.

"Ethereal Decay," Mono Lake, California
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Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100mm macro lens, ISO 100, f/18 at 1/5 second, basic post-processing plus added a vignette to increase emphasis on the bubbles.

#abstract #abstractphotography #abstractphoto #monolake #abstractart #bubbles #decomposition  
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beautiful work, Colleen!
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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.

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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!!
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Thanks for the show, I was away at that time but watched it today, very educational
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Things didn't go exactly according to plan on my first visit to photograph Toroweap on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in early July. Read my newest travelogue about my trip to this spectacular scenic location on my blog at http://youcansleepwhenyouredead.com/wordpress/my-281-and-four-beer-trip-to-toroweap/. Enjoy, and thanks for reading!

#grandcanyon   #grandcanyonphotography #grandcanyonnationalpark #travelogue #landscapephotography #adventure #toroweapoverlook #tuweep #travel
My buddies and fellow photographers, Guy Tal and Bruce Hucko, and I made a deal. We were to meet in Torrey at 2:00 pm on a Thursday for a multi-day wandering together to discuss the future of the Moab Photo Symposium (it's a GO for 2015! Mark your calendars for April 30 – May 2!).
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Oops - we have a scheduling conflict! I started a private thread where we can resolve it.
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Our new book, "Photographing Acadia National Park:  The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How" is here! It's real!

We'd love to help get you in the right place at the right time on your future visit to Acadia (or if you've never heard of it, reveal the outstanding photographic opportunities the magical park offers!), so if you'd like to order your own autographed copy or an eBook, please visit our Order page at http://analemmapress.com/order.html. Ten percent of the book's profit will be donated to the Schoodic Education Adventure program (http://www.nps.gov/acad/forteachers/classrooms/schoodic-education-adventure.htm).

I'd like to take a minute to thank our awesome books sponsors: Arizona Highways Photo Workshops, Bar Harbor Inn, Gary Fong Flash Diffusers, HoodmanUSA, Hunt's Photo and Video, Manfrotto Imagine More, Scenic Flights Of Acadia, Wimberley, and Winter Harbor 5&10. For links to these great partners, visit our Sponsor page at http://photographingacadia.com/sponsors.html. Also, I'm eternally grateful to all who pre-ordered the book/eBook either via Indiegogo or recently. Without the generous sponsors and community support, this book simply would not exist!

#photographingacadia #acadia #acadianationalpark #nationalpark #nationalparkphotography #newbookrelease #newbook #travelguide
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Thanks +Greg Binon!  Good to hear from you, I hope all is well!
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Hey Oli, sounds like 2013 was a GREAT year for you!  Congrats on your successes!  Here's hoping you see even more in 2014.
As for the photos you've showcased, overall, I enjoyed the simplicity, lines with movement, lovely range of tones, and striking character within all your photos.  Specifically, I enjoyed seeing your unique perspective from Abraham Lake and Spray Lakes Reservoir.
I'm excited to see how you like shooting the 4x5 format in the coming year.  I miss the slow dance of the process every now and then, but I sure don't miss the price tag of shooting a single frame... :D LOL!
2013. Damn this year went by fast. I remember the day that I wrote down my resolutions for this year like it was yesterday. Talking about those resolutions, which ones DID I accomplish this year? Maybe this post is the perfec...
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Do you go for "the one" or do you look for many different photos while exploring a scene through your lens?

Read my newest blog post, Making the Images: "Another World" and "Floating in Time" to hear what happened when I came upon a fascinating scene of bubbles and seaweed in a tiny tide pool along the Eben's Head Trail in Acadia National Park on Isle au Haut: http://youcansleepwhenyouredead.com/wordpress/making-the-images-another-world-and-floating-in-time/.

Then, share which of the two images posted you like better and why. Remember, there are many right answers!

"Another World," Isle au Haut, Acadia National Park, Maine

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Tech info: Canon 5DMII, 100mm macro, ISO 100, f/18 at 4 seconds, basic post-processing.

#acadianationalpark #nationalpark #nationalparksphotography #abstractphotography #abstractart #tidepools  
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Could never choose - I love them both! 
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Freelance outdoor photographer and writer, book author, and publisher
Employment
  • 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