Mic-Anthony Hay

Ambassador for Sony, Lowepro, PolarPro & Cotopaxi hello@micanthonyhay.com

Each time I fly over this incredible city I take advantage of my flexible and reliable @sonyalpha setup. It allows me to capture images with incredible dynamic range and resolution. I like using a wide angle zoom lens, so I have the flexibility to crop and resize in post! Camera: Sony A7Riii Lens: Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM ISO: 160 Aperture: f/ 5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/1000 sec #bealpha #alphacollective #sonyalpha #sony
@oswegocountyny and @iloveny recently challenged me to spend the weekend exploring Sandy Island Beach, and Deer Creek Marsh. Both locations are just a 40 minute drive from the town of Oswego! The state of New York has so much more to offer than just the big city. Now go out there and see it! #visitoswegocounty #oswegocounty #iloveny #deercreekmarsh #sandyislandbeach #ad
#MH_STORIES / BEAUTY IN THE DECAY ↓ I watched a soccer game on my phone as a few adventurous friends and I drove in search of a new experience in nature. My favorite team @manchesterunited , didn’t get the win I was hoping for. It drizzled as we arrived at our destination, and my disappointment lingered. The cold wind and rain embraced my skin as I exited the car. However, my dull countenance suddenly transformed into excitement, as I heard the sound of gushing water. It was finally time for a new weekend adventure. This week we were visiting Watkins Glen State Park, which is the first @nystateparks ever constructed. As my friends and I headed down its muddy paths, the sound of running water grew louder. It was a moody fall day, and the wet colorful foliage added another layer to the scene. Most of the leaves from the other trees had already begun falling off. But the evergreen trees showed off their ability to maintain their chlorophyll levels. I still saw beauty in the decay, and stood on a bridge to take this photograph. During the trek I walked a few feet behind the group so I could continue taking photos. Often falling far behind them at each lookout point. I wanted to experience the warm colors on display a little longer each time. The photos would allow me to preserve my observations even longer. . . . Tags: #bealpha #alphacollective #sonyalpha #otvadventures #natgeoadventure #yourshotphotographer #iloveny #ispyny #upstatenewyork #upstateny #fall #nylovesfall #watkinsglenstatepark #watkinsglen #nystateparks @iloveny
#MH_STORYTELLERTIP / TAKE A BREAK ↓ Sometimes my obsession with my creative process, slumps into a period of dullness. I feel uninspired. I don’t like anything that I’m working on in these moments. Depression tries to take control. I want you to know that it’s very common for us as artists to go through these creative ruts. You are not alone. Take some time off, and you will have the ability to resume your projects feeling refreshed! . . . Tags: #bealpha #alphacollective #sonyalpha #otvadventures #sonya9 #natgeoadventure #yourshotphotographer #alaska #lakeclark #motivation
#MH_STORIES / BONDING WITH WOLVES IN CALI↓ In 2017 I attended the first #sonykandotrip in Santa Barbara, California. @sony had a lot planed for those in attendance, and it was meeting the #alphacollective for the first time. I also met two wolves that I bonded with during my time at the event. There names are Damu and Cael and they belong to @projectwildsong. These guys seemed to be everywhere but in front of my camera during the event. I was determined to change that before our last day. I first heard Cael's story, after a sound bath experience in one of the tents at the Kando site. They joined us in a corner of the tent, howling as we listened attentively and meditated. After the exercise, @andyto and I stayed back, hoping to interact with them more. I was stood 6 foot 4 inches over their golden stares, and was quickly advised to get low. I sat on the floor next to them, and they seemed more relaxed. Their trainers told me the story, of how at a young age, Cael was mistreated by a male vet, near the end of his socialization window. This caused him to live in fear of men in particular. This is why I had to stay low assuring him that I was not a threat. It was sad thing to hear their story of animal cruelty, but inspiring to see the success the work the trainers had on them. He actually allowed me to pet him! After that experience I had other activities for the day to attend to. I would have to wait until the morning of our travel day, to photograph my new furry friends. At 5:30am my group and I summited the hill and were soon joined by the majestic Cael and Damu one last time. At the time, I had the @sonyalpha A7Rii and the Sony 24-70mm lens. These photos mean a lot to me, because they represent bravery and strength. It reminds me of the abuse I went through in my childhood and how like these wolves, the help of others allowed me to overcome my fears and struggles. It reminds me to #bealpha . . . Tags: #sonyalpha #sonya7rii #weeklyfluff #yourshotphotographer #earthcapture #wolf #wolves #wolfdog @bbcearth @natgeoyourshot
#MH_STORIES / THE ALASKAN POLAR PLUNGE ↓ I first saw the big blue pool from the helicopter. Hoping to photograph it as soon as we were on the ice. The color was incredible. I put on my crampons and joined the others for our guides direction. I don’t remember being too cold on the ice, i was too busy shivering with excitement. The rumor was that someone wanted to jump in. They wanted to take the polar plunge. With this many photographers around to document such an action, I don’t blame them. I didn’t blame @stanmoniz. Everyone choose a preferred angle to capture the adrenaline fueled stunt. I stood below the hill off to the side with a zoom lens. There was silence. He stood poised on the top of the ice, like Michael Phelps ready to own the day. Is he really going to do this I thought? I was nervous for him. Then like 1...2...3 He jumped. I held the shutter button as tight as I could. For a moment one could here a thousand shutter actions, like a thousand fans cheering him on. I watched as he disappeared for a second or two under the blanket of ice. Then he shot up out of that pool, almost as fast as he plunged in. . . . Tags: #bealpha #alphacollective #sonyalpha #otvadventures #sonya9 #natgeoadventure #camp4pix #yourshotphotographer #alaska #glacier #knikglacier #travelalaska #alaskanadventures
@oswegocountyny and @iloveny recently challenged me to spend the evening watching the sunset, at Sandy Island Beach State Park! Oswego County has some of the best sunsets around, and I enjoy watching them on the shores of Lake Ontario. This slice of paradise is located just a 40 minutes away from the town of Oswego. I found walking on its sandy surface much easier than the slippery rocks I’m used to closer to town! #visitoswegocounty #oswegocounty #iloveny #sandyislandbeach #ad
#MH_QUESTIONS / WHAT IS THE BIGGEST NATIONAL PARK IN THE UNITED STATES? Photo of me by: @unsinkablesca You can find the top 5 parks listed by me in the comments below. Leave one as well, letting me know if you guessed the right answer! ↓ . . . Tags: #bealpha #alphacollective #sonyalpha #otvadventures #sonya7riii #natgeoadventure #camp4pix #yourshotphotographer #arizona #adventure #horseshoebend #arizonahiking #roam247 #roam
@oswegocountyny and @iloveny recently challenged me to spend the weekend exploring Deer Creek Wildlife Management Area! Oswego County has so much more to offer than just Lake Ontario, and spectacular sunsets. I spent the evening wandering along the dune walk, and exploring the marsh area. I even met a few fishermen at some of the docks along this winding waterway. As much as I have enjoyed traveling abroad, it’s good to know that there are amazing opportunities for adventure nearby. Explore where you can. #visitoswegocounty #oswegocounty #iloveny #deercreekmarsh #ad
#MH_UNFILTEREDMOMENTS / OSWEGO NEW YORK ↓ I make an effort to come here each weekend, to establish my goals for the upcoming week. The sun paints a beautiful light show on Lake Ontario most of the time. I reflect on the mistakes I made last week. The more my character is tested, the wiser and stronger I become. Remember to make time for yourself today. . . . Tags: #bealpha #sonyalpha #iamatraveler #tlpicks #oswegostate #iloveny #ispyny #newyork #nys #newyorkexplored #visitcny #sunyoswego #exploreny #upstatenewyork #upstateny #thisisupstate #alphacollective #lonelyplanet #livebravely #oswego #lakeontario #getoutstayout #beautifuldestinations #sunset #feedyouradventure
I only had a prime lens on me, when I went on a last minute road trip along the Monterey coast. However, I enjoyed the creative challenge of utilizing the only lens i had to get the shot! I trust my A7Riii in these circumstances, because it’s sensor really makes a huge difference in results. It’s 42.4 megapixel files allow me to crop the images in post, without loosing any noticeable quality. Camera: @sonyalpha A7Riii Lens: @sony FE 28mm F2 ISO: 100 F /5.6 1/1000 sec #bealpha #alphacollective #sonyalpha #sonya7riii #sonya7r3 #sony28mmf2
#MH_STORYTELLERTIP / CPL FILTER MAGIC ↓ I hiked almost halfway down into the Grand Canyon, with the @sonyalpha #alphacollective . After hiking back to the top, I wandered off alone to catch my breath. I sat here for a few minutes, taking this in view one last time. The cool winds flowing through the Grand Canyon’s channels, nullified the humidity in the area. The sun painted warm colors on massive walls of the canyon, but the bright sunlight made them hard to see. I was delighted that I brought a CPL filter with me that day. “CPL” stands for Circular Polarizer/ Linear. This filter changes the way your camera sees light, and can reduce reflections and glare in most circumstances. Most importantly for the case of this image, it has the ability to change the vibrancy of some colors in photos! On a bright day such as this one, the CPL filter helped me capture images that were not overexposed. It transformed the bland sky into one filed with beautiful blue shades of color. Although the wind provided cool air, it would also blow dust everywhere during our adventure. So by having this filter on my 16-35mm lens, it protected my lens from any damage to the glass. Do you use filters on your DSLR or mirrorless lenses? . . . Tags: #bealpha #sonyalpha #otvadventures #thegrandcanyon #grandcanyon #arizona #grandcanyonsouthrim #arizonahiking #natgeoadventure #beautifuldestinations #theweekoninstagram #camp4pix
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