Patrick McGuirk

Patrick McGuirk @patrickmcguirkphotos

31, ENFP. St. Louis, MO, USA. 100 lbs lost. Self taught in photography. a6000 & Canon. Mental health enthusiast. AMA

I tried holding up my student ID while I took the pic but it didn't turn out so I uploaded it separately. The ID photo was taken in fall 2014 and I lost 70 pounds since then which works out since I lost 70 pounds in the last 2 years, so the math should add up to 100. It's amazing how much a 100 pound weight loss can do for you. . . . . #weightloss #weight #100lbs #100pounds #health #mentalhealth #bipolar #bipolardisorder #adhd #aspergers #depression #love #selflove #selfcare #me #selfie #story
My brother in law orders fireworks online and we go to the field by his house and watch them every 4th of July. I took this with a 10 second exposure and I couldn't help getting some of the full moon glare in the photo. But it looks nice. . . . #fireworks #explosion #4th #4thofjuly #longexposure #lights #summer #summertime #holiday #usa #america # #independence #sonyalpha #a6000 #photography #igdaily #instadaily #picoftheday #photooftheday
HDR photo right before fireworks. I took this photo without a tripod and I initially wanted to get a long exposure HDR but that wasn't possible. Still, it's a pretty good photo! #hdr #hdr_lovers #hdrphotography #hdr_of_our_world #scenic #cloud #cloudy #cloudporn #stl #stlouis #missouri #july #4th #summer #a6000 #sonyalpha #red #purple #night #evening #patrickmcguirkphotos
This is the most sophisticated selfie anyone has ever taken. I had my friend hold my #a6000 and I connected my #galaxys7 via wireless tethering and used the remote shutter app downloaded from #googleplay to take this photo of myself with my sexy trout fishing hat and awesome glow bracelet. Sometimes I surprise myself with my #creativity and #genius
What do I call this one? Hmm... This of course is one of my favorite photos because there was no post processing that went into it other than just putting a vignette around it. It was all done in camera. That's right, I'm just that good. I put my f/stop as high as it would go, my shutter speed to 1/1000, and my ISO to 100. Beautiful. . . . #sun #sunset #orange #settingsun #sunporn #walking #evening #yellow #sunphotography #sunset_hub #sunset_ig #scenic #scenery #sonyalpha #a6000 #straightoutofcamera #noediting #practice #awesome #photooftheday #picoftheday #igdaily #bipolar #mentalhealth #outdoors #horizon #love #hobby
Fireworks taken last year! I call this one "Dancing Hearts". I picture 2 hearts holding onto each other and doing a waltz and then ending with a spicy tango and salsa. I hope to do some better shots this year. I'm going to be uploading some more shots every day until the 4th. To take these I do the @tonynorthrup method of opening the shutter while the firework goes up and when it's over I put a hat on top of the lens until it clicks back off. I do it in 10 second intervals because it takes a long time to write the image to the memory card. . . #firework #fireworks #splosions #red #heart #love #night #july #4th #fourth #celebration #sonyalpha #a6000 #Photographyhealsme #soul #picoftheday #photooftheday #lights #bright #spicy #4thofjuly #mirrorless #nighttime #awesomesauce
My conversation with a friend tonight inspired this. So before you begin reading, follow @theself.love.diet or you're not allowed to continue. The trees are how I learned to take photos. Photography is how I lost weight. Weight loss is how I learned to battle my demons rather than just succumb to them. There's something to be said about a person who puts aside 3 years of his life to a cause that he doesn't know will amount to anything in the end. I lost 100 pounds. Very few men will ever know the fight that has to be waged to succeed in losing 100 pounds. People talk about a weight loss journey. My journey was a war. My body, my mind, my brain, my greatest tool I have, fought me every step of the way. My bipolar disorder got worse in that time. I had to increase medication that makes you gain weight. I failed constantly. But I grinded that out for 3 years. And here I am. There is something masculine about my struggle. Something primal. It forces you to confront your biggest insecurities and in the end it tears you down to your most vulnerable form and you have to build yourself up from there. Nature is earth's most vulnerable form and you find out what you truly are when you walk through the trees, alone, with your camera around your neck, asking it to give you something to shoot. So here I was, at Pickle Springs Missouri, October 2015. 60 pounds lost at that point, and I saw this trail. I took out my new wide angle lens and I took an HDR shot of it. And it turned out like... this. Don't tell me there's no beauty in struggle. I intend on losing 50 more pounds and the thing about me is that I don't quit. I'll spend another 3 years if I have to.
Widescreen 16:9 desktop background of some flowers I took last year. I made this into a desktop background. The hardest part about these is that I have to remember, when I'm taking the photo, that the sides matter a lot more than in a normal photo. People will be looking at the sides a lot as they navigate their desktop. So I always have to be mindful of that. . . . #widescreen #flower #blossoms #flowery #photosofflowers #flowerphotos #flowerphotography #flowersofinstagram #igflowers #flowerstagram #instadaily #sonyalpha #a6000 #mirrorless #hdr #background #awesome #awesomesauce #goofy #hobby #love #picoftheday #phptooftheday #blue #white #trees #spring
My go to camera, the Sony #a6000 is a compact, interchangeable lens camera that, at $500 for the body, can surprisingly compete with $1000 DSLRs in features and image quality. It's a mirrorless camera which means there's an electronic viewfinder and monitor on the back rather than a prism viewfinder that defines SLR. Many people would still use a DSLR for action or wildlife photography but for me, I don't do much of that and this thing works great for portraits and landscapes. Mirrorless cameras are becoming increasingly popular with wedding and model photography as they give you much better live views at much lower cost. You can see exactly how your shots are going to turn out before you shoot which means less trial and error. One of the drawbacks of these is that Sony has fewer native lenses so if you want to do very wide angle or very zoomed photos, you need an adapter and a third party lens. Famous HDR photographer @treyratcliff uses a Sony #a7rii which will be my next camera.
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. That's a theme we live with in this world. This photo is for someone who had a bad day today and she knows who she is. #sky #hdr #hdr_lovers #clouds #skyporn #cloudporn #trees #evening #winter #cold #lifeless #goodandbad #peoplesuck #goodpeople #blue #orange #sonyalpha #a6000 #photooftheday #picoftheday #photography #walking #feelbetter
Sunrays coming through the clouds. I took this on a nighttime walk in January when the foliage was gone and I could walk into the field at the top of my neighborhood. I have a lot of great sunset shots in my neighborhood that I might upload soon. Stay tuned. #sunset #sunset_hub #scenic #scenery #hdr #hdrphotography #hdr_lovers #sun #clouds #sky #skyporn #winter #january #midwest #stl #stlouis #missouri #sonyalpha #a6000 #walking #neighborhood #wildwood #instadaily #picoftheday #photooftheday #orange #blue #night
My doge
A bulldozer sits at the top of my neighborhood ready to construct, or should I say destruct, anything in its way. They started construction in January and all I have heard for 5 months is "Beep beep beep... CRASH... beep beep beep." Not a good sensory experience at all. So I decided to take a photo of it. I call this one "Get out" #hdr #hdr_lovers #hdrphotography #bulldozer #yellow #january #winter #trees #orange #construction #annoyance #sensory #autism #sonyalpha #a6000 #picoftheday #photooftheday #photography #igdaily #neighborhood #destruction #woods #alldaylong #hatethis #sensoryoverload
Press for sound. I just got a new 50mm f1.8 lens and this is how fast my a6000 shoots at 1/500. The aperture is wide open. 11 fps!
Cheese!... is what he was yelling here #nephew #uncle #canon #50mm #love #kids #photography
It wouldn't be fair to show all these photos of my niece if I didn't share a photo of the Ginger Wonder. Brendan "Let's get ready to rumble" James loves strawberries and when I told him to do something funny for the camera he put the whole thing in his mouth. #nephew #uncle #strawberry #ginger #canon #50mm #photography #kids #love #photooftheday #picoftheday
Sophie last fall when she got her ears pierced. The piercings closed back up so she wants to get them pierced again. #family #niece #uncle #beautiful #love #fall #warm #photography #canon #50mm #girl #justunclethings #picturetime #kids #picoftheday #photooftheday
I'm sharing a few photos of my niece with her permission. I don't coach her at all, these are all her own poses. She's a great model! #family #niece #love #canon #photography #uncle #picoftheday #photooftheday #colorful #soft #bokeh
I was tagged by @iam_who_iam_who_iam to share some stuff some stuff some stuff with you guys so here goes. . 1. I lost 100 pounds, taught myself photography, cooking, computers, and how to write and graduated with a graduate degree all in 3 years. Photography was just on a whim. . 2. I have a BA in psychology and an MA in educational psychology. I plan on earning my 2nd MA in educational technology to help make assistive tech for children with disabilities. . 3. I love cheeseburgers and I try to recreate many restaurant burgers on the grill. . 4. I'm a huge extravert but I have social anxiety. Go figure. . 5. I treat others how I want to be treated. And I actually try to live by that. . Extra. I'm a loyal and devoted friend and I kinda expect that in return even though that's not always realistic. I'm an idealist that way. . I want to throw it now to @eimmas88 tell us 5 things about you. . #fountain #wideangle #colorful #missouri #stl #stlouis #me #5facts #canon #myself #self #loyalty #hobby #weightloss #health #weight #garden #water #drops #summer #bipolar #adhd #autism #adhd #picoftheday #photooftheday #hdr
@_awe_struck_ this is the best I can do with my 50mm. Yours is better (y'all need to check out her page btw) I had to crop this down a bunch and I think with my 10 year old Canon 40D, most of the image is lost in resolution purgatory. Oh well. #dandelion #flower #white #sharp #summer #photography #canon #clarity #upcloseandpersonal #awesomesauce #amazeballs #areyoureadingmytags #Imthebest #editing