Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (September 2017): Michael Shainblum

Fstoppers Photographer of the Month (September 2017): Michael Shainblum

The Fstoppers community is brimming with creative vision and talent. Every day, we comb through your work, looking for images to feature as the Photo of the Day or simply to admire your creativity and technical prowess. In 2017, we're featuring a new photographer every month, whose portfolio represents both stellar photographic achievement and a high level of involvement within the Fstoppers community.<--break-><--break-><--break-><--break-><--break-><--break-><--break->

This month's winner is Michael Shainblum! His work is notable for its impressive compositions, technical mastery, and epic scope. Be sure to check out our favorite shots of his below and give him a follow to see his full portfolio. Shainblum is now in the running for Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year!

How to Be Chosen

Remember, in 2017, we'll be featuring a photographer chosen from the community every month. At the end of the year, the Fstoppers Community Photographer of the Year will be chosen from the 12 monthly winners, with the overall winner getting a tutorial of their choice from the Fstoppers store. Check out the rules to be chosen: 

  1. You must have uploaded an image to your portfolio in the past 30 days to be selected.
  2. For the year-end award, you must have remained active in the Fstoppers community by uploading an image at least once every 60 days.

Note that you may need to refresh your portfolio by deleting your oldest or lowest rated pictures to make room for your most recent work. However, every time a photo in your portfolio is rated an average of 3.5 stars by five or more people, you earn an extra upload! Also, if a photo of yours is selected as the Photo of the Day, you earn an extra upload.

See Past Photographers of the Month

You can see all Photographers of the Month here.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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Congrats, Michael! I'm a big fan of your work, especially your time lapses. Great capture of lightning over San Fran!

Thanks Aneesh, that means a lot!

Outstanding photography....

Thanks Elan!

When you look at these pictures and think: Wow, one day I want to make something like that or better! But then you realize that you have to get better first, save money for your travels and some gear and then think what you can get most out of your travels and then go back to work, because photography is just what you do outside work.

Sounds like you should ditch your current profession for photography.

I should, but I need the money and I love nature, so I cannot go full-time on the nature pictures hunt. I will wait a couple of years and see where it gets me.

Fair. Best of luck!

Thank you, I am young, still, enough, so I will see where the world will take me.

Wow, thank you so much for sharing my work Alex!

Great selection! Everything Michael puts out is breathtaking.