Hi, welcome to my photography blog, I’m glad you stopped by.  I write this blog to chronicle the various photography projects I am working on.

I was honored to have this photo featured on Freshly Pressed:

ISO 800 195mm f/6.3 1/250

ISO 800 195mm f/6.3 1/250

As seen on Freshly Pressed

And this photo included in an article on Fox Sports:

Featured in an article written by Anna McDonald on Fox Sports.

Featured in an article written by Anna McDonald on Fox Sports.

Big League Chew Oral History

Currently based in England, I’ve been active in the St. Louis Missouri Camera Club.  Here are a few images that have placed in competitions sponsored by them:

I would appreciate constructive comments on my photos I have written about on my blog.  Some of my posts include information about how I took the image and edited it.  I also post many of my nature photos.

I’m also on Flickr and Twitter, so feel free to visit me there.  My images are available for sale on Picfair.

I appreciate your visit.


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  1. photobach says:


    I am French and amateur photographer and would like to share my blog which iswww.photobach.wordpress.com, I post pictures of street in black and white,landscapes and wildlife pictures.
    I hope you enjoy your visit and do not hesitate to leave comments and put the pictures like if you like.
    If the photos you like, you can you subscribe to my blog to be notified of newpost.

    See you soon I hope, cordially.

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  2. Thanks for dropping by to visit Hanuman and his family. I must say you lucked into the most magnificent position to take your whale tail … magnificent! My close encounter, he was spinning on his tail, nose to the sky:) I don’t know if you saw it – I posted it for the Oceans challenge a few weeks ago.


  3. I like your video but I still don’t know who or where you are. You kindly stopped by my About page in response to the About page 201: Meat Grinder post so I’m returning the favour. Your promise of explanations of the editing process appeals to me so I’ll look out for those.


    • Thanks for your constructive comments I appreciate the feedback. I really like the look of your blog, so I am going to work on a few things on my layout based on what I like about yours. I have most often stopped by and seen your work on the wordpress weekly photo challenge and the travel theme. You do really nice work.


      • Thank you for the compliments! I’ve recently changed the theme and layout of my blog so I’m really pleased that you think it works well. If you have any suggestions for things that still need tweaking, please let me know. I look forward to seeing your new look!


  4. Linda says:

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Leibster Blog Award. Your photography is really stunning and the blog is visually very exciting. I hope more people will discover and enjoy the blog through this nomination.You can see the nomination and more information about the award on my blog at http://mayandseptember.wordpress.com/2013/01/08/my-first-awards/. I hope it will encourage others to enjoy your blog. Please don’t feel obligated to do the full acceptance unless its something you would enjoy.


  5. Hi. I just found your blog (thanks for liking a photo that I put up on my blog) and wanted to let you know that I think it’s great. I especially like that you take the time to discuss the process and technique of a photo. As someone who is interested in photography and enjoys learning new things this is very helpful. Thanks for the great work!


  6. My Tropical Home says:

    Awesome stuff! Thanks for the like on my blog. I got my DSLR only late last year and I have lots to learn. I will be coming back for some more to learn from you. I’m not sure if I’m in any position to comment on your stuff, being a very very amateur photographer 😉



  7. lensaddiction says:

    Saw a comment you made about visiting NZ in Wheres My Backpack and thought I would drop by, I got my first proper DSLR just over 4 years ago and like you I started blogging about learning photography when I got it, to try and save my sanity and maybe learn something along the way. Well done with your efforts, I can clearly see what you are showing and also that you are having fun 🙂


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  9. Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my photo challenge post. I hope you can visit again some time. I look forward to seeing more of your interpretations.


  10. Afternoon! Just wanted to thank you for liking my Bus Station : Background photo for this week’s challenge. I will have a look through your work now. Have a lovely weekend! 🙂


  11. stephanieliselamoureux says:

    The Daily Post Weekly photo challenged has inspired me to try my hand at photography. I only have a regular Sony camera and mostly take my shots with my iPhone, what kind of camera do you use? What inspired you to pursue photography? Me I’m just a burst of creative energy and so far I’m having so much fun self-teaching myself. By-the-way great blog!


    • Thanks for the compliment and your visit. I have a Canon 50D, Canon Powershot Elph, and an iPhone. I use all of them, it just depends on the situation. I’ve always liked doing something “creative”, and photography just happens to be the latest evolution of that. One of the reasons I love digital though is that I can experiment at a pretty low cost. If you haven’t found it yet, I like this site as a basic source of info and ideas: http://digital-photography-school.com I like the photo challenges here at WordPress as well. The one WordPress runs is the largest, but several other photographers run smaller ones that are worth checking out as well. All the best to you!


      • stephanieliselamoureux says:

        Thanks for the tips! I’m planning on getting a better camera, I read Digital Cameras | Olympus are good, looking into it will let you know. Keep up the good work with your blog! (--〆)


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  14. I am Glad that you came by my blog and liked my Post providing me the opportunity to get to your Blog and that mean a lot as I can learn from you.. 🙂
    Thank You.. 😀


  15. Hi, I realli have enjoyed wandering through your site. I am explore photography more these days from the camera phone view. I like to take pictures of my food and you have given me some good pointers on compasition. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your world. I hope you’ll drop by again.


  16. Hi – glad I found your blog – and the gravatar photo you use for this blog (little girl with hat) is one of the cutest little girls I have ever seen – and I still smile each time I see that adorable face with scrunched nose!! 🙂


    • Thanks and I’m glad you found my blog as well, as I have enjoyed my visits to yours. That photo is me and honestly just about every picture of me that exists of me under 5 I am making a face of some kind. This one just because I was looking into the sun though 🙂


  17. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may find something of your interest.

    Happy New Year !!!!!!! and best wishes for you in 2014 🙂


  18. Hi there, Your blog has a very smart appearance. I don’t know very much at all about photography. Although I do try to think about about how to frame a shot, but not necessarily achieving the outcome I intended. The information you share about how you’ve achieved the photo is very helpful to a novice like me.


    • Thank you for taking the time to look around and comment, I do appreciate it. I enjoy writing out my process, just because it helps me think about what it is I am doing, and what I might want to try differently in the future. I’m glad you find it helpful.


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  21. I love your blog. I wanted to recommend it to more people via the Blogger Recognition Award. I know not everyone participates in the awards system, and if you don’t, I completely understand. But you can find the details at http://wp.me/p6s2CE-8i if you’re interested. Either way, please take it as a sign of my regard for your site!


  22. I can see why your photo was freshly pressed, it’s absolutely beautiful and it tugs on the emotions. Are they robins? American robins are a bit different from ours in the UK.


    • Hi, thanks for your visit, I just took a minute to scroll through your blog, I’ll take a deeper look in a few minutes, but it looks really nice. Here is a link to the St. Louis Camera Club:http://www.stlcameraclub.com They have a lot going on, it’s a pretty big club with regular meetings on Wednesday Sept-May approximately. You are more than welcome to attend a few meetings before deciding if you would like to join.


  23. Congratulations on the Freshly Pressed distinction! I also had one of my posts selected for Freshly Pressed – when I first started blogging, actually – and it was really fun to receive the recognition. I appreciate that you took the time to share your thoughts on a couple of my posts recently. I like the refresh on your blog! Kudos!


      • And thank you on my end as well. I really enjoy your images, and your expression of what it took to create those images. In my case, I got this Freshly Pressed honor relatively soon after starting to blog, but I think it was because the photo in the challenge was so odd that people had a hard time making something of it. I used a humor-satirical approach, and I think it happened to strike the editors well. No second occurrence since, and that’s okay! 🙂


  24. You’ve got a wonderful pair of eyes, I must say! glanced through the pix here; enjoyed a lot! thanks for sharing! Felt really glad for you stopped by my blog and liked a post! Thank you so much! 🙂


  25. Wow, what an honour to be able to browse through photos taken with such talent, warmth and precision! 😀

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking one of my photos……truly made my day! 😀


  26. Margy says:

    I’m enjoying your England photos. We lived south of London for two years before moving on to Qatar for a few years, then back to Canada. I didn’t have a particularly good film camera when we were overseas – digital cameras hadn’t happened yet. Your photos are helping me to remember all the pictures I didn’t get!


  27. Amy S. says:

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my weekly photo challenge. 🙂 I checked out your and I was very amazed and impressed for your beautiful site! Keep up the good work!


  28. Justin McAfee says:

    Hi Maranto,

    My name is Justin and I have been looking through your blog. I love your photos! But I must say I love the hot air balloon photo with the contrasting stormy clouds as my favorite. Did you make the photo an HDR?

    I just started a website for beginner photographers, and have written a couple of blog posts to get me started. I would love some feedback if you have a chance to take a look. Here’s a link if you have a chance to check it out: jusmcafee.com/on-location/

    I thought my articles might resonate with your readers. This weekend, I’m doing a deep dive into posing for portraits for my subscribers. If you are interested, I could write a version especially for your readers as a guest post. Let me know if you would be interested.



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