Mickey Shannon is a photographer, videographer, photo educator and marketing guru based on the prairies of Kansas. His passion for landscape photography developed out of a love for nature and travel during many trips to the Colorado Rockies at a younger age.
From a fiery red sunset over the Flint Hills of Kansas to deep turquoise waters in the lakes of Switzerland, color is an important aspect of his images. In the majority of his photographs, he attempts to see how nature’s vibrance fits into the color wheel to create aesthetically pleasing images. He thrives for images that have a sense of the majestic and bold. Whether that be the vivid colors of nature’s sunrise over the ocean, the busy life of a cityscape or the Milky Way rising above the mountains. Some of the best light available to a photographer can be found after dark. The sense of awe at the Milky Way or a beautiful star-trail scene are primary focus points in his time-lapse and night-time work.
Mickey’s photography has been collected by print customers throughout the world. His work has also been published worldwide a number of magazines, guides and other publications including KLM’s Holland Herald, KANSAS! Magazine, Visit Wichita Official Visitor’s Guide, Kansas Visitor’s Guide and more. His images have also been licensed by a wide variety of clients. In addition, his images have won a number of awards in recent times. He was a finalist in the Smithsonian Channel’s Arial America photo contest in 2011 and more recently, he won the KLM airline’s monthly contest in June 2016 for the theme “Night”. He was also shortlisted in the USA Landscape Photographer of the Year award in the autumn of 2016.
Not only is Mickey a landscape photographer, but he also provides services to businesses and individuals that need help with photography services, social media, websites and videos and films, including time-lapses and aerial footage from drones. He enjoys helping to create marketing campaigns revolving around gorgeous imagery and video. He also provides photo workshops and instructional videos for those hoping to learn how to master landscape photography as well!
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Over the course of my photography career, I've been lucky enough to shoot with three major brands. I started out in 2008 with a Nikon D80. After an unfortunately fight with a small creek in Colorado back in 2010, the D80 was put to rest and I upgraded to a Canon 5D Mark II. The 5DM2 served me very well until I made the jump over to a Sony a7R II in early 2016. Since then, I've been shooting almost exclusively with the Sony a7R II, taking advantage of it's large format and high dynamic range. While I'm a firm believer that a great photograph is made by a great photographer far more than the camera itself, it never hurts to have great tools at your expense to create your art.
While I may use a Sony a7R II camera system, I still use my Canon lenses to shoot with. I own a MetaBones adapter to connect my Canon lenses to my a7R II. I mainly shoot wide angle scenes, so the lens I shoot most with is a Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens. When shooting even wider, especially for night scenes that encompass a lot of the Milky Way or a large star trail scene, I sometimes work with my Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC Lens. If I need to get closer in on a subject or scene, I will also borrow a few of my wife's lenses, such as the Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM.
In early 2017, I jumped into the drone scene to start taking aerial photos and video. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro seemed to be a great drone to start with, and so I shoot with it exclusively when I'm out shooting and filming aerial shots and video. It allows me to get high quality 4K video and large images of awesome subject from unique angles that weren't possible with just my camera before.
I also jumped into timelapse film work in early 2017. I dove head first into this new venture by picking up a Dynamic Perception Sapphire Pro + Stage One PLUS Slider System with NMX Controller to camera stunning timelapse videos of the Milky Way, sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls and more. Read more about this work on the video page. I also use a Timelapse +VIEW in some situations where I need to capture large changes in light during a timelapse video.
You will almost never find me without my camera attached to a tripod when shooting. I use a few different tripods currently. For light-weight, compact travel, I use a MeFOTO GlobeTrotter Blue Tripod. It's light-weight and small enough to fit into a carry-on bag when flying, yet sturdy enough to shoot night scenes in most situations! When I need something a little more rugged, I go back to my trusty Induro Carbon Fiber Tripod with a Slik Pan/Tilt head that I've been using since 2009. In addition to my tripods I also use a few intervalometers, both wired and wireless.
I have won a number of awards and contests with my work over the years. A few years ago, Aerial America ran a photo contest. I placed as a semi-finalist with my image titled "Kepeer of the Plains Lightning Bolt". In June of 2016, my image titled "Prairie Trail Milky Way" won the June 2016 KLM Airlines Night Theme Photo Competition. A little later, in the fall of 2016, I was contacted about being shortlisted in the 2016 USA Landscape Photographer of the Year for my image titled "Waimea Canyon Rainbow".
My work has been published both nationally and internationally. I have had images published in magazines and print pieces such as the Holland Herald, numberous Official Kansas Visitor's Guides, a few Visit Wichita guides and others. Here is a selection of a few:
First, all of my photography can be purchased right here on my website. It's pretty simple. Just select the photo gallery you're interested in. Click the photo you're interested in, choose the size and options you're interested in. When you're done adding what you want to the cart, visit the cart page.
If you'd like to see physical examples of my work, I have it on display at a few locations. Those locations are listed below:
Towne East Square
7700 E Kellogg Dr
Wichita, KS 67207
L'image, across from the Men's Warehouse on the northeast corner of Towne East Square currently has a few books of my work on display in their store-front. They can print any of my images with or without a number of framing or mounting options. They are also the ones that do the wood mounting I offer here on my website.
CityArts Gift Shop
334 N. Mead
Wichita, KS 67202
I always try to keep a few images up in the gift shop at CityArts. Most of these images are usually that of Kansas and Wichita. My shots of the Keeper of the Plains and the rest of Kansas tend to be showcased year round here.
Carriage Factory Art Gallery
128 E 6th St
Newton, KS 67114
On average, I usually keep about 6-8 of my images up at Carriage Factory Art Gallery in Newton, Kansas. On occasion I will rotate out some of the images to keep fresh. Currently, they house mostly shots of the Keeper of the Plains from Wichita, Kansas.
The modern abolitionist movement is a great passion of mine. Sadly, throughout much of the world, slavery is alive and well. From the poorest of third-world countries, to the superpowers of western civilization, human trafficking, many of which are children, is a terrible plague on humanity.
That's where Fotos4Freedom comes into play. What started as an art show has grown into an important part of my business. There are many wonderful charity organizations out there that fight trafficking, both locally and internationally. In 2012, I decided to do an art show called Fotos4Freedom. This was the kickoff for this program. I put all my photography up for sale, and gave some of the profit of the show to ICT S.O.S., a local charity working to fight trafficking in my hometown of Wichita, Kansas.
However, the idea for the program is much larger than a simple art show. For every photo I sell on this website, a donation is made to charities that fight human trafficking. Each photograph on this website has a charity attached to it. For the most part, the charity attached to that photograph either works in the region the photograph was taken or is based out of that area. For example, ICT S.O.S., based out of and working in Wichita Kansas is attached to all of the photography in the Wichita, Kansas gallery. The galleries from Europe have charities that are based in or work in Europe attached to them and so on. I hope to travel much more and support charities all around the world.