Freelance photographer based in Denver, offering portrait, editorial and event photography, stock licensing and photo restoration and retouching.

My portfolio is online at http://www.calanan.com/

And I've got a daily photoblog running at http://blog.calanan.com/ - you can subscribe to its RSS feed here

I have an ongoing project of taking photos while driving, inspired by NYC photographer/cabbie, David Bradford. Here are some of my favorite photos from my Drive-By Shootings series:

.f is for felonious.
[Salt Lake City, UT]

.m is for malfeasance.
[Salt Lake City, UT]

.v is not always for vendetta.
[Salt Lake City, UT]

Little Green Bag
[Buffalo, NY]

By then, penitence comes so easily
[Buffalo, NY]

"Chance of Rain"
[Buffalo, NY]

March of the light brigade
[Buffalo, NY]

There are so many talented photographers on Flickr who inspire me...taking a stroll through my favorites will both introduce you to some of them and give you an insight into what my eye finds interesting.

Finally, here's my Scout Thingy:

calanan. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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    jakerome says:

    "Is it possible that I have yet to write a testimonial for the ridiculously talented calhoon calanalanan calanan? Mike has a keen eye for photography, and his dedication to the craft is matched only by his generosity in spirit as he helps other photographers take better pictures. Calanan is always learning new tricks, such as creating his own custom pin-hole camera "lens," scanning his own face and taking the definitive picture of the run-away bride. A trendsetter in social networking, Calanan has more friends on Twitter and Facebook than you can shake a stick at. A true talent & a good friend, I can highly recommend calanalanalanan for all your photography needs!"

    30th April, 2009

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    JeremyHall says:

    "I wouldn't say Mike is a breath of fresh air, because I try not to smell him :) Mike is a riot to have along on any photo walk and he always has a knack for coming out with the best shots of the outing. Mike's creative thought process is evident in the variety and style of shots. You can bank on him finding the unique perspective and high quality output of a pro, and the drive of a true photo enthusiast."

    28th July, 2008

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    tephdra says:

    "Mike has a way of turning the ordinary into the extraordinary. I always enjoy his photos and his different photo "projects". In the three seconds that I talked to him, he also seemed darn nice too. Maybe that's why he seems to pop up in so many other's photostreams from time to time. Good stuff."

    25th July, 2008

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    Anthony Posey SIR:Poseyal Kinght of Desposyni says:

    "has an evil wit and sense of humor . but is wonderful"

    7th July, 2008

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    JocelynneB says:

    "Michael is one of the most amazing photographers I've ever seen! I love his unique perspectives and eye for what makes great photos. I'm always inspired by his work!"

    29th May, 2008

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    .K says:

    "Mike is a pretty brilliant photographer. I have to stop myself from going through his entire stream and faving every single shot. I don't want to look like a freak, y'know?

    Someday, I'll be half as good as him and rock the western world.

    oh and by the way -- *POKE*"

    24th April, 2008

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    ZL - Limits & boundaries says:

    "Calanan is hott.

    That's really all I have to say."

    15th March, 2008

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    keksofant - Ann-Kathrin Koch says:

    "I don't think anyone calls him Cal."

    28th February, 2008

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    o! patric says:

    "he looks cold in his icon i hope he gets to a warmer climate"

    14th February, 2008

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    carwax (if you see Kay) says:

    "Cally is considered a rare, hidden gem in Flickrville...he possesses a exotic combination of talent, skill and knowledge.
    I am consistently amazed at his work and only wish someday I will be as talented as him."

    14th February, 2008

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    xooorx says:

    "Calanan. Calanan. Does whatever a calan can."

    9th November, 2007

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    smoothdude says:

    "Calhoon's man walking on Carlton ave might be one of my favorite photos on flickr. Calnoon also takes some great stuff from his car, very impressive. Oh and he's friendly and helps me with technical questions and I help him with legal advice (which he seems to have a lot of questions about all the time).

    Public urination charges are easy to get out of the first 3 times.. after that...well."

    9th November, 2007

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    ♥ Nat hamlin says:

    "If Man Ray were alive today, he'd be taking lessons from Calanan.

    Calanan's photos are quite orgasmic as well.


    9th November, 2007

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    Dshalock® Libertarian Emperor of America says:

    "When I first encountered Calanan on Dagobah, I kind of thought I Yoda had slipped me a micky and I had hallucinated the entire incident. But since Jakerome has seen him in real life he must be real. Calanan makes me want to be a better photographer."

    8th November, 2007

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    jkhendricks says:

    "Calanan's sense of humor translates to his photography.....a keen eye for the frailness of everyday life is not easy to translate, but he does it with the greatest of ease.........JKH"

    31st August, 2007

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    ♥ shhexy corin ♥ says:

    "A-ha! Now I know why Calanan added me as a contact, so I could write him a testimonial.

    I do love a man with brains.

    I worship Calanan."

    22nd July, 2007

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    Pig Sty Avenue says:

    "He takes great photos (no, really), has cool iconatars, lives in a place named after an endangered herbivore, and owns a D50. That'll do for me."

    22nd July, 2007

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    slowbiex says:

    "amazing pictures but one wonders how smart a person really is that goes to SLC by choice."

    22nd July, 2007

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    ☻M€rcỲ☺ says:

    "Mike's street photography has a starkness to it that really reminds me of how human we all really are. Beautifully clean with a lot of soul."

    21st July, 2007

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    Stevie-B says:

    "Over the past (TIME PERIOD) I have come to regard (USERNAME) not so much as a friend, but more as someone I've never met. He/she* (Delete as applicable) is a true and trusted e-cquaintance."

    21st July, 2007

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    sweet distin says:

    "I love Mike.
    And his photos aren't bad either.

    In fact if there was an automatic fave button I'd have mine jammed on for every single one.
    His colours are to die for and I've only just discovered his drive by set which has no right to be so damned good.
    His pictures are both personal (see the beautiful Manray) and engaging and you can't help but feel happier for visiting.
    You rock Mike!!!"

    22nd February, 2007

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    birdcage says:

    "Mike is the king of the drive-by and ride-by shot, and he sure knows how to get the most of out of some great vintage gear. Always a joy to see what he's come up with next."

    15th December, 2006

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    easyrusset says:

    "Every image tells a story. Mike captures moments in time perfectly. Beautiful framing, excellent timing, rich vibrant colours.
    Very talented and an absolute joy to view."

    23rd November, 2006

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    Phazeman says:

    "What is Photography for us, the regular people, living our simple (or complicated) lives on earth ? It's simple.. it's our way to express ourselves.. to show the world what do we think/feel about anythig in the world... some do it better, some worse, some do it the most expressive way, some just take home snapshots... I've seen one of Calanan's photos on the "Most interestingness on last 7 days" page and completely felt in love with his way to show us what does he see through the viewfinder. It's just shown in a simple, understandable and beutifull way. Thanks you very much for sharing this !"

    17th October, 2006

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    Cynthia's Stepmom says:

    "Hi time someone said something complimentary about you and the photographs you have published.
    There is no way I can thank you enough for the works from the Adams, Hoskins wedding."

    29th September, 2006

October 2005
Niagara Falls, NY
I am:
Male and Taken
Calanan Photography