With the Seedsman Photo Cup Spring Prize Draw just a few days away, we thought we would introduce to you our fifth judge, who will be selecting the best entries into the competition so far.
Alongside Paul Stanford, Curtis Taylor, Devin Stein, Chris Romaine and a host of other industry influencers, Sean Moore, a photographer based in Bremerton, WA, will be on the judging panel of the Photo Cup.
A sought-after talent in the industry, Sean – who runs Dankshire Photography – was selected by Seedsman for his talents with the camera, especially because of his breathtaking macro shots.
Tell us about your background?
I was born and raised in Poulsbo, WA, but currently living in Bremerton, WA.
I graduated from Washington State University in 2013 and have had a camera in my hand for as long as I can remember!
Can you explain why and how Dankshire Photography started?
I would say Dankshire got its start on Instagram.
Back in 2014, cannabis had been legal in Washington State for recreational and medical use for years, and I noticed more and more people posting their cannabis imagery to Instagram.
Everyone is sharing what they are smoking, where they got it, with who and when.
I figured I would just do the same, but instead of using my smartphone I would use my DSLR and macro lens. Using these images I was able to catch the eye of a few local medical shops and growers and they invited me out to shoot on site, in their grow rooms and labs.
Eventually the larger companies and magazines started to notice my work I was sharing for these smaller companies and that’s where we are today.
You specialize in Macro photography. What about cannabis makes it so perfect for macro shots?
Cannabis looks awesome and everyone needs to see!
I’ve spent hours gazing through my lens admiring the minute details of the micro alien world found in cannabis and their concentrated forms.
It’s full of textures, shapes, patterns and the closer we look at it, the more complex it becomes!
What will you be looking at from a photography perspective when judging the Seedsman Photo Cup?
I will be mainly looking out for images with sharp details, spectacular colors, or anything that will make me, the judges and the rest of the world go “Oh wow!”
What advice do you have for those who want to enter the Cup but don’t have much professional standard equipment to hand?
Learn how to make the most out of the tools you have! Get creative with what you have on hand!
My favorite light diffuser is a $3 cutting board i got from got from Goodwill.
Sean is one of a number of high-profile influencers who will be judging the winners of the Seedsman Photo Cup 2019.
To get involved, simply head to the Seedsman Photo Cup page and upload your entries now!