Flowers do sleep, and fill niches! :)


posted on 17th of may, 2011

This is my advice, to all the bees on earth:
Don't waste your energy doing your job at night!
First because it's much harder to fly in the dark,
but overall, you'll find lots of flowers closed!

However,
for the photographers who hardly close eyes,
it can really be worth it staying up all night
and bringing your torchlight out..!

That's what I figured out, on my first attempt to photography a very common topic: flowers.

And that's the story I'm about to tell you :)








Flowers are beautiful, and quite photogenic, plus they don't move when wind is nice: Nice!
Yes. The thing is, as a matter of photography, You, and I might not be the first ones to a choose a flower as model!

I tried, submitting a picture of flower, and I thought coming with a special one,
as mine had a cute baby snail exploring its wet petal...









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Still, it seemed not beeing new enough, or my baby snail was too small to be noticed... : Rejected!
I was happy though, to discover a reason of rejection I never encountered before and a good advice:

"We have too many similar images already. Please perform a search on the subject before uploading,
to see what is already online and where to fill niches."










Fill niches! That's a brilliant idea!

I am rather new in submitting my pictures on Dreamstime (first uploads in Jan 2011), and am still in the process
of making tries on every topics (which may not help my sales, but gives me fun! :)

And as I don't have all the time, experience and equipment to compete on standards,
focusing on niches is certainly very good choice!

I didn't want to give up totally on flowers and started to think about what kind of niches could flowers fill,
what lead me to the question: in which situation aren't we used to see flowers?










I then remembered that night we went with my girlfriend to close the big gate outside, somewhere in Normandy,
and surprised a cute bunch of daisyflowers in the middle of sleep!

I already took a snapshot at that time, with the torchlight as only light, and it remained a magical instant!
I found the photo back, but quality wasn't good enough, so I decided to go back, alone in the dark, with camera and torchlight!


Laying on the fresh and already wet ground, I tried myself on some light painting with the torchlight,
and even discovered another magic phenomenom: the dewdrops that form just on top of grass like shiny pearl!










Picture was not accepted at my first try, what gave me another lesson:
if a picture doesn't render totally our intention, it's not always lost,
we can still improve the mood of a picture afterwards
with photoshop (or the gimp, actually :)

That's how I decided to add some stars and a moon, so that we really realize this picture was taken at night,
and give it a surreal mood, like it happens in dreams..!











And... here is my result!

I like it, it makes me very peaceful looking at it.

Someone else already liked it (1 download on first day!), and I want to thank him/her to pick my pic
and give me motivation to write this first blog and continue filling niches! =)

I hope you like it too, and it gives you sweet dreams!









After searching Dreamstime,
I think this picture really was a "niche idea",
because if we find some pictures of flowers at night,
they are all incredibly awake!

Flowers are living beeing and they actually do lots of things!
But they are so slow most of the time, that we tend to forget about it...
Photography is a fantastic tool allowing us to stop the time,
and thus helping us catching the pace of virtually anything, including slow things like flowers..!

So let's slow down a bit, open eyes, and the marvel of nature may overcome our dreams!









Happy dreams, and thank you for reading! :)

- Jean

For more info about flowers sleep:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyctinasty

And a cool idea of making a flower clock, the scientist Carolus Linnaeus got in the early 19th century:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linnaeus%27_flower_clock

Comments (10)

Posted by Voytekj on May 30, 2011
Thank you for sharing..
Posted by freephoton on May 20, 2011
To Digikmer:

Thank you for your message, contrasting this idea of "niche"!

That's true, not all niches are good ones, especially when it comes to sale pictures.
Choosing to target niches here can be risky in terms of acceptance ratio.

The reason why some topics or ideas don't appear is sometimes none of the picture dealing with them got accepted or sold!
But not always: it can still happen nobody ever had the idea, or nobody took the time, or nobody found the appropriate equipment or technique to achieve this picture!

And then, beeing the first coming with it can ensure your pictures great sale if the idea is good, because you won't have so much competition on it yet!

With experience, some intuition, and good technique, I think it's possible to keep a reasonable AR, and still come with different pictures.

There are way more to say about "niches"!

Looking at definition is often helpful and here is what dictionary says:

Niche:
a. A situation or activity specially...(More)
Posted by freephoton on May 20, 2011
To Marilynv: Thank you for making this "man reaching stars" picture! I chose it in a second for this paragraph: very good and catching picture, designers already found it!
Posted by Digikhmer on May 20, 2011
For the "niche" matter, looking for it, is not so secure as well in terms of rejection. As there is background of sales, the rejection reason can be "Image subject is too specific or niche-oriented". I am exploring topics in with I can submit pictures. I learn everyday and try to keep my AR above 50% ;) Un petit bonjour amical du "bas-pays" !
Posted by Marilynv on May 19, 2011
Thank you for choosing one of my images for this! Very creative and fun blog. I like your final image too!
Posted by freephoton on May 18, 2011
Thank you! I really enjoyed writing this first article and am very glad you liked, or even loved it! It was also very fun & interesting to find (or sometimes not totally find) the best pictures that go with it, and see dreamstime from the other side!
Posted by Laqhill on May 18, 2011
I LOVED your article!! And I also loved your final night time picture!! Awesome!!
Posted by Uptall on May 17, 2011
nice pics
Posted by Laurasinelle on May 17, 2011
Nice blog! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Shopartgallerycom on May 17, 2011
Lovely article!



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