I recently joined my wife on a trip to Las Vegas at the end of June. She attended a conference at Mandalay Bay Resort and Conference Center and I tagged along for the fun.
Each morning I'd join her for a walk down to the conference center, say goodbye and then start out to explore the Las Vegas Strip and take photographs.
Las Vegas is a very unique place. An adult playground where typical society norms are tossed aside and replaced by a new more permissive set which includes drinking at all hours, relaxed attitudes toward sex, and of course spending money. Once you get off the plane you can hear this giant sucking sound that is created by the offerings of Las Vegas and its powerful effect on ones wallet. Food, drink, gambling, shows,...
It seems like the summer season has just begun - cookouts, swimming, hiking, theme parks, gardening, vacations and just relaxing. Summer is here perhaps in our reality but for designers most are already working on fall and winter themes.
One tip off was a recent trip to a craft store this past weekend found that they had Thanksgiving fabric and craft supplies out already! Now when do you think those products were designed? Probably a year and half before their intended use.
Some recent sales from my portfolio indicate that many buyers are working on fall (apple picking) and Halloween themes (gross eyeballs). It certainly is hard to get in the mood to create Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas images in the middle of summer...
My most willing, cute, undemanding, loyal and easy going model is on the mend after being attacked by a large dog while hiking last Sunday.
It happened on the summit of a local small mountain, Mt. Cube which is a two mile hike from the base. We had been subjected to this other large golden retriever type dog on the way up -- it keep bothering us for food. Its flaky owner seemed to think it was ok to just let her dog run loose and stick its face in the face of other hikers. She even gave our dog a treat without asking. Not only did this cause our dog to start following her but it probably set up the events that would occur later.
At the summit we stopped for an apple, sat away from the other people and put our dog on the leash. The large dog appeared...
Now here is a milestone worthy of marking - I just reached my first $1,000 in sales. This month also marks my one year anniversary with Dreamstime, 600+ sales and 1,354+ uploads. And importantly my acceptance rate has gone from about 20 percent to around 70 percent. So I must be learning something!
Like anyone starting out in micro-stock the learning curve has been steep in the beginning. I think my favorite part of being a contributor has been the learning process. When you have the motivation of actually selling your photos, it spurs one to take more and more photographs and to be on the look out for opportunities to take photos. The more photos you take, the more feedback you get, the faster you learn.
You also learn to edit your work. If you only have 10 photos to choose from, how good...
They say timing is everything and that is certainly the case of this shot of the Batmobile I took recently at the Six Flag's New England amusement park.
One view one sale! The opening of the latest Batman movie "Batman The Dark Knight Rises" this coming weekend certainly had to be a factor behind this sale.
The Batmobile is on display in the parks Justice League area with DC Comics themed roller coasters and interactive area with costumed figures. Unfortunately the Superman based Bizaro rollercoaster lauded as one of the best in the world was not working at the time we wanted to ride it but we did ride the Batman roller coaster and the Mind Eraser.
According to Warner Bros. "The Dark Knight Rises" takes place eight years on from the previous Batman movie and a new...
I certainly wasn't hauling around a full camera bag of lens and trying to get on the rides - had my trusty Lumix LX5. That thing was huge. I did shoot a few angles but was hampered by the barricade. Its in the line for a ride.
Summertime is here and among all of the other great activities of summer, its time for owners of classic cars to awaken from their winter slumbers.
Cars that hide all winter from salt-ridden roads and bad weather get dusted off, shined up and lead gassed for the summer car season. Its time year for owner's of classic cars bring them out and show them off.
I'm always amazed by how many of these great old cars are still in the hands of private "collectors" and are still in great condition. I've been seeing them all summer on the Interstate, in front lawns and at shows.
Many of these cars are still with the original owners. People who had the foresight, means and storage area necessary to keep these cars for prosperity so that today's public can enjoy them.
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