Play Stock Rank and Lose Your Self-Esteem

posted on 6th of march, 2011

It's been a while since I wrote a blog, but due to the hundreds of you clamoring for another one, I decided it was time. Well, okay it wasn’t hundreds of you. Okay it was my mom.

What inspired my irritation this time was that I was bored so I played a few rounds of Stock Rank. Well if you must know, I played in order to make sure none of my images was in the “No Sales” category. And all I accomplished was lowering my score, which is displayed publicly for all to see and ridicule.

Time after time I would think, “Aha! No-Brainer!” but NOOOO! Wrong again! How can I be blamed? Who could have guessed that a girl in a bikini would beat out a nobbly background texture? I mean it did occur to me, but I thought, “Whoa I don’t care if she’s in a bikini, she’s real ugly,” but apparently nobody’s eyes go up that far. Who knew? I hate this game. At least I knew that a cute baby will beat an isolated radish.

Never mind. Once again, I am willing to share all of my dumb mistakes for you to profit from.. Here is what I learned:

1. Girl in Bikini beats background textures, cute babies, and puppies.
2. Attractive blond family beats isolated household objects.
3. Puppies and babies beat everything except ugly girls in bikinis.
4. Oversaturated green meadows beat vectors with half-tone banners.
5. Practically everything to do with guessing what sells beats Your Author.

Now what did I do with that bikini.

Comments (56)

Posted by Ponytail1414 on April 01, 2011
Thanks, Grafoo, and I agree, you've hit the nail on the head there.
Posted by Grafoo on April 01, 2011
So funny and nice post :)) !
Many times I find myself in the same irritating situation. But putting aside my personal liking I have to click on the image that has demand in market. And that’s what the game teaches.
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 31, 2011
Ha thanks for the idea, Paul!
Posted by Pablorock on March 31, 2011
That's pretty funny! Maybe it's time to start another comic strip on the life and times of a stock photographer!
Posted by Theblackrhino on March 29, 2011
Posted by Telbine1 on March 28, 2011
Hi everyone, welcome to forum!
Posted by Cammeraydave on March 22, 2011
Thanks Lisa, Very funny Illustrations, Like your stuff. Cheers, Dave
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 22, 2011
Thank you, uptall and Dave, I appreciate it.
Posted by Cammeraydave on March 21, 2011
You are Funny !
Posted by lzf on March 21, 2011
nice pics and i also kinda like lose the self esteem..
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 19, 2011
Thank you, Michael. Your wildlife shots are fantastic.
Posted by Sobek85 on March 19, 2011
Nice article
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 18, 2011
Thanks, Sarkao, and I really like your travel photos!
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 18, 2011
Thanks, Sarkao, and I really like your travel photos!
Posted by Sarkao on March 18, 2011
I really like your blogs
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 12, 2011
Thanks, Haslinda!
Posted by Haslinda on March 12, 2011
LOL. Too funny. Thanks for the laugh. ;)
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 12, 2011
Hee! Thanks, Eti!
Posted by Littlemacproductions on March 12, 2011
You are tooo funny. Thank your mom for me as she clammored for you to write this blog. Moms are the best!
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 11, 2011
Thank you, Michael!
Posted by Sobek85 on March 11, 2011
NIce article. Thanks
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 10, 2011
Maigi, thank you! I so agree re the models.
Posted by Maigi on March 10, 2011
LOL Leslie, I love your blogs. You always hit the nail... One thing that I have noticed with people shots is that when I have a strange feeling that there's something uncomfortable in the models pose or smile or the way he/she holds his/her hands or head, or I feel the cold arrogance in the look, or there is no respect in the photo, then definitely other photos or illustrations beat that image. If there is not a good connection between model and photographer, if the model don't feel comfortable, then these photos just won't sell, and I really don't understand why some photographers upload such photos at all. Photographer should sense it whether he has a good contact with model or not. If he doesn't, he can't hide it on photo. Well maybe some great masters do, or it's okay when they intentionally want to show uncomfortableness of people. But otherwise...
Thanks for a good laugh. You are on right tracks and I'm sure you will score. :)
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 10, 2011
Thank you, Les! Thanks, Crys! Thank you Alvera, ya big showoff.
Posted by Crysrob on March 10, 2011
Thanks Lisa, good to know the secrets to it LOL
Posted by Alvera on March 10, 2011
Girl in Bikini beats background textures from the beginning of the Universe and till the end of the World will come! So true! :)) And a background texture WITH a girl in bikini is in the top of all things. Howgh! (btw, I have 77.00% guessed correctly, someone here who can beat me?)
Posted by Stillfx on March 10, 2011
Encore Encore! Can never get enough of your humor! :)
Posted by Ponytail1414 on March 09, 2011
Thank you, Marilyn! Haha Mike! 8 tops!! Thanks for being a fan, I am your fan too.
Posted by Mikeledray on March 09, 2011
Girl in a Bikini?
I missed that one some how?
Gosh golly I wonder about a Little White Dog in a Sting Bikini?
Would that be Popular and grace the centerfold of "Play Pet" do you think?
Oh and would I need to get 8 tops for my dog? (you know to cover her 8 girly bits)
Now where oh where do I find a Dog Bikini?


Lol Leslie you crack me up!
Im always a fan
Posted by Marilynv on March 08, 2011
Well, I for one, enjoyed your blog very much~hope your mother did too! ;)

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