My silly grudge against DT

posted on 11th of july, 2013

As a new contributor here, when I was in the first 50 uploads on DT, I was uploading stuff I should not have. I had always considered a beautiful red rose photo I had shot as my best ever shot. I uploaded among the very first uploads only to find it rejected.
Guess the reason?
We already have similar images in our database and your submission doesn't exceed existing images in quality or composition. Or something like that.

A brutal punch in the face, a sky high contributor with a castle in the air goes flat down to the ground. Shattered dreams and lost confidence. They say my best shot isn't even worth accepting?! How dare they? I mean, my family loved it! My mom said it is the greatest photo in the world. My sister fainted when I told her it is me who shot it. My dad was so impressed he bought a whole rose orchard the next day. I showed the photo to my girlfriend and the whole street full of girls decided to marry me.

And DT said it isn't even acceptable? Who do the reviewers think they are? If they think my image may not sell, it is MY problem. Not theirs.

I swore I'd get a rose photo online one of these days, whatever happens, I will. Just to make a point that my rose photos are better than those in the database.
I slowly came to realize reviewers are my best friends, not people who reject my stuff for fun. But hurt ego hangs around, doesn't it?

So here goes the rose photo:

It finally got accepted. Now I don't hold any grudge against the reviewer robots of DT who heartlessly declined my astonishing masterpiece as worthless and unacceptable even to be included in the database.

Thanks to the reviewers though! I have a 100 sales today and I have been doing better than others who started around the same time. :)

Back to shooting rose photos now.....I'm still hurt. Insulted, even. haha!

Comments (20)

Posted by Danieldanleelee1 on August 10, 2017
I agree with the comments that were written above, you are a very good writer
Posted by Haotian on August 08, 2013
Personally, I think to be able to get DT to accept a flower image, is a testament to your photography skills. Congrats!
Posted by Marion429 on July 22, 2013
Rejection happens. It is humbling to remember you are one of the millions out there with a camera in your hand. You cannot let it bother you. I am grateful when my work is accepted and happier when there is a check in the mail. Keep shooting!
Posted by Apurbakr on July 22, 2013
I too get hurted, disheartened, and disappointed... And dont know how to get rid of rejection hurdles, but trying to improve..
Posted by Keremgo on July 18, 2013
I had a similar experience like this also. Helped me to learn a lot and accomplish more!
Posted by Angkawijaya92 on July 17, 2013
And How do you get it accepted ? I have similar situation and felt that it is disappointing.
Posted by Egomezta on July 17, 2013
Great acomplishment, some of my images have been rejected for the same reason...
Posted by Robinstockphotos on July 14, 2013
Miraclemoments, please don't. If it gets on you'd probably make another hundred newbies mad. Indirectly, by adding to roses.

Lenutaidi, I hope my customers are like you. ;)
Posted by Miraclemoments on July 14, 2013
Glad to see you don't hold the grudge for too long :-)...great rose shot. Maybe I should take up the challenge on getting a rose shot online :-)
Posted by Lenutaidi on July 14, 2013
I'm really impressed!:)Very beautiful and romantic!I hope to be just as impressed and customers;-))In fact I'm sure they will be impressed!;)
Posted by Robinstockphotos on July 13, 2013
Thanks everyone for calming me down. haha! And I'm certainly not the best writer. Not yet, I only have plans right now.
Lenutaidi, here, enjoy some romantic music with a rose for you. ;)
 Love, rose, romantic music concept 
Posted by Lenutaidi on July 13, 2013
Don't worry,Robin!Be happy!:)I agree with our KING Alvera(you are the best writer,who knows maybe you will become a great writer and you'll earn more money than here on DT):))I'm waiting your new roses ;-)
Posted by Gheburaseye on July 12, 2013
Some reasons are not nice, but they help us to grow up ;)
Posted by Infokus408 on July 12, 2013
we all go through it. but critiques make one a better photographer. best of luck and many more sales.
Posted by Alvera on July 12, 2013
You are the best writer I ever read! :-)
Posted by Celiaak on July 12, 2013
Funny approach to our first broken dreams. Yes, rejections help us to improve. An the new roses are really beautifull.
Posted by Martingraf on July 12, 2013
that rose photo is already a winner - congratulations - regarding hurt ego - we all go through that, some easier, some more insulted - main thing is we make the best out of it and it seems you did ;)
Posted by Pindiyath100 on July 12, 2013
Hi Pratik! Nice blog about issues related to rejections. We've had our share of rejections as well. Just last night one of our most hopeful images that we were waiting for more than a week to get reviewed got rejected but the way reviewer described the reason for rejection made us smile. It was one of the times where Ego surrenders to the facts. :) Well…in terms of sales we’re approaching the milestone of 4000 sales and hopefully it’ll bring us a good reason to be happy over this weekend. Btw red roses are hard to photograph and you've done a good job here. Congratulations!! :)
Posted by Suyerry on July 11, 2013
I really liked this rose photo. I can visualize many uses for it, good job!
Posted by Zeperd on July 11, 2013
Good luck with your future rose photos my friend. and dont get insulted by the reviewers they are just doing their jobs and what they think is right(most of the times)

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