Other Reads

A very good read this article on Fstoppers by Danette Chappell

Photography and the Addiction to Compliments, Praise, and Positive Criticism

One reason I’m moving my internet photography away from Facebook and to the open internet.

There is a lot more truth on the Internet than you think. One just has to read beyond the headlines and sometimes connect the dots.

Facebook is an artificial environment. Yeah, I use it every day I’m around it, I keep people entertained with my latest brain farts, but the photography?

Facebook is unfulfilling for this photographer. I don’t care about likes. I care about good photographs. I post too many photos with the intention of getting likes. I don’t show you much of the strange stuff on Facebook because when I do, nobody likes it.

Every so often, I feel I have the change my mindset. Mental cleansing. Cerebral enema, purge the Facebook red meat from my photographic colon.

Crude but effective.

Art isn’t always pretty.

Kebler Pass, Colorado

Random Act of Doobie

Doobie by Gary Gray
Doobie fetches firewood during the recent snow storm

How does one come up with a viable blog post each day?

I’ll begin with familiar things. Not necessarily familiar to you, but a present fixture in my life. If you’ve followed my blogging on Facebook, you’ll know about our new family pet, Doobie.

For the uninitiated, Doobie is an 8 month old Besenji mix rescue dog. We got him in November to fill the holes in our hearts from the loss of our previous two dogs earlier in the year.

Like all pet owners on the internet, I too will subject you to photographs of my current best pal, Doobie. He’s quite a character (aren’t they all?) and we are in the process of training him to bring us firewood. I’d say we are about 65% there.

Trending on Wednesday

Train photography by Gary Gray
Rio Grande Scenic Railroad, LaVeta, Colorado

A day of melting snow and dealing with Amazon for another Amazon Prime fouled up order.

Amazon Prime.  I signed up for a year last Summer, mainly to get free 2-day shipping. Well, the shipping turns out to be free but it’s seldom 2 day, more often 5 or 6 depending on the day of the week.

My recommendation, avoid it. It’s not worth the money.

Other than that, things are well here in the foothills of Denver.

Doobie has discovered that he can get to any horizontal surface in the kitchen. Trudy found him gobbling down the last of a box of danish this morning. No matter what you do, they always act like dogs. Doobie is a chow hound.

I’m plotting out a bit of Railroad photography for this year. I need fresh stuff man.

My Efforts Have Paid Off

I’ve managed to gather web server stats for my internet pages for enough time to actually determine how well my strategy to increase my internet exposure is paying off.

Well, I’m happy to report that my overall web traffic since moving the photography solely to the Internet and away from Facebook has resulted in increased web traffic, over 50% on one page and close to 30% on my other pages combined over last year’s daily averages. Considering the fact that those pages had been well indexed and running quite consistently for years, that large a jump is exactly what I was hoping for.

For my friends from Facebook, thanks for sticking with me after the jump.

Trending on Tuesday

Ahhh, back to Winter here in the Denver area. We got about 6 inches of nice white dry powder snow here in the foothills. I wish we’d had some of this in December and January, but now is better than never. The snow is badly needed, here and in the mountains. This is our water.

Doobie has been enjoying his life of romping in the snow. At 6 months old, this is a first time experience for his little mind and he is soaking it in.

Doobie

Adventures in Stock Photography

Raven Photo by Gary Gray
Raven in Utah

Today’s post is about life in the stock photography world.

This photograph of a raven was taken on my last trip to Moab, mostly on a whim. These birds have always frequented this particular area and they are totally unafraid of humans. I have seen them climb in cars and look around for food and stuff.

This happens frequently.

Without mentioning names, one of the stock agencies I used rejected this image as they felt it had “no commercial value or appeal”

Okay, fine. It’s not a work of art. The other agencies I submitted it to all approved the image.

Today, I sold the first copy of this image on one of my stock agencies and it was not just a simple 35 cent sale. It actually made me a few dollars and I’d bet it sells again.

The lesson I suppose is; any photo not earning income is worthless.

Even a photograph someone deemed worthless has value. Never take it personal when you get rejected and never believe a photo is worthless based on one person’s opinion.

Small Surprises

Bird in Flight by Gary GrayI was thinking of posting a photo of Great Blue Herons today but to my surprise I found a nice sequence of this Cormorant sitting undiscovered amongst the photos of the herons.

Small surprises are the best I think.

Train Tuesday

Train Photography by Gary Gray
Durango & Silverton NGRR on the Animas River in Colorado

It is “Train Tuesday” in my photography group.

It is also “Sunny Tuesday” which is nice to see as I look out my office window. Yesterday was a fairly cold and dreary Winter day. It reminded me of my years living in the Chicago suburbs. The difference, in Chicago the snow never melted and it eventually turned black from automobile exhaust. Naperville, Illinois, a suburban Winter hell and I don’t want to get going about life in Kentucky in the Winter. It doesn’t snow a lot in Kentucky, but there is nothing at all inviting about the cloudy, cold, humid, dreary Winters in Kentucky. I’ll take Colorado any day.

I probably should have made a run to Rocky Mountain Arsenal this morning for some photos, but I’m getting over some kind of bug and just not fully motivated at the moment.

No worries, I did get a handful of decent shots on Sunday morning and I’ll be editing and sending those up to the stock agencies.

I’ve noticed increased bird activity this week. Looks like the migratory birds are starting to come in to the area. That means I’ll need to start looking at the Tree in the Lake for Great Blue Herons. They started coming in last year in late February.

Enjoy your day.