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[Aug. 10th, 2013|03:55 pm]
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Mr M has pancreatitis and probably the onset of hyperthyroidism. We spent lots of time at the vet: the office schedule overrun. Understaffed? Too many emergencies? Our 11:30 appointment materialized around 12:15.

There was an adorable pug greeting everyone who came in the door and vamping for attention.

I checked work email, saw a "Oh noes" email about the practice install failing this weekend, called and suggested bouncing the apparently failing element. Bounce got most everything working. Yay.


In "This makes me super cranky" news, someone posted to a neighborhood mailing list that they were just accepted to istock photo, and did you have interesting yard elements he could photograph? His portfolio -- http://www.istockphoto.com/search/portfolio/8056178#116f4d65 -- shows flowers, leaves, and a cat.

My rejection included these training references:

For more information on Composition and Impact, please see: http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=13
For more information on Suitable Stock Photography, please see: http://www.istockphoto.com/article_view.php?ID=146
For more information on files that we do and don't need please see: http://www.istockphoto.com/tutorial_5.0_neededfiles.php

I'm having a hard time seeing how this guy's photos are have better composition or impact than mine.

Maybe i will submit again.


And in final crankiness, while at the vet i checked work email. I've put in a handful of hours now. Cranky, because somethings that should be invisibly working, are themselves having issues which makes it hard to test the things of interest. DNS routing randomly taking me to the production servers then back to the pre-production servers is a particular recipe for madness.


What was i going to do today?


[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2013-08-11 03:33 am (UTC)
Thomas Kinkade sold well. He could have made a fortune doing stock art, if doing copyrighted faux art had not been so seemingly lucrative. I am sure your compositions were every bit as good as that fellow's.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-08-11 02:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, stock art certainly is not where my heart lies, but we're trying to figure out how many small income streams could be collected together....
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[User Picture]From: gurdonark
2013-08-12 02:44 pm (UTC)
I am all for stock photo services and small income streams. My point as instead that a rejection does not really reflect on the artistic quality of your work, but instead on the need to figure out how to make the photos in the particular way they find commercial. This is the kind of thing I find youtubes about, this kind of "nuts and bolts how do I do what is wanted" stuff, though the youtube istock fotos seem to include a lot of get rich quick folks.

When I was hunting stock photos for a client's project some time ago, I found lots of good ones on fotolia.
Have you submitted there? I think they also sell a decent amount of stock photos.
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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2013-08-11 11:37 am (UTC)
Argh, your photos are excellent.

And Mr. M, how is he feeling? How old is he now? poor guy.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-08-11 02:11 pm (UTC)
I was all comfortable with the idea that my photos were too common (more flowers, no marketing punch) until i saw this. I don't know if one can make much if any money from being a stock photographer without models in the shots, but ....

Anyhow, thank you.

Mr M came to us an adult in late 1999. The vet then said two or three. So he's at least 15 now, arthritic, but all in all in good spirits. He chases Gracie Loo in a stiff power walk that delights me.

BTW -- good to hear about your pot throwing. Hope you aren't too stiff yourself!
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[User Picture]From: weofodthignen
2013-08-11 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah, submit again. Poor Mr. M :-(
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