I’ve Always Been In To It.

Black Friday.  The winter storm has moved on to the East, but it is still cold and snowy here in Denver. The final total for our place was 13.5 inches, as I measured in multiple locations around the yard. Not the heaviest snow we’ve ever had, but for November it’s a little unusual.

We made it through Turkey Day, not without challenge. I got little sleep the night before and spent the day dealing with some type of stomach virus. Ended up spending most of the day taking care of that and lying in bed. It was bad enough that I didn’t go to the Thanksgiving dinner with the rest of the family. Trudy’s daughter-in-law was kind enough to send a plate of food home for me.

I did manage to get a few more of Trudy’s home video tapes converted to digital. I’m about 1/3 of the way through that process. Images from her life before knowing me. An interesting retrospective. Myself, I have very few photos and virtually no video from my life before Trudy. What little I do have were gifts from family members, photos taken by others in a time long ago and far away.

Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays kinda get in to me that way. I start thinking about the old days, the good times, the not so good times, and if I haven’t reconciled everything that’s passed by now, well, life is about living and having learned something in the process. With my 62nd birthday approaching, I realize that most of my living has been done. It’s fun to delve into Trudy’s past and it helps keep things in perspective to realize that our lives have many things in common.

As for the video editing. I’m finding this to be mildly precarious, all this video capture and different software. I never know when the software is going to crash and it does from time to time. Not enough hassle to keep me from getting it done, but video editing on a PC isn’t always pretty. What really strikes me is the difference in quality between a VHS video tape and a modern HD video camera. Even more striking are the old Super 8 home movies I do have on VHS. I did a lot of Super 8 film back in the 70’s, which has somehow managed to survive the efforts of others to relieve me of them. I’ll get a clip or two up soon to share. Me and my childhood friends doing goofy stuff on film. Takes me back to the beginning of my learning photography.

I’ve always been in to it.

Rainy Moose Monday

Moose Photography in Colorado
Shiras Moose Cow – Northern Colorado

It is raining here in Denver this morning so I abandoned any thought of going to the tree in the lake. The weather should be improving this week.

Opportunities will improve.

Here’s a moose photo for Moose Monday. Taken on July 15th, 2015 during one of my scouting trips in North Park.  Canon EOS 7D 1/800, f/8, ISO 1000, 300mm.

My 2018 Colorado Landscape Photo Tours Are Now Open For Booking

Colorado Landscape Photographer Gary Gray
The San Juan Mountains

 

I have taken a couple of weeks off from getting photos and have been working in the office on some long overdue web site updates and such.

Google never liked my main business web site due to it not being “mobile friendly.” I don’t really care what Google wants me to do, but I have to be realistic. If my web site doesn’t show up on a mobile phone web search, that’s people who aren’t finding me.

I design and maintain my own and others web sites and as I grow older, it’s become a challenge learning the ins-and-outs of SEO optimization and site functionality.

Basic redesigns are done and online now. I’m still doing fine tweaking on some of the pages here and there.

I’ve just added the “Colorado Landscape Photo Tour” page to the main web page. That should get me in the search results. My goal is to have everything I’m doing turn up on page one google search results. Should be there by the end of this month.

 

Moose Photography in Colorado

Moose Photography Workshop by Gary Gray
Shiras Moose – Northern Colorado

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I will be offering single or multi-day bookings from July 9th – August 27th, 2018.

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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.