Every valley should have a stately valley oak watching over its fields by day – and night.
In 1852 when Tulare County became a county of California, this oak tree might have been just a sprout. More likely, though, is that it is no more than 80-100 years old. Valley Oaks are common in our area. We have schools with that name, baseball teams have carried the name proudly, as have these lovely trees.
My iphotos ticker thingy at the top of the screen says, “11,432 items”. I can’t believe I have taken that many pictures just since I started blogging. I picked 82 pictures that I liked best, then V helped me, and we picked out 32 of the best pictures to have prints made to try to sell. This was one of the 32 that we chose. I uploaded it to Fine Art America which Eunice, better known as Nutsfortreasure, introduced me to. I uploaded 5 of those to Fine Art America if you would like to see them.
From those 32 we had to narrow it down to 4 in order to join a Miller Studio which is having a 1 cent sale. You have to send photos before they give you a sign in code. Then they send you 4 free prints. I thought that seemed like a pretty good deal.
I found out that photographers not only need to know about the art of choosing interesting content, holding the camera at the most appealing angle, doing the right things mechanically, watching the lighting, processing the photo with many options in software, saving to any number of formats, but now I find out that photographers need to understand about the best paper to print their pictures. Then there are numerous ways of marketing and advertising – or not advertising in order to sell a print. I would starve if I had to make a living through selling photography!!! But it’s an interesting experiment on top of my other retirement experiments.
My hat is off even more to real photographers like Leanne Cole who is really is a photographer. She has started a new blog, and is writing a newsletter and is selling her work online now. Many of my friends are already her friends. But whether you are now, or you will be, I would encourage you to go over to her place and order a picture or two, or order her newsletter. Being a professional photographer is hard work in this era of digital cameras. People like Sunday Photographer me suddenly think we (I) can (have the innate ability) take (high quality) pictures because we (I) can delete pictures that don’t deserve the megabytes it takes to store them.
I hope your week has gone well, while I have been on my staycation. My first post back was going to be a book review of Dianne Gray’s wonderful book, The Eleventh Question, but it has made me think so much, I’m still mulling and ruminating. So sometime soon, that WILL be my NEXT post. I just couldn’t wait to write to all of you again since I got so much other work done. You are my reward for working hard.