Why did I make the switch from Etsy Selling platform to Smugmug? Well, first off Etsy seems to be all artsy and crafty and a seemingly reasonable way to get your product out to buyers but the hidden truth is that it is not much better than trying to sell on Facebook.
Etsy tends to support those that are highly involved in Etsy, they promote you if you have a billion product listings, is that fair? No. To have one listing may seem cheap at 20 cents, but what happens when someone buys it? well, you have to re-list it. Oh and they take a good 12% of the total value of the product including shipping charges. So in the end you have to over charge your customers, Who wants to do that in This Economy?? Not me.
So I moved to Smugmug, whoa the freedom, the flexibility, its a selling platform I have always wished for. So goodbye Etsy and Hello Smuggers!
I don’t believe beauty can be destroyed nor do I think it should be attempted but in a world that seems to find its own good in things that often destroys things, beauty now has to become more open minded. Like in wars, forest fires, drugs, etc scary.
This is not your typical “beauty” composite and I was just playing around seeing what ideas were gonna perk up..
hope all is having a Wonderful Day
Are we confined by our fear? does it define us? does it control us? does it make us who we are today? Are you not a traveler because of fear? Are you not a millionaire because you didn’t invent that idea you had three years ago that just surged the Market today in the Dow? Why are you Controlled? You are an Independent individual that makes decisions both scarey and safe. Don’t you think that it’s time to put away what scares you and Do. Once you Do and Do enough times, you will soon be so custom to what you thought was so scarey that you will be looking for the next goal the next hierarchy in the chain of your wants and accomplishments. I believe that all things are possible. But I also believe that You initiate all things that are Possible. Moral of the Story: Get Off Your Couch and Make Your Dreams Come True.
I Just got off mine…
As soon as Halloween rolls around the internet is filled with photos of themselves and others in their Halloween costume. Costumes of all kinds, cutesy, raunchy, slutty, normal, superheros, you name it, you’ll see it. And now more than ever is there access to publish these costumed people all over the internet with phones (even the cheap ones) having the camera function to upload to your social media site of choice. Many phones now can literally take a picture and it automatically goes on to flickr, or facebook and so forth. I am not against this, I am just fathomed by the amount of people that will post this to the internet for all to see! Just think of it, there will be more photos of that this year 2012 than Ever before. Last year you may think there was a lot. But this year, there will be more as people have gotten older or more advanced technologically with their phones or cameras or knowledge of computers and internet to get it on there quickly and without much thought. Privacy? whats that? but ask any medical worker and its the most important topic in the industry… Kind of ironic if you ask me… People/Patients have no problem or posting obscene and crazy pictures on the internet- But at the doctors office if you tell others my Birth date I will SUE! Anyway, Have fun everyone and Be Safe this weekend… And be sure to upload all that you do for all to see! its the Age of the Internet shall no eye go unseen.
It may have occurred to you that when you click on one of my images it sends you to my Etsy Page. Yes, I do prints of my images- you can pretty much custom any image of any kind in any way you see fit… matte, lustre, canvas, gold beveled, the ways and the style go on. I have a Professional Printing place called Millers Lab waiting for my beckoned call. So don’t be bashful send me a note, order a print off Etsy, you could be holding a RDphoto print in your hand by the weeks end!
Why am I promoting? well a boys got to eat. So that’s the main reason… Plus its what all the cool kids are doing now.
I would be a Poet, I would be a Singer-Songwriter, I would be fluent with words at speaking engagements, I would be a Painter, I would be a sketch Artist, I would be a Graffiti Guru, I would be mountain climber, I would be a fighter of causes, I would be kayaker, I would be a swimmer, I would be a World Traveler, I would be a Nobel Prize Winner, I would have an Oprah Sticker on my Book, I would be a Rock Climber, I would be Road Biker (bicycling), I would Passionate if Only I….
What Holds us Back? I suppose if I excelled at all these things, time would not be an issue with me, sleep would not be needed and food was only a substance I thought about from time and again. I think I would be a machine. How often do we all have so many interests, so many desires, so many things we want to accompish to the point where it feels like an overload! We feel exhausted and end up doing nothing. Or watching someone else do one of these things to the point of perfection and saying to ourselves “I want to do that” and then watching someone else do something to the point of perfection, us then thinking “why can’t I do THESE things” truth is we can’t. We are not Machines, we can’t master everything. Finding our passion and sticking with it is the hardest thing any one of us can do. I think after 28 years, I have found my passion. My Realistic Passion. Traveling, Photography, little Writings. So what if I’m not Shakespeare, Monet or Bono. I can only do so much and I am happy with that. Are You Happy?
The thought that there are people out there that have nothing safe to drink for days, make me want to get up and do something. The thought that there are people that openly risk their lives and drink parasite infested waters just to survive a few more months or maybe just days make me wonder how can we ever complain about anything. Really, anything. We are so fortunate as Americans to have Fresh Water, sure we have our problems, just turn on the news, anywhere and it will be filled with our “problems” but problems such as water needs to be known.
Deaths Rising to 6,000 a day due to this preventable disease and most of these deaths of children. Helpless innocent children. Lets take action. Get involved or contact me for help. Check out These Stats on U.N.
In photography it is very easy to take away color and add color where you see fit. Basically adding attention, direction and vision towards what you want the viewers to see. Just by adding and taking away color. Also aligning your photo in such a way that the frame of the picture suggests your eyes to see certain things that you may want to direct attention to. Event Photog’s have to do this on a photo by photo basis. I’m glad I don’t necessarily have to think of the sciences of the eye on each photo but honestly, at times I do.
Lost in a parking lot of Mount Rushmore stood this crazy red trailer looking thing. Just screamed for an HDR shot, thus here it is. I like the blend of the greens and reds, sorta reminds me of Christmas.
Still working on the projects, they are coming soon my good friends. Oh, and Panoramas are also coming soon!
Plus! the sun will be out tomorrow! lots to be excited for!
Crazy how the really nice hotels give you such an ordeal with the internet with either A: purchasing options, B: Password Codes longer than the Obama Care Document or C: it frankly just doesn’t work. But somehow the Super 8 Motel seems to have it run flawlessly without any headache. Open the computer and Bam fast speed internet- thats the way it should be. I’m sure someone is hacking into my computer right now but at least I’m able to blog this post.
So I’m now in Montana at the Glacier National Park taking some pictures that will soothe the soul. Sorry for the continual delay due to the internet complications (takes a bunch of bandwidth to upload these images) but more daily photo posts will be posted once internet is more readily available I’m guessing by Wednesday.
Thanks for your patience.
This first picture is probably my favorite of the textured sunsets. I wanted to make them more interesting from a bland shot I took outside of my window of my beautiful Jeep. Sometimes I’ll just take multiple pictures of my jeep since I love it so much. Any jeep wrangler lovers out there? This was in Wisconsin.
Second: This is probably my second favorite shot. Again textured obvious from the name of this post. Its definitely highly post-processed as you can tell but I wanted to accentuate the clouds and the light they were blocking and portraying. Honestly this shot is very similar to what it looked like towards the dusky part of the evening. Notice the textured edges to give it a little funk.
Third Favorite shot is an additional textured overlayed on the image from that latter end of yesterdays pic. Let me know which one you liked better. Other than the previous picture above these were all taken in Minnesota. Who woulda thought that state could be pretty?
And last but hopefully not the least you get to see the hood of my Jeeper reflect the summer sun that leads your eye to the windmill pretty cool eh? hm, hope so. Stay tuned for more photos on my journey to WA.
Let me know which one you guys liked the best! Thanks.
Don’t you think its time to find some serenity and jump from the falls? I know I would if I knew without a shadow of a doubt- A: I wouldn’t get killed and B: wouldn’t get disabled. Other than that, I am the first to sign up. There would literally be nothing stopping me at a lot of things if that were the case. I think even if the all knowing “they” said that hey you can do this ‘something awesome’ but you will break your leg, I don’t know if I would do it. Pain is a scarey thing, mostly its just annoying. Anyway, I took this picture at Kershaw State Park here in the Finger Lakes of NY. I post-processed it with some HDR and other fancy tools in my belt. Sorta reminds me of what I would imagine a waterfall would look like on that crazy planet in Avatar.