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Chain in grass

By KirsteenBell
Rusty chain resting in grass. This was one of three images used to apply to a stock photography website. The application failed, so I need to think a bit more about my images and work a bit harder! I would really appreciate anyone's thoughts on why this one in particular didn't work.

Tags: Still life Grass Close-up and macro Rusty chain Wildlife and nature

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1 Jun 2010 12:19AM
It might have been a depth of field issue, the chain quickly goes out of focus, Nothing wrong with that though, this pic might work better in darkness under a fully lit moon ? Or maybe a red sunset which would bring out the natural red colours of the chain ?

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Davesumner 13 28 300 Australia
1 Jun 2010 5:18AM

I tried to turn the image B&W but that didn't really work so all I can think of is that the DoF is an issue or that the site just didn't have a need for this type of photograph.

I'm not keen on stock image websites, for me they are part of what is killing the photography industry. Companies just downloading any old cheap images from there instead of hiring a photographer to get a good image. The stock sites can pick and choose what they want and give only a small percentage back to the creator of the image when they do sell one.

Just my point of view.

paulbroad 12 131 1288 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 8:13AM
You are trying to be arty for stock. Usually doesn't work. I am involved with three stock libraries - now all on line. I used to sell stock through libraries years ago, 10x8 mono and large format slides. I have never been the greatest success but do sell regularly. Stock is not new and is a legitimate way of getting a single image at a fair price - the photographer getting about 50% - what is destroying the business is the cheap stock libraries - royalty free.

To give you an idea, one of my best sellers is a pin sharp close up of a small domestic fire extinguisher in a caravan, another is a close up of a Water Vole.

You need to think what people might want an image of to illustrate an article, talk, TV etc. and supply that image in a way that makes your stand out from hundreds of others.

The extinguisher - would you have bothered? The Vole is now endangered - a good, sharp frame filler will sell.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2132 United Kingdom
1 Jun 2010 3:29PM
Hello, Kirsteen. Firstly, about the image of the chain in grass. I agree with others, I think it is the shallow depth of field that is an issue. One of my first sales on a stock photography site was a rusty chain, coincidentally. I have nothing but rusty chain in the frame, no grass or ground or anything else showing. The whole image is in sharp focus. I cloned out any debris so that it was clean and clear. Buyers don't necessarily want arty pictures. Your image depicts the chain within the grass, with grass blades intruding into the image of the chain. Maybe not graphic enough?
I assume that, if you are being asked to submit samples of your work, you have chosen a site that is not just taking anything that is offered. Try to steer clear of those who give very little money for your work. I am very happy with the sales I make on Shutterpoint, and have far more success than I do with Photographers Direct, but do like that site too. I hope it's ok to mention these.
6 Jan 2011 10:47PM
Long overdue, but just wanted to say thanks to you all for taking the time to give me such great advice.

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