Someone recently asked me if I sell my photos. Yes I do…anytime I can. I’ve sold a good number of prints in a local store and I’m working on stepping up my game and expanding to other markets.
I recently sold one of my photos to a billboard company that ended with an an unexpected and humorous twist. (At least from my perspective.) Here’s the story…
I’m gaining a little bit of a reputation as a local photographer with some good pictures of this area. Last February, a billboard company called me, looking for a picture of the Algoma lighthouse and harbor. I sent them some samples to choose from. They wanted something that offered plenty of open space for adding their message and was generally blue in tone.
I asked them what the image would be used for and they said their client, Dairy Dreams, wanted a 12 ft by 6ft billboard to use during an open house they were planning in the spring. I thought it would be pretty cool to have one of my images blown up to 12×6 size.
They selected the photo above. I had previously posted a cropped version of this photo on this blog under the title Between a Rock and a Calm Place. (The image to the right.) After we settled on the conditions of use and a price, I re-sized the image to proper proportions for their purposes, sent it to them and asked their design artist to send me a copy of the finished design.
A few weeks later I received email from the designer with an attachment of the billboard image. Needless to say, I was excited to see how they used my photo. I opened it up, looked at it for a moment and then burst out laughing. (See the image below.)
I never would have guessed they would use my clean, serene, harbor scene to promote Biogas Anaerobic Manure Digesters. I guess it fit with the image they are trying to convey about their manure digesting process.
All in all, I was glad to make the sale and happy that a whole new group of people would see my work. My only regret was that I never had the chance to go by during their open house to see it in all it’s full-size glory.
Of the seventy or so images you’ll find in my Flickr Photostream, this is the image that has been viewed and commented on the most.
This is a view of Lake Michigan at the the Algoma, WI beach on March 4, 2007. I was heading to the church early in the morning and stopped, as I often do, to snap a few pictures. It was at the tail-end of a snow storm and, though you can’t see it, snow was still blowing quite a bit. I remember it being miserable outside.
If you go to my Flickr Photostream, you can see this same image in B&W. (Click Here)
The panoramic view below – created by “stitching” several photos together – was captured the same morning.
On my way to church early this morning (March 6, 2001) I noticed the sun breaking through the clouds over Lake Michigan. I stopped at a wayside just south of Algoma, WI and took a few photos.
The wider view below was taken with a sweeping motion using the panorama setting on my camera – the Sony SLT-A55.
I have another image from this series that I’ll post soon.
(Click on an image to see a larger version.)
Winter – as presented by Algoma, WI on the morning of Sunday, February 27, 2001. As I often do, I stopped for a moment to snap a few pictures on my way to church that morning.
Algoma sits on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Beneath the snow, next to the lamppost, is a boardwalk that runs along Algoma’s Crescent Beach. In the distance you see Algoma’s harbor and famous Pier Light.
I can’t decide if I prefer this image in color or B&W (slight sepia tone) so I offer you both. Give each your consideration and and let me know which one your prefer in the comments below.
If you click on either of the images you’ll get a larger version where you can easily flip back and forth between the two.
Went down to the lake Saturday morning and was not at all disappointed about forgetting my swim fins and water wings. This is a photo of the Algoma, WI harbor. If I would have used my zoom lens, you’d be able to see even the geese had goose bumps. This photo was taken just before 8 AM.
Last Saturday I stopped at Crescent Beach in Algoma, WI and snapped this image. Beyond the fence and out of view is the open water of Lake Michigan.
I took several shots – with the sun shining brightly and with the sun behind the clouds. I preferred the bright sun (as seen here) to emphasize the contrast of the shadows on the snow.
After downloading to my computer, I added the sepia tone in Photoshop.
This is an early morning edition of the pier light that marks the harbor entrance at Algoma, WI.
If you follow this blog, you’ll notice it’s one of my favorite subjects.