A few years ago I sold $225 worth of flamingo pictures to a woman in Christchurch, New Zealand. She had found my pictures on a blog that I did about flamingos. That was before I was even trying to sell anything. I was just having fun.
Then I realized that with seven billion people on Earth with the potential to be connected via the Internet, there might be more out there. That’s when I discovered photography web sites via ifp3.com. I have one of their web sites at Russel Ray Photos.
I have not used my ifp3.com web site like I could because it just takes too much time to do it right. I also have accounts at Zazzle and SmugMug. I’ve let Zazzle and SmugMug languish because they, too, take too much time to do right. If all I did was spend 18 hours a day at the computer, I might be able to make them work.
Today I joined Fine Art America. I initially liked it, but I’m finding that it takes a lot of time, too. Why does everything take a lot of time? My main problem with Fine Art America is that, according to them, their servers only update everything once every 24 hours. That means that you could upload a picture, forget to put it in a gallery, or want to add one more keyword, but you can’t for 24 hours because the picture is nowhere to be found.
Ya just gotta wait.
How so totally yesterday.
I uploaded these two pictures today:
At first glance Fine Art America seems intuitive but either it’s not or it has a steeper learning curve than Photoshop CS6. I spent almost six hours today trying to make sense of it. Even then, I do think it’s the best of the three so I’m going to continue to work with it and see if I can maybe upload five pictures each day. I just hope the 24-hour lag doesn’t really turn me off because the site does look very promising.
As my wise old grandmother said, “Practice makes perfect.”
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I’ve always been fascinated by bridges, perhaps since I grew up in the flatlands of Texas where bridges were few and far between. Spaghetti bowls on the interstate freeways don’t count. I’m talking real bridges that take you from here to there.
Two years ago when I went to the Sand Castle World Championships in Imperial Beach, California, I found an old railroad trestle through the marshland. I stopped to take pictures while the rest of the crowd I was walking with hustled on towards the beach.
While I was taking pictures I was also visualizing…. dreaming…. about the trains that used to traverse the tracks. I was dreaming of something like this:
I suspect my dream was bigger than what the railroad trestle could actually handle. Maybe something along the lines of this is more in line with reality:
The first train is the famous Union Pacific 844 which I chased through Southern California on November 17, 2011.
The second train is the #3 Mojave Northern 0-6-0T steam switch engine that worked in the northern Mojave desert in the early 20th Century.
Steam switch engines very well could have worked the south San Diego area where, at the time, there were various factories relating to salt production, fishing, and generating electricity.
When I went to the Sand Castle World Championships last year, the remainders of the old railroad trestle were gone…. no more…. dreams removed….
Sadly, after 37 years of hosting the Sand Castle World Championships, the Great Recession ended them. They also are gone…. no more…. dreams removed…