I've been so obsessed with the birds recently that I was in danger of letting my BPF studies fall behind, but I've caught up now. For Assignment 2, I submitted these 4 photos:
At the time I seem to remember Alan saying something like "stick with the insects." and that's kind of the advice I got from the tutor too:
"...you’ve got a couple of excellent pictures here, which are much better technically than I normally see with this type of subject."
"What we really have here...are two good wildlife pictures...very much the sort of things that could work in a library. So would these pictures sell as stock shots maybe to a wildlife magazine? I guess there’s a possibility here with a publication like BBC Wildlife, for example, or even if you felt sufficiently qualified, you might use them as illustrations to an article about these insects. But another market that comes to my mind is the photographic press, because this is a market which is always on the lookout for pictures which are good shots in their own right but which also demonstrate technique in some way, and I can see a picture like this certainly being used in any of the photographic magazines to illustrate articles on insect photography in general or something more technical such as the use of close-up gear, special lenses, etc."
Re the 3rd shot - Brugge by night:
"...although I like this as a night shot, the vast majority of travel pictures are taken in sunshine with plenty of blue skies, the exception being if you are in an area which is known for its nightlife – I’m thinking of a street scene in Tokyo, for example."
And with the 4th shot:
I think what would stand in the way of success with the last picture in the general market place is the quality, because of the way you have had to process it to make it work. On the other hand, I would also say that what we have here is quite an interesting photographic effect, and maybe for that reason once again we might be looking at digital photo magazines, where you could described the way you took this picture and how you applied digital manipulation to it. But outside of that area, I think the main problem here is that although it’s quite a nice picture in its own right it wouldn’t necessarily bring any new or fresh information as it stands to the readers of a particular publication, particularly since we can’t see the face of the person involved.
I've just sent of the 6 pics for Assignment 3: images suitable for calendars, postcards, and greetings cards:
Each time I say the snow is over, more snow appears. I was about to post this (and 4AoSers snow pics tomorrow) to celebrate the end of the white stuff, when I heard on the telly that more is expected across Britain tomorrow.
Anyway, here's is a couple of my shrivelled apples on the tree in the garden: