Today I made my first really substantial sale of a nature/wildlife print. It was a bald eagle photograph. I’ve had nature/wildlife prints in a couple of retail locations for some time, and today, at the American Art Glass Showroom in Naperville, IL, I sold the image below for $200. My largest single sale to date! The print was a 20×30 print, double matted and nicely framed in a simple oak frame at 24×36. Special thanks to the American Art Glass Showroom for their efforts in making this sale happen. To see more of Night Owl Photography’s work, visit them at 605 E. Odgen Avenue #2, Naperville, IL 60563.
Lulu Press is offering 40% off for my 2011 Quad Cities Bald Eagle Calendar! That’s insane!!! Take advantage of this before they realize their insanity!
“This American Bald Eagle Calendar, is a collection of American Bald Eagle images photographed entirely in the Quad Cities area of Iowa and Illinois. I hope that my bald eagle calendar sets itself apart from other bald eagle calendars out there. I’ve spent a great deal of time in the design and composition of this calendar, for you to enjoy throughout the year. I encourage you to preview the calendar, and flip through the pages to see how my calendar is unique. I hope you like it.”
Recently Smugmug, the place where I host my images and website, implemented a neat new feature so that you can “like” an image by clicking a Facebook or Twitter button that appears below the image. This isn’t available in all my galleries, but if when you’re browsing, you see a picture you like, just click the appropriate button to share it with all your friends on Twitter or Facebook.
I was hired last week by Bristol to do some PR shots for them for a run in the Kenosha News this week. So on July 4th, I went to Bristol to do the shoot. Still not sure exactly when though. I photographed the Queen and a new character for this year. Grab the paper to see! 🙂 After I arrived though, I realized something impossible happened on my trip there. I didn’t encounter ANY CONSTRUCTION! In Chicago. Where the rule of thumb, is that the shortest distance between two points is . . . under construction. It’s 90 miles from my home in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, to the Bristol Renaissance Faire. No construction. Amazing.
I’m about to start working on uploading all of my favorite Bristol images from over the years into a gallery on my website. It’s hard to pick favorites though. I’ll update you all again once I’m done. I’m also going to add more images to my photoshop gallery soon.
Today at work (I work at a camera store), one of our regular customers GAVE ME a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 lens!!! It’s an old manual lens from the 70’s, but it’s 50mm and it’s 1.4. It’s been collecting dust and he wanted to give it away, but to someone who would appreciate it. I was dumbfounded, and am thrilled at being the lucky recipient of his generosity. I’ll be sending him a boatload of good karma, that’s for sure. The lens is a little rough to focus, but it works great otherwise. You have to use the aperature ring to change the f-stop, and it’s manual focus, but I love that. Can’t wait to try it out as a portrait lens at faire.
So today at the camera store that I work at, a co-worker was showing a customer speedlight diffusers. After showing the customer a few different options, he reached for the Gary Fong Lightsphere. He took it out of the box and handed it to the customer, who immediately “sniffed” the lightsphere. With a puzzled look, my co-worker asked something like “what . . . does it smell good”? Then he suggested that all Gary Fong Lightspheres should be scented. He thinks cinnamon would be a good scent for a lightsphere. LOL! Now my thoughts are that since the Lightspheres look like tupperware, the scents offered should be food flavored. So what would your favorite scent be?! Comment with your thoughts. LOL!
On another note, a few days ago at the store, I was talking to a regular customer via phone who I’ll call “Fred”, and Fred told me about his last trip to Lock and Dam 14 in Iowa to photograph eagles. He said that while he was there, he was talking to another photographer who I’ll call “Tom”, that he met there, and that my name came up because they both know me from the camera store. Tom told Fred about my eagle photography, and Fred for some reason was not yet aware that I took eagle photos. Later in the conversation, I mentioned my website @ http://www.nightowlphotography.com/, and then he said he’s seen my website and that he DOES know my eagle photography. Just another example of a total stranger who’s seen my website, didn’t remember my name, but remembered my brand. This is a direct result of the social networking I do, because Fred and I had only ever talked a couple times at the store, yet somehow, my website was presented to him somewhere online, and he clicked on it. It’s kinda cool when you know it’s working . . . . .