Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Glenn Nagel Photography gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:19:00 GMT Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:19:00 GMT http://www.nagelphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u676558798-o97441262-50.jpg Glenn Nagel Photography: Blog http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog 86 120 622 and Counting... http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/12/622-and-counting When I first started this blog, I wasn't sure if I would be posting entries on a regular basis. It seemed like topics would run dry before too long.

Out of curiosity, I just ran a count of my blog entries. Through today, I've posted 622 entries...that's a lot of articles!

So, what's my most popular blog entry? It was an entry that I made back in August of 2012 about my experiences with Prius Camping. That article has been read by 25,000 independent (repeat visitors don't get tallied) readers.

Thanks to all of the visitors for taking the time to read my ramblings!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) articles blog count entries log readers http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/12/622-and-counting Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:18:55 GMT
"Brain Center" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/12/-brain-center-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Brain Center" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This is the third picture from my "Great Western USA Loop" road trip to be recognized with a Photo of the Day. This photograph was captured a few months ago at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. CLICK HERE to view my blog entry about this photo shoot.

This marks the 47th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Brain CenterBrain CenterImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for December 13, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture award gehry las vegas photo contest winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/12/-brain-center-wins-photo-of-the-day Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:31:28 GMT
Let It Rain! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/12/let-it-rain Last month, I visited the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Milwaukee to capture photograph of the interior of the church. When I take pictures of interior spaces with windows (particularly stained glass windows), I hope for overcast conditions. So, I was very pleased that I was driving through a light rain on my way to this church!

The rain isn't ideal for the exterior shots...

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral at 3201 S 51st Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017 But, it pays off inside the cathedral. Note the detail and colors contained within the stained glass windows. This is not possible when bright sunlight is streaming through the windows--even with extreme bracketing of the exposures.

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral at 3201 S 51st Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral at 3201 S 51st Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017 St. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral at 3201 S 51st Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017 St. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral at 3201 S 51st Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017

I tend to check the weather forecast and look at the sky even when shooting inside.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture bracketing glass interior milwaukee overcast stained glass travel weather http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/12/let-it-rain Thu, 07 Dec 2017 14:54:55 GMT
Wisconsin Architecture http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/12/wisconsin-architecture Over the past several years, I've been taking road trips all over the country. Last month, I decided to take a much shorter photography trip. I drove from Chicago to Madison. After spending two nights in Madison, I drove to Milwaukee and spent one night there.

Although these cities are relatively close to my home, I have spent very little time in them. During my short stay, I was busy photographing several architectural sites. I came away from this trip with a much greater appreciation for Wisconsin architecture. Prior to this trip, I had no idea that Milwaukee City Hall was the tallest building in the United States at one time...or that the dome of the Basilica of St. Josephat was the second largest in the nation (behind the federal Capitol building in Washington, DC) at the time of its completion!

In the end, I photographed 7 locations. I'll post one photo from each location. To view the rest, simply click on the location title.

1- Wisconsin State Capitol

MadisonMadisonDowntown Madison from Olin Park in Madison, Wisconsin on November 14, 2017 2- Overture Center for the Arts

Overture HallOverture HallOverture Hall at the Overture Center for the Arts on 201 State Street in Madison, Wisconsin on November 14, 2017 3- St. Sava Cathedral

St. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox CathedralSt. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral at 3201 S 51st Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017 4- Milwaukee Public Library

Milwaukee Public LibraryMilwaukee Public LibraryMilwaukee Public Library (Main Branch) at 814 W Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017 5- Milwaukee City Hall

Milwaukee City HallMilwaukee City HallMilwaukee City Hall at 200 E Wells Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017 6- Milwaukee Art Museum

Milwaukee Art MuseumMilwaukee Art MuseumMilwaukee Art Museum at 700 N Art Museum Drive in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 15, 2017 7- Basilica of St. Josephat

Basilica of St. JosaphatBasilica of St. JosaphatBasilica of St. Josaphat at 2333 S 6th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 16, 2017 At the end of a few days of shooting, I came away with 176 completed images! Click here to view my favorites from the trip. All of the pictures were captured with my new Nikon D850 camera.

 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture d850 madison milwaukee travel trip wisconsin http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/12/wisconsin-architecture Sun, 03 Dec 2017 13:49:51 GMT
Ultra Wide http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/ultra-wide It's amazing how wide the perspective is from my Sigma 15mm fisheye lens.

Take a look at the display cases with the flags in this photograph of the rotunda inside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing:

Michigan State CapitolMichigan State CapitolRotunda of the Michigan State Capitol at 100 N Capitol Avenue in Lansing, Michigan on November 6, 2017 The flags are positioned just off the floor around the rotunda.

While preparing to capture of picture of the inner dome, I laid down in the center of the floor. Here's that image:

Michigan State CapitolMichigan State CapitolInner dome from the rotunda floor of the Michigan State Capitol at 100 N Capitol Avenue in Lansing, Michigan on November 6, 2017.
The Michigan battle flags collection is housed in the state capitol. The original battle flags from the Civil War, Spanish American War and WWI were on display in the glass cases surrounding the rotunda. Now, these flags are replicas as the original flags are now kept in a special archival area for preservation.
Note that the flag cases are visible in the edges of the frame. The perspective is super wide.

Last week, I was taking pictures inside Overture Hall in Madison, Wisconsin. My host was sitting a few seats to my right while I was capturing photographs of the theater from the balcony. She was surprised when I asked if she would mind moving back a bit as she was still in the frame!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture capitol fisheye michigan perspective sigma ultra wide wide http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/ultra-wide Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:12:51 GMT
My "Palouse" Photo Wins Second Place for the Month of October http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/my-palouse-photo-wins-second-place-for-the-month-of-october My "Palouse" photograph won Second Place in Imaging Resource's photo contest for the month of October, 2017.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) imaging resource landscape palouse photo contest second place winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/my-palouse-photo-wins-second-place-for-the-month-of-october Thu, 23 Nov 2017 04:44:42 GMT
Microstock Earnings Through October http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/microstock-earnings-through-october My monthly microstock earnings surpassed $1,000 for October. This amount is up about $140 from last month and is about $45 less than October of last year. I reached a milestone during October with life-to-date earnings exceeding $70,000. Also of note is that I submitted about 225 images to Alamy. During the month of October, none of the Alamy photographs sold.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) alamy downloads earnings income microstock sales trend http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/microstock-earnings-through-october Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:38:27 GMT
Wait a Second! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/wait-a-second During my trip to Detroit this past weekend, I visited a mosque for the first time. I started big...the Islamic Center of America is the largest mosque in North America. The first photograph that I captured was of the interior with my Sigma 15mm fisheye lens. I used my new Nikon D850 camera.

Islamic Center of AmericaIslamic Center of AmericaIslamic Center of America at 19500 Ford Road in Dearborn, Michigan on November 3, 2017 The Sigma fisheye is a great lens, but it's not one of the sharpest lenses to use along with the D850. For one thing, the fisheye introduces quite a bit of distortion (intentionally).

When I zoomed in at 100% to view the sharpness of the image, I was shocked that I could actually see the second hand on the clock that's positioned over the center post! The time is 11:22 and 38 seconds!

Islamic Center of AmericaIslamic Center of AmericaIslamic Center of America at 19500 Ford Road in Dearborn, Michigan on November 3, 2017 I have a feeling that I'm going to like this camera.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture detail fisheye islamic center of america mosque nikon d850 sharpness http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/wait-a-second Mon, 20 Nov 2017 02:08:13 GMT
Piecing the Puzzle Together http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/piecing-the-puzzle-together I visited the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan on a rainy Sunday morning. Needless to say, the museum was quite crowded. The first picture that I hoped to capture was the Ford Plaza of Innovation...the large open space that greets visitors as the enter the museum. An amazing feature of this plaza is the cornerstone that commemorates the dedication of the museum. Thomas Edison was on hand that day--and that's his signature and his footprints in the large piece of concrete in the center of the frame!

Here's how I captured this image:

I placed the camera on a tripod and took one exposure when the floor was as empty as possible. From there, I looked to the far left of the frame--and snapped another exposure once that segment was mostly free of people. Then, I shifted my attention to the next area of the floor and pressed the shutter when that area was mostly free of visitors. In the end, I took seven pictures--of seven different segments of the floor when each piece was mostly free of people. Then, I combined those seven pictures together in Photoshop--taking just the open portions of each of the 7 images. From there, my remaining cloning work was minimal.

But, I still had a problem. I didn't want to bracket all of these images! So, my blended exposure had a problem--the cornerstone in particular (which is illuminated) was blown out. Fortunately, I anticipated this at the scene and captured another exposure that was underexposed by a couple of stops...and then used that exposure to recover the highlights.

But, I still had one more problem! I noticed that the video board just below the cornerstone was blurry. The images on that screen keep changing...and sometimes has a video playing. With my 5 second exposures, the board was a mess. So, I boosted my ISO up, opened the aperture...and with the faster shutter speed (now 1/250th), I waited until the video board displayed an appropriate text (it now says "Generations of visitors from around the world have come here to envision our past, the present and the future."). I used that as my final blend in Photoshop--so that only that small piece of the frame is ISO 1,250 while the rest of the image is ISO 64. I suppose I should have done some noise reduction work on that video board!

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To view a larger version of this image, CLICK HERE.

I also captured a vertical picture from this same spot as well as another photo from very close to the cornerstone.

By the way, my favorite part of this museum was getting to sit inside the actual bus that Rosa Parks was sitting on when she refused to give up her seat!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture blending cloning detroit editing ford interior museum processing removing people http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/piecing-the-puzzle-together Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:38:11 GMT
"Snow Leopard Cub" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/-snow-leopard-kitten-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Snow Leopard Cub" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This is the second picture from my "Great Western USA Loop" road trip to be recognized with a Photo of the Day. This photograph was captured a few months ago at the Triple D Game Farm in Montana. To view more images from my visit to Triple D, please CLICK HERE.

This marks the 46th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Snow Leopard KittenSnow Leopard KittenImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for November 8, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) animal captive cat imaging resource photo contest snow leopard triple d wildlife winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/-snow-leopard-kitten-wins-photo-of-the-day Wed, 08 Nov 2017 13:06:10 GMT
A Secured Photo Shoot http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/a-secured-photo-shoot During my last long road trip, I visited Tucson, Arizona for a few days. During my visit, I captured some architectural abstracts while walking around the downtown area.

To take this photograph of the New York Life Insurance building, I had to keep moving back away from the building in order to remove some of the distortion that results from tilting the lens up. I wanted the lines to be as straight as possible in my in camera image. Before I knew it, I was standing well within the property of the Tucson Police Department.

A police officer saw me setting up my tripod and asked me what I was photographing. From where we were standing, the subject of my photograph wasn't at all obvious. I showed him the Live View image on the back of my camera. It was going to take me about 5 minutes to precisely line everything up before taking the final picture. He said that he would stand with my until I was done shooting--otherwise I would likely get hassled by other police officers to get off the property.

Once I finished taking this picture, the police officer left to begin his patrol.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) abstract architecture building security travel tucson http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/11/a-secured-photo-shoot Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:18:01 GMT
Rand McNally Features my Photo! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/rand-mcnally-features-my-photo Although one of my photographs has appeared on the cover of Rand McNally's 2017 road atlas all year, I just discovered that today! This morning, it was brought to my attention that my Bass Harbor Lighthouse photograph is on the cover. I captured this picture in Maine during my 2015 road trip through the northeastern section of the United States.

Rand McNally purchased this image through a stock agency. The stock agency doesn't disclose the buyer of the images to me--which is why it often take a long time before I happen to see, if ever, how my pictures are being used.

Here's my photograph:

And here's how it appears on the cover of the atlas:

The road atlas is being sold through Amazon for $13.46. I think I'll be ordering one!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) atlas bass harbor maine rand mcnally road trip http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/rand-mcnally-features-my-photo Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:52:26 GMT
Greetings From Austin! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/greetings-from-austin This morning, my photographs of the "Greetings From Austin" mural sold five times through Dreamstime. With microstock sales, the commissions are generally quite low for an individual transaction. In this case, each of the Austin downloads paid $2. Chances are that the buyers paid about $10 each for the use of these images.

Another trend I've noticed is that the sales of my photos of President Jimmy Carter are picking up with all of the microstock agencies. I'm sure this has something to do with Carter being in the news lately. A couple of photographs of President Carter came through Dreamstime this morning along with the Austin downloads--but the Carter sales averaged just 32 cents each! Clearly, it takes a lot of sales to generate any money in microstock.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) austin downloads dreamstime jimmy carter microstock mural sales trends http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/greetings-from-austin Wed, 25 Oct 2017 20:28:17 GMT
Brain Center http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/brain-center While in Las Vegas during my last long road trip, I visited the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. Since Frank Gehry is the architect, I knew this would be an interesting building to photograph.

Before sunset, I captured some abstracts of the structure. Here's one of those images:

Lou Ruvo CenterLou Ruvo CenterLou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at 888 W Bonneville Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 5, 2017 But, my main reason for visiting was to capture this building at night. At night, red lights illuminate the interior and shine through the windows. Or, at least I hoped the interior would get lit.

I arrived at the Brain Center about 30 minutes before sunset, scouted the various compositions and then set up for my first pictures. To my surprise, the building remained dark after the sun went down. Since I was there on a Saturday night, my concern was that the building might not get lit on weekends when the Center is closed.

After another five minutes or so, the lights suddenly went on. In my view, the red lights make a world of difference in these photographs.

Lou Ruvo CenterLou Ruvo CenterLou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at 888 W Bonneville Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 5, 2017 Lou Ruvo CenterLou Ruvo CenterLou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at 888 W Bonneville Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 4, 2017 Lou Ruvo CenterLou Ruvo CenterLou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at 888 W Bonneville Avenue in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 4, 2017 While killing time waiting for the sun to set, I "checked in" to the Ruvo Brain Center on my Facebook page--as I often update my Facebook with my current location while on a photography road trip. Before long, some concerned friends left me messages asking if everything was OK!

I shared some of my Brain Center photographs on various photography forums. A common response was that anyone who looks at this building long enough will soon require the services of the Lou Ruvo Center for Brian Health! 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture gehry las vegas night ruvo center for brain health travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/brain-center Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:30:38 GMT
Microstock Earnings through September http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/microstock-earnings-through-september My monthly microstock earnings came in at $871 for September. This amount is approximately the same as the earnings from last month and the earnings from September of last year.

Following is a summary of my monthly earnings:

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) earnings income microstock sales shutterstock trend http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/microstock-earnings-through-september Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:47:36 GMT
Nikon D850 http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/nikon-d850 I placed an order for the Nikon D850 camera on the morning it was announced (August 24, 2017). I'm anxious to get the D850 for the following reasons:

  1. I'm currently shooting with just one camera. I really need a backup, but don't want to buy a backup since I would like my existing D800 to take that role. I feel like I've been rolling the dice too much lately taking photography trips with just the one camera. Going to Iceland this winter without a backup is not going to be an option!
  2. I don't expect the images to look a whole different between the D800 and D850. But, I think it will be a bit easier to capture some of the images with the D850. I sold my D700 a while back...and really miss the higher frame rate for sports. The D850 will enable me to shoot youth sports with more keepers again.
  3. I'm hoping the D850 will have a quieter shutter as I shoot inside churches a lot.
  4. A more flexible LCD screen will help me when I'm laying on the floor under my tripod trying to line up shots of ceilings!
  5. I find it challenging to zoom in to focus manually with Live View with my D800. It's my understanding that the resolution is much better on the new screen...and that will make life a little easier.
  6. I often shoot wide to create straight lines (requiring cropping) in architectural images. The extra megapixels will provide extra cropping capability.
  7. I will enjoy ISO 64 as a base...I shoot a lot of longer exposures.
  8. I find the focus stacking feature of the D850 to be intriguing.

Those are the main reasons...but there is no bigger reason than needing the backup!

For those of you who track such things, I placed my order at 8:00am Central Time on August 24th through B&H Photo. I have no idea where I stand on the waiting list...just hoping to get my camera by the holidays!

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) b&h photo camera d800 d950 equipment nikon preorder http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/nikon-d850 Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:56:05 GMT
The Barrio Viejo Trade http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-barrio-viejo-trade During my last long road trip through the western portion of the United States, I visited Tucson for a few days. While in Tucson, I enjoyed photographing the Barrio Viejo neighborhood. The old neighborhood features many very colorful homes. It's a photographer's paradise.

One house in particular was super colorful with bright turquoise walls and a red door. I timed my visit for what I hoped would be the best lighting. As soon as I had everything set up and was about to start taking pictures, the owner of the house arrived and started to park her car between me and the house. She noticed that I was taking pictures, so she offered to park down the street instead--but only if I would carry her groceries into the house from her car! She was just returning from shopping at Costco.

I agreed to this offer and went on to photograph the house, as well as several other houses in the neighborhood, for quite some time. To view my photographs from Barrio Viejo, please CLICK HERE.

Here are a few from the turquoise house:

Barrio ViejoBarrio ViejoBarrio Viejo near 915 S Meyer Avenue in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2017

Barrio ViejoBarrio ViejoBarrio Viejo near 915 S Meyer Avenue in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2017

Barrio ViejoBarrio ViejoBarrio Viejo near 915 S Meyer Avenue in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2017 Barrio ViejoBarrio ViejoBarrio Viejo near 915 S Meyer Avenue in Tucson, Arizona on August 8, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) architecture barrio viejo exchange trade travel tucson turquoise http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-barrio-viejo-trade Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:38:25 GMT
"Palouse Hills" Wins Photo of the Day! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/-palouse-hills-wins-photo-of-the-day This morning, my "Palouse Hills" picture won Imaging Resource's "Photo of the Day". CLICK HERE to view Imaging Resource's Photo of the Day page.

This is the first picture from my "Great Western USA Loop" road trip to be recognized with a Photo of the Day. Until just a few years ago, I had never heard about the Palouse. While planning for this long road trip, I was looking for an interesting location to visit between Spokane and Crater Lake National Park. I decided to stay in Colfax, Washington to photograph the Palouse region of eastern Washington. During my stay in Colfax, I drove to the summit of Steptoe Butte three times--twice for sunset and once for sunrise. The haze from the local forest fires diminished my results from the two sunset photo shoots. But, luck prevailed for a few minutes just after sunrise one morning--and I was fortunate enough to create one of my favorite images of the trip.

This marks the 45th time that one of my photographs was recognized by Imaging Resource as its "Photo of the Day". Click here to view all of the winning entries over the past few years.

Palouse HillsPalouse HillsImaging Resource's Photo of the Day for October 8, 2017.

This photo won Second Place for the month of October.

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) award contest entry hills landscape palouse recognition sunrise washington winner http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/-palouse-hills-wins-photo-of-the-day Sun, 08 Oct 2017 12:31:09 GMT
Custer's Last Stand! http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/custers-last-stand Over the past two years, my microstock earnings have been on a slow, downward spiral. I'm certain that this decline in activity is not only impacting me--it's an industry trend due to the massive influx of digital images in recent years.

As my earnings decline, my incentive to upload more images also decreases. One factor is that I sometimes have buyers contact me directly to purchase images...and when those photographs are available through stock for ridiculously low prices, the potential buyers typically go through the stock agencies for these same pictures. A few years ago, I projected that each new stock submission would ultimately generate earnings of $10 to $12. While this doesn't sound like much, when I upload 500 picture from a trip--I found the $5,000 to $6,000 in earnings to be worth making them available through the stock agencies. Unfortunately, new pictures are no longer selling at such a pace--despite my opinion that the pictures naturally tend to improve in quality as time progresses.

So, I'm making my last stand! I recently added 554 new images to my microstock portfolio! I will be closely monitoring the sales of these images. If they generate some income--even enough to offset some of the declining earnings of my existing images, I'll continue to play the microstock game. If they don't generate much income, this will be the last batch of pictures that I sell using this venue.

I'll continue to post my monthly earnings for quite some time so that everyone who reads my blog can continue to see this story unfold. Hopefully, my las stand will end up better than Custer's!

 

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) agencies downloads earnings microstock sales trend http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/custers-last-stand Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:21:49 GMT
Great Western Loop Road Trip -- Distribution by Lens http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/great-western-loop-road-trip----distribution-by-lens Nearly every time I return from a trip, I'm asked about which lenses I used to capture the images. At the end of a trip, I like to look at the distribution of shots by lens. Here's how it looked for my most recent "Great Western Loop Road Trip":

I used just one camera for the entire trip--the Nikon D800. More than 75% of my photographs were captured with one of Nikon's "Holy Trinity" of lenses--the 14-24, 24-70 and 70-200. Before leaving on this trip, I upgraded my Nikon 70-200 VR lens to the most current version. I was so impressed with the quality of this lens that I am now considering upgrading my Nikon 24-70 as well!

Initially, I wasn't going to pack the massive Nikon 500 VR for this trip. I didn't expect for that lens to get much use. But, I'm glad I decided to bring it. In the end, I used the lens to capture 88 photographs--and they were some of my favorite pictures of the trip. It came in handy for some wildlife images as well as landscape pictures (particularly from the summit of the Steptoe Butte in eastern Washington). Here are a few of the 500mm images from this trip:

Steptoe ButteSteptoe ButteThe Palouse from the summit of Steptoe Butte in Steptoe Butte State Park near Colfax, Washington on July 25, 2017 Snow Leopard KittenSnow Leopard KittenSnow Leopard kitten at the Triple D Game Farm at 190 Drake Drive in Kalispell, Montana on July 21, 2017 Sea lionSea lionSea lion at La Jolla Cove at 1100 Coast Blvd in La Jolla, California on August 2, 2017

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gnagel60@comcast.net (Glenn Nagel Photography) distribution equipment lenses road trip travel http://www.nagelphotography.com/blog/2017/10/great-western-loop-road-trip----distribution-by-lens Sun, 01 Oct 2017 20:13:09 GMT