Posted Wed May 9, 2007 1:05AM
Posted By sjlocke:
Whew. Thank goodness it isn't just me.
How would you have set this one up in your studio, Super Sean? (Always supposing the local zoo could spare three kangaroos?)
Posted Wed May 9, 2007 1:12AM
Posted By risamay:That sums it up perfectly...
I really like this image. I don't care if it was a planned shot, a lucky capture or a feat of Photoshop; it's a beautiful image and I absolutely would have uploaded it if I were the lucky creator!
It's great that iStock supports the full range of its image makers' work: from cookie cutter, somewhat sterile stock to cutting-edge creative to absolutely artful. Some of us specialize in one area and hope to evolve to another. Others of us have a bit of everything peppered throughout our portfolios. I love it. All of it!
(Edited on 2007-05-08 14:39:11 by risamay)
Posted Wed May 9, 2007 1:29AM
To answer the OP, no I wouldn't have uploaded it. I would have been 100% positive that it would get rejected for looking over processed. I like it as an image and can easily visualize it being used in a travel ad of some kind but if I had my "shooting stock" head on, I'd have probably deleted it from my CF card without it ever making it to my PC.
(Edited on 2007-05-09 01:30:16 by kelvinjay)
Posted Wed May 9, 2007 2:48AM
Well if you search for running kangaroos from the site's collection, there is only a few of them so, in a way, you can say that this is good "stock" and definitely worth uploading.
The motion blur works well for the scene, its aligned with the horizon and the direction the animals are running to - and its definitely not something you can easily add in artificially in post processing - besides, these kangaroos could reach speeds of up to 45 mph so anything that emphasizes this would enhance the shot.
Now if the image was of a turtle with some fancy motion blur, I would probably think about it...
Posted Wed May 9, 2007 7:53AM
I simply don't buy the "art can't be stock" and "stock can't be art" stuff. It's all too nebulous for such nonsense.... beauty in the eye of the beholder, and differing needs of the millions of stock end-users, and trends, and classic appeal, and visual indescribableness and momentary bouts of genius, and madness, and happy chances all rolled into one big blurred ball. So that's why I love the IOTW, hand congratulations to Kitch, and would definitely upload a fabulous image like this if I had one! If all I ever did was shoot boring inanimate objects on white backgrounds, I'd be ready for the proverbial funny farm by the end of the day. But maybe I'm just giddy because I had a favorite flower shot accepted today which took hours of crawling around in dirt and hundreds of bad shots to get "right". At the end of that day I was sore, starving, and grinning from ear to ear. As a favorite art prof used to tell me, "just play with it."
Posted Wed May 9, 2007 9:52AM
Personally, I may have uploaded it, but if I did and it was rejected, I wouldn't have given it a second thought. Kudos to the photographer for taking it, AND to the inspector for accepting it. But things like soft focus, motion blur, image grain (aka noise), tilted horizons, etc can all be elements of great photos...that get rejected here on istock. If anything, this is an argument for taking a chance on what you think may be a brilliant photo, but accepting that it may not get through. We're walking on pretty subjective ground, and everyone has their own opinion.
And IMHO, I think the picture is very cool!
Posted Wed May 9, 2007 10:22AM
It's a wonderful image and, in my view, quite "stockworthy". Kitch, you did a fantastic job and I hope this is an image you will prize forever. May it sell and sell for you too.
Posted Wed May 9, 2007 2:28PM
The image is great and my big congrats to Kitch; but personally I didn't upload it because I would be sure that the inspectors found something on my image and they rejected it. I'm surprised -
Posted Wed May 9, 2007 6:41PM
There are some stellar images on istock with soft focus, motion blur, image grain, and tilted horizons. Those elements can be really sexy on the right image.