Friday, November 21, 2008

Cloud Nine

I have to say, taking pictures really gets to me. It makes me appreciate the beauty around me. It makes me examine things closer. It even makes me watch TV differently.

Always having been a heavily visual person, taking pictures is right up my alley. When I was little, family members always wanted me to find things for them. As I grew older, my color sense was so good, I could match a sweater or blouse color to something I had at home perfectly. And as a teacher, I SPY and Waldo books are fun and I can always quickly find what the kids can't after extensive searching.

But, I feel I have stepped to the next level. It is a long and ongoing journey for me and I realize the road is even longer than I have halfway traveled. But still, it is a next step for me and I couldn't be more excited.

Today 2 of my photos were accepted to a website that sells photos. Most real photographers are probably thinking, "Is she kidding? That's it? That is what she is excited about?"

Yes, it is. I would never call myself a photographer but the site seems pretty strict and has rigid specifications (at least to me and my greenhorn state). And while I had three that were rejected, two weren't!

It gives me hope to keep trying and working on this hobby/project. I just want to improve and be better at something I enjoy. And I love learning new things.

So, I am now a contributor at

But my favorite place continues to be Those people are great.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Tell Me What You Think

Comments on this picture are wanted. Thanks

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Oh I'm So Ready!

Recently my most favorite site ( began moving its contents to a different server. It sounds like the new site will be terrific. But in the meantime, they aren't accepting any uploads of photos. (You can still download though so have a look-see)

Anyway, I have tons of new photos to add. I have been practicing with my photo software. And I have to say I have been looking at other sites.

I found stock.xchng, and actually contributed some pics, but they seem quite particular and don't seem very friendly.

So then I tried my hand at dreamstime. I uploaded about 10 pics. They still haven't been approved, and honestly I don't expect them to be. This is a photo sell site, and I just don't have what it takes yet. Key word is YET :)

I have looked at other sites too but most just don't seem to have the personal feel of morguefile. So, I guess I'll just keep taking pictures and wait.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Feeling Good

I recently set my google alerts to find my photos being used on the web. It wasn't hard but out of over 1000 downloads from, I would have expected there to be more than six. I think the problem is partially that people don't credit the photographer. Well, okay. But I just REALLY like to see how my photos are used. It makes me happy that I could help someone else get a message across.

And even though there was only six, I am so excited that there were six!!! How fun is that?? I only do this for fun, and seeing my picture used by someone gives me such a thrill!

Here are the places I have found so far :) (sorry, I can't read Spanish, so I don't know what the crawdad is saying :) hehe

Thanks to those who use my picture and give me credit! It's fun to see them! I know a couple others have told me they were using my pics in powerpoint presentations. Thanks to them for sending a quick message :) It really makes my day!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

New Header

So I was looking for pics with a little more "fall" type theme to match the season. I guess I didn't do so well. As I looked through, these were some of the ones I just loved from my morguefile account. Not all, by any means, but in that one particular folder, these jumped out at me - even though I was searching for a FALL THEME! Oh well, there is always 3 months to every season. I have a while to change it. Thank goodness nothing is permanent on the internet :)