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    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    This assignment has been extended through December 23, and payment for the chosen submission has more than doubled!

    Request: Margret, the author, is requesting a conceptual picture of a Caucasian, teen-to-adult woman in our modern era looking out over a vista with a path leading out to a mountain landscape with her hands lifted up in praise. The path and mountains symbolize an overwhelming course that has been set before her. The posture of praise should portray trust more than celebration, almost as though she is “nervous” about the journey. No particular color scheme or time of year is requested, though autumn is Margret’s favorite season. In terms of arrangement and subject placement, more mountains than person, concentrating on the path more than person as well.

    Inspiration: Here are a few links to images Margret said portrayed the general impression she was going for. They are just ideas. While collectively they portray the feeling she’s looking for, no single image applies all the aspects desired: Woman waiting, Walking in mountains, Reaching out, Standing in path, In need of help, Difficult path.

    Image Specs: Submissions must be of the highest quality possible, at least 3300 pixels tall! It is recommended that original images be shot in RAW format. Remember that the photo will be used for the cover of a book, so vertical orientation is recommended, with lots of room to spare for textual content. “Photoshopped” composites are welcome!

    Submission process: Reply to this forum topic attaching a low-resolution JPG file so we can all see your submissions. Once a submission has been chosen, we’ll contact you requesting the original file.

    Remuneration: PRO members will receive $75 per chosen submission; non-PRO photographers will receive $25 per chosen submission.

    Terms of use: The chosen submission will be used as if Margret purchased it under a Royalty Free license. You continue to retain full rights to the image to use as you would like in the future.

    Deadline: Midnight, Saturday, December 23, 2017

    Questions? Reply directly to this forum topic!

    #26218

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Sounds like a fun opportunity! 🙂

    Is there a particular colour scheme she’s doing? Just wondering about good clothing colours. . .

    Would she like space at the top of the image for text? And does she have a preference to how much space the person is filling up in the image and the positioning of them? (like in the centre, side and small person with heaps of mountains or mainly person etc.)

    #26245

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    From Margret:

    There is no particular color scheme. Fall is my favorite time of year, but other seasons and colors are not precluded. Space at the top might be nice, but the truth is that if I need more space I can shrink the photo and put a complementary background color at the top if need be. I think more mountains than person would be my flavor. I want to concentrate on the path more than the person.

    I’m super excited about seeing the results! Thank so much!

    #26752

    Mia D
    Participant

    Well, I tried to shoot some yesterday, but, its hunting season, and when we arrived at t place I decided to shoot at, someone decided to start target practice! Lol!😂 I’m hoping to try again tomorrow! Hmmm… more time would be helpful!😊

    #26755

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Oh, that’s hilarious!

    Reminds me of a webinar I did at a park one time . . . I must admit that gunshots from folks target practicing that day was an odd background noise. 🙂

    Hope something works out for tomorrow!

    #26794

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Well, it was a bit more challenging than I was hoping! 😀 Here’s the pictures that I came up with. They didn’t turn out like I’d hoped, but here they are anyway. Maybe if we have a bit more time I can try again.

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    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    And two more. . . 🙂

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    #26857

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Thank you, @creative-click-photography, for your submissions! I’ll contact Margret. If she falls in love with any of your pictures, then I’ll send you the $30! If she wants more options, then we’ll probably extend the deadline into late December. Will keep you in the loop about what she says!

    #27515

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Margret has extended the deadline to midnight, December 23, and increased the payment for the chosen submission to $75 ($25 for non-PRO members) in order to provide more time for us to take pictures more specific to her request!

    This is on my schedule to shoot for. I hope it’s on yours too! It’s just a matter of finding a good, rough path for my subject to be walking on.

    I’m still hoping to put together a training video on how I do it, but I’ve never really done this before so it’s going to be a big challenge and I’m not sure if the training video will happen. I am determined to submit some pictures, though. And I really hope you will too!

    #27518

    blessingscaptured
    Participant

    I don’t live near any mountains and I’ve never been to any mountains. Do you think rolling hills would substitute?

    #27552

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    So, I was wondering what Margaret’s “critique” of my pictures was. 🙂 Is the main reason it isn’t suitable because there isn’t a path or was it the wrong pose, she didn’t like the brown grass or mountains, the clothing isn’t her style etc. Just thought it’d be handy to know for the next photo shoot, so hopefully it’ll be more what she’s after! 🙂

    #27737

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    @blessingscaptured, yes, I think that if there is a rough path and a “far, distant, overwhelming feeling” in the landscape (such as there being multiple layers of hills, or a low angle of light, or dramatic contrasts in silhouette, or directional flare, or a vast valley between the subject and the hills….or all the above!) then I think you could make it work. That’s what I have resorted to here in WV. If the valley is deep enough, I might be able to photoshop in other mountains if Margret requests that.

    #27738

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    @creative-click-photography, I’m so sorry! I meant to post that! Here’s what Margret said about the first batch of submissions….

    Thank you for those submissions. My first thoughts are that I think I’d like the picture a little more zoomed out, so to speak. The attention is being brought too much to the person instead of the “path”. I’d like for there to be more treachery in the path, as well. I want it to look much more daunting, if that makes sense. Also, I think I’d like for the colors to be more vibrant than foggy, if that makes any sense. I’m fine with extending the deadline [to December 23]. I still have a lot of work before me, so I’m in no hurry. Thanks to all who are trying. I know I am being picky, but I’d appreciate for the submissions to keep coming, as I’d love to put something truly special out there instead of a stock photo. Thanks for all your work!

    So yes! I think it’s mainly in the path. I don’t think it was the posing or the mountains or the clothing styles. I like the pose of 171112-Caitlin-Compton-4259.jpg best, though creative variation is good. Margret didn’t say anything about the posing.

    #27739

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    And here is another update I just got from Margret that I wanted to share with everyone:

    I am really struggling to write this book, and it makes me feel that I am much farther out than I first expected. It is just extremely
    emotionally draining, so I tend to step away for days and even weeks at a time. The other thing is that I am now uncertain of the direction for publishing. Since a past book hasn’t sold well, I’m unsure if I should attempt to go the traditional route which, of course, would place me at the mercy of the publisher, and I would no longer have sole discretion for all things publication related.


    First of all, we can be praying for her as she writes the book!
    It’s obviously a work from her heart, intended to reach the hearts of others with like needs, and not necessarily meant to be a “best seller”.

    Thus, she’s not sure how she’s going to publish it. Due to this uncertainty, she can’t promise that she will actually be able to choose any of our pictures. She would like to, and will if possible, but she just wanted to let us know that future of the book is more uncertain than she originally thought.

    So, interpret this as you will, but I’m still going to shoot for it! I’ve already learned so much through this op and I’m going to continue to shoot to serve and learn.

    The $75 remuneration and December 23 deadline will continue to be in effect.

    #27764

    Caitlin Compton
    Participant

    Thanks for that, @jamesstaddon. I understand just what she’s saying. And she doesn’t need to worry about being picky, the front cover of a book is pretty important, so we need something she’s happy with! 🙂 I’ll pray for her and her project. I’m still planning on having another go at shooting this!

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