Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December 10 on 10: Wrapping up the Year

This post is part of the 10 on 10 blog circle. A group of women photographers post 10 photon the 10th day of each month. After reading this post please follow the circle starting with Trini in Norway.


This month, this strange thing happened to me: 

One day before work, I stopped off at one local park on a cold morning, and I found a frozen puddle in a parking lot. The puddle had the most a lovely freeze pattern, so I took some photographs with my macro lens. 

After work, I processed my favorite out of the group and posted it on Flickr. The photo made it to 'Explore' and the next day, someone contacted me via Flickr and he wanted to purchase the photograph. This person offered me $250; he just wanted the file to print it himself so he could hang the photo on his wall. He said, "I think it will look great". 

I could not believe it. I took the offer; I actually got paid and I sent the file, but I have to admit to being a bit nervous about the whole deal. I have sold a few things before but mostly on Society6 and I do not get that much money for prints, etc., so why should I get this much money for spending 10 minutes taking pictures of a frozen puddle? Am I really some sort of fraud? Will the print turn out the way he expects? Do I deserve this? I felt torn . . . it's just a puddle--a lovely, lovely puddle, but anyone can do this. It was not hard; not hard enough.

Despite my second guessing and my guilt for the sale, I will try to be realistic and look at this as just something nice that happened to me and try to remind myself that I did not ask; he offered, (and I will keep my fingers crossed that the print this man makes from the file I sent to him lives up to his expectations). 

And here I have nine more rather random, but rather typical photographs (for me) that I took these past few weeks:

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season.