"...at a price rather lower than the camera manufacturers' equivalents."
It's just "lower." What's the "rather lower" claptrap?
I think what you really want to say is that it's significantly lower, but your ad sales people will not tolerate that. And you can't bring yourself to go with the simple and straightforward, "at a lower price." So you make yourself feel better with a silly and superfluous "rather" tossed in.
I'd rather read honest copy.
The power of a camera and someone who sees things! No wonder people get afraid when they see someone with a camera!
Nothing like a pedestrian "street photography" piece to provide a good spike to the traffic line.
Great image -- nice to see some other folks recognized how good it is!! Congratulations.
coudet: Typical - 80% of the pictures show human suffering.
"If it bleeds, it leads." Journalism is about drama, not happy days.
aardvark7: You couldn't make that £5000 could you? I mean, you were British once...
I had no idea this ragtag bunch had $5K they could just give away. What a surprise! I always saw this as a little shoestring operation.
What is a "consumer-facing photographic company"?
aardvark7: With regard to aesthetic merits, each to his own and one can't argue.As to success, that goes hand in hand with individual taste too.
However, the essence of this article seems to have been missed by all but one who commented.
The author talks of perserverance and illustrates that by mentioning the number of visits to a site. To me, this is not perserverance, but rather making use of the opportunity.
99.9% of all photographers will not have the luxury to make such trips, even if they had the desire. It may be too expensive or they have other calls on their time. It is simply not an option and the only way they get 'the shot' is by lucky chance of being there at the appropriate time in the first place.
Any time the subject comes up as to the most important thing in photography, I always say 'Opportunity' and this article demonstrates exactly that.
Give most the opportunity and even a basic camera and there would be bucketloads of quality shots. Most simply don't get the chance.
Art is not to be found by touring to Egypt, China, or Peru; if you cannot find it at your own door, you will never find it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The point of this piece is not traveling to a lake in Ireland. The point is thoughtful planning and envisioning your image. The author's location may not be your location. The author's image may not be your image. We must find our images where we are, and often we must try, try again.
That's a hotel.
To me, this one is clearly the winner!
I rarely vote, but this is a real five-star image. Thanks.
Nice work. That took some effort to put together! I like it.
stormy_weather: Nothing wrong with the picture and also nothing wrong with being inspired by an great American painter, but this indeed looks like an Edward Hopper painting.
Saying you're polite suggests he is not. I don't see questioning the whole value of a story around one decent picture as not being constructive. The value is suggesting that the editorial processes may need to be checked.
And finally, what does this being a "community" have to do with anything?
This guy needs an editor.