Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wildlife cinematography...

If you like nature and wildlife films and filmmakers, check out my friends production company - Twin Lions Productions.  They are based in Alaska and have a lot of stock film and video of southern Alaska wildlife...

Monday, November 28, 2011

The Calendar is a Go!


Great news! Lulu.com came through with a great looking sample of my 2012 calendar, so sales are back on - Buy it now at Lulu.com.

Support independent publishing: Buy this calendar on Lulu.

Here's a slideshow of the images in the calendar...


Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday!



Time to shop! Through the end of the month you can take 20% off any purchase from wildlandphotos.com with the code blackfriday2011 .

Saturday, November 19, 2011

CafePress Win...

While I'm not sure if my calendar will be offered on CafePress again (if they convince me that the quality will meet my expectations), I do want to say that their return/refund policy certainly makes them worth a try...

Also I received this message from their customer service manager:

Hi Josh,

I happened upon your blog and I was disappointed to see that it sounds like we didn't do a great job with your calendar order.  We are going to reprint the calendar and try and see what you mentioned happens again.  We are also going to try and send you a better version of the calendar.  The head of our production team is aware of this and is working on it. 

I am really sorry for the inconvenience this has caused.  Please let me know if there's anything else I can help with.  We take the quality of our products very seriously and we want to do our best to make sure you are satisfied.

Thanks,

Jonathan Keane
Sr. Manager of Customer Service
So, they are actively engaged in trying to improve their product (or at least their reputation (and honestly, that's working with me - hence this post)). 

Looking back at the calendar, the big issue in my view is the vertical banding through the images - if they can eliminate that issue, I'd use 'em again for sure...

Monday, November 14, 2011

CafePress Fail - lesson learned!

Howdy all - as I said when I introduced the 2012 Calendar a few posts ago, I've produced calendars online several years running, and always with good results. Unfortunately, in my haste to get a calendar available for sale online this fall, I trusted that CafePress would meet or exceed the print quality I've always gotten from other printers (shutterfly.com, and I believe snapfish.com) which has always been excellent.  I'm sorry to say that I've found that assumption to be false.  I received my first copy of my calendar today, and found it to be a mixed bag of prints some of which look quite good, while others look atrocious bad!  The bad ones include combinations of things like, oversaturation (looks nothing like the image I uploaded, and I know the colorspace was correct), flakes of ink missing from the page(!), visible halftoning with big dots, and many shots include vertical banding to one degree or another (not sure if this is some sort of moire pattern from the halftoning (halftoning?!) or just bad printing).

Lesson learned - always get a sample before offering a product to the public!
For now I'm removing the CafePress version from the market, and I'll be looking into other printers (and likely handling orders myself rather than through a web based service).

For those of you who are planning on ordering calendars, don't worry, I'm still pursuing it.  I'll post here when I get more info!

Luckily (heh, kinda, I guess), only two of you have ordered calendars so far, so this hasn't affected too many customers. 

For the two of you who already purchased, what I'd recommend is checking out your calendar when it arrives - since these are printed on demand, one at a time, there's a chance that yours turned out better (maybe I got the new guy), if it's fine, awesome, congrats; If you can identify problems with the printing, you should return it using CafePress' 100% Money Back Gaurentee. Their policy states, "Please note: Shipping charges are only refundable if your return is a result of an error made by CafePress.com.", and I'd say there are any number of "errors made by CafePress.com" in my copy, so if you decide to return the calendar due to these problems, you should get you shipping cost returned as well.  Let me know how that goes for you and I'll make it right (as well as discounts on new calendar purchaces for you two when the the new version is finalized - get in touch with me for details).

Gah!

Update - CafePress has issued a refund, and after I pressed the issue, has refunded my shipping costs as well, so if you're displeased with your copy, CafePress should make it right (with a little pressure).

Update 2 - I've been contacted by CafePress who are going to try to resolve my issues - proactive damage control!  Between their attempt to improve and their low-risk return policy - I'd say give 'em a try if you're interested, just get a sample sent to you first.

Egret Alighting ~ Santa Cruz, California


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Found Art Sale...

Literally... found some art.

I was cleaning up my house (well, it's arguable that my wife was cleaning up the house, but that's beside the point...) and I found three 8x12 prints of this shot:

Lightning in Rainbow Canyon ~ Caliente, Nevada.


I had bought these prints to sell to firefighters I work with in Nevada, and I did sell some copies, but not these three... The prints are a bit darker than the image posted above (mostly the cliff area is substantially darker in the prints).

So, a found art sale: an 8x12 on my site is priced at  $35 + shipping - you can have one of these three for $25 including shipping within the US.  Hit me up via email if you want one...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Contest Entries...

Just entered three images in the Yosemite Renaissance art competition/exhibition:

Another Moonrise ~ Yosemite Valley, California


Sunburst in Snow ~ Yosemite, California.




I have no idea if they'll even be selected for the event, but my fingers are crossed...

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Social Media Networking Blitz!

Howdy everyone -  Right now 21 people "Like" my wildlandphotos facebook page and 3 people are following my Google+ page (which is new, give it time ;-)... so a total of around 24 folks are getting updates from me. (I'm excluding twitter here - I'm fairly convinced that most of my few followers on twitter are simply hoping for a follow-back - if you are following me on twitter and actually enjoy my photos, send me a tweet to that effect and I'll add you to the list.)

When that number hits 50, I'll have a drawing with those 50+ names and the winner will get a free 8x12 inch print of their choice (from my site - not some famous photographer's).

So spread the word... spam your friends and family - it's for their own good (well it's for a chance to win).  What they need to do is head to my facebook page and "Like" it or my Google+ page and "Circle Me" (as the new expression goes). (or they can follow me on twitter @wildlandphotos and then tweet me to let me know they're a real fan ;-)...

And don't stop when I hit 50... at 100 fans I'll give away a 12x18" print! We'll see what I can come up with at 200...

Fall at Burst Rock ~ Stanislaus National Forest, California

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Reprobatio Certa, Hora Incerta...

A big thank you to my brother for posting on his hilarious Journal of Universal Rejection blog, Reprobatio Certa a nice plug for my Calendar... (I hereby apologize for the "Vacuum Cleaner Shark incident")

If you got here from somewhere other than Reprobatio Certa, you should head over there and check it out... hilarious stuff!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

2012 Calendar

11/28/2011 - Good News! Calendar Orders are Now Live on Lulu.com - check 'em out!


Older news moved to the bottom of this post...




For several years I've made a calendar of my photography for family and friends, and it has been universally well received (or at least my family and friends are kind!) - I've even sold a few copies unexpectedly (had to make a special order to facilitate that).

UPDATED: This calendar is being printed by Lulu.com so if you tend to give calendars as gifts, consider this one, and if you tend to recieve calendars from the same person every year (hi mom), send them a link ;-)



You can also view these images in order and at a higher resolution in this gallery, so check it out!

November!


Older updates:
11/14/2011- Big News! I'm not pleased with the quality of prints I got in the calendar from CafePress, so orders are on hold for now while I figure out a different printer... Sorry for the inconvience - see the other blog post for more details.

Aaaaaannnnnd... We're back!

I'm hooking up the electrodes to revive this blog (you may have noticed the menu option "blog" appear in the nav bar)... just waiting for a lightning strike to initiate the reanimation...