Well, I got one of my 2008 goals completed last night – I sold a picture. It’s not a good picture – in fact, it’s being used in an article on noise in digital photography – but it counts. It should be in the June issue of Popular Photography, which I’ll scan when it comes out. I was torn when I got the request for the image – they wanted my picture, but only because it was so bad … so bad, in fact, that I used it in my example of noise reduction software about a year ago:

5-Way Noise Reduction Test II: Watch the Birdy

This image got a lot of attention at the time, and earned me a free upgrade of the Noiseware software that I still use all of the time (which reminds me, I need to do an update on that ‘study’…). Kind of sad that it is my first paid, published picture, but I’ll take it.

Movie Watch

Over the weekend, Shari and I caught up a bit on our lagging Netflix movies (including one that had been sitting around 3 weeks). First, we watched Into the Wild, based on the book by Jon Krakauer (which happens to be one of my favorite books). It’s the story of Chris McCandless, who decides to embark on his own “On the Road” journey across the country and eventually to Alaska living by an almost Thoreau-ian code, with tragic consequences. Emile Hirsch was great in the role of McCandless, and the film did a great job at staying mostly true to the book (with one notable exception). I really liked it – in fact, I think I liked it more than I expected since books-to-movies are so often disappointing. One disturbing thing about it, though – I have always equated the main character with a friend of mine (also named Chris) who exhibited many of the same personality characteristics and wanderlust, often with less-than-pleasant results. That impression was heightened by the final picture in the movie, a shot of McCandless next to the bus where he lived in Alaska – a near dead ringer for my buddy Chris … a little eerie to say the least.

On Sunday, we watched Juno, which we’ve both been wanting to see since it was in theaters (personally, I wanted to see it instead of the ridiculous “Sweeney Tood”, but I was out-voted). We finally got it, and it’s a really good movie. Everyone in it does a really good job, from star Ellen Page to the smaller parts by J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney. I thought Jennifer Garner was a little under-utilized in it, but other than that, I really enjoyed the whole movie for all of its quirkiness. I agree with it not winning the Oscar for Best Picture, but it was still pretty darn good.

But it’s time to get back to work – only a short, short break today because it’s tre nuts around here lately.


5 Responses to “Sold!

  • Good job selling that photo. I don’t remember seeing your noise-reduction comparison before, it’s very interesting to see those results.

  • congrats buddy! i’ve got into the wild on my library list and juno arrived yesterday.

  • Hey congrats and will be waiting for the June issue (I get pop photography in the mail)! Sometimes it is about how you present your art! You allowed to tell us how much you got from the sale? Email answer is fine!! Just wondering!

  • Marty . . . saw your photo in my Popular Photography Magazine that came in the mail today!

  • Got your scan – thanks for passing that along! Now I’m just waiting for my copy to arrive!

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