What does being the APUG featured member entail? A drug test? Public disclosure of assets? Or the opportunity for me to talk about myself for a half hour. :)
If you guys want me to be the subject of a featured member piece, I'm game for it. I'm not sure if the powers that be would be interested in that.
You ducking my questions, E.R.? ;)
I second the nomination. Your photo's are stunning.
The drug test didn't bother me but the prostate exam was a bit much though.
Brian, could you please turn your head and cough?
As for "Twelve Birds", the odds are that the people who did the PBS commercial did not see my web site, I don't get THAT many visitors. Granted the image existed before the commercial, but the observation that birds on telephone wires resemble musical notes is not that new. At least I can not imagine it not having been observed before. The hard part though is getting a scene that actually works. In fact I did a similar photo with sneakers 32 years ago. See below. I may put this in the gallery just to see if people like my teenage work better than my "mature" work. I've been looking to do a new and better version of this shot for a few years now, but they cut them down too fast nowadays. There is a tree in Nevada that has thousands of sneakers on it though. Maybe I'll post a photo of it,
I was a bit bummed seeing the commercial though because I felt that now people would think the commercial came first and I was copying it. What can you do.
I am curious though when I come across long established scenes and I see compositions or juxtapositions that seem perfect and yet no one has ever quite used them. The image "Death Valley Dunes" has those pyramid buttes, the New York Buttes I think they're called, and no one as far as any DV sand dune photos that i have ever seen has bothered to really pair them prominently with the dunes. Maybe sometimes you think that you're shooting something shot before, but it's never been shot like that before, because everyone assumed that it has been done before. But it only goes to show that even in highly photographed scenes, there's still room for differing styles or POV's, except of course slot canyons, they all look the same.... :)