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Old Sep 16, 2010, 9:47 PM   #1
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Default Hummingbird with full wing extension detail @ 600mm, 1/250 sec. + good news!

Normally I don't take many (or post) hummer images while they are on a feeder, but the image clarity and wing feather details really caught my eye on this shot.

It's uncropped from approx. 12 feet away. Image is approx. 33% of the actual size:

Camera Details:
Pentax K10D
Shutter speed: 1/250 sec.
Aperture: F/7.1
Focal length: 600mm
ISO 320
AV mode
Metering: center weighted

Lens:
FA* 250-600/5.6

Support system:
Gitzo 3541XLS CF tripod
Wimberley WH-200 gimbal head
Wimberley P50 lens plate


The best part is that I now have given (SOLD) exclusive reproduction rights on this image - it will feature in the packaging, banners, etc. for their future products at every Wal-Mart/Lowes/Amazon/online retailers/other B&M stores carrying First Nature Hummingbird Feeders (owned by Daisy) in North, Central and South America.

Received notification on Tuesday, Sept. 14th of the desire by First Nature Outdoor Products: they really wanted the image and accepted my terms! Apparently the marketing folks were in the midst of a refresh on packaging so they needed it by Wednesday...
They signed the agreement I drew up without hesitation (
I still retain copyright!) and then I handed over the digital images to them on Wednesday at their main office. I spent some time with the Marketing Manager and we talked for at least 30 minutes after the VP of Marketing headed out for appointments.Good to go and everyone is VERY happy.

Examples of a simple retailer search online: http://www.google.com/...er&hl=en&aq=0&oq=First+Nature+Hummingbir


I hope you enjoy the image!

Cheers,
Marc
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Old Sep 16, 2010, 9:56 PM   #2
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It's nice to hear a happy story. Congratulations!

The colors and clarity of this image are just fantastic.

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incredible sot and great to hear you got [email protected]!

im still left in the dark as to how one goes about getting something sold, connections?
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really great shot. the detail is amazing. and a big congratulations.
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Gorgeous detail and sharpness!Congrats!
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Wow, I think I want that lens! Don't suppose it's either available or remotely affordable

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It's nice to hear a happy story. Congratulations!

The colors and clarity of this image are just fantastic.

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Thank you Mike and glad you enjoyed the image!

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incredible shot and great to hear you got [email protected]!

im still left in the dark as to how one goes about getting something sold, connections?
Much appreciated on the comments - thank you.

Regarding your question: that's never a simple answer, simply because (in this case) the image sold on it's own merits for the prospective buyer. The company and I agreed to stay in touch for possible images in the future, but this image wasn't on their immediate wish list. Apparently they have never have gotten anything close to it in the past.

However, it's a relatively unique pose for a hummingbird: the wing extension, rich colors and the details are relatively crisp. It's very suitable to large print work, so they wanted a complete buy out, which I refused. They've never had anyone do that before, but I stuck with my principles of retaining copyright. I don't mind them having exclusive commercial reproduction right - I still keep copyright ownership and can sell a print to a private client, although it's unlikely, given the subject is perched on a feeder. I've sold an image of a hummingbird on the upper curve of a shepherd's hook to a private client, which doesn't seem as "intrusive" of a man-made object to a nature subject.

Normally you have to find something that generates or fulfills a need, is perhaps unique in the market. Generally speaking, I would not recommend pursuing photography as a full time occupation - the market is changing in many ways and it's becoming saturated. Have fun, keep it as an outlet, make a bit now and then, use it as a reason to travel, etc.

I hope I answered your question...!

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really great shot. the detail is amazing. and a big congratulations.
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Gorgeous detail and sharpness!Congrats!
Thank you both for the comments and my honor to share a bit of nature's beauty -- those details we'd otherwise never see.

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Wow Marc, congratulations. That's an awesome photo, well deserving of a prominent place in a marketing campaign. Over the years I've had a few photos published in local papers, but have never been paid a penny. You hve done very well with this stunning shot.
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Wow, I think I want that lens! Don't suppose it's either available or remotely affordable

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Hi John,

Unfortunately your are right on both counts: MSRP was around $7400 - $7600 USD for the FA* 250-600/5.6 - no plans to sell the lens.

For your reference, here are some images of the lens and a few in my collection: http://forums.steves-digicams.com/1011289-post2.html

I've sold the FA* 80-200/2.8 since that post.

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