(Looks like WordPress has deemed it wrong to show pictures full size anymore…Geez!)
Apparently, in my quest for the best possible picture, I outgrew the stock photo industry. According to one stock agency, the featured photo above is not high quality enough because it is only 4.2 mb in size. Furthermore, it is out of focus. Lastly, it is over manipulated.
Yes, I will agree that the above picture is not from a DSLR. It is from a Nikon P510 which is no crappy camera, by any means. It was $450.00 when I bought it and takes pretty awesome pics. It is a 16MP camera that is, by no means or way, a phone camera. The file size certainly is not too small.
Of course, the out of focus BS is purely crap.The only thing out of focus in this photo is the background, which happens with every GOOD camera when shooting macro. To state this as a reason for rejection is just beyond stupid.
Lastly, over manipulated? WTF is wrong with people now-a-days? I changed the photo to black and white, and added back in a selective amount of color. If that is over-manipulation, then I might as well throw in the towel, because this is one of my least manipulated photos.
Because they rejected this photo, they rejected 3 others that were with it. That is just pure laziness, and a sign that these stock agencies have too much stock, if they are turning down photos like this. This is original, detailed, and artistic. Apparently, that is not what they want.
I have uploaded the full size picture (4608 x 3456 px) so you can see for yourself what you cannot get from a stock agency.
I am sorry, I refuse to compromise quality to sell photos for next to nothing. I want to give clients quality, interesting photos. Not something lame, boring, and of low quality.
It saddens me to see that true art is unappreciated anymore.