Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Give it a shot..

I have a new hobby!
Well,it's more like a goal.
Actually,'s more like a fantasy,whose attainment is a goal I'm making my new hobby..Anywhiz,..
I fully intend to get a photograph of some sort published in National Geographic Magazine!

'What manner of madness is this!?!', ask.

First of all, guys talk funny.
But,I do understand your incredulity.
Turns out,NatGeo actually solicits reader submissions for their 'Your Shot' photo campaign!

Each weekday,(Monday-Friday),they select a 'Daily Dozen' from the buttloads of reader submissions,to post on the above underlined link.
From these,two photos are selected to be featured in their monthly issue.
The helluvit is,you may only submit one photo a month.

So,..I guess my first objective is to make the Daily Dozen.

I don't know how many submissions they get each month,..But I do know this!
..Twelve a day,times five days a week,times four weeks a month,divided by two,(Subtract the nine,..carry the seventeen),..makes the odds of getting published 1 in 120!!
That's way better than the odds of winning the lottery..(Although, there's no actual talent involved in winning the lottery,..but we won't let that deter us).

I like to think I can take a 'pretty' picture..

Maybe sometimes, 'artsy' picture..

..Even the occasional 'whimsical' picture..

Now,if I can just manage to take an iconic picture,..I'll be up to my ass in the fame and adulation that having a photo published in NatGeo quite naturally deserves!

That's why I'm calling this whole endeavor a hobby..It's not anything I could do to earn my daily Sheckels,but there's an enormous amount of satisfaction in the effort.



At 8:50 PM , Blogger Miss Healthypants said...

Cool beans, Sling! Your photos are really great--the best of luck to you! :)

At 9:14 PM , Blogger jan said...

just don't forget who loved you BEFORE the fame and adulation.

At 11:24 PM , Blogger YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I love all 3 of those photos and if they don't like them they should get the boot up the ass..

At 8:18 AM , Blogger billy pilgrim said...

got any naked women from africa?

At 9:49 AM , Blogger rosemary said...

I like all of your photos.....if the bald guy had a head tattoo....and seeing as how you lost that gig in where was it Australia? The underwater one or whatever it was...naked swimming, naked broadcasting....

At 12:01 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's with all this naked talk? Sage isn't even here yet.

At 12:20 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Miss HP- Thanks kid..I don't actually have any illusions about getting featured,but it's fun checking the Daily Dozen,just in case. ;)

Jan- Sorry..I fully intend to be an insufferable bastard if this pans out.

Yellerdawg- I submitted one last month,and one this month..None of the one's on my post,but I think I'll try submitting the dog-on-shoulder one next month.

Billy P.- All I have is a ton of naked asian cheerleaders..No Africa ones..Sorry.

Rosie- I have one of me naked bowling,but it's already been published.

JP- I know!..Mention naked and they all come outta the woodwork!

At 12:50 PM , Blogger secret agent woman said...

I think that stone one would be cool blown up to poster size.

At 1:09 PM , Blogger Sling said...

Secret Agent Woman- That's a picture of a retaining wall that I flipped 90 degrees.
You know,part of the reason I posted this was because so many of my blogpals take photos that are easily as good,and better than the Daily Dozen,and maybe they might like to submit some of their own stuff for fun..just sayin'.

At 2:29 PM , Blogger Random Thinker said...

All awesome but my personal favorite is the bottom one, a man and his dog after a long weekend of abalone hunting (fishing). Writing, photography, musician... Sling you are a man of many talents. But we knew that.

At 5:32 PM , Blogger Middle Child said...

I agree with random thinker - you couldn't make that one happen if you tried. - good luck

At 9:53 PM , Blogger Mom said...

I love your photos. I will start checking my geographic for your pictures.

At 9:18 AM , Blogger booda baby said...

I'm really excited and convinced that you'll turn this hobby into a career as a photojournalist. I think being a photojournalist must be the very best gig in the world - who's better equipped for it than you? Seriously.

As an aside, do you think you can plan for an iconic shot or do you think that's a sort of editorial skill?

At 10:37 AM , Blogger Sling said...

Thinker- That's my favorite one so far too..It's got a few appealing elements. :)

Middle Child- Spontaneity is one of the elements I think makes it work..Still,if you go to the link,you see a ton of photos that kick it's ass.

Mom- You may be in for a long wait Mom.

Booda Babe- Oh,I'm convinced it isn't anything that can be planned.
When you look at really,really good pix,you can tell there's a buttload of events that have to conspire to make the shot,and then I think editorial skills are surely needed to get the finished product.
All this is what makes it fun,you see!

At 3:10 PM , Blogger apositivepessimist said...

I have a soft spot for the dog one.

Maybe you can photoshop yer mate into a pirate…The Scurvy Dawgs…he already has the mascot on his shoulder.

Arhaaha. I crack me up.

Am I the only one??


At 9:10 AM , Blogger sageweb said...

Oh I love your photos..did someone say naked?

What is that flower you are holding? It is awesome.

At 11:39 AM , Blogger apositivepessimist said...

Flower = clematis...yes?

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