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Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/01/2013 - 10:55 PM

To all that were involved in my discussion yesterday:

I wish that I had put a little more thought into my decision last night before I closed my account. I completely agree with the comments that were made on my photographs and I agree that improvements can be made. I certainly do not want to sell a photo that could be returned for resolution issues. I am a firm believer in quality control, and like was mentioned in the discussion yesterday, I do not want to ruin my reputation as a photographer. After I closed my account, I was still able to read the discussion that I had started, asking for both criticism on my photos and advice on pricing. I certainly was not insulted by the comments that were made on the photos that I had uploaded. If I didn't want the criticism, I wouldn't have asked. I have deleted several photos that I agree may not have been as wonderful as I initially thought. I guess the musician in me was saying "upload the photo," but in reality, may not have been as appealing to somebody who didn't see the beauty in what I was seeing. I totally agree with the two gentlemen that commented. Please forgive me for not remembering your names -- the discussion is no longer available and I'm not able to recall your names. I do think that I am worthy of being on this site (which is why I am back); however, I will be a lot more careful with the photos that I am posting. I am looking forward to making some sales in the near future and am also signed up for a photography course with a local art museum to improve my techniques. Fine Art America is a wonderful opportunity to showcase an artist and I look forward to being a part of it.


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Posted by: Dan Carmichael on 02/02/2013 - 2:13 AM

... and with a post like this, you are most certainly a welcome addition not only to FAA but as a participant and commenter to these forums. Wow. Great post. Humility, pride, sincerity. You set a good example for us all.


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 8:45 AM

Thank you Dan. Criticism and comments can only help improve my technique and I completely understand that this site is not for teaching, but for selling artwork. I look forward to putting many great quality pieces on the site in the near future.


Posted by: Kerri Mortenson on 02/02/2013 - 9:08 AM

Welcome back!!


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 9:11 AM

Thanks Kerri! This time I'm staying. :)


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 02/02/2013 - 9:19 AM

Very pleased to see you back here, Sheellah -- wow, you've really got what my grandpa called 'moxie'! Your post, above, will be an inspiration for many of us.

I wish you all the very best -- enjoy the journey! :-)


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 9:28 AM

Thank you Wendy. I am happy to be back and I love the word "moxie." It just sounds cool and I haven't heard it in a while. I have been pelican-stalking this morning. :) We have a pelican that makes daily visits to the canal behind our house. Every time I try to get a picture of him, he takes off. I need one of those U.S. Navy Seal's outfits to creep up on him. :)


Posted by: Ginny Schmidt on 02/02/2013 - 9:34 AM

I am so glad you came back. That was a very nice reintroduction. Yes, you DO deserve to be on this site, and you will learn as you go. You've got a good eye. I love the cottonmouth picture. Some might say it is a bit dark, but I would call it moody. The northern terrier picture that someone said the foreground blur was distracting, in my opinion, the bird is so beautiful that if you cropped the picture a bit, discarding more of the lower right area than elsewhere, the focus would go more to the bird - although I do like that dead weed thingy over his shoulder, top right area.

As you become more confident, realize that when people comment or even criticize, their remarks might either pertain more to the technical aspects of the shot (focus, clarity) but also might tend more to their opinion and preferences - if a shot is "dark," as long as it is sharp and clear with sufficient contrast to make out what it is, you might say well yes, that's the way I intended it to be for this particular image.

It has been my experience that some of my own images that I was most impressed with (ahem, I seem to be my own biggest fan) before I posted them attract far less attention than I had expected, and some of the images that I was not so crazy about but thought at least SOMEbody might enjoy seem to spark a surprising amount of interest. A couple of my very favorite pictures have never once sold, and most of the things that do sell, I think wow, really? You just never know.

So be your own best critic and take what others say and apply as it suits you.

Oh, that shot of the blue angels in formation is awesome - I can see right into the cockpit bubble!


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 9:37 AM

According to my son, it's called a ghillie suit. Anybody have one? :)


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 9:46 AM


Thank you so much for kind words. It will be interesting to see which photos pick up the most interest. My daughter started a Fine Art America account a year ago and sold some of her photographs. Lately, she has been more wrapped up in school and sports and hasn't spent much time on Fine Art. Her success selling definitely piqued my interest and made me want to give it a shot. I also love looking at everybody's work. There are such wonderful artists on this site. Thank you again for your kind words and enjoy your Saturday. It's a beautiful day here.


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 02/02/2013 - 10:02 AM


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 10:31 AM

@ Wendy, my husband would have me committed if he saw me wearing a ghillie suit. :) I guess I will just have to be stealthier. One of my friends said that she would have to get a ghillie suit if I got one...just so that she could take a picture of me taking a picture of the pelican. :)


Posted by: Wendy J St Christopher on 02/02/2013 - 10:35 AM

Uh-oh, sounds like that could quickly turn into a community project -- with everyone taking a pic of everyone taking a pic of everyone taking a pic . . . :-)


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 10:49 AM

That would be a cool photo! :o)


Posted by: Lynn Palmer on 02/02/2013 - 11:01 AM

I'm so happy to see you back, your work shows great promise. Keep working on it and don't quit again!!


Posted by: Janice Drew on 02/02/2013 - 11:06 AM

Welcome back Sheellah. Much success along the road here.


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 11:12 AM

Thank you Lynn and I promise to stick around. Janice, thank you as well. :-)


Posted by: Janine Riley on 02/02/2013 - 11:22 AM

Yeay sheellah ...! Welcome back.
Never feel apologetic for your sensitive nature, it is - what brings magic into creativity.
& as far as a critical eye,, yours will continue develope to work towards your best as you pick up advice from fellow artists.
Appreciate ( & I know you do ) when someone points out "a mistake" - it means that they see great potential for you.
If they didn't , you would get the " Yes, that's nice dear......"


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 11:27 AM

I agree 100% with you Janine and I do appreciate the comments and feedback that are given.


Posted by: Richard Rizzo on 02/02/2013 - 11:33 AM

welcome back. :)


Posted by: Sheellah Kennedy on 02/02/2013 - 12:58 PM

Thanks Richard. :-)


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