Cosmicwind From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 42 posts, RR: 0 Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2503 times:
I was trying to work out why I havn't got myself together to send in any pics this season. I've got getting on for1k in the d/b, but I keep looking at my shots and obsessively checking that no other b*****d has got in first with them, getting jealous that everyone else is getting more hits than me and god forbid the humiliation of rejection. Truly it is written that there are two things you cannot criticise a man for, and the other is the quality of his upload!
Then I thought, this competition is becoming like stag rutting rituals. Wouldn't it be less stressful if the site was completely anonymous from upload to display and we could just concentrate on all the beautiful planes? Thoughts, anyone?
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 812 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2465 times:
Seems the stress is of your own making - why do you care if someone got in first, or gets more hits?
If you are happy with your work, that should be good enough. Rejections? So what. A.net has some funny rules - just because you don't always make the grade does not make you any less a photographer. Have confidence in your work.
There is no competition on A.net unless you choose it to be so. For example, I could easily have doubled my hit average by simply not uploading GA. But I like GA, and quite frankly don't care if only a handful of others do - the emails of appreciation received are good enough for me.
Anonymous? No thank you. I'm proud of (most of) my work, and I want people to know what I can do.
Woody001 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 529 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2446 times:
Life is stressful enough without classing 'our' hobby as the same!
I'll second what Colin has written - you make it what is it. Personally I like to upload shots from across the aviation spectrum, some may attract big hits others only a few. It doesn't bother me, I like to show people what I see and what they can expect to see at different places.
If someone looks at one of my airshow shots and thinks "wow!, I want to go and see that display" then great, it means the organisers get extra funds that will hopefully keep an aircraft in the air.
Chill out with watching your stats and just enjoy the shots
Rotor1 From Tajikistan, joined Mar 2003, 230 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2438 times:
I remember the stress and pressure I went through when I first started uploading to ALN. Within about a month I had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the County Mental Health ward. Once released, I hired a good psychiatrist and, after much work and dedication, I returned to uploading 6 months later. My psychiatrist (who I still visit twice a week) has good advice, such as deep breathing and soft rock music to calm the nerves while you sit and stare at the computer screen waiting for the que to move along. I reccomend you visit one and invest in a large Kenney-G collection. It helps, trust me.
The best aviation photo I've ever taken was rejected by Airliners.net
Cosmicwind From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2394 times:
Thanks for the soothing advice Colin: of course as I specialise in UK GA too you can guess who I was referring to!! Just too good, your stuff. Actually we must sometimes rub shoulders so if you see some old slap-head in an electric wheelchair snapping desperately away, tap him on the back and give him some tips! (Actually I like to see my name by the pics, too)
TS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2388 times:
I remember the stress and pressure I went through when I first started uploading to ALN. Within about a month I had a nervous breakdown and ended up in the County Mental Health ward. Once released, I hired a good psychiatrist and, after much work and dedication, I returned to uploading 6 months later. My psychiatrist (who I still visit twice a week) has good advice, such as deep breathing and soft rock music to calm the nerves while you sit and stare at the computer screen waiting for the que to move along.
Aagold From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 551 posts, RR: 47
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2346 times:
Interesting to comtemplate. I guess the first thing you have to ask yourself is why you upload? Do you upload viewing it as competition, or do you just upload to share your work with others? Is it important that it's the first in the database, or more important that you are happy with the final result.
Many have commented to me before equating A.net to a competition. Recently when I told a friend that I was thinking of going to AMS to get my fill of KL blue they asked me why I was considering AMS when it's been so over shot by such excellent photographers. As true as that may be it makes no difference to me. It doesn't satisfy my desire to catch those beauties in the best fashion I can, regardless of who's "been there, done that" before. When I go they will be my pictures and not someone else's. The same was said before I went to SXM last October. Why go? It's been so overshot, but I managed to get one that now has over 120k hits. That's nice, but the real satisfaction comes from my just being genuinely pleased with the picture. And I'm not plugging it here
I guess when I look at it there are two other reasons I upload to A.net. First, to share my work with others and make new friends and acquaintances from around the world. A.net has been invaluable in letting me get to know many that I would never before had the chance to meet and get to know. That, to me, is its most valuable benefit. I guess the second reason is to hopefully sell my work through the people that view the site daily in search of photos. And, the surprising thing is, when I look back at the photos that have sold more of them have been the boring low-hitters that most don't care about rather than the high-impact shots that get the most hits. Funny isn't it?
And, lastly, forget about the humiliation of rejection. No matter what you do in this life, whatever, there will always be some amount of rejection. Could be from a girl or boyfriend. Could be from work. And it definitely will be related to your photography. I'm sure Ansel Adams even had his fair share of critics and rejections
So, get on with it. Upload those shots and stop proscrastinating