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Blazer88
12-07-2006, 08:43 PM
A manufacturer of aquarium chillers saw some of my pics and asked if I would be interested in selling them for labels, brochures, and packaging. They asked me how much I wanted and I really had no clue what to ask, I thought $50 per picture sounded high so I asked for $75 :) Sure enough they liked 12 of my pictures and offered me $700 to license them the rights to print them. How cool is that? I just signed the contract and am going to mail them the CD tomorrow. Now my wife can't make fun of me when I sit in front of my tank with my camera! Now it's time to get a new lens :D

Krish
12-07-2006, 08:48 PM
Congrats man!!! That is really cool!! :)

ronj
12-07-2006, 08:51 PM
i would have given you at least $5!!!! your loss!!!LOL

jesshimom
12-07-2006, 09:12 PM
Wow that is really fabulous Rick! You probably could have asked for a lot more!

MtnDewMan
12-07-2006, 09:16 PM
What pictures? Show us :)

Congratulations, that will be fun for you to watch go to market.

If you are interested, PM me I will discuss the Reef Crystals picture that they are using from my old reef tank which is currently used on the Reef Crystals product labeling :)

http://www.reeffrontiers.com/mtndewman/75gallonreef/images/11-13-04_reef_crystals_framed.jpg

Blazer88
12-07-2006, 09:30 PM
Here are a few of the shots they decided to go with. Not necessarily what I may have picked, but I wasn't going to say no, lol. They were specifically looking for macro shots of mostly corals but wanted a few fish pics. I was really surprised to read through the contract and see that I still have full rights for the pictures, I am licensing the shots to them only for print and web. They can't sell the pictures or make them into something like a shirt or calendar so I still have the copyright on them.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Fish/_MG_3808.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Fish/IMG_2181.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Fish/IMG_0361.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Zoa/_MG_4069.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Zoa/IMG_0411.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Other%20Corals/_MG_4093_DxO.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Other%20Corals/_MG_3776.jpg

Blazer88
12-07-2006, 09:32 PM
Here is a flickr link that I let them go shopping through. It has some that I haven't posted on here before.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54876374@N00/

MtnDewMan
12-07-2006, 09:37 PM
Awesome pictures indeed. Congrats and keep us posted when we can see the pictures on their products.

Herefishyfishy
12-07-2006, 09:41 PM
Rick, well done dude, I am proud of you. Paid for the new camera and lenses!!!!

mfinn
12-07-2006, 09:46 PM
Now that is cool.:)

Blazer88
12-07-2006, 10:07 PM
Rick, well done dude, I am proud of you. Paid for the new camera and lenses!!!!

lol, actually it doesn't even cover the new lens I want :D

Reefreak
12-07-2006, 10:11 PM
Your shots are very sweet. Deserving of licensing rights.
Congrats

CarlaW
12-07-2006, 10:13 PM
Unbelievable!!!!!:D :D

Talk about a Merry Christmas, congratulations.

DisturbedReefer
12-07-2006, 11:26 PM
Congrats! Those are some great shots!

matts125
12-07-2006, 11:57 PM
Rick how much do you want for camera lessons?
I need some tutoring..

Ha Ha

Great pictures I have always thought your shots are the best I have seen..

Matt

Blazer88
12-08-2006, 12:09 AM
Thanks for the comments guys. The best advice I can offer is know post-processing techniques (photoshop, etc). I think that has added the most to my pictures.

jsmkmavity
12-08-2006, 12:53 AM
great photos and glad someone could make a few $ doing what we all love

Haole
12-08-2006, 01:05 AM
Congratulations... Those are some stunning pictures!
And thanks for the tip. :)

NaH2O
12-08-2006, 07:51 AM
Congrats!!!

Skimmy
12-08-2006, 10:07 AM
very nice rick! some awesome shots there!
btw, what camera are you using?

Blazer88
12-08-2006, 10:59 AM
All of these shots were taken with a Canon Rebel XT and the 100mm F/2.8 lens. I can't wait until I am done remodeling so I can finally start building a 120 reef and sell off the tiny 65 :)

Ed Hahn
12-08-2006, 11:53 AM
Congradulations Rick! Awesome Pictures. I hope you get more business. Word of mouth does wonders. Keep it up Buddy!:)

Blazer88
12-08-2006, 12:18 PM
I never really intended to make money with aquarium shots but I won't complain. Heck, maybe I can take some shots for local LFS's around the area for use on their web or something, "will work for frags", lol. My dad's girlfriend is a real estate agen and asked if I could take some shots for her of high-end homes. I'm trying to do work like that in my spare time.
http://s131.photobucket.com/albums/p288/rick_parchen/?action=view&current=1165273110.pbw

tamarindthai
12-08-2006, 12:38 PM
Rick,would you trade your tecnique using camera and photo shop with frag.,soon my 18-200 arrive(who know when),or you want to start before then.,i'm in Sammamish.

Blazer88
12-08-2006, 01:16 PM
I would be more than happy to help you out Dang. What equipment are you shooting with and which editing programs do you have? A DSLR camera will help out a lot but I can always help you out with photoshop (I'm familar with CS2). Do you mind if I shoot your tank as well? I really could use some great SPS shots and you definitely have the SPS :)

NaH2O
12-08-2006, 01:47 PM
Rick - maybe you can start taking pictures of folks' tanks for them. Charge a little and save the money for your new lens :D

tamarindthai
12-08-2006, 02:07 PM
Wow,,i just saw the light from the end of the tunnel:) :)

I would be more than happy to help you out Dang. What equipment are you shooting with and which editing programs do you have? A DSLR camera will help out a lot but I can always help you out with photoshop (I'm familar with CS2). Do you mind if I shoot your tank as well? I really could use some great SPS shots and you definitely have the SPS :)
this is what i have:nikonD200 with 105 maccro,,,still waiting for 18-200lens
i'm hacking with photo shop 7,,got lost many many time.
yes,shoot my tank anytime any day,,i am off on vacation till Jan 2,2007.let me know:)

spongebob lover
12-08-2006, 03:03 PM
Rick - maybe you can start taking pictures of folks' tanks for them. Charge a little and save the money for your new lens


i agree... i'm first in line though :p :lol: .

Congrats dood !! well this might sound funny but you do have a gift when it comes to taking pictures dood because seriously you do a really good job :) .... heck even i plan on putting one of your pictures on my wall for my office :p ....... now, so you don't get to cocky about this.........


your pictures suck big time dood :D :lol:

DisturbedReefer
12-08-2006, 03:20 PM
I would be more than happy to help you out Dang. What equipment are you shooting with and which editing programs do you have? A DSLR camera will help out a lot but I can always help you out with photoshop (I'm familar with CS2). Do you mind if I shoot your tank as well? I really could use some great SPS shots and you definitely have the SPS :)

Don't be stingy with the pix of Dangs tank, his tank and corals are the envy of all Puget Sound area reefers...we want some good pix:D Can't keep waiting on Dang to learn how to use his own camera:lol:

Blazer88
12-08-2006, 03:56 PM
Dang, your camera and 105mm macro lens will work out great. I'm not a Nikon guy but I can probably figure it out pretty easily. Just send me a PM whenever you want and we'll set something up. I'm free this weekend if that works for you. Just not when the 'hawks are playin' :)

tamarindthai
12-08-2006, 04:03 PM
send you pm:)

spongebob lover
12-08-2006, 04:05 PM
Just not when the 'hawks are playin'


now that's the spirit :D


GO SEAHAWKS !! :badgrin: :D

Brenden
12-08-2006, 04:18 PM
Good job. Very nice pics.

jesshimom
12-08-2006, 07:59 PM
Raising my hand, put me on the list for pics when I have seahorse babies... :)

JasonD
12-09-2006, 12:52 AM
I think the best part of trading frags with Rick, is seeing the photos that come out later. Do my zoas get modeling fees?

Congratulations! That is awesome.

Maxx
12-09-2006, 02:02 AM
Congrats on the sale! Its usually harder to sell pics than that!
:D

But your work is good.

Nick

57reefer
12-09-2006, 10:34 AM
Great pictures! Do you have the original link to how you took these with the equipment?

Blazer88
12-09-2006, 12:16 PM
Jason, they did select the picture below to use. This pic is one of my favorites that I've taken and I got these guys from you. You will be happy to know they have doubled in size since I got them from you. 57reefer, my process for these pictures is pretty elaborate. I generally use like three different programs for processing. The pictures look MUCH different from when the come out of the camera to how they look when I'm done. Thanks for the comments everyone!
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v67/rparchen/Fish%20Tank/Zoa/IMG_2565_DxO_rawcopy.jpg

spongebob lover
12-09-2006, 12:57 PM
that's a kewl picture dood, i also like the one of my sun coral :p :D .

DisturbedReefer
12-09-2006, 11:39 PM
I never really intended to make money with aquarium shots but I won't complain. Heck, maybe I can take some shots for local LFS's around the area for use on their web or something, "will work for frags", lol. My dad's girlfriend is a real estate agen and asked if I could take some shots for her of high-end homes. I'm trying to do work like that in my spare time.
http://s131.photobucket.com/albums/p288/rick_parchen/?action=view&current=1165273110.pbw

Rick, I do believe you could make some money in Real Estate photography, if what you have taken there is any indication you should be able to rake it in. I will send you the information I have on our photographers for JLS. Hey, don't forget to send me your link we discussed today. shoot me an email: disturbedreefer@gmail.com
Thanks!

goby2004
12-09-2006, 11:50 PM
so jelous... i love photography but couldnt dream of having a camera that could take pictures like that! what model is it? also what software do you use?

tamarindthai
12-09-2006, 11:57 PM
just can't wait to see all the pics come out after Rick and Todd came over to visit my tank today.:)

DisturbedReefer
12-10-2006, 01:16 AM
just can't wait to see all the pics come out after Rick and Todd came over to visit my tank today.:)
I took over 500 pictures today, too bad most aren't worth a darn, but there are some nice ones. I will need to clean them up and get them posted next week. Sorry Dang but I work tomorrow so I really won't have any time to devote to them until then. I will get you a disc made of the untouched pictures and sent that off Monday.

Blazer88
12-10-2006, 01:30 AM
Dang, I had a great time over at your place today. Your tank is amazing! I think I got some great looking pics but haven't had time yet to mess around with them. I should be able to start posting some of them tomorrow. And thanks a ton for the frags, I got them all mounted and I hope they grow well. It was also great to meet you today Todd. I'm not sure what JLS is, I'll send you an e-mail and we will discuss that. I'll dig up that link as well and shoot it your way.

Juanfer
12-10-2006, 01:34 AM
great photos man!!!

spongebob lover
12-11-2006, 10:43 AM
Dang, I had a great time over at your place today. Your tank is amazing! I think I got some great looking pics but haven't had time yet to mess around with them. I should be able to start posting some of them tomorrow. And thanks a ton for the frags, I got them all mounted and I hope they grow well. It was also great to meet you today Todd. I'm not sure what JLS is, I'll send you an e-mail and we will discuss that. I'll dig up that link as well and shoot it your way.


yeah Dang's tank is unveliebable ...i couldn't believe how pretty it was until i saw it in person :D ..... i can't wait to see the pics dood:)

tamarindthai
12-11-2006, 12:47 PM
thank you:)