Which would YOU choose?

OK, here’s the deal… I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to photography so I need all the help I can get.

I like HDR photos but my wife always reminds me that I often end up abusing the effects too much and spoiling the photo instead. Here I tried two methods of processing and maybe neither are your cup of tea, but if you HAD to choose one, could you help advice which you like more, the top or bottom photo? Also welcome you to comment and add your link if you have your own HDR photos to share. Thank you.

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Microstock attempts… will any survive the inspectors review (onslaught)?

Well, to be honest, I personally don’t think I stand much chance, but since I’ve been lazy for so long, I thought I’ll just submit a few that I took recently. Actually these are all just snapshots from dinner outings and one was from the photomarathon I mentioned before where I took a bunch of random photos, so I don’t really have high hopes for them to pass.

Does it look likely that it will pass? What do you think? How many will pass / fail if you were judging based on what YOU think the standard of microstock photography is? Regardless of whether my photos actually pass or fail, this is probably a good gauge of whether YOU are overestimating or underestimating the difficulty of microstock. Try guessing and do let me know your prediction. (Of course, if it fails for technical reasons, then it is another matter since you cannot judge from such a small photo, but I think it will more likely fail for composition / creativity)

Who knows… if you are overestimating the difficulty, then probably it is high time you started stock photography on your own (click on the sign up button on the top right corner once the page loads) 🙂

(P.S. it usually takes max 2 weeks to get to know the results, so do check back to see if your guess is correct)