How Do I Get People To Notice My Work?

My goal with my photography have always been to spread beauty and joy. Especially sharing those moments, and views, that are rare and not available to everyone. The moments that gets me high on life. You know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you?

For that to happen, for people to actually see my photos, there’s actually a whole process. Who knew, right? Maybe that is something you have been thinking about. You’re good at taking your camera with you, and you actually take a lot of photos. You want people to see them, but how does that happen? How Do I Get People To Notice My Work?

Lake Mead Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

Lake Mead, by Sagittarius Viking.

I use Fine Art America to display my photos, there’s many other options out there as well, but for any of them to work well, the photographer/artist has to put effort into attaching keywords to each photo, and describe them, in order for people to find them.

Yucca Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

Yucca, by Sagittarius Viking.

I never upload all the photos I share here on my blog, or other social media, I use a very selective process to decide what photos I want to put the extra effort into uploading to my gallery. That’s pretty much it, keywords, is the key. Of course it helps a ton if you network, and share your work on social media etc. Since I just finished catching up sharing my favorite photos on my gallery, writing about this important aspect popped up in my mind. Hopefully it helps someone. I wished I would of known the importance of keywords a long time ago.

I See You Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

I See You, by Sagittarius Viking.

The photos in this post is some of my recent favorites (from the past two months.) If you click on one of them you’ll see what they look like in my gallery, and what keywords I used.

Cold Creek Mustang Photograph by Sagittarius Viking

Love,

Ms Zen

 

Valley Of Fire State Park

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We got our nature fix in Valley Of Fire State Park last weekend. It was my second visit, and my daughter’s first visit. She was amazed, and I totally understand why. Valley of Fire is a spiritual place, it feels like you are on another planet. Time stands still. You’re surrounded by infinity.

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The sandstones formations takes all shapes you possibly can imagine, and some more. On top of that they come in all the colors of the rainbow.

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The photo above is right in the beginning of White Dome Hike. Can you see the people coming down the trail? You feel very small and humble in this landscape.

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Transformers was filmed here, along with many other famous movies like; Star Trek Generations, The Professionals, and Total Recall (and many more, including hundreds of car commercials.)

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Part of the movie set of The Professionals with Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, and Claudia Cardinale, is still viewable for visitor that hike the White Dome’s. Seen at the right, bottom corner, of the photo above.

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The park is filled with caves everywhere you look. It’s easy to assume that the first human inhabitants of the area was cave dwellers.

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My German Shepherd enjoyed this visit a lot more than the first visit three months ago, as it was 50 degrees cooler than the last time!

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It’s so exciting to explore the narrow canyons. Valley of Fire is 60 miles north-east of Las Vegas Strip, but as far away from the craziness of the city as you can get. A one hour drive and you’re HERE. It’s surreal.

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We actually saw many horses, and some mules. (And yes, the first thing I did when I got back home was to look at horse ads..) I so want to ride here one day. I’ll add that to my bucket list. I actually stopped a cowboy that was walking next to his horse, and asked him if he arranged rides in the park. It looked like he was leading a group of riders. Unfortunately he didn’t, I would of signed up for a ride in a heart beat.

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My daughter wanted to examine every rock. Literally. I’ll probably purchase a pass for the whole year. I can see us spending many days here; exploring, hiking, taking pictures, and enjoying nature together as a mama-daughter activity.

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My daughter made up a gazillion stories about the rock formations we saw. Many of them including giant people that had a big fight there, and turned into rocks. Very intersting theories.

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Most of the sandstone formations looks so soft and smooth. That’s the work of wind and water. There’s many theories about the interesting colors of some of the rocks. I tend to believe that the colors comes from the metals and minerals in the ground, that have surrounded the rocks, during periods of time when the area have been under water.

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I’m going to end this (very long) post with a close-up of the “old woman”, in the White Dome Family.

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You can see her, right?

If you stayed with me this far, THANK YOU! I enjoyed sharing my latest experience of Valley of Fire with you. Have an amazing week!

Love,

Ms Zen

Weekend Coffee Share – Thanksgiving Week

It’s almost 6 pm Sunday. This marvelous Thanksgiving week is over. I thought that I was slightly late with my weekend coffee share, just to find out that there is no official coffee share this week. Naturally I can’t let YOU down. Can I offer you some coffee? Or pherhaps tea, since it is so late? There is some leftover pumpkin pie (homemade from scratch of course,) in the fridge. Or if you’d eaten your share of pumpkin pie for this time, I have some warm rye bread straight from the oven, would you like to taste some? Maybe with some cheese?

How was your week? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving surrounded by loved ones? Or maybe you live in a country where every day is the perfect day for giving thanks?

My daughter attended a family reunion on her dad’s side of the family, and I celebrated Thanksgiving with the family I work for, that kindly adopted me into their family. The whole week has been wonderful, so much good food, laughter, and love in the air.

As you probably know, I’m a minimalist. I don’t do a whole lot of shopping, only if I really need something. I had by no means planned to do any Black Friday shopping. Then I got a message that a telephoto zoom lens that I’ve had on my wish list for a long time, was on Best Buy’s Black Friday sale…well that changed the no shopping idea in my head. 

The photos in this post is from when I tried my new lens, in Red Rock National Conservation Area, this weekend.  

I think I’m going to have lots of fun with my new lens! Well, I already am.

There’s a few upcoming events that I’m looking forward to capture with my new lens this coming month, that would not of been the same with my old lens (which was a very cheap lens, and the only one I could afford at the time I upgraded my camera a few months ago.) I feel very motivated photography wise.

I’m getting to know my Canon EOS 6D Mark ii better by the day. Now with my new lens it’s going to be even more fun. The season offers a very comfortable climate, and there’s so many amazing places to explore around Las Vegas, that I haven’t seen yet. I’m due for another trip to Grand Canyon as well. My dog, Gretchen, have made a couple new friends, that she’s been playing with several times these past couple weeks. It’s two other German Shepherd girls. They have so much fun together, and I am happy for her. They speak the same language so to speak, and hit it off immediately. I’m envisioning a photo session with the three of them at a beautiful location in a near future. That would be so much fun!

Can I get you a refill on your coffee? 

As I’m writing this I feel so thankful, happy and completely satisfied with a magical week. I hope you feel it too! If you did write a coffee share post, or another post about your weekend, please feel free to post a link in the comments.  Happy (late) Thanksgiving!

Love,

Ms Zen