After endless testing, questions, and time considering how I should best handle it I am ready to start selling prints here on 50ft. I am really excited about it actually if you can’t tell from the tone of my voice. I have ordered my shipping supplies and will start shipping next week if all goes according to plan. I even have a gift card option for the holidays or otherwise. I have set up a page dedicated to the information here in this post for future reference but wanted to also leave this information in line here on the main site stream for those of you interested click through to learn more!
Alright, the time has come and I have decided to make an iOS 7 Parallax wallpaper pack. Trouble is, the past couple of weeks have proven themselves all too full of work so I have had a limited time to kick off the process of collecting older images and cropping them again. I have also not fully settled on the cropping size. Apples own wallpapers seem to be set to a very specific size but part of me wonders if they are cut too close after a small amount of internal testing. So I either go with what Apple has chosen (744×1392) or go with a more broad approach (adding 200px padding on all sides 1040×1536) that may end up appealing to a wider set of mobile users anyway. Some of you guys are really picky about this topic so here is your chance to join in and let me know your opinion should you have one.
Many of you are clever about it and are just using the iPad versions on their phones and choosing where the phone crops the images. The lines are heavily blurred now as far as getting a clean, specific to the device crop because of the padding needed around the edges for this effect as well as the gentle zooming that occurs when you enter a folder. I am more inclined to rest on the side of caution and use the more broad resolution.
At any rate, the real reason I am writing today is to give everyone fair opportunity to tell me your personal favorite images here on 50ft so I can try and get your favorites into the newest wallpaper pack. While I will not be able to make EVERYONE happy I will do my best, as I always do, to narrow the selection down to well rounded set of images both old and new for you to dig through and enjoy. I will of course keep the clean aesthetic of iOS 7 in mind when I choose images. Please, use the comments below to leave any requests or comments on resolution choice.
I will most likely have two sets, one for the iPhone and one for the iPad. I hope to get them up within the next week. Sorry to keep everyone waiting but I think making sure I get it right the first time is going to be best for everyone.
Either leave the file name or better yet, a link to the post where your favorite was originally posted, thanks!.
I wanted to write a quick post to call attention to a post on BitQuill in which I was interviewed on a number of different topics. I tried to keep answers relatively to the point as I discussed the origin of the fifty foot shadows name, my digital workflow on my mac as well as what use I get out of my iOS devices, some quick advice to photographers just starting out, and plenty more. It was fun to answer the questions Devir, the sites author, came up with and any of you interested to know a little bit more about me personally can check it out over on BitQuill.
I think this may be the first time I have ever had a reason to post a photo of myself on 50ft, I picked it from photos taken of me by my talented wife YoungDoo who’s work you can see more of on her daily photo journal here or her growing portfolio here.
The time is getting closer and closer to Google shutting down Reader for good and it’s about time I wrote to ask this simple question, where is everyone going to go from here? I just moved my RSS feeds on over to Feedly, at least for now, but I know many of you have other services you prefer to follow the web using. Would you like to see a fiftyfootshadows Flipboard magazine? A dedicated news feed on Twitter for new posts? A Facebook fan page type thing? Google +? Tumblr feed?
I would love to hear any thoughts or opinions on the services you use personally to gauge how best to move forward and make sure you guys still have a place to easily keep up with new posts as we move into a Google Reader-less future. As I continue to work on my long overdue update and refocusing of 50ft I want to be sure I don’t leave anyone out! While I don’t have time to support every service out there I am certainly keen to hear what you guys think. Feel free to use the comments to share any thoughts on the matter, thanks!
Quick addition: I am not out to replace RSS, not at all. I just wanted to ask everyone about their personal preference to be sure you are able to follow along here in your preferred format and to make note of anyone needing anything more than the RSS feed already available here.
I realize April is nearly over which is a silly time to release a book of images from March but hey, I do my best. The newest edition of the printed version of Yesterday Was Only is now available. The previous version’s limited hardback run sold out but I have decided to keep the paperback on sale for three months after its release because many of you have been enjoying them and wanted to be sure anyone who may want to collect the series gets a fair enough chance to get the various editions. The book photographed above is the February Edition.
At any rate, March was a really great month for the project in my eyes and its now available over on Blurb in paperback and hardcover versions so head over and check it out.
I’m happy to announce the first of what will be a monthly series of books containing images from Yesterday Was Only. I still have a number of things in the pipeline for 50ft as far as my shop is concerned but I wanted to get this going before too much time passed. To make them I have chosen Blurb to publish with at first for a couple of reasons including prep time and publishing costs. I have plans to publish short run of books myself in the future but for the simplicity of this project I am simply using blurb. The only downside of this is that I don’t get the quality checks and control I would by self publishing which is hard to let go of but due to the nature of this idea, I don’t mind letting go a little.
I have opted to use the Trade style book from Blurb which prints on a modest uncoated paper and has a nice size to it but with a smaller base price than their full on photo books. (I replied to a commenter below a little about why I chose trade over other things they offer.) I am offering two versions, softcover, and hardcover.
Hardcover books will cost $30.02, (not including shipping). I have not added any profit to the cost, this is just how much it is to make a book this size and variety with Blurb. I am only allowing FIVE copies of the hardback version to be sold.
If you would like me to sign it I will order the book and ship it to you myself after signing it. Due to the nature of the Hardcover edition it is not listed publicly, if you are interested, send me a mail and we will work out the details, no problem at all.
That’s it! I will continue to post here and on yesterdaywasonly.net when a new edition becomes available, most likely within the first week of each new month. Enjoy!