Dark and Dreary, but Bright Skies Ahead

Photo-A-Day #1964

A couple of days ago I took Eva to the World War I Memorial Park to shoot some photos. Together we were able to have a great time and shoot many fun photos. Today and for the past few days it has been dark and dreary, rainy and uninspiring. I was completely uninspired today. I asked Twitter what I should take a photo of and Celina suggested something with a shadow, Paul suggested something with the light source in the photo. I took my tripod and sat in the front doorway. What I shot was the driveway of the church rectory across the street with the street lights as my light source.

If you notice the settings for the camera here on the right you will see that they differ greatly from my usual settings. The ISO was low. The exposure was long, I didn’t go full open with the aperture either. Yes it is pretty much a photo of the street. I did get some other interesting shots. I had a long exposure go off while my sister stood with her dog and have a sort of ghost photo, that was a happy accident but not exactly what was capturing my mood today. I’m bummed out and I can’t exactly put my finger on why.

Photo Information

Date Taken: August 24, 2010
Camera: Nikon Corporation (Aff Link)
Model: NIKON D80 (My Flickr)
ISO: 250
Exposure: 30 sec
Aperture: 11.0
Focal Length: 50mm
Flash Used: No
Mode: Aperture w/AF
Lens: Sigma 18-250mm

That is not entirely true. The last day of Affiliate Summit Jim Kukral challenged me to contact the Vice President of Communications at Canon. Why Canon? Well, I shoot with a Nikon and I sent off a proposal for sponsorship of BenSpark’s Photo-A-Day Project and was rejected. I had a friend who has some influence recommend that I be on a list of people who test out Nikon products but nothing ever materialized. And most recently I got connected with a PR firm that works with Nikon who were interested in me testing out some cameras. I had signed a contract to receive a demo unit months ago and was told that I’d have a camera in my hands before Evo Conference. Now I send weekly e-mails to see what the holdup is. I am feeling stuck in limbo. Hence Canon. The big Two in the DSLR world are Canon and Nikon. They are the big name brands, Sony (They make DSLRS), Sigma (Love the Lenses) and Kodak (Great point and shoots) are out there too but you mostly see neck straps with Canon or Nikon on them. I figure if Nikon is not going to be interested in me then maybe I can see what Canon says.

Why sponsor me? I’m 36 photos away from taking 2000 straight photos for 2000 straight days. I’ve used many different cameras in that time. Now imagine if I used one brand’s cameras exclusively in that time. Imagine testing a new camera every couple of months, reviewing it and shooting a couple months worth of photos with it. Having a real person put a real camera through its paces each day and sharing those photos with the world on many different platforms including Facebook and Flickr. Giving that brand the exclusive camera equipment sponsorship not only for this blog but my podcast and Twitter page and all of my social networking profiles. What do you think that would be worth to a brand? How about sponsoring someone who actively speaks about photography to influential people like bloggers at Modern Media Man, Affiliate Summit, EvoConference and Blog World Expo? Do you see value in that? Do you think that a brand would?

Well, I do.

I just can’t figure out how to sell that proposal and who’s attention I need to capture, and how to get the confidence to actually state that on a cold call. Does anyone have any idea how I might go about garnering the attention of a major camera manufacturer that would sponsor BenSpark.com, Photo-A-Day Podcast and Me for a one year period include monthly cameras for review and advertising/sponsorship money that would allow me to work on my skills and this blog full time?

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