2018 was an interesting year full of ups and downs. I’m not really sure where 2019 will lead me. Here is my best nine from 2018, ironically only two of these shots were taken this year. That actually says a lot for how my year of shooting the night sky was, having only shot about a dozen nights. The least number of nights I’ve shot in the past four years.
If you’d like to order a print, I have a sale going through the end of the year. 35% off all prints. Just be sure to enter promo code SAVE35 during checkout to save. There is a link to my online store in my profile. If you don’t see the shot you want in my store, just shoot me a message and I can get you the print that speaks to you.
2019 is ringing in change. I don’t want to be a slave to social media anymore. I will be keeping my pages, but don’t plan to use them.
The solution is easy, if you enjoy my work bookmark my website into your web browser. Check my website from time to time.
If following my work off of social media is too difficult, then it’s not important enough for you to follow and that’s fine. I guarantee you that if you go there, you’ll see my posts. Where as social media is only going to show you what they want you to see.
The number of people still asking me about calendars when I posted about calendars for the last four months is a perfect example of social media dictating what we see. People keep asking if I’m selling them, because they never saw any of the posts I shared.
I never set out to be an influencer. I’ve never done this for the following or the likes. I got into night photography because it was beautiful and allowed me to find light in the darkness of this world. Starting in January, I’ll begin posting weekly on my website. What I’ll post? Likely a weekly blog with hopefully real inspirational stories, pictures and photography tips.
Here is another new shot from a few days ago. This was taken at twilight in the evening near the Crater Lake Lodge.
So far six people have taken advantage of the Christmas deals that I’ve listed in the past few posts. To those people, I want to send out a huge thank you! If anyone else wants to take advantage of incredible deals, send me a message. Is there a print you’ve always wanted? Make me an offer. Is there something that you haven’t seen in my store? Just let me know what you’re looking for. I’ll keep these offers going until Friday. If you get an order in by then, we should still be able to get it to you by Christmas. Orders after Friday likely can’t be guaranteed by Christmas.
I wanted to thank everyone who purchased calendars this year. They are now officially sold out except for the three I have set aside for customer to pick up. If you haven’t seen my posts the past couple of days, I’ve posted some pre-Christmas deals that I intend to keep available until Friday.
Here is the real question, what would you like to see a deal on? What if I said that it’s Christmas time and all you had to do was message me and make a reasonable offer on something you’ve always wanted? I need to make some money, as I too have a family to feed. But the trend this year is I’ve sold nearly zero art, with December being my worst month of sales the past two years. That shouldn’t be the case, but it is. I want to believe it’s due to Facebook throttling down my reach when I try and share these type of deals.
Anyway, if you’ve really been wanting a particular piece or there is something that you haven’t seen in my store, just send me a message. Santa might make it happen!
Until then, here is another beautiful picture from last week.
It’s time for another pre-Christmas Special offering.
12”x18” metal print $145 Or 16”x24” metal print $195
These prices are slashed on my most popular print. Want a metal print that’s bigger and looking for a deal on those too? Maybe all you have to do is ask Santa for a deal (direct message me and I can pass it on to the big guy). This might even apply to other prints, you won’t know unless you ask.
Well, it was a cold one at Crater Lake tonight. Temps in the low 20’s before windchill. This is an hour single exposure. I had hand warmers on my lens barrel, but I still arrived back at my camera and a frosty lens. It created a slightly diffused dreamy look. More incredible than the clear skies is having the lake to myself.
Capturing the light in the darkness, Matt
Canon 6D 14mm ISO 160 f/5.6 1 hour RAW file processed in Lightroom