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Book cover ideas for Survivalist Series

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Wisconsinart
The model smiles a lot when you accuse him of being in his twenties. :-)

Latest set of images have been approved and are online and can be seen below. The truck came out well but the more I look at it, I keep thinking I should take a sledge hammer to some of the fenders and apply a few buckets of mud. Looks too "city." But that's me, maybe I hit a home run with it.

One of the new images below has a smile. One thing we can do is take the smile look and drop it into the red shed/barn picture. We essentially can mix-n-match between the images. We can also remove the truck if that's your preference. (Photoshop is a wonderful tool).

If you really liked the adobe/old car/bones scene I could shoot the model kneeling as the current image but have him smiling. It's all fairly easy to do which allows for greater flexibility, at least for this request. So like I said, we can mix-n-match, re-shoot, or perhaps you make suggestions since you have an idea of what's available to work with.

Thanks!


 Cattle Ranch Hand in the West, Man Working 
 Cattle Ranch Hand in the West, Man Working 
 Outdoors Man With Pickup Truck in Wild Nature 
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 11/26/2012, 19:59:00 PM
Mysunshine
Ok, the model and the truck definitely float my boat. I love the one with the weathervanes...or....windmills without the blades??? I can just see what he's thinking and I can definitely match a scene to that look.

The first photo is also good. The smile is appropriate in a lot of circumstances. Imagine him driving down the road and turning a corner, drifting over into the other lane and almost running a Caddy off the road. Someone exclaims in fear and he grins and says, "They'll get out of the way."

That's my husband's line, by the way. A lot of the really wicked things Rick does are patterned after him.

Anyway, the smile works but I'm having problems with the home in the background. The barn is great, but the house is wrong. I'm trying to think of how it might work, but the house in the story is a hundred fifty year old adobe. None of the other houses in the story look like that either. Now if you had a goat...ROFL He and his friend Darrell put a goat in some guy's house when he peed them off. I know, change the shirt to red....oops!

Anyway, you have me on the first two I mentioned, and the first two above. I can live without the goat. Now, the lizard, I like it but it doesn't work for the story. I just like it. I do like the pickup though. It's perfect. Rick was living in San Francisco and recently moved to Santa Fe. He hasn't had time to ding up the truck too much yet, so it's great the way it is.

I hate to ask you to do anything more, but if you wanted to try the barn with the smiling photo, it might be good. Thanks so much :)
Posted: 11/26/2012, 20:36:37 PM
Wisconsinart
OK... I dropped the smiling look into the red shed/barn scene and asked for a priority review. They've been good about reviewing right away so it may be ready tomorrow assuming staff is available. The structures in the original smiley are actually out-buildings (no house) but that doesn't mean it'll work for you.

You got it, those are old windmills missing the blades. In real life they're located on the old Ring Place in the Valle Vidal. Honest-to-goodness New Mexico cattle ranch scene though it's no longer a working ranch.

I frequent farm country here in Wisconsin fairly often and know a guy who sometimes keeps goats. I'll be out that way this coming weekend, if he has goats I can shoot them inside the barn and drop the model in. The goat(s) will be inside a barn stall so no goats inside a house. No promises, he raises them for money so it's not unusual for the goats to be gone.

But it'd be a hoot if I can pull it off!

Keep an eye out for the coming smile/shed image.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Edited: 11/26/2012, 21:48:21 PM
Wisconsinart
Here y' go, smiling man with the red shed/barn.

Please let us know if there's anything else. This was fun for me, a nice diversion from the usual so thank you for your request.

I will post over the weekend or early next week if I can do the goats. :-)

 Ranch Hand Man Worker, Farmer or Laborer 
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 11/27/2012, 06:04:47 AM
Djk
   Cowboy  boots and pretty girl   
Nikon d70, Nikon d200 Nikon D5100 Nikon D7000
Posted: 11/27/2012, 15:41:02 PM
Mysunshine
Hi Djk,

I love the photo. The only problem is there is no space to put the title of the book. I'm not much at manipulating photo software, but i could perhaps try putting a plain-colored band across the top of the picture to place the title on. She's perfect for the girl I'm thinking of, however.

Posted: 11/27/2012, 22:05:19 PM
Wisconsinart
Hi Mysinshine... I had two posts in a row above, I sometimes don't realize there was a second message when that happens. Just want to make sure you're happy with the new image. Let me know if there is anything else you need from me. Thanks!
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 11/28/2012, 06:20:21 AM
Mysunshine
Hi Wisconsinart,

I think I was waiting to see if you got the goat photo. Yes I saw the ones you posted. Sorry for not acknowledging them.

One thing, can you tell me how I go about purchasing them? I searched for your name but for some reason I didn't see those photos.

Thanks
Posted: 11/28/2012, 09:14:29 AM
Wisconsinart
Just click on an image above and there will be purchase options to the right. If you're publishing ebooks only you probably only need the smaller sizes. There will be a button to purchase credits or you can use the BUY CREDITS tab at the top of most web pages.

I would choose all the images first, determine the proper size, and then you will know how many credits you need. It will probably be cheaper for you that way.

As for the goat, I would assume I can't get it but I will surely try.

Thanks!
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Edited: 11/28/2012, 09:53:39 AM
Wisconsinart
Hi, Mysunshine... don't know if you're checking in or not but I was able to get some goat shots. I need to shoot the model and edit but I would think we can have an image or two ready in the next couple days, assuming there are no problems with the approval.

And thanks for the sales, I'm glad Dreamstime has been able to help with y our needs. Tell your author friends to stop in!
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 12/02/2012, 18:46:36 PM
Wisconsinart
Here you are, Mysunshine, "Rick" and his goats. Hopefully you'll be checking in and the image works for you. Thanks

 Man With Goats About to Play a Joke 
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 12/04/2012, 06:10:04 AM
Mysunshine
Hi Wisconsinart,

The goats are great! I'm going to use it for the next episode of my story. You finished it at just the right time. I'll be publishing around the fifteenth of the month. I'm not sure if it's ok to put personal information in here, but the title of the series is "Survivalist by Circumstance." It's on Amazon Kindle and it will be episode five.

Thanks again for your effort with my project. I'll post here when I come to the point of needing further photos for future episodes.
Posted: 12/04/2012, 10:44:29 AM
Wisconsinart
Thanks, glad we could help. I'll look for your book when it comes out.

If you request more in the future give me advance warning if possible so I can dig out my New Mexico archives. I know I have one with horses in the distance, that might make a good scene.
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 12/04/2012, 12:11:21 PM
Wordplanet
Hi:
I just uploaded a few photos of a gas station with the prices empty on the pumps to be filled in. I took them right before the hurricane at a station that ran out of gas. I'll let you know when they are accepted so that you can take a look.
Best regards,
Marianne
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Posted: 12/07/2012, 02:51:42 AM
Mysunshine
Hi Marianne,

Thanks for the heads-up. I'll be happy to take a look when you have them approved.
Posted: 12/07/2012, 10:06:51 AM
Wordplanet
Thanks. I'll let you know.
studio strobes and Nikon speedlights ...
Posted: 12/07/2012, 16:16:29 PM
Plaincrazy
the one drawing is simple and so much can be done with it .
the other is just a base background where title and other stuff can be added nicely as if writt   In stone      Horse and rider   en in stone
Cannon
Posted: 12/08/2012, 17:50:53 PM
Plaincrazy
this is a simple basic approach

Edit by Admin: This image does not meet the original requirements. Not a vertical image.
Cannon
Edited: 06/23/2013, 15:24:30 PM by Admin
Angelaravaioli
   Seawall   
Hi, this image leaves much room for imagination, there is a street and the horizon as indicating a path in space over time and a person in the distance, everything seems suspended while waiting for tomorrow and what could happen, a survivor, a man the Earth and heaven, the man with the its elements. How about Mysunshine?
canon 90-300usm, Canon Powershot G15. ...
Posted: 04/22/2013, 01:24:26 AM
Suenos6
I appreciate that I am not about to help mysunshine with this post but I just wanted to state how much I have genuinely enjoyed reading these comments and seeing how things have progressed. Winconsinart deserves a lot of credit (literally!) For the amount of effort put in here. As a kindle reader myself I am just going to have to look at this book now and the cover art. I am aware that a lot of authors these days are self publishing on a limited budget on platforms such as Amazon kindle and I wonder how many of them are aware of photographers such as winconsinart who will go out of there way, for little actual financial reward, to help them create the images/artwork for their book. I read in a blog once that one of my wife's favourite authors, Diane Chamberlain, has used dreamstime for her book covers and I thought when I read that, that dreamstime needs to be more promoted to self publishing authors. I just can't think of a way to do it without it costing money or breaking Amazon forum rules!
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Fuji X100
Posted: 04/25/2013, 02:31:05 AM
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