Sunset near Kavarna, Bulgaria
Sunset near Kavarna, Bulgaria

Kavarna Sunset, and Snapwire

I should be more specific. Here in Slovenia, a kavarna is a café. This fiery orange scene was snapped back in October 2012 just outside of the city of Kavarna, a town on the Black Sea coast in northeastern Bulgaria. There was no coffee house in the immediate vicinity.

I’ve posted in the past about its urban beautification project via two-story high hard rock murals and that it’s the setting for the world’s only monument to heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. Today’s sunset offering, the 195th (!) straight Pic du Jour, is here to interject a little natural balance. (As always –or at least until I figure out how to change the photo size in this layout– please click the image to see full uncropped version.)

I should also mention that I added it to my portfolio on Snapwire, a fairly new royalty-free stock photo agency I was recently accepted into. Yeah! Small but steadily growing, Snapwire is building a strong catalog of work by photographers around the world and also helps put them (us) directly in touch with buyers who come to the agency with specific requests.

The nitty and the gritty is this:

Pricing: Photos are priced by size from $5-$75; those Snapwire selects as Premium photos are priced by size from $10-$100.

Requests: Though most seem to range from $10-$25, in the past week I have seen requests listed as high as $4,000 per photo.

Photographers earn 50% from photos sold through the collection, and 70% from sales derived from buyer requests. All things considered, a better deal for shooters than those offered by many others.

While any digital photo can be submitted, Snapwire is tailored best to mobile phone users. Given the way that aesthetics and style, both personal and commercial, have evolved and changed in recent years, it makes sense to encourage better quality work by those shooting with smart phones. It’s been said many times but bears repeating: the best camera is the one you have with you.

It’s new on the sales scene and I’m very new to the stock scene so I don’t expect a waterfall of sales. I do hope however that it’ll at least turn into a small stream of income. For the benefit of those interested in seeing how this evolves I’ll include updates in my monthly reviews here.

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