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Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 23 April 2010 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Sunburst captured through these archontophoenixes in Fort Myers Beach, Florida as the sun was quickly setting.

A story unfolded with this photo just yesterday. I ordered poster prints online through Walgreens, which included this photo. I was able to pick up the prints only hours later. When I arrived at Walgreens and made mention that I was there to pick up my poster prints, the girl at the counter said the store manager needed to talk to me.

Uh oh!

Turns out the manager liked the photo and wanted to use it as an "example" of a poster print that they would hang on the wall in the store. I told him it wouldn't be a problem. Then I went shopping for frames and while shopping I said to myself, "I should have told Walgreens to give me credit for the photo." So on the way home, I stopped by Walgreens once again and gave them my name and one of my "A Left-Eyed View" cards. I'll be visiting that Walgreens once again in the future to see if this photo makes its way on the wall.

Have you faced a similar situation? What did you say (or request)? Did you ask for any kind of compensation?

Photo taken March 19, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/200 second F/11.0 ISO 100 26 mm

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Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

I love the composition and the different tones of the ocean, nice sun effect too. Nice job :)

23 Apr 2010 7:54am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Great picture, lovely light.

23 Apr 2010 10:08am

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Such a wonderful angle and love the processing. So tropical looking.

23 Apr 2010 11:05am

Antoine from France

Superbe photo avec un cadrage particulièrement très bien réussi. Les tons et les couleurs sont magnifiques. Tu as réalisé un excellent travail photographique. Je te souhaite de passer une très bonne journée. Le magnifique arbuste que tu as vu sur mon blog est un pommier d'ornement Everest. Blanc au printemps , vert en été et rouge pourpre en automne. Ces fruits, petites pommes ne se mangent pas. Elles sont utiles l'hiver par temps très froid, les oiseaux y trouvent de quoi se nourrir. Antoine.

23 Apr 2010 11:06am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I like this Steve, it's a little more "calm" compared to the last few days.

23 Apr 2010 12:01pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful scene, great processing !

23 Apr 2010 1:38pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

That star in the trees is like.. magic. Sometimes you really have some amazing shots!!

23 Apr 2010 4:47pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a wonderful use of the sun in the shot.

23 Apr 2010 5:09pm

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

What is your opinion of the quality of the poster print? That asked, great one!

23 Apr 2010 7:28pm

@Earnest: I have been very impressed. I don't recall seeing it about a year ago when I last did an order through Walgreens and that was the option for Walgreens not to do any auto coloring, auto contrasting and auto leveling, and it would make my HDR photos WAY TOO DARK. Now Walgreens offers that option where Walgreens doesn't do any of the "auto options" for you. The first order I placed, I had it shipped to me and the photos were in sturdy tubes AND wrapped in plastic. The posters I picked up yesterday were in boxes BUT were not wrapped in plastic. And the posters were rolled up with the photo "side" exposed to the inside walls of the boxes. I thought I might scratch the posters just by taking them out of the boxes. I wondered why they weren't in plastic, or at least rolled up so that the backside of the poster was against the inside of the box and the photo side protected. I ordered a 20" x 30" of this one and a 20" x 30" of this one, a 16" x20" of this one, and an 11" x 14" of the photo above for my parents. My parents have requested a sunrise photo and a sunset photo for their dining room which prompted me to look into getting large prints done.

My next project(s) might include getting photo books produced through Walgreens.

pixator from kerman, Iran

Nice shot.

23 Apr 2010 9:13pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

No archos but perhaps Hedyscepe canterburyana - anyway, a stunning shot! :-)
Never experienced such a poster story, maybe this is the beginning of a great success story for you! :-)

23 Apr 2010 11:02pm

@MadScientist: I am intrigued by your knowledge in the different kinds of palms. :-)

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great shot and congratulations on this one!

24 Apr 2010 3:57am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Impressive shot. Impressive processing. And what a great outcome at Walgreens!

24 Apr 2010 4:00am

kate from lincolnshire, United Kingdom

just beautiful,with the twinkling sun through the trees!!

24 Apr 2010 7:06am

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

what a cracker, post card image

24 Apr 2010 10:14am

Zahra Z. E. from kerman, Iran

ow amazing colorful capture!!what an exellent sharpness!!.where is this place...maybe hawayi?!! :) i love this image!!!

24 Apr 2010 12:42pm

☾éline from United States

Nice composition !

24 Apr 2010 3:02pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful shot Steven.

25 Apr 2010 1:04am

Yonatan from Bronx, United States

Great shot. The colors are superb and I like the sunburst quite a bit. Congratulations on the attention from Walgreen's. That is certainly quite a compliment as they see thousands of photos every week. I think what you did was right. You will get some exposure as a result and the satisfaction of recognition of your work. I've done a few 8x10 prints at Walgreen's when they offered them for free. Personally, I was not impressed with the quality. As for photobooks, I've never tried Walgreen's, but I've been very happy with MyPublisher. I ordered an ArtsCow photobook and was not happy with the quality of the prints.

25 Apr 2010 12:11pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I have to admit I can see why they asked to display this . . the intense detail is an amazement. Hope their print does it justice.

25 Apr 2010 8:38pm

Mohsen from Tehran, Iran


25 Apr 2010 9:20pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful image. I hope they hang it.

26 Apr 2010 3:19am

@Steve Rice: They had no choice...I hung the photos for them, before they even return home later this week. :-)

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

A beautiful photo.. It deserves to be displayed...:).

27 Apr 2010 8:42am

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia

a fantastic photo. i think it was nice of you to allow them to use your photo. my opinion is while photography isn't my occupation, i don't really care for copyrigt. i'm just glad if people download my photos and use them.

28 Apr 2010 3:48pm

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Wow! This shot is superb. HDR at it's best! Straight in to the sun. Nice colors. The sea is great.

23 May 2010 10:43pm