Upload & Sell: Off
Since most of the people that are responding to this thread appear to be either accomplished macro photographers and forum regulars (who also offer very nice work... birdied, I think you are far from a novice) that I thought it would be good to hear from someone like me, a complete novice. I have been "taking pictures" off and on for 30 years. I never really got serious with my snapshots until I came across this forum about a year ago. (The manual focus Nikon thread is what brought me in). My true interest is in the extremes, 1:1 or higher macro and astrophotography. Everything in the middle doesn't get my juices flowing like the others do.
A few days after joining this forum I discovered Macro World. I thought I died and went to heaven! So many amazing things to see. I learned about focus stacking and high magnification, two things I always wondered "How did they do that?!" But over time, as the newness wore off, I started to see what many of you are talking about... Not a lot of C&C, mostly ego boosting. I know I am guilty of it, but mostly I think it comes from my inexperience in this world. I am one of those people that would like some honest C&C for the little I post here (most of my shots are posted in the shooting with tubes thread, I only recently got some more dedicated macro gear). Sure, the ego boosting is nice, but when I look at some of my stuff I wonder what I can do to make it better and I rarely get anything. Its frustrating and because of it, I don't visit this area that often anymore. Perhaps I will now, take a chance again...
One other thing. Although I think stacked images are "cool", I get bored with them very easily. I don't know why, but I seem to be able to spot a stacked image from a mile away and judge it lower than an artistic shot of the same subject. If I am doing something like a lab image or something for a textbook, sure give me stacks. But as an art form, stacks lose it for me. Just my opinion, take it with a grain of salt.
From what I have gleaned from threads here, I think this is one of my most successful shots. I don't know if I posted this on this forum or not, but here it is. If I posted this, I would love some C&C on it. My setup was very simple, my gear not top end, and I have sold about 10 prints of it to people that have seen it and liked it (even won a contest with it).
_DSC9662 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr