sorry about not having uploaded anything for such a long time - if you cannot find a way to fit everything in a journal title anymore, you know there has been a lot going on!
I was busy with work and travelling and thus have not had the time to do much with the photos I have taken in the meantime. This is in fact the first weekend since the first October weekend where I'm actually at home again...
So one after the other:
Back from the US
I have been to the US for three weeks in October, visiting the International Wolf Symposium in Duluth (MN), the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely (MN), and Wolf Park in Battle Ground (IN). I brought my complete camera equipment, but surprisingly didn't take as many photos as I thought it would. One reason was the weather - we had everything from sun to snow, but most of the time it was rainy and cold. Another reason was the lack of opportunities - I was looking forward to take photos at the International Wolf Center, but I realized that shooting through the glass is just not worth it - every shot is blurry in several spots, the glass used is just not made for taking photos through. Instead, I took photos of red squirrels, birds, black bears and raccoons around the Wildlife Research Institute. Wolf Park was not too spectacular either, photography-wise. The fencing was very uncooperative, unlike most of the chainlink in the parks in Germany I usually visit. The AF had a hard time, and most of the time the bright light lit up the silver chainlink so much that it produced an impression of bright grey fog despite the 400 or 560 mm focal length I have been using.
Anyways, I might have some nice shots to upload soon, I just haven't looked at all of the photos yet and certainly haven't had the time to prepare any for uploading. Maybe this weekend!
Calendars are almost sold out
Today I have shipped the last few of the Lupinity Wolves 2014 calendars to Amazon. I just started to reclaim some of the calendars that have not sold yet in retail so I can stock up Amazon again for christmas.
I didn't think that I might be out of calendars before the end of the year AGAIN... but it's likely that this will happen. So if you were planning on getting one for christmas... do it soon!
Also, I started planning the next calendar. I am still not 100% sure whether it will be one for 2015 or 2016, but since there are a lot of photos available that would do well in a 2015 calendar already, I might choose to release one next year too (that requires snow to fall though: I'm short on outstanding snow photos ).
Now, there are lots of options for a new calendar. First of all, I am currently planning a release in Europe and the US, to improve the availability for US customers. That will most likely include an Amazon listing in the US offering free shipping. US orders were so low this year that I am not completely sure that this is a good decision, but the requests I got during my US visit in October were so overwhelming that I think I'll give it a try.
The calendar as it is obviously deviates in a lot of ways from standard calendars, especially on the US market. For one, the Lupinity Wolves 2014 calendar is bigger than most calendars, with a size of roughly 11.7x16.5". It is printed single-sided and is hung on a wire-O-binding. Calendar and photo are both on the same page, and are individually designed to blend into another.
Pretty much all of the commercially available calendars are saddle-stitched double-sided calendars with the photo on the upper page and the month's calendar on the other. The calendar is then hung using a hole in the top center of each page. While - in my opinion - this lacks the premium-quality look and rarely hangs straight down on the wall, this system has certain advantages too.
Here's some of the pros and cons I see with that:
- The photo is on an individual page and can be cut out and framed after the calendar expires, if desired.
- There is no text or other elements on the photo
- There is a lot more space for additional information on what's seen in the photo and of course, there is more space to note down appointments for each day.
- The calendar is a bit lighter, which makes mailing and handling easier
- Less classy, "cheap" look
- The paper *maybe* has to be less heavy than in the current calendar, because it needs to still fold without breaking (this is still to be determined)
- The calendar takes up more space on the wall.
- Saddle-stitched instead of wire-O bound
- A bit more expensive to produce (twice as many pages)
Your opinion is important to me...
I'd love to hear what you think about those ideas. Should the next calendar be a saddle-stitched and double-sided?
What are the pros and cons you see?