Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Going Shooting

This is the daily morning scene outside my office window. The Toms are strutting their stuff. The hens are pretty much ignoring them. This photo could have been better. You can see my flash bouncing off the window. The whole thing could be sharper, but you get the idea.

Wouldn't it be great if you could share your photos with me, too. Because these days, everybody is shooting. Ha! You didn't think I was going to shoot my turkeys with a gun, did you?? No way. When I go shooting, it's with a digital camera. Unfortunately, Blogger doesn't have an application for photo sharing. Yet.

Which reminds me of several years ago, when I noticed how popular picture taking was becoming and suggested a photography mystery series to my publisher. The response  - We've tried that in the past and it didn't do well.

Okay, but times change. Interests evolve. Themed series are big right now. Sure, the technology, the mechanics, cameras themselves change, but light, composition, subject matter, all stay the same.  What do you think as a reader?  Would a mystery series about a photographer appeal to you?

25 comments:

Shel said...

If it's a cozy, I'll probably read it. Actually, I love reading about hobbies and/or interests I might not otherwise be exposed to (pun intended). So, yes, I'd definitely pick up a series with photography as a focus...ok, ok, I'll stop with the photography puns!

Anonymous said...

I would love it! Actually, with all the themed mysteries around today, I'm surprised I haven't seen photography as one of the themes. Even when I googled photographer and mystery, I found only one book with a protagonist who is an amateur photographer - and it's not a cozy.

So "yes!" is the answer to your question!

chana

Vicki said...

I would read it! I read a lot of the themed cozy mysteries, even if I don't do the craft myself.

Dru said...

I think that would make a great cozy mystery theme since everyone is taking pictures with their digital camera and quickly uploading it to one of the social network.

I love your view of your backyard with turkeys. You'll never see that here.

Katie said...

absolutely:)

Laurie said...

Yes, I would. Sounds like a good idea.

Sheila Connolly said...

The art/craft of photography has changed with the advent of digital cameras, but the accessibility of photos now is amazing.

I just finished reading an interesting cozy by Michelle Wan (Deadly Slipper, 2005), in which the protagonist finds a (film) camera that belonged to her sister, who had disappeared mysteriously 20 years earlier. She and a friend used the images from the camera to reconstruct where her sister had been.

Imagine tracking someone based on photos posted on-line. Lots of possibilities!

Mason Canyon said...

I'd read a cozy mystery series based on a photographer. I can see her getting into and out of so many problems.

I have a few turkeys outside by windows in the mornings and lately a couple of deer like to come by. Wildlife can be so entertaining to watch.

Whalehugger said...

I think it's a great idea. I dabble in photography myself and I'm surprised a cozy hasn't been created involving this hobby/career. Photographers travel, meet a lot of people, etc, depending on their specialty. So yes, I would definitely read the series.

jbstanley said...

I love this photo! And yes, I think the theme would work well for a mystery. Like any themed mystery, readers are attracted to the character first and what their occupation is second. I think there could be amazingly rich descriptions of photography in a mystery book.

Evening Moon said...

What a wonderful idea. She could be a photographer or that could be her hobby.

Sandy

Jeanne C. said...

I would definitely read a photography cozy! What I have learned about reading (many, many) cozies is that there are a lot of themes out there; and even though I'm not an avid cook, I still love to read the cooking theme mysteries, or the dog-sitter mysteries, etc.
I find that once I read a cozy with a theme, if the story is good, the "theme" is actually a bonus because I usually end up learning something about that craft or hobby, or what have you.

signlady217 said...

I have several friends who are photographers, but even if I didn't I would love a book series about one. It sounds like you've got a great idea there. I say go for it!

One of the friends has a very expensive digital 35mm camera that can be hooked to her computer, and then the photos can be digitally enhanced as needed using the editing software, etc. She just did a photo shoot of my mom back the first week of December, and they came out great! She also did our 20th anniversary pictures and will probably be who we hire to do our 25th anniversary pics later this year.

Deb Baker said...

I love these responses. Keep them coming. Maybe I should float it again.

Anonymous said...

I love the photo of those turkeys, Deb. And I love the photographer series idea. With your humor and sharp eye, it would work! Like Rear Window, yooper style.

Sheila Llanas

Sheery said...

Oh, absolutely! You should definitely propose the idea again.

Photography is definitely my hobby. In fact, the book I'm currently working on (almost done with) has the main female protagonist as a photographer. It's been great fun including a hobby I love into my writing! My story is just a one book thing though, not a series. I think a series would be awesome with the main protagonist as a photographer.

Oh, and I'm so glad your post was about photos and not hunting. I saw all the turkeys and thought, "Awww." Then laughed when I realized the direction you'd taken this blog.

Okay, enough babbling from me. :)

Lover of Books said...

I love photography! It would be fun to write a series even if it's only a trilogy.
Krista

Andrea C. said...

I love, love, love to take pictures and look at pictures - of anything! It such a fun way to walk down memory lane.
And I think a cozy series about a photographer would be great...

Jessica said...

I adore the idea! Its fabulous.... of course I read just about anything that I can get my hands on lol. Your picture is beautiful....I've never seen a turkey in person!

Helen Kiker said...

Yes I think a photography themed cozy would be welcome so do try again to see if they will say yes this time. Photography is getting a lot of interest due to the internet.

Shannon said...

Just ran across this today on the "Stop You're killing Me Website"...Meredith Cole is the author of 2 books about Lydia McKenzie, an edgy art photographer who also works as an administrative assistant at the D’Angelo detective agency, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York City. I haven't read it, but I like the idea of photography being in a series...lots of possibilities!

Kaye said...

Yes, yes yes! I'd read a themed cozy with a photographer. How about a senior whose grandchild gives her a digital camera for Christmas and she just can't get the hang of it but manages to accidently shoot some pictures of crimes or crime scenes.

Sarah said...

Yes, I would read a mystery series about photography. I'll try most anything :-)

Sarah

Jan said...

Lovely! You should try Flickr.com. It's $25 a year (yes, a year) for a pro account for photo-sharing. It's great and I've been using it for a few years now.

Mr. Hendrix said...

I think it is a great idea!!! I know since I've gone digital I have a new love for photography and I can think if a million ways photography could land a person into a great mystery.

Just remember the Creative Memories new slogan (I'm a scrapbooker - not a consultant) "Mama's don't let your babies grow up to be JPEGs"