I've visited dA for the better part of one year, but those visits were at best kind of spotty.
This year, 2012, I decided to become a little bit more involved and I subscribed to the RSS feed for the Favorite In The Last 8 Hours. I have been amazed to discover how much wonderful young talent is out there. For this very reason I bit the bullet and decided to become a Premium Member, plus I also took the step to share some of the photos from my 50K+ collection as free stock images. It's a small way to give back to this great art community.
All the images that I upload on this site are in .jpg format. I have retouched the original raw files using a combination of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and then saved them as JPEGs to share here.
I understand the risks involved in sharing images over the net. I find it funny when I read the descriptions some people add to the images they share. You and I know very well there are out there those individuals who would do exactly what you are asking them not to do.
I have had a few of my images stolen from other sites (I won't name any names) and this is why I decided to upload these images as stock, free for anybody to use as they please, as long as there is no commercial use of the original images. You can manipulate the images as you see fit to suit your taste and to create your particular style of art. All I ask is that you don't try to pass those images in their original form as if they were your own. I still hold the copyright for each image and I can easily prove that.
Another request I have is that you do not use my images to create art which discriminates against others nor that it carries any message of hate against anyone. Karma is a real bitch and you wouldn't want it to come around and bite you in the rear end.
That's it for my first Journal Entry. I really hope to get to know a lot of you through this wonderful art community.