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I have now officially closed and emptied this account. All stock images have been moved over to gumroad.com/syccas where they've been regrouped in larger packs with some additional images that have previously fallen victim to dA's file limit plus some new, hitherto unpublished images!

There will also be new projects coming soon, some landscape packs plus new model stock!

If you've got my stuff downloaded, then that's alright, feel free to keep using it and please keep crediting and notifying me here. The rules are pretty much the same and I'll keep checking my messages on a regular basis.
For any other questions, requests etc you can follow me on twitter and tumblr as @HalfarsedHermit or keep an eye on my gumroad for new packs.




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It's dusty in here...


Yes, I'm still alive.
Yes, there are new photos (wedding photos mostly, some castle interior shots).
Yes, I will finish the gallery-revamp at one point.... at least I hope so.

It's been a while, I know, but I'm not going to start apologising or explaining. I was busy with real life and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did keep up with messages and notes but I just couldn't be arsed to clean the gallery anymore and spent my time doing fun things with colleagues and new friends and lots of pints of cider.
I regret nothing :p

However, I do poooossibly have a new victim for stock purposes and as soon as we're done training for new walking and coach tours and get some actual free time on our hands, we might have a go at some billowing cloak stock, maybe even historical dresses (if I can borrow them from work) and so on.
Maybe you'll see more of me again this year. No promises just yet as high season is just around the corner, but there's tentative plans.

Right now I should be bunkering down and learning stuff for my upcoming 12-hour-tours to Loch Ness. So it's the perfect moment for taking up the broom and continue cleaning the gallery, which I haven't done in almost a year, wouldn't you agree? Boy, procrastination sure is fun.

Anyway. How's 2015 treating you so far? Anyone thinking about coming to Scotland? It's brilliant here.


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Casting Call!


I said it before, I'll say it again: if there's anyone among my watchers actually FROM Edinburgh or Glasgow or the general South Scotland area who is interested in a meet-up and maybe some joint stockventure projects, I'm absolutey in.
Likewise, if you have a trip to Edinburgh planned, shoot me a note, I can show you around if you like :)




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I will no longer play this game


Now, most of the stock models here are my friends - some of them like being complimented others find it a bit awkward in real life. But this is stock photography. The relative attractiveness of my models should NOT be important, yet somehow every other day I get a "she's hot" or a "would fuck her" in my inbox.
Fucking stop already.

I read through some old comments and realised just how often that happened and I remembered how some of these comments made me think "jesus, what the fuck, you creep" even at the time and yet for some reason I STILL SAID THANK YOU?!
I guess it's what most women do - say thanks, make a light-hearted joke to ease out of the awkwardness and move on. But I just realised... I seriously don't have the time or nerve for this bullshit anymore.

I get that there are tons of photos of attractive women on deviantart and very often, that's just the point of that photo. To show an attractive woman. And that is a legitimate reason, absolutely fine. Strut your stuff, ladies. Get your imagination going, gentlemen. Have fun, everyone around.
BUT stock photography has a different purpose. A purpose where the attractiveness of the model is of little to no importance. So WHY would you choose to comment on that? And very often ONLY on that?

Actually. I don't care why.
It makes me, my models, my friends (and countless women all over the world who are constantly wolfwhistled, catcalled and harrassed when simply walking down the street) uncomfortable. And this is should be enough to make you think twice about "complimenting" her this way.
Should.
But I guess if you're honest with yourself for a moment, it's not about making that women feel good about herself by complimenting her, is it?

Anyway.
Consider this a fair warning.


PS: I will go and delete some of these comments on my photos. I do not want people to read them and think it's okay to say things like that - I realise I contributed to this creepy behaviour for much too long and I should've put a stop to it much earlier. I'm done playing.





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This was a triumph...


...I'm making a note here.... huge success.

Yes. Moving to Edinburgh so far has been a success. I absolutely love my tour guide job, even though being self-employed is not exactly going to keep my fridge stocked in winter (yes, priorities! I gotz them!). I shall take care of that little issue when it arises.
So far I'm happy screaming at people, scaring them shitless and whipping and hanging them occasionally. I also have a big black billowing cloack. What's not to love?

So yeah, job is keeping me busy as I just started doing city coach tours, as well. Lots of history studying and route planning and not much time for tedious things like stock gallery organizing. I'm still not entirely done with that but ah well, it's all up there - maybe not in a pretty packaging but soon. Soooon.

I'll be back home in Austria next week for a wedding, btw. Lukas and Kat (you may know them from the archery gallery) are getting married and I'm going to take lots and lots of photos. We'll see if I put some of them up here, I'll of course have to respect their wishes in that area. But if we're lucky the weather is all nice and there'll be a fire show as well, so I'll definitely try and see what I can get.

So yeah, this is really just a heads-up. Still alive and happy.
Hope you're all doing well ^.^


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Stop! Revamp Time.


I will probably use the active downtime to revamp the gallery. I've mentioned it before I think, but there's a few things I want to do with my gallery in terms of better navigation and coherence and stuff:

+ Create accurate subfolders and sort stock accordingly
I've started this alread in case you noticed - the Warriors, Couples, Horses/Riders and General Model folders are already sorted, but some of the older mythology-themed images didn't quite fit. And of course some are still in packs which will also change.

+ Reupload packs as single images
Don't worry - it'll just be the good quality pics and not every single one. I did notice that I just was not capable of proper editing back then and there are quite a few similar ones in the packs. The packs will go into scraps, so they will still be available.

+ Add Terms of Use link to individual stock photos
If I see one more of my archery stock uploaded to that fucking "Instinctive Archer" site on facebook I will choke a bitch. I do realize it's just a "collection" site and technically that's fine but it still bugs me, hence the new non-intrusive watermark (of sorts). Btw, if you have archery-themed art - check that site... mostly they just just seem to put up everything they find on google, photos, drawings, manips, everything.

+ Add rules-link to image description
No big deal, really, just a matter of coherence cause I don't have it on most of my old pics and since I'm going through the gallery anyway I can do it right away.


So. That's the plan for now.
If you have ANY suggestions to improve my gallery, layout, navigation etc - please let me know!!
It'll be a buttload of work and I'd hate to have to do it all again just cause I realize "oh, I should've done that, as well!"


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Casting Call!


I said it before, I'll say it again: if there's anyone among my watchers actually FROM Edinburgh or Glasgow or the general South Scotland area who is interested in a meet-up and maybe some joint stockventure projects, I'm absolutey in.
Likewise, if you have a trip to Edinburgh planned, shoot me a note, I can show you around if you like :)




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If you're a Beta Tester...


... or maybe even just regular subscriber, not sure, you can track the keywords people use to get to your dA-gallery via Google Analytics.

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I thought this might be a fun thing to do what with being a stock gallery and keyword search being important and improving and streamlining and.... okay okay, I just wanted to see what weird shit people search for that leads them to my gallery. Boy, was I NOT disappointed.


Here's my top-10 so far, starting with a few harmless WTF?s:

10) Scooby Doo Kidnap - a bit weird but okay, I guess
9) Pinky Pie - sure, why not
8) how canon is fluttermac - I have no idea, honestly

Followed by the (you guessed it) kink-related ones:


7) Pubis Mons - a very eloquent way of looking for material to jerk off to
6) carrie underwood handcuffs - a bit more to the point
5) Hogtie - yes, even pointier
4) Piss / Hobbit Piss Take - yikes. take the point, take it. I don't think I want it anymore.

And my personal top-three!

3) how to stick cold porclain together - eh, what?
2) download abbas usefi clip - what seems to be the problem, officer?
1) Russell Tovey - ALLONS-fucking-Y!!!


I actually snorted when I saw Russell Tovey showing up there. Talk about so not expecting this. Thank you, dear unknown user, for making my day a bit funnier and I am terribly sorry you probably did not find Russell Tovey related things in my gallery.
:)


Stop! Revamp Time.


I will probably use the active downtime to revamp the gallery. I've mentioned it before I think, but there's a few things I want to do with my gallery in terms of better navigation and coherence and stuff:

+ Create accurate subfolders and sort stock accordingly
I've started this alread in case you noticed - the Warriors, Couples, Horses/Riders and General Model folders are already sorted, but some of the older mythology-themed images didn't quite fit. And of course some are still in packs which will also change.

+ Reupload packs as single images
Don't worry - it'll just be the good quality pics and not every single one. I did notice that I just was not capable of proper editing back then and there are quite a few similar ones in the packs. The packs will go into scraps, so they will still be available.

+ Add Terms of Use link to individual stock photos
If I see one more of my archery stock uploaded to that fucking "Instinctive Archer" site on facebook I will choke a bitch. I do realize it's just a "collection" site and technically that's fine but it still bugs me, hence the new non-intrusive watermark (of sorts). Btw, if you have archery-themed art - check that site... mostly they just just seem to put up everything they find on google, photos, drawings, manips, everything.

+ Add rules-link to image description
No big deal, really, just a matter of coherence cause I don't have it on most of my old pics and since I'm going through the gallery anyway I can do it right away.


So. That's the plan for now.
If you have ANY suggestions to improve my gallery, layout, navigation etc - please let me know!!
It'll be a buttload of work and I'd hate to have to do it all again just cause I realize "oh, I should've done that, as well!"



Casting Call!


I said it before, I'll say it again: if there's anyone among my watchers actually FROM Edinburgh or Glasgow or the general South Scotland area who is interested in a meet-up and maybe some joint stockventure projects, I'm absolutey in.
Likewise, if you have a trip to Edinburgh planned, shoot me a note, I can show you around if you like :)




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