john lund



Photographer John Lund flips his wig in this humorous self portrait and stock photo.
New WorkAbstractAchievementAdultsAdventureAfrican AmericanAgricultureAlternative MedicineAngerAnimal anticsAnimal Stock PhotosAnimal themesAnimalsAnthropomorphicArtificial IntelligenceAsian AmericanAvailable Greeting Card ImagesAviationBackgroundsBalanceBankingBasset HoundBearBig DataBirdsBirthday WishesBizarreBloodhoundBusinessBusiness Stock PhotosCards RPG MarketCardsLTCardsRPGCash FlowCatsChallengeChangeCheetahChihuahuaChildCloud ComputingCommunicationComplexityConceptsConceptual LightsConnectionConservationConstructionContemplationCowsCreativityCrystal Balls And The FutureCyber CrimeDangerDeadlinesDeterminationDogsDronesDroughtEcologyElephantsEmotionEnergyEnvironmentalEnvironmental ArtEthnicExecutivesExerciseFacesFamilyFantasyFat CatsFinanceFine artFishingFitnessFoodFreedomFriendshipFunFunny PicturesGetting Away From It AllGlobal BusinessGlobal CommunicationsGolden RetrieverGreenGreeting CardsGuidanceHackerHairHandshakeHappyHealthHispanicHolistic MedicineHomeHome BusinessHome ImprovementHopeHorsesHumorIdeasIndustryInfinityInformationInnovationInspirationIntenseInternationalInternetInvestmentJourneyLeisureLifestyleLighthousesLionsLoveManMedicalMoneyMotionNetworkingObstaclePeoplePicturePiggy BankPigsPoliticsPortraitPossibilityPowerRiskRoadsRomanceSavingsScenicScienceSecurityServiceSkillSmall BusinessSocial MediaSocial NetworkingSolitudeSpaceSpeedSpiritualSportsStanding Out From The CrowdStephanie D. RoeserStock PhotosStormsStrengthStrong WomenSuccessSumoTeamWorkTechnologyTerrierThe Way ForwardTigersTimeTogethernessTranquilityTravelVacationsVideosVisionVitalityWaterWeatherWhippetWirelessWomenYemen
Stock Photo ArticleCreating A Conceptual/Fine Art Stock Photo with Adobe PhotoshopPicture of the Devil - Creating a Stock PhotoFire Breathing DragonsConceptual Stock Photography - Sell Stock PhotosShooting People and Location Stock Photos AbroadRoyalty Free - Rights Managed - Micro Stock - Stock Photography PricingHindu Gods - The Hindu God Ganesha - Picture and StoryStock Photos…the Highest Form of Commercial PhotographyPictures of Dog Breeds - Shooting Stock Photos of Miniature PoodlesDominatrix Pictures - Photo Shoot and PhotoshopFemale Photography - Photographing the Human BodyPicture of a Wrecking Ball Produced with Adobe Photoshop ToolsPictures of Cows - Being Creative Taking Pictures of a CowPictures of Lions - The King of BeastsTaking Pictures of the Great Wall of ChinaShooting Stock Photos in the Himalayas – A Travel Adventure Photo-ShootPictures of Snakes - Taking Stock Photos in Mumbai, IndiaGetting Started in Stock Photography: Choosing Your Stock Photo Equipment CorrectlyStock Photos - Selling and Marketing Your Stock Photo ImagesPictures of Money - Lots of Different Kinds of Money PicturesUsing Sailboat Stock Image and PhotoShop to Make a Unique New Hot Stock PhotoSelling Your Photos as Greeting CardsFunny Monkey Pictures - Stock Photos and Pictures of Monkeys or BaboonsTiger Pictures - Shooting a Tiger for StockStarting a Stock Photo CareerFilling Small Business Needs in Stock PhotographyCreating Stock Photos with Strategic AlliancesPhotography Tips from a Pro on Shooting in Low LightThe Power of PositiveFunny Pictures - Funny Pics of Animals and PeopleBumbles, Blunders and Bad Luck!Crowd sourcing, Micro Stock and MoneyCreating a Conceptual Photo ImageThe (Information) Road to Stock Photography SuccessUse Your Photo Shoot Estimate as a Selling ToolHow to Generate Effective Ideas for Stock PhotosBlend Images - A Modern Day Stock Agency Photo Success StoryTaking Pictures of Backgrounds For Producing Great Stock PhotosHow to Shoot Successful Lifestyle Stock PhotosDiversify Your Stock Photo Business - Selling Photos on Mugs, T Shirts, and Printed Merchandise!Beginner Photography Tips - Understanding the Role of ApertureFive Quick Tips For Great Pet PhotographyTurning Doctor Visits Into Hot Selling Medical Stock PhotosSelling Stock Photos to the Largest Market of AllCreating A Successful Concept Stock PhotoChoosing the Right Stock Photo for Your Small BusinessMaking A Living At Stock PhotographyChoosing the Right Concept Stock Photo For Your BusinessHandshake Pictures and Images in Advertising and Business CommunicationsBeautiful and unusual Pictures of Lighthouses and Lighthouse Images with Beacons and Stormy SeasAnimal AnticsMotion FootageMassage Cats ArticleJohn's Galleries of unique stock picturesJohn's Stock Photo ArticlesFunny Pictures Of AnimalsPictures of Cute Cats Doing Funny ThingsFunny Pictures of Elephants Doing Extraordinary Things! Flying elephants, Disco ElephantsFunny Animals - Pictures of funny animals like cats, dogs, cows, and MoreFunny Dogs - Cute Puppies - Cute Dog Pictures - The Funniest Pictures on the Net.

Black Woman Climbing Rope Representing Struggle, Strength, Hardship and Challenge

Photo of a woman climbing a long rope with a look of extreme determination.  The woman is so far up the rope that the clouds are below her as though she is climbing up through a hole in the clouds.
ID# 1314 
Add to lightbox  

Contact John

Woman Climbing Rope. Photo of a woman climbing a long rope with a look of extreme determination. The woman is so far up the rope that the clouds are below her as though she is climbing up through a hole in the clouds. Black Woman Climbing Rope Representing Struggle, Strength, Hardship and Challenge. Muscular black woman climbs an endless rope up through the clouds with the camera looking down at her. A highly successful concept stock photo using PhotoShop, a photo-shoot, and some stock images and props.


Creating a concept stock photo to illustrate the concepts of struggle, challenge, strength and perseverance.

Inspiration in the form of a make-up artist

This image was inspired by the model. I first met Lisa Lowe when I hired her as a make-up artist. In addition to her cheerful and upbeat attitude, I noticed she had exceptional biceps. Turned out Lisa’s primary interest is fitness. She competes in international fitness contests! That got me thinking that I would like to photograph her in some way that showed off her fitness and muscularity---and of course, could generate some income for me! I decided that a stock image that made use of her incredible body to illustrate conceptual ideas would be just the ticket.

I mulled the shot over for quite some time before the rope idea came to me. It fit all of my criteria for creating stock photos: Dramatic, timeless, relatively easy to do, and very little expense. Further, the image could be used to illustrate the concepts of achievement, triumph, challenge, strength and perseverance both in a woman context and in general.

Props and a photo-shoot to create a great stock photo

A local marine supply had plenty of good thick rope and I was able to purchase about 12 feet of it for a reasonable price. I hung the rope from the ceiling of my studio and had Lisa sit on a stool as I shot down on her. I directed her to grab the rope and assume a pose emulating an actual climb. We tried a number of slight variations and different facial expressions. My assistant sprayed her with water from a spray bottle to give the impression of perspiration, particularly where her hair met her forehead. I wanted this to look like she was really working for a great stock photo shot.

Next we photographed the rope alone. The final building block was the sky, which I had photographed years earlier in Santa Fe. In one cloud shot there was a hole in the clouds. When I inverted the clouds and rotated them 180 degrees it left the impression that we were looking down through a hole in the clouds rather than up through a hole. I used the pen tool to create a clipping path around Lisa, then turned the path into a selection with a 1 pixel feather. I completed that process with five different shots of her, then composited the shots together to get the best-looking pose, facial expression and hair. I used layer masks to blend the layers seamlessly together. I used the liquefy filter for fine adjustments to make sure all the body parts lined up perfectly. I then created another clipping path to select the lower portion of rope (from the solo rope shot) and drop it into place. The liquefy brush again came into play to add ripples to the rope.

First rejection, then stock-photo success!

When I finished the image I sent it to one of my stock photo agencies who promptly rejected it.

What can I do to make it work? I asked. Nothing was the reply from the creative director, it just dose not work. I then sent the image to a second agency that I work with. They loved it, ran the image full bleed in their next catalog (this was back in the days of printed catalogs) and entered it in a juried exhibition in which it was selected to represent that agency. The best part though---it sells and sells and sells! It's turned out to be a great concept stock photo for my Gallery.

Strong Women

Keywords associated with this image:

,all,Corbis,strength,power,perseverance,determination,challenge,challenging,strong,muscular, accomplishment,success,rope,ropes,women,woman,black,woman,women,ethnic,concept,concepts, conceptual,leadership,people,person,adversity,African, American,storm,storms,cloud,clouds,cloudy,pic,pics,pix,image,images,picture,pictures,photo,photos,lund,number,,number,PE-023-0161.jpg