A selection of recent images shot for stock and awaiting final editing and upload.
Nikon Df, Nokia Lumia 1020, Olympus OM-10, Fuji X-T1, Sony A7r, Sony a6000, Leica T, Panasonic FZ1000
So which shot which? Well I actually don't know since I've removed the exif data and I can't remember which I used for what since I've just finished a spell of several days continuous shooting.
As you can see there is a seasonal element to many of the images and I do work on a yearly cycle, visiting a large number of locations within driving distance of my home. As ever I'm going for strong, simple and graphic compositions with strong saturated colour.
Stock photographers need to constantly upgrade and look for new compositions from familiar territory. Variety is also a good idea since that spreads the possibility of sales to a wider clientele. As you can see not all images are shot in sunlight and I go out shooting these days whenever it's dry, including a day of strong winds.
We are supposed to getting the remnants of a hurricane later today and assuming my house is still standing I'll probably be out after that has passed. And I do still want to be outside shooting on every possible opportunity.
I enjoy writing this blog, but I'd much rather be outside creating images than sitting inside writing, testing and editing. I've described it as the best job in the world and I still feel that way. I feel lucky to be able to earn a living this way, though it's got little to with luck and it's mostly repetative editing, captioning, keywording and uploading. But it's worth every minute of that to go out with a camera(s) and lens(es) attempting to bring back a taste of the world I encounter.
At various times in my life I've wanted to be a train driver, a rock star and a novelist but I can't really think of anything better than waking up in the morning, looking out the window and thinking "This is a good day to go out and take some pictures.'
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There is an interesting article on the BBC website HERE, which deals with many of the issues above.