New Stock Images – An afternoon at Seririt food market

A year ago, I left the cold late February of my beloved Montreal to depart on a great adventure – I knew I had to be in LA in early March and Tokyo in mid May, but in between was wide open. My friend Adrian invited me to Bali, where he was staying for the Winter, and so I decided to fill the time gap by investing in a 10 weeks photo trip through South-east Asia. It started in Bali, then I hopped to Java, had a short stop in Kuala Lumpur, then spent some time in Vietnam, South Korea and landed in Tokyo. There are no words to convey how brilliant, eye opening, heart lightening and overall wonderful this experience has been. Oh and of course productive. Through my several encounters, many discovery trips and lucky finds, I came back home with close to 15000 images and clips to edit, or, in other words, add to my already heavy back catalog of images to submit. It’s now been 9 months since my return and I’ve managed to retouch and submit 820 images of this journey – which is about two fifth of what should be the final number of available photographs.

So time to present a few of these amazing series. Here’s one. While I stayed in Bali, we would enjoy the great food that Uni cooked for us and one day, wanting to know the source of these delights, she took us to the Seririt food market. In the smoldering heat and humidity, we discovered heaps of colorful food ingredients, various items of clothing and more than one luminously happy faces. Uni introduced us to many of the vendors who allowed us to take their photos while working. The food looked so fresh and good, vibrant colors, gorgeous spices and fruits. I don’t know exactly what it is with Asian food markets, but it makes the return to our cold, huge – dead in a way- supermarkets particularly difficult. Here’s a sample of these images. You can view this series either by itself on Photoshelter (with links to purchase on Istock) or amidst my other Indonesian images directly on Istock.

These are all unreleased, so only available for editorial use.

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A. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for editorial RF licensing at Istock 

B. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for editorial RF licensing at Istock 

C. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for editorial RF licensing at Istock

D. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for editorial RF licensing at Istock

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Time to get Fresh fruits and vegetables!

This year I’m working the soil in my garden so that next year I can grow my own food. In the meantime, going to local markets is an absolute must – I’m an organic guy as much as possible. This image was shot during the Summer of 2012 and is standing at 9 downloads. One more and it hits the big time in the search engine. I’ll be very grateful, if this fills a need in your work or hobby, to get that extra sale ASAP (you can just click on the shot to get to the shot’s Istock page). Many thanks!

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #24: Dew-covered Apples on rustic table

Stock Image: Dew-covered Apples on rustic table
Stock Image: Dew-covered Apples on rustic table

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Uploaded: August 2012
Collection: Sig+ / E+

No, this is not about computers, it’s about fruit! Delicious, organically-grown apples at my dad’s small farm. The day before, while I was shooting him harvesting his apples, I decided to leave a few on the table to gather dew for an early morning shot the next day. When I stepped out into the chilly late August morning, I was surprised to see this fantastic sunlight effect through the branches of the apple trees behind the table. This is not a composite, it really was like that. So I framed wider than I initially intended to in order to capture this wonderful gift from nature.

You can view all of my agriculture photos in this lightbox.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #25: Senior Swiss Farmer making cheese

Stock Image: Senior Swiss Farmer making cheese
Stock Image: Senior Swiss Farmer making cheese

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Uploaded: November 2012
Collection: Vetta

Probably my favorite image that I shot in Switzerland. When it was my turn, I walked in the hut and was rushed by other photographers pushing me forward, literally. “He’s making cheese! He’s making cheese! Go shoot him!” So I got the pocket wizard on and shot him… with the lights set all wrong. But he wasn’t stopping or slowing down, So I did what I could. Much of the beautiful light on this shot was actually really enhanced or created from scratch in Photoshop. But the whole thing was possible because of the way the steam catches what little light there was. After I was done editing, I felt so proud of the way this came out. I still am. So I submitted it for Vetta, thinking you can’t get more “real people doing real things” than this – and they’re partial to that kind of photos, but… wonk-wonk. It dropped in the regular collection. So I went to the forums, pimped the shot in the non-approved Vetta thread with the short quote “Really?” and, rarity supreme, the decision was reversed and it was promoted to Vetta. Happy days!

You can view all my work from Switzerland in this lightbox.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #26: Holstein Cows in Wales

Stock Image: Holstein Cows in Wales
Stock Image: Holstein Cows in Wales

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Uploaded: October 2011
Collection: Sig+ / E+

My best selling image from my fantastic 2011 road trip in the UK. Shot next to a one lane side road in North Wales, I spotted the herd and had Ben stop the car so I could grab a shot. I had to run back quite a ways and find a small breach in a rock wall to frame this. I felt a bit uneasy when all of a sudden all the cows turned to me and stared. I’m so not used to all this attention! It made for a memorable shot though.

You can view all my photos from the UK in this lightbox.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #39: Senior farmer shows off his organic beets and carrots

Stock Image: Senior farmer shows off his organic beets and carrots
Stock Image: Senior farmer shows off his organic beets and carrots

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Uploaded: August 2012
Collection: Sig + / E+

On to another shot of my dad on his farm. You have to admire the guy: upon his retirement, he buys a small farm to grow his own vegetables and make some cheese. Always aware of what’s wrong in the world, he decides that the only way to know what you eat is to grow it yourself. Plus if the economy should collapse, you can be self-sufficient. Here he is with two of his local organic grown root vegetables: beets, and carrots, fresh out of the soil. The shimmering light effect was achieved by using a hand-held diffuser close to him.

You can view the rest of my work with him in this lightbox. Oh and he’s coming over for Christmas so I feel a new series coming up!

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #42: All Female Swiss farmer family leading cows to fair

Stock Image: All Female Swiss farming family leading cows to fair
Stock Image: All Female Swiss farming family leading cows to fair

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Uploaded: November 2012
Collection: Vetta

As some of you may remember, I spent 10 days in Switzerland last year and shot some very nice real people doing real things portraits, along with stunning landscapes. I uploaded nearly 200 photos from the trip in late 2012 and August 2013. Three made my top 50 best earners, although with Getty numbers for November and December still up in the air, there might be more when the list is set in stone. This one was in the first batch and it made Vetta through inspectors. It really is one of the nicest – lovely expressions, miraculous lighting and a great sense of place and story. Of course, it never sold on Istock – don’t get me started on statistical interpretations, let’s just say it lost on the timing roulette. Luckily, it did get some good revenues from Getty, hence its rank. You can get to know more of the shoot back story in this post. There is also this alternate take that I wrote about previously.

To view all of my Switzerland photographs, look at this lightbox.