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.


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


Back from the 2014 Hong Kong Istockalypse

Hello readers, first off, thank you all for your support yesterday during 100% royalty to the artists day on Istock, especially the ones that acted from my suggestions on twitter (@mccomberphoto) and transformed the day from blah to exciting. It was the first time that I sent multiple tweets in a day and the response was far better than I expected, so I might just make this a habit.

Anyhow, I’m back from the Hong Kong 2014 Istockalypse event, and what a blast! Everything was well organized and smooth: we had great models and art direction, believable settings and of course an extraordinary destination to discover through our lenses. I spent an amazing 8 days in HK and discovered a rich, vibrant and welcoming megapolis with the kindest strangers I’ve ever met. I mean somebody actually ran after me to warn me that my photo bag was unzipped. No, we’re not in New York.

Since I registered too late to put together pitch shoots, a brilliant new concept for the Lypses, I had ample time to just walk in the city and visit some locations without feeling rushed. I did so with my two friends Lorraine and Adrian whom I met during the Switzerland minilypse in 2012 and since then had the good fortune to meet again and again all over the world at the Istock events. Really fun times.

Unlike London last Fall, I decided to try and get into people’s faces and shoot some editorial images of the daily life of the Hong Kong people. Boy, was I surprised at the reaction. Whereas in many large cities of the Western world being targeted by a camera is seen as an intrusive, borderline aggressive gesture that is often met with a frown and sometimes outright outrage, over in Hong Kong, people kindly posed and walked up to me to discuss what they and I were doing, hand me cards, invite me to participate, etc. It was wonderful. I love this city!

So I came back on the 10th and I started uploading right away. You will find my work in this Istock Lightbox as it arrives. I should work only on this shoot for the remainder of May, so check daily to see the new work. I have no firm plans yet to upload the new work to the Photoshelter site, as it is rather time consuming and brings back weak results. Here’s the banner to the lightbox:

Hong Kong Istockalypse lightbox by Nicolas McComber
Hong Kong Istockalypse lightbox by Nicolas McComber

And here are 4 early acceptances from the trip:

Stock Image - Hong Kong Commute
Stock Image – Hong Kong Commute


Stock Image - Victoria Harbor at night
Stock Image – Victoria Harbor at night


Editorial Stock Image - Urban Gardening
Editorial Stock Image – Urban Gardening


Editorial Stock Image - Bird Cage artisan
Editorial Stock Image – Bird Cage artisan


I’m editing in chronological order, so there are lots of nice surprises coming and don’t be disappointed by the more mundane material: I’m putting up anything that I think has a market. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of “wow” shots along the way. Model shots should come later, probably next week, when I get the releases.

And yes, of course, huge thanks and bravos to the team behind this event – Elissa, Rebecca, Simon, Bill and all the others: you made this one of the best Lypses ever and I hope the format survives for many Lypses to come.

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.

Featured Stock Image – Panic at the loos

Stock Image - Panic at the loos
Stock Image – Panic at the loos


I don’t often do humor, potty humor even less, although maybe I should… lol. This sold earlier this week and was shot in Switzerland last year, while the photog team was moving from one set to the next. I noticed the little outhouse by itself on a hill and I just had to get a group of people I got along with to act in this little scene. So you have three photographers there (Lorraine Boogich, Adrian Koeppel and Chris Pecoraro) and our lovely model Cheryl. I think Lorraine is awesome in her desperation there. We joked afterwards that this would probably be the best seller of the whole trip. Being uploaded in 2013, it’ll have a real hard time. We’ll see.

Featured Stock Image – Senior man brushing snow off his car

Stock Image - Senior man brushing snow off his car
Stock Image – Senior man brushing snow off his car


Ever since the official Paris Lypse got announced last week (which I am unfortunately not attending, having just been there last month), I’ve taken a pause in my editing of my Paris work shot last month: I don’t want it to be buried under the truckloads of photographs that will be coming in the next 2 months because of the Lypse. I’ll be back to working on them next Summer. All in all, I’ve finished editing what I shot on my first day there, and have 3 more days to do. So then, what to do? I have 2 weeks before I leave for London, and the timing seems good, so I’m working on what I shot last Winter but hadn’t yet photoshopped, like the featured image above. This was right after we moved to our new place and my dad was visiting us for a few days. It had snowed, and so upon his leaving, I stopped him and set up this shoot. He was amused and cleared his car with a big smile. That cheerful attitude showed throughout the series. Three photos, including this one (my favorite) were selected for the Vetta collection on Istock and hopefully will make their way to Getty Images before next Spring.

Featured Stock Image – Tourists looking at Paris map on a metro station

Stock Image - Tourists looking at Paris map on a metro station
Stock Image – Tourists looking at Paris map on a metro station


Well, here it is, my first sale from my recent Paris trip. No it’s not a striking image of a landmark, or a familiar city scape, or a defocused urban background for graphic designers to make composites with… No, it’s an editorial (unreleased, not to be used commercially) photograph of random people doing something ordinary. I didn’t shoot a great many of them, unfortunately. That wasn’t the point of my trip – and Parisians are notoriously touchy in regards to stealthy photographers shooting them and moving on in the shadows. So I shot tourists, who don’t really care, in very public places. There.

I’m going to London at the end of October – my name was picked again for the official Lypse – yay! If this kind of images continues to sell over the other kinds, I’ll probably keep at least one day to go around shooting unreleased ordinary people doing ordinary things. Heck, if that pays for the trip…

Featured Stock Photo – Candid shot of a Swiss Family Ready for the Fall Festival

Stock Photo - Candid shot of a Swiss Family Ready for the Fall Festival
Stock Photo – Candid shot of a Swiss Family Ready for the Fall Festival

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For those who don’t follow my New Uploads Gallery on Photoshelter, you may not have noticed, but I’ve been uploading the second half of my images shot last fall in Switzerland during the Fall agricultural fair in Lenk. This shot was freshly uploaded last week and sold today – candid is in! This is lifted from a series that was so much fun to do. We all had access to a dairy farm where farmers were decorating cows for the festival, and then had the chance to photograph them as they lead their livestock down the mountain to the village. This necessitated repeatedly running ahead of the family and their cattle to shoot them as we were instructed never to be behind the cows. Everyone was dressed in traditional Swiss clothing and the girls were pretty amused at having a dozen photogs running back and forth to immortalize the proceedings.

You can view all the photographs currently available from my Switzerland adventures in this Photoshelter Gallery or directly in this Istockphoto lightbox.