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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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

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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 Editorial Stock Photograph – Dancing in Berlin

Editorial Stock Photograph - Dancing in Berlin
Editorial Stock Photograph – Dancing in Berlin

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So here is my first sale off of my recent Berlin Istockalypse. It’s an editorial (unreleased) shot too, which is a good sign ’cause I shot many and was really wondering if they’d sell. This was shot in between two touristic photos on my first night in Berlin, where the sun slowly set past 10PM, giving the golden hour a more proper 3 hours span. As in many of my shots in Berlin, I tried to photograph into the sun or with the sun at the edge of the frame to create flare effects, since they appear to be trendy at the moment. It can end up being beautiful, such as here. I wonder how long this trend will last…

My new Berlin stock photo gallery is beefing up on photoshelter and enables everyone to see all the recently available photos days in advance of Istock. So check the new stuff there. Links to purchase are below the photo description on their respective pages.

Featured Editorial Stock Photo – Little boy smelling tulips

Editorial Stock Photo - Little boy smelling tulips
Editorial Stock Photo - Little boy smelling tulips

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Some rare street photography from me. As I started doing stock a few years back, I stopped photographing people doing things altogether – I felt it was a bit of a waste to cover things I couldn’t sell. But then last year Istock started selling street photography as editorial (meaning it cannot be used in any commercial fashion since we don’t get releases for such photography) and I’m slowly getting back in the saddle. I’ve heard it wasn’t legal to use street photography when shot in Quebec (some lame judgment a few years back greatly hampered liberty of press here and photographers all over started shooting people without their heads to make them harder to recognize) so I still don’t do it in my home province, but when I travel, I have no shame. This one was shot a few years back in Ottawa during the annual tulip festival. I just love the candor of it. Such a rare moment 🙂