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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New Stock Images – Five friends at Times Square

Part three of my New York City  images shot last Fall during a Getty Images event. For the first time I collaborated on this shoot with my friend and colleague Martine Doucet as well as the always talented and inspiring Lise Gagné and her creative powerhouse of a partner Louis Leblanc (rebelz). In the weeks preceding the event, after deciding to go, we facebooked back and forth, casting models and pitching ideas. Quebec power! It was nice to work with such great people… and then the models! One of the great advantages of going to a place like New-York City is the availability of such great talent. Dozens of applicants sent us their portfolios of which five were selected. They were energetic, professional, open and authentic, and helped turned a rainy, overcast, cold Autumn morning into some radiant photographs.

I shot the whole thing with my 200mm lens out of respect for my colleagues who were using other focal lengths. Obviously when you shoot in groups like this the same scenes it is important to try and get very different images as much as possible to not undercut each other. Different angles, colors, approaches and of course unique point of view and sensibilities.  So in  my case, I went for character and bright colors, with lots of close-up trying to show relationships. The atmosphere of the city is present, but mostly in colorful blurred backgrounds. And boy did I push the colors to their limits. It makes for a rather chaotic result overall, but one with the bright optimism that I saw with in so many of the young people I met there. It is after all the place where all the dreams are possible…

You can view the whole series in this lightbox or this Photoshelter Gallery . Enjoy!

FivefriendsatTimesSquare

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

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

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

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

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

New Stock Images – American musician couple in Brooklyn

Part two of my New York City  images shot last Fall during a Getty Image event. This one was shot at the same time and venue as Tia’s shoot and featured a real life couple of NYC artists – they’re musicians, actors, dancers, models and are looking great. I had approached them before leaving Montreal and unfortunately they couldn’t make the date I had in mind for an Astoria shoot. So I booked them for the Brooklyn one instead and it worked out great since Lorraine and Juan were with me and we could share.

I had asked them to bring something they would like to be pictured with and they brought a mandolin! Along with their styling there was something really American about this, so I decided to kind of de-contextualize the images by shooting in front of the gorgeous sky and sunset and then in the alleyway. I really liked the softness of the light in these last few shots (A. is an example) and left out my current flashy-composited-color-infused-light-bomb-is-that-Vaseline-on-the-lens-give-me-that-sig+-I’ll-never-make-10k-images-at-this-rate post processing routine to preserve the intimate mood. Sure enough,  only A. and another from that set were selected to be on Getty. Still some of my favorite shots. Oh and I totally submitted D. as an afterthought – the image is totally out of focus and the model’s faces completely washed out by that humongous lens flare, but I thought the dreamy factor played really well with the action and since anonymity has a definite allure in stock, I thought hey, why not? Sure enough it not only made Sig+ but also is pulling ahead as one of the best sellers in the series.

You can view the whole series in this lightbox or this Photoshelter Gallery . Enjoy!

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A. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

B. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

C. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

D. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

E. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

New Stock Images – Young Black Female Dancer

In late October 2015, I was invited for a Getty Images seminar in New York City. I had the usual good times, valuable information on trends and business goals, the pleasure of meeting many key people at Getty and of course productive, wild and funny times with my friends and colleagues. I had time to schedule 3 model shoots and walk around Brooklyn and Manhattan (more on this in a future post) for days.

One of these shoots was done with Tia in Brooklyn, in an area of shared lofts where the son of my buddy Juan was living. As there was some issues with lighting, I decided to shoot the models outside, so Tia came along and we did some cute gardening images in the backyard (I had to edit out a strange skeleton that was used as decoration!), on the rooftop (great moments with an awesome sky, puddles and railings) and in the alley, for a more Americana urban look.

Here are 4 images from this shoot, with their links below for you to license them.

BrooklynYoungWoman

A. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

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

C. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images

D. © 2015 Nicolas McComber – Available for RF licensing at Istock and Getty Images 

You can view all images from this shoot in this lightbox or in this Photoshelter gallery

Featured Stock Image – Canadian country road lined by frosty trees

 

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It was Christmas day, a year ago. I was at that moment still living in Sutton and we just had 2 full days of non-stop ice storms. Trees were heavy and as you stepped out into the woods, you would hear the rather scary sound of trees breaking under the pressure. Branches fell every ten seconds or so and of course we were out of electricity for a couple of days.

On that morning, the sun vanquished the storm and the sky cleared, leaving the surrounding area a magical landscape of ice and snow glittering in the sunlight. I took the car and went for a drive. I shot for several hours around the village and drove back only to slide into a ditch. I walked back home – I had a dinner to cook. The next day I had my father, who was over for the Holiday, walk back with me to the car to set up an accident shoot before the car was pulled out of the ditch. When opportunity knocks…

The resulting images were pleasingly successful. This one just sold an extended license this morning (many thanks to whoever chose it). It was shot on the road leading to the house I was living in. I’m very glad that despite all the cooking I had to do that day, I took the time to go on that little photo trip… not knowing that this was the last winter I would spend in that area, and most probably the last ice storm I would see there.

You can view more Winter images in this Istock stock photography gallery.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #14: Elderly couple slow dancing in kitchen

Stock Image: Elderly couple slow dancing in kitchen
Stock Image: Elderly couple slow dancing in kitchen

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Uploaded: June 2012
Collection: Vetta

Love this one! This composition happened by intervention of a Getty art director at the Berlin Istockalypse. I had asked the models to start slow dancing in the kitchen and was shooting versions of this when I was pulled aside by the AD who moved me to this angle. I’m quite thankful.

You can view my images from the Berlin Istockalypse here.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #15: Bald man using digital tablet while waiting for subway

Stock Image: Bald man using digital tablet while waiting for subway
Stock Image: Bald man using digital tablet while waiting for subway

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Uploaded: July 2012
Collection: Vetta

After a few vertical versions of this concept, I decided to shoot one horizontal, as I like these better personally. I was just coming back from Berlin and I had been told to shoot vertical for magazine covers, so I did more of these than usual on this shoot. But as we see in this countdown, way more often than not, it is horizontal framing that catches the eye of the buyer. So much so, that in London this year the tune had changed. I was advised to shoot mostly horizontal, and to not waste my time on square, vertical or panoramic frames. Well, I’ll keep doing all 4 types… it really depends on the subject. But given the results this year, horizontal wins.

You can view all my work with this model in this lightbox.