Stock photography

I’ve been a contributor to Alamy for some years and currently a very lapsed one at that! I am going to start submitting again just through a simple exploration of my county and its neighbours. I used to enjoy it because it’s different to my day job and it gets you out in the fresh air. Gets the photographic brain in gear as you go on the hunt for eye catching images. Thing is though quite often the simple “editorial” stuff is all that you need to make sales. I’ve done fairly well on sales some years and fairly badly other years. Some say it’s a numbers game, the more you have on offer the more likely you will make sales. Still that said, you’ve got to think like a buyer would think. This photo will work well in a gardening magazine because it shows a set of garden tools propped against a shed. It’s not necessarily the kind of thing you would frame and put in the wall. Think of those magazine pages and the sort of stuff you read on a frequent basis. Continue reading →

Spring begins in the garden

All of the plants you see in the photos above with the exception of the primroses, that are “native” were planted by myself in the back garden. They are doing well and the garden is springing to life. Shame some weeds are too, as last year we thought a never ending battle with them. ┬áSo hoping we can nip them in the bud early this year, if you can pardon the pun! Continue reading →

Red Hot Poker II

Red Hot Poker

You have already seen the previous macro image of the same plant. This image believe it or not is of exactly the same plant but lower down it’s stem. Opted for a very wide aperture here to limit the depth of field as much as possible whilst retaining detail in the near foreground. I used a Plamp, reflector, tripod and my Tamron 90mm macro lens attached to the Nikon.