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#1 John Mitchell

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Posted A week ago

Last year, I was going through a box of old electronic gadgets, etc. that I had put in a box for recycling, and I came across an electronic calculator that I had bought in 1975 (dating myself here). Just for the heck of it, I decided to take a few photos of it, which I then uploaded to Alamy. To my surprise one of them licensed today for TV use. It was a bulk distributor sale, so the price was low. Still I was pleasantly surprised that someone licensed it. Anyone else had any surprising / unexpected sales lately?


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#2 Bryan

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Posted A week ago

I recall David Kilpatrick advising that you should shoot whatever you buy, something that I normally forget to do until the item is well used and covered in decomposing human tissue, resulting in ages spent cleaning up the image. (Come back David, you are sorely missed).

As for surprising sales, my best one off $ photos generally surprise me. They are rarely those that I personally rate, and I find myself thinking "Why did somebody pay that amount for what is a run of the mill shot?". Not complaining though, it's all part of the game.
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#3 Colblimp

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Posted A week ago

All of my sales are unexpected! :D

 

I was walking in a local town and took a picture of a shop front, a total snapshot.  I processed it and stuck it on Alamy thinking it would never sell.  A few weeks later it sold for $200!  It amazes me what people buy.


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#4 John Morrison

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Posted A week ago

I certainly wouldn't make any money by trying to guess which of my images will sell next.

 

This shot was licensed last week...

 

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#5 gvallee

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Posted A week ago

Yesterday, a sign of Waitrose uploaded in 2008, tucked away in a pseudo, never even zoomed.

I rarely sold signs before, plus how many Waitrose signs must there be? I haven't checked.

 

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#6 GS-Images

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Posted A week ago

Only one lately (the first of my eyeball) but I've had several in the past. I learned early on that almost any image is wanted by SOMEone somewhere. These are some examples of sales I've had of dull, silly or simply poor quality images, all older ones that I wouldn't dream of uploading these days.

 

 

DY7R3M.jpg  DY7R9B.jpg CC2T5T.jpg 

 

This has sold twice.

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This has sold twice.

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#7 DJ Myford

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Posted A week ago

One of my more speculative images was licensed last month, but has since been refunded. It was an IQ sale, so presumably the client was knowledgeable enough to realize they weren't buying the object depicted, but you never know.  :unsure:


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#8 Simon Evans

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Posted A week ago

This was taken whilst b̶e̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶d̶r̶a̶g̶g̶e̶d̶ ̶a̶r̶o̶u̶n̶d̶ visiting a well known Swedish retailer. I had my camera on me so I thought, why not quickly snap my lunch. I thought there was a small chance of a sale at some point but it actually sold within a few weeks of uploading.

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#9 Hellonearth

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Posted A week ago

With only one sale so far this year any I consider any sale to be an unexpected sale!


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#10 Vincent Lowe

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Posted A week ago

A poor shot (I thought) that I very nearly didn't submit - it sold for $423.08 for a book front cover.  It's the only time it's sold and I've never been able to track down the book.

 

the-blasket-islands-from-brandon-mountai

 

Edit - I have no idea why the text has turned blue.!


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#11 DDoug

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Posted A week ago

I went out fishing in the early morning with my son-in-law and grandsons, loons doing their loony thing in the mist rising in golden light.

The resulting photos are the type I like, personally. They haven't sold, and that isn't the surprise.

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Later, as the sun got higher, I was back on the dock by the cabin and did a couple of snapshots of them out in the boat.

That's what sold, for what will probably stand as my highest amount for a single license. It definitely is the surprise.

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#12 wiskerke

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Posted A week ago

 

Have you tried looking for it using book cover as a search term?

Google keeps suggesting it's about the 2nd battle of Ypres. But does not come up with an image for that. Weird. Could it be it's only the clouds they have used?

Maybe then try this.

Or something with any of your caption/keywords.

 

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#13 Roman78

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Posted A week ago

 

 

Have you tried looking for it using book cover as a search term?

Google keeps suggesting it's about the 2nd battle of Ypres. But does not come up with an image for that. Weird. Could it be it's only the clouds they have used?

Maybe then try this.

Or something with any of your caption/keywords.

 

wim

 

If you remove the Alamy text below :rolleyes: , it only comes up whit "Sky" 

 

But I have a book whit some kind of cover that looks like it, but that is somewhat older book. How long is it ago that you sold it? Makes searching also easier.


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#14 arterra

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Posted A week ago

"Unexpected sales" ....???

 

Not really, since I realize that everything sells and I only press the button when I see a couple of $$ blinking in my eyeballs. I also only shoot when I can come up with an answer to the "who could use this subject, to illustrate what?" question.

I shot a tit's diaper yesterday. Perhaps a weird subject, but I'm pretty convinced it'll sell  ;)

 

Cheers,

Philippe


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#15 Webby

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Posted A week ago

Sold this yesterday..........

For PU...........

After a zoom..........

 

that was unexpected!

 

C1Y8KK.jpg


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#16 arterra

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Posted A week ago

Sold this yesterday..........

For PU...........

After a zoom..........

 

that was unexpected!

 

C1Y8KK.jpg

 

Now, I have to agree, THAT's unexpected  :D

A PU after it's been zoomed .... that is  ;) (zoomed images are only reported by registered customers b.t.w.).

 

Cheers,

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#17 Vincent Lowe

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Posted A week ago

But I have a book whit some kind of cover that looks like it, but that is somewhat older book. How long is it ago that you sold it? Makes searching also easier.


It was November 2008 when it sold, so it is a bit old.

Caption - The Blasket Islands from Brandon Mountain, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry, Ireland

Thanks for looking (thanks to wim also).

Edit: just to add - licence ran from 05 November 2008 to 05 November 2011

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#18 John Mitchell

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Posted A week ago

Sold this yesterday..........

For PU...........

After a zoom..........

 

that was unexpected!

 

C1Y8KK.jpg

 

Looks like someone got a great deal on a slightly used set of dentures. :rolleyes:


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#19 Jansos

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Posted A week ago

This was taken whilst b̶e̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶d̶r̶a̶g̶g̶e̶d̶ ̶a̶r̶o̶u̶n̶d̶ visiting a well known Swedish retailer. I had my camera on me so I thought, why not quickly snap my lunch. I thought there was a small chance of a sale at some point but it actually sold within a few weeks of uploading.

a-plate-of-ikea-meatballs-with-chips-and

I shouldn't say this, especially as an ex-vegetarian, but you have almost encouraged me to offer my services, to my better half, to be dragged round this well know Scandinavian store again. Am partial to their hot-dogs!


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#20 Phil Robinson

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Posted A week ago

I just had my third sale from pics of the same mushroom - one was a book cover. And I got to eat the subject matter (and claim it as a taxable expense)


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