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John Mitchell

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  1. I'll have to try that. Sounds delicious. I love Middle Eastern cuisine. It's a treasure trove for vegetarian dishes. I keep hoping someone will order my falafel plate. It has been zoomed, but no takers yet, which no doubt says something about my lack of skill as a food photographer.
  2. My modus operandi is similar. I usually carry around a small Tamrac bag, which has become my "murse", containing the a6000 with dreaded 16-50 "pancake zoom" and Sony 55-210. This kit is fairly light and compact, so I don't see any point in getting into (more) debt with an RX100. It would be nice to have one of these little gems of course, but recouping the cost would not be easy. My photo shoots are pretty casual. I plan to go out this afternoon on one. The sojourn will probably include a stop in a coffee shop, but that's all I'll spend. Future travel stock shooting shall be combined with vacations. Fortunately, my older images accumulated during years of travel are holding up well. When sales from these images collapse, I'll most likely be toast. C'est la vie...
  3. It seems that photographers who sell mainly to UK publications might be suffering the most from low fees. For instance, I had a $5.10 sale (one page, inside or cover) to a UK magazine with a circulation of 500K show up yesterday. A print publication of that size in the US or Canada would have paid much more.
  4. My average payout so far this year has been US $280 (about CAN $350) per month, which is enough to make Alamy a worthwhile "hobby job", so I'm happy. However, I couldn't see being able to make a livable income from stock photography at this stage of my life (I'm 70). Just treading water is difficult these days, so perhaps it's best to treat stock photography as a possible source of extra income rather than a "real" job. That said, you've done a remarkable job at putting together such a large collection of images. I can understand why you're frustrated. I would be too.
  5. Ten years is impressive. I think it has been at least three or four years for me. However, I always remind myself that all it takes is one tiny sin like missing a dust spot, and it's back to purgatory.
  6. Ian (geogphotos) called ridiculously low sales "blighters" earlier in this thread. That's what I was referring to. P.S. My parents were British, so I'm familiar with the term "blighter", although it's never used here in Canada.
  7. Yes, we seem to be going down the same spiraling path to riches. 🙃
  8. This just licensed for a princely mid $ to a UK magazine (inside or cover) with a circulation of 500K. At least I didn't have to venture farther than my own backyard to photograph it.
  9. Snapping in stores can definitely pay off. This one from Montreal licensed (not for a great sum, though). In Quebec, maple syrup is almost a separate food group.
  10. Technically, though, there is a difference between commercial and editorial photography. However, I suppose a lot of places don't differentiate between the two. I wish that museums, wildlife parks, etc. would be more specific about what they do and don't allow when it comes to photography. My guess is that most of them don't know what to say. That said, in the past I have signed agreements with a couple of museums saying that my images would be used for editorial purposes only.
  11. Good idea. Putting subjects -- food and non-food -- in a wider context usually makes for more interesting images. Even including just a touch of context, as in some of the images posted above, can help a lot. Personally, I find studio-like closeups of food sitting on a plate to be ... well... a bit boring. However, it sounds as if there is a healthy (or sometimes unhealthy) demand for images of this type.
  12. I just tell the pizza delivery person to slip it under the front door...
  13. Good luck. Remember to shoot first and ask questions later.
  14. Me too. I think that TV and billboard ads like these are basically "food porn." There's a reason why so many people in first-world countries are now obese. Being an odd sort, I prefer veggieburgers. However, restaurants here tend to do the same thing with them as they do with traditional meat burgers -- pile them so high that you need a loading crane to lift them off the plate. Plain and simple rules in my book. 😃
  15. I guess you lucked out in the peeing department. Very nice portrait. It might be Mrs. Scotty, though, and her calf. My image is over 15 years old, so Scotty would be pretty old by now (tapirs can apparently live 30 years). This could be Scotty back then. Can't remember for sure.
  16. I don't like most zoos, so I haven't got many zoo pics. This is one of the few that have licensed. It was taken at the the Belize Zoo, which is one of the better ones. The animals -- many of them rescued -- are in their natural habitat and have plenty of space to roam around in.
  17. I'm sure that we look a lot alike to the hippos. Actually, images of Homo sapiens gawking at the hippos will probably be more likely to license than the hippos themselves. 😏 P.S. Paulette's superb hippo images are an exception to this rule.
  18. Multiple editorial use, IQ sale, UK, mid $$, exclusive to Alamy I shot this near where I live, but on the wealthier side of the tracks...
  19. Glad you posted the link. It's a relevant article given that many of us forum members are of a certain age.
  20. I would interpret that sign to mean equipment like tripods and lights that would disturb the animals-- plus no commercial photo shoots. Unless the park has notices that specifically prohibit photography, I wouldn't worry about it. Probably everyone who visits is busy snapping pics with their phones. Also, you can often frame wildlife shots so that it is impossible to tell where they were taken. Hippos (or hedgehogs) tend to look a lot alike. 😁 P.S. Use a small, unobtrusive camera of course. Leave the big guns at home.
  21. That's a real boon. Museum admissions can be very expensive these days. Trips to museums always pay off for me.
  22. Personal Use, low $$ Copala, a sleepy old mining town in Sinaloa, Mexico
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