Saturday, 6 June 2020

Stock photography

Through the winter and spring I've been taking stock photography and to some extent video more seriously, Shutterstock has been the go to for both and I've been getting one or two sales per week which slowly adds up.

They dropped a bombshell at the end of June, with massive reduction in minimum payout from £0.33 to $0.10 - however the way it's calculated now depends on the contract the buyer has gone for, and in many case you might get more than the minimum, as it's a percentage of what they acyually paid for it.
If they have package allowing (say) 1000 downloads per year you get less than a one off purchase.

Video is similarly affected but I only sold two of those so not sure I will see much difference!

Initially I wasn't going to bother uploading anymore but have relented and slow sales continue but with wildly unpredictable return. I only do it for fun really but as you gradually upload more the amount earned does clock up.

There are various other agencies and I have a few on those too with limited success 'Dreamstime' was doing OK but has gone quiet.
They do pay a little more but I still only made about $5 there.
It is tedious uploading to mutiple sites when they don't even sell many files.

 Top seller so far by some margin has been an uninspiring but clear photo of the Honda CRF250L just parked up, it was taken with the Canon S100. By reverse image search I see it has been used to illustrate hired bikes available on websites in Thailand and the US

As a general rule they don't buy a pretty or famous view so much as pictures of random objects they want to illustrate in a blog post or media. Another good seller has been a run of shots of electric car charging points I think someone is using them in an online directory.

Another surprise seller has been good close ups of wild flowers fully identified with latin names (and must be super clear plus well composed of course)

Spring returns

It has been a troubling time through late winter and spring, not a lot of photos and video has been done. Spring weather has been very favourable for 2 or 3 drone flights though and hardly anyone about until teh end of May at least.

Monday, 10 June 2019

An interesting aspect of the River Dove

Towards the bottom of Farndale, the Dove flows into Douthwaitedale and on to Keldholme and Ryedale. There's an obstacle in the way though in the form of the considerable limestone escarpment which is  feature of the south side of the moors from Sutton Bank to Scarborough.

Limestone is often rather porous and naturally fissured, if water can get in these fissures it tends to make them wider by erosion and chemical process such as dissolving the calcium way.
This has happened between Ravenswick and HalfWay House and the Dove often runs completely underground when it is not in spate.

Just to the east Hutton Beck also goes below the surface and is thought to join with the Dove underground before they emerge rather spectacularly alongside Bog Hall.
It's relatively easy to access this area as described by York caving club here.

Apparently there is a narrow opening above the obvious outflow through which (with ropes) you can descend into an airspace and if brave enough exit with the water.
It's not possible to go much further upstream but at Hutton Beck they have made a way into the underground passage and were able to follow it some way downstream.

At the bottom of their web page see the link to youtube where there is video from inside these interesting locations.

I found the dark water surging out felt rather sinister and had no desire to go inside!

Thursday, 24 January 2019

First 2019 dronage

It was so lovely with no wind at sunrise yesterday, just went up to 399 feet 11 inches and turned slowly.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Moors Vlog

So many others are doing this kind of thing better than me, however I have the tools and thought I'd try a Vlog style video using several cameras.

Doing a quick edit was not as difficult as anticipated - making it more polished is another matter.

Monday, 17 December 2018

Hunters Sty long exposure

It's mid-December and light level is dire practically all day as a rule, but this actually suits long exposure.
This was with the Sony RX100 and inbuilt ND turned on.
The camera was literally at water level on a flat stone, which made adjacent stones look like dramatic boulders.
Quite pleased to get a different take on this much photographed bridge.