What’s it look like when environment and media cross over? Check out Andrew Peacock’s shot for the June 2013 issue of Outside Magazine. That’s a 20 foot minke whale under his kayak in Antartica’s Neko Harbor.
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This image doesn’t really stand out in my photo archive. It’s pretty unremarkable really isn’t it? I haven’t reviewed it since it was uploaded to the Lonely Planet Images (LPI) stock site with many other photos as part of a submission 2 years ago. It was taken on a brief stop at the Norman Wells airport in the Northwest Territories of Canada. On a long series of flights over 36 hours I was returning home after photographing a journey through the Northwest Passage aboard the super-yacht ‘Octopus’.
LPI has been sold to Getty Images since then and my image collection was transferred along with the sale. I now receive (usually) small monthly royalty payments from Getty for sales it makes on my behalf. Imagine my surprise then to find out that a commercial firm has just paid Getty $7300 for the print publication use of this photo for one year. I receive 40% of this.
I don’t recall what specifically prompted me to take this photo. I remember being pleased to have free reign to wander around the Boeing 737 with access to the tarmac during a brief stopover while some passengers disembarked. I do know I took note of the gorgeous fall colors in the trees alongside the runway nearby. I’m very glad now that I took the time to get out of my seat and stretch my legs with my camera in tow, then compose this frame and click the shutter on my Canon 5D. Despite the apparent insignificance of the image it shows that sometimes making the effort to prepare the digital file, add relevant metadata and submit to a stock agency can have its rewards. You just never know what the result might be!
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