Low altitude medium format aerial photo of Mildura Marina project.
Earlier this year (2013) shot some low level aerial images of the Mildura Marina development. Taking place beside The River Murray, just upstream of the George Chaffey Bridge at Mildura. The Mildura Marina devlopment will when complete she a misx of residential and commercial properties embracing the river lifestyle.
Quickly searching for stock photos.
You know how it is. You’re flat out busy and you need to find a picture in a real hurry. Like I need it NOW. One of the simplest things you can do to speed up your search is to type the words “stock photo” into the search bar of Google/Yahoo or which ever search engine you’re using, before you type the subject required.
For example to locate a stock photo of grapes, I suggest that you type in the term “stock photos grapes” rather than just the words “photos grapes”. Photos grapes gets you everything that is a photo of grapes, however the images maynot be available for download or licensing. Adding “stock photos” to your search criteria gets rid of most of the non stock. You’re left with stock images that you can license and most times gain full access to within minutes.
Photos of the above outback sculpture of two airplanes standing on their tails in the Australian desert. Sculpture created by Robin Cooke. You can be find stock images of this art work all over the web. Adding stock photos to your search criteria limits the results to stock images available for licensing. Just adding those two little words… stock photos… to your search string cna say you a great deal of your precious time.
Creating a fair amount of interest and heaps of flack over the last few days Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhale.
Here at excitations we love hot air balloons. Over the years many of our most interesting adventures have involved balloons. Special shapes, though are something we have had little to do with. When asked if we would like to photograph the first Australian flight of Patricia Piccinini’s latest and larges work we simple said YES.
The full story and more pictures from our adventure with the mamal of the skies can be seen here.
A couple of the pictures from the set have been published widely throughout Australia and internationally as part of a press pack. If you need editorial Skywhale pictures you can use the new simplified license pack over at PhotosAustralia to license and download 24/7.
If you’re traveling through Balranald in far Western NSW anytime. Make a point of checking out a couple of things while you’re there. Break your drive and stay alive. Australia is a big country and driving this big land requires you plan rest breaks.
First place I would check out is the Murrumbidgee River. Especially if it is early morning or late evening. The river isn’t hard to find. Running right along the edge of town. If you’re coming into town from Sydney direction, or in other words travelling west, once you cross the bridge, first turn to your left, past the caravan park and follow the Murrumbidgee as it runs past town. If you’re coming into town from the west. Pretty much any turn to your right once you’re in town, will take you to the river. Image above is from our royalty free medium format stock archive.
The second place I would recommend visiting is the Yanga National Park, especially the woolshed area. Parks have only recently taken over this property and it is a state of poor repair. So many areas of the woolshed are off limits. However if you’re in anyway interested in our early history. Do yourself a mighty big favor and check out the Yanga Woolshed and surrounding out buildings. The building above, is one of many at the Yanga Woolshed location and like most of the others is only metres from the Murrumbidgee River. Stock photo of the hut at Yanga above is from the excitations stock archive. This image is limited to rights managed editorial use only and can be licensed for that purpose simply by click the photo above.
More stock photos from around Balranald, NSW, Australia.
Bunya Mountain National Park, Queensland, Australia.
Gentle walking trails take you deep into the rain forest. Constantly changing light and weather will ensure that you are never bored with this amazing forest. My favorite time to walk this park is during still, misty, mornings. When low level cloud shrouds hill tops and penetrates the depths of the forest under story. Breath takingly beautiful and you’re pretty much garanteed of solitude.
Bellinger River near the small rural NSW town of Bellingen.
Bellinger River and the river valley, a very pretty part of NSW. Just down the road from the Dorrigo National Park, which is also a very interesting little park. Suited to people who like to experience the great outdoors, but may be hampered by some mobility issues. If you’re visiting Dorrigo take time to dine at the restaraunt near the visitors centre. Good meals and very pleasant environment.
Otherwise enjoy the drive along Waterfall Way and scenery along the Bellinger River.
Up close and personal with Epacris empressa
The common Heath Flower, like its common name suggests is everywhere man. Varying colours from near white to very dark pinks. the shrubby bush is unlikely to win any prizes for beauty. However when it hits full flowering, which can range over a fair amount of time, its beauty ranking changes dramatically. Epacris empressa, a delightful addition to the Australian bush.
This image seems to be a favorite of the picture pinchers out there. I love the way they try to justify the infringement by claiming ignorance of copyright laws. Doesn’t matter, easy to catch and another lifes lesson learned.
We shot horizontal images of Epacris empressa. I’m pretty sure at the time I felt there were so many vertical stock images of Common Heath around that it was mostly a waste of time shooting more. We must have got something right as this image has bee popular with the Holistic Health faternity.
There are a couple more stock photos of Epacris empressa or Common Heath here
A handful of Royalty Free aerial stock images of the Murray River and Mildura added to the archive today.
Showing the intrinsic relationship between the small regional city of Mildura and the Murray River. As the city of Mildura hugs the banks of Australia’s largest river. Mildura dveloped as an irrigation district with a river port. Much of its history and it could be argued its continued existance relies heavily on the continued good health and viability of the River Murray and tributaries.
Additional aerial stock images of the Mildura area may be viewed and licensed here.
Aerial stock photo of Tuckers Creek and small outback town of Wentworth.
The small outback NSW township of Wentorth is best Know for being located on the junction of Australia’s two biggest rivers. The Murray and Daring Rivers, whose confluence occurs right on the towns boundary. What a lot of people don’t realize is that a third lesser known watercourse also terminates at Wentworth.
Tuckers Creek, flows from the Murray River upstream of the confluence and meanders across the semi arid landscape of the Wentworth area before quietly slipping into the Darling river, opposite Wentworth Wharf. A haven for waterbirds, away from river traffic and human interference, as well as providing both essential drinking water and feeding ground for other bird life of the semi arid region.
Many visitors to excitations stock archive are only looking for RF as cheaply as they can get it. Just a few days ago I had a guy who had been through the archive and found an image he wanted to use. He needed it for a small newsletter publication and had priced it automatically on site. Then he contacted me and asked if we could negotiate a better deal. The systems asking price of $15 dollars was way to high for the image. He usually only pays $1 for all rights.
I suggested that he might be better off dealing with his usual supplier. It seems however he’d already been down that track. They didn’t have any pictures of the subject he wanted. He then tells me he has spent the best part of a day searching through a number of collections of stock photos to no avail. I really don’t know how much this guys time is worth per hour. But I’m going out on a limb here to suggest that its probably much more than 15 miserable dollars. He is prepared to spend a full day of his time looking for a picture, then when he finds it. He doesn’t want to spend $15.
Then again stock photography and its buyers are an interesting mob. I still often shake my head in disbelief, when a buyer insist that they need an RF image. When all they need the image for is a once off…. never again to be used job. Often it is cheaper to license a once off use as a RM license rather than RF. Much cheaper.
As always the buyer must have an understanding of how the image is to be used. It is the end user who must determine if for instance an image clearly depicting a well known logo can be used in the context that they intend. Law suites are expensive. If you infringe another individual’s or companies interlectual property, expect to be held accountable.
Royalty Free stock imagery is great as long as you intend to use the image more than once over a number of years. And of course don’t mind that you may be sharing that image with your direct competitor. Check that the RF image you are licensing has the relevant model and property releases available as well. Not every photographer or online image resource centre fully understands the concept of privacy laws or interlectual property laws. Which by the way vary from place to place.
The image above is an Rights Managed, editorial use only image of Andrew Clegg, entertainer, juggler and shearer. Photographed on the edges of Lake Eyre South in South Australia.