About a month ago I was listening to the latest This Week in Photography podcast. The podcast panel briefly discussed the Getty Images-flickr relationship, one I’ve been part of now for over a year. One of the TWiP panel was Martin Bailey, an established & respected professional photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. Martin mentioned he went through the process of registering to have his flickr images licensed for sale through the partnership, but he only advanced to the point where he realised (upon reading the T&Cs, something I admit to not doing) that the monetary reward for any sales was “ minuscule” & thus partnering with Getty was “not even worth the time”. The podcast timing was uncanny; only a few days’ days earlier I had submitted my latest requested image to Getty, & having gone a year without reaping any financial rewards from the partnership I was questioning whether I ever would. As it turns out I already had, something that was brought to light today when Getty sent me an e-mail informing me that royalties were being sent to me for recent sales.
[SinglePic not found]My latest submission to Getty Images & one of my pictorial highlights of 2012, a 30-second exposure of a Mongolian Ger, a traditional circular tent, in Terelj National Park, Mongolia. November 5th 2012
I took the new PowerShot G15 out on the streets of the Gangnam district (yes, that Gangnam district) of Seoul today. I didn’t have much time for photography as I was running around trying to get everything done before my latest departure from Korea tomorrow.
I feel like I’ve been trialing my iPod as a camera for the last 2 months – I’ve been playing around with it quite a bit, to the obvious detriment of my SLR which, according to the images I have on file for 2013, I’ve fired up only 6 times over the 52 days of the year so far, and only once since I arrived in Korea in mid-January. I feel I’ve gotten to grips with the iPod’s 3.3mm, f/2.4 lens & its obvious limitations, so much so that with some 2 months of ad hoc shooting with it under my belt I know when I’ll be using it most & when I’ll be using it least.
The BBC have just reminded me that today marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Stalingrad, a decisive World War II battle & one of the bloodiest in history. The 200-day battle, with a combined military & civilian death toll estimated at 1.5-2 million, ended in defeat for Nazi Germany & marked the beginning of the end of their eastern offensive. I remember reading all about it last November in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War on the outskirts of Moscow, where I took the following pictures.
“The best camera is the one that’s with you”
- Chase Jarvis
I recently entered the Apple stable when I became the owner of an iPod Touch. It’s an awesome piece of kit and I beginning to appreciate, somewhat belatedly & not to mention somewhat reluctantly, what the Apple fuss is all about. It’s primarily an orginiser & media device but it also has a 5-megapixel camera, one that has opened up a new side of photography to me.
I didn’t take my camera out much over the Christmas & New Year period. It was never far away but it did get something of a rest, a well deserved rest given the year it had. Whenever I did take it out I mostly seemed to point it at little people (babies are de rigeuer these days), none more so than my adorable 14-month-old nephew Ryan.