Hurtigruten ferry trip

Got back a few days ago from a brilliant trip to Norway. We flew to Tromso then had four nights on a Hurtigruten ferry followed by three nights in Bergen. Apart from the crazy expensiveness of everything it was a wonderful break.

This picture was the morning after we boarded the ferry – though there is no such thing as dark in the Arctic summer nights. We had left Harstad on the way to the Lofoten Islands.16IDM3794sm

Now facing over a thousand RAW files……

Personal Use at Alamy – a new market?

This is not a photo that I am particularly pleased with but I think it illustrates my point well and also supports Alamy’s fairly recent drive to boost Personal Use sales. For the people of the small Suffolk village of Boxford their church is the centre of the community. Though I don’t suppose that there is much demand beyond the immediate locality for pictures of Boxford.

This is the Personal Use licence for the image:

Country: Worldwide
Usage: Personal use, Personal prints, cards and gifts. Non-commercial use only, not for resale.
Media: Non-commercial, one time, personal/home use

The fee for such uses is not huge and that makes perfect sense but it does open up an enormous potential market. This photo is now a decade old and I’m sure I can create better nowadays with improved composition and processing.  These days I’d definitely boost vibrancy and add some more contrast to cut through the murk. The wooden gate being open helps lead the eye towards the door.

More positively, I’m thinking of all the possible Personal Use subjects around me if Alamy is able to develop this market.



Orwell Bridge

A recent ‘sale’ that I enjoyed seeing because I like the series of images from that day. It was back in 2013 and I think this is the first time it has been licensed. A three year wait is absolutely normal and just illustrates the long-term nature of the business.


Country: Worldwide

Usage: Commercial electronic, Use in slides/materials to support a presentation or talk – such as Powerpoint or Keynote.
Media: Commercial presentation, single design
Start: 13 June 2016
End: 13 June 2021

Feeding time at the zoo


An opportunistic snap taken years ago at Colchester zoo. Not even my children. certainly not my elephants. I did get permission from the zoo to use my pics for stock.

Country: Germany
Usage: Editorial
Media: Magazine – print, digital and electronic
Print run: up to 10,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1/4 page
Start: 01 May 2016
End: 01 May 2021
Duration: 1 month

Drainage ditch

I wonder how many photographers would simply walk past a scene such as this one. It is not exactly a great image in the sense of beauty but it shows what it shows clearly and is therefore of  illustrative value. It has been licensed for worldwide educational use. My assumption is that the keywords made all the difference for this image. Also, that having a good AlamyRank, and this picture showing up on Page  One for a ‘drainage ditch’ search, is a huge factor. There are other alternatives of newly excavated drainage ditches but my one shows more of the valley and the suggestion of hydrological processes and water table level.