Cockroach on a Stone in Oman

Cockroach on a Stone in Oman


Cockroach on a Stone in Oman.


cockroaches are almost universally condemned as ugly and disgusting but close up photography shows the beauty of the structure of insects which thrive in the warm dry climate of Ibra in Oman.

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Photo Comments:

This was the first picture I sold through Alamy in 2004.

It established for me the principle, that a successful stockphoto need not be either a beautiful pictureque picture or a boring cutout on a white background.

I found it’s almost impossible to predict what will sell.

The world of the internet is a big place and providing a photo is technically adequate, there’s probably a use for it somewhere.

This is in keeping with Alamy’s working model where the photographer chooses the photos and Alamy decides if the quality is good enough to pass the QC – quality control procedure.

Here is the sale info:

Traditional Licence
Country: Spain
Usage: Editorial
Media: Textbook – print only
Industry: Non Profit/ Education
Sub-Industry: School/College
Print run: up to 50,000
Placement: Inside
Image Size: 1/4 page
Start: 29 February 2004
End: 28 February 2007

I took this photo of a cockroach on film using a Tamron 90mm macro lens and natural light

I’ve had quite a while to think about the type of post that might be worthwhile in these recessionary times.

I’ve had to concentrate, like many others, on survival techniques.

With this in mind I’ve decided to post a couple of times a week or so with an example of a stockphoto and perhaps some discussion related to the business of stock photography such as suitable equipment and post processing matters such as editing and keywording.

Hope this will be of interest to other editorial and stock photographers.

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