As you know, I sell pictures via Dreamstime. Over the years, I sell, on the average, seven pictures per month. So, selling seven pictures in one day is quite an exception.
Last week, somebody bought seven pictures of Yellow Mountain at once. Here is my first blog on my trip to Yellow Mountain. Going there was quite a challenge, however, I have very good memories and the pictures are very popular. Some of them have been sold five times.
Dreamstime sells pictures in various formats ranging from Extra Small (480 pixels) to Highest Size (over 12MP; MP stands for Mega Pixels and refers to the number of pixels in the sensor). Because I shoot NEF, I also provide the RAW version to Dreamstime (36.6MP). This RAW version is called Additional Format. Providing the Additional Format basically doubles the price I get for a picture, except for subscriptions.
In this case, the buyer had a subscription, so hardly any income, however, it is nice to realize that the buyer was looking for pictures of the highest technical quality: Nikon D800 camera with the Nikon 16-35/4.0 G AF-S ED VR wide angle lens. Quite a superb combination giving very sharp pictures.
Selling seven pictures in one day gives a rewarding feeling!
At the end of the day, while making a tour north of Huaraz (Peru), we visited Yungay. In 1970 a major earthquake took place there. It is know as the Great Peruvian earthquake. It caused an enormous landslide with roughly 70000 casualties. The people were trapped and did not know where to go: the noise of the landslide reflected against the surrounding mountains giving the impression that the landslide was coming from everywhere.
While trying to grasp the size of the landslide, the Huascarán, one of the highest mountains of Peru, started to glow. Due to the sunset the light was getting warmer, making the snow-capped mountain glow.
As a photographer this immediately attracted my attention. Also knowing that the sunset in Peru lasts less than in the Netherlands. Every minute the light and the clouds were different. So, I continued making pictures with different compositions with the warm glowing Huascarán in the background.
Then suddenly, like somebody switched off the light, all the warm colors were gone. The only thing that remains is a harsh looking, grayish mountain from where the landslide came. Suddenly, I realized the enormous impact the landslide had.
Here you can see more pictures of the Huascarán. One of my colleague-contributor of Dreamstime added me as his/her favorite photographer based on the top picture.