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New Zealand road trip.

As a travel photographer, New Zealand has always been on my bucket list of places to visit.  Of course I've always been waiting to have a paid gig that would take me there but at the start of this year I finally gave up waiting and went of my own accord and I'm glad to say I was not disappointed.

With 5 weeks to spend I thought there would be plenty of time to get around and see what there was to offer but in truth in that time we barely managed to scratch the surface of what is a truly amazing place.  Distances might not look much on the map but driving can be pretty time consuming when many of the the roads in some areas are gravel - beautiful and fun driving for sure, but boy does it take time.

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NZ-13

With a simple trusty white camper van as our home we managed to see quite a lot of the North Island and skimmed quickly through the top part of the south.  Too many highlights really to mention - surf and beaches great, fishing amazing, scenery and wildlife stunning.  Camping with a van has it's ups and downs - freedom camping, i.e. pulling up wherever you feel like is only permitted if you are self contained with toilet and shower (we were not) - without this in theory you must use a campsite for your overnight stops.  In some areas the choice of campsites was fantastic with the DOC (Department of Conservation) campsites generally providing cheap and simple facilities in some of the most stunning locations.  In other areas the choice was not as good and large busy camps with screaming kids were all that was on offer.

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NZ-18

The trip resulted in some nice images, maybe not as many as one might expect for a 5 week trip but then it was a holiday after all with some stock images shot along the way that may or may not produce returns in due course.

Many thanks to Sri Lankan airlines for getting our boards out in one piece whilst Virgin and Air New Zealand between them managed to cause more damage than I thought possible.  Fragile obviously means something else in their own particular world.

Iphone images as Stock photos

Stock picture agency Alamy have fairly recently announced their new smart phone App aimed at those of us shooting images on our Iphones.  The app - called STOCKIMO - allows anyone with both an Iphone and an Alamy account to upload images direct from their phone onto the Alamy site.  So all those amazing images we shoot with our Iphones now have route to market with Alamy.

STOCKIMO works like this...  You shoot an image. You think hey that's a great shot, someone must be able to use that in an advert or an article.  Load the app on your phone and upload the image to Alamy adding caption and keywords as you go and that's it..  The images are then reviewed by a number of editors and rated out of 4..  As long as the image has an average rating of mare than 2 then it's accepted and joins the millions of other images on sale with Alamy.

These were the first few images of mine to go up - I guess they take a couple of minutes each to caption and keyword properly. At the moment there is no facility or procedure to batch upload/caption/keyword or upload from anything other than Iphone or Ipad which makes the process a bit long winded.  Great for doing the odd image here and there as you shoot but for uploading your back catalogue, hmmm that might take a bit of time.

Alamy is also an enormous library so chances of getting your images seen is pretty low but nevertheless worth a go if you've got nothing else to do on a long journey or whilst bored in the dentists reception.  I know I will be slowly loading up images one by one for a while - I might not get rich doing it but at least those lovely vibrant images get to see the light of day.