Wildlife photographer Mario Aldecoa had his camera setup a foot from the waters edge to photograph glowing eyes of the of at least 100 alligators at the Everglade Alligator Farm. When suddenly an aggressive alligator lunged out coming within inches of Aldecoa and chomped down on his camera. He tried to save his camera by grabbing the tripod but could not compete with the power of the gators massive jaws.
The next day Aldecoa and others came back to wade through the pond attempting to find any remains of his equipment. With no luck his camera, flash, and tripod were not found.
On Friday Aug 23rd (8 months later) during the alligator feeding one of the keepers noticed a gator dragging a camera around its foot. The keeper managed to retrieve the camera and notified Aldecoa that his camera had resurfaced.
After inspecting the waterlogged camera he pulled the memory card, cleaned it the best he could and popped it into a card reader. To his disbelief it worked immediately and had 6 long exposures including the last photo taken before the gator snatched his camera.
Since this experience Aldecoa has bought a new camera and is back to taking photos with a more cautious approach.
You can view Mario’s photography at http://www.marioaldecoa.smugmug.com/
SuperStock's free stock photo of the month of August is this Purestock image of Yosemite National Park.
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An image tells a story. A stock image tells a story to us all. Some people might think that the word stock means something less-than art or means an image that lacks originality or high concept. As an artist, photographer, and stock agency employee, I have to disagree. A successful image shot for stock has to be accessible to the community, the world community if possible, but also has to do it in a way that is unique enough to separate one brand or idea from another. What harder task for the artist exists than fulfilling that spec?
Look at fine art images through the course of history. It’s only in the last century or so that art has been created for the pure enjoyment of color or line. Until recently, art was almost exclusively a means of communicating an idea or a set of ideas through images to a predominately illiterate culture. Art was a vehicle for the mystery of the hunt, a telephone to some incomprehensible other, or an image of who the boss is.
I don’t think the history of the stock photo has been written yet. We’ll wait and let the future viewpoint be defined. So think about that woman smiling, eating that salad in front of a white, seamless background. Understand that you and some person halfway around the world both understand the concept. You’re probably thinking about the best dressing for it now. What’s the difference between that image and a buffalo hunt drawn in charcoal in the depths of a cave? Is it perception? Is it distance from the act of its creation?
Check out these images and challenge yourself to see their value as vehicles for communication, the orchestration that guided the successful completion of the concept. The stock photo and the story it tells to us all.