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« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2009, 20:05 »
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Hmm, I wonder why I did not stop at Maho Bay?  I went to Hawksnest Bay, Leinster Bay, Watermelon Cay, Francis Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, Honeymoon Beach, Caneel Bay.  Perhaps Maho did not exist in 1996?  ;D


« Reply #26 on: October 11, 2009, 20:42 »
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Hmm, I wonder why I did not stop at Maho Bay?  I went to Hawksnest Bay, Leinster Bay, Watermelon Cay, Francis Bay, Cinnamon Bay, Trunk Bay, Honeymoon Beach, Caneel Bay.  Perhaps Maho did not exist in 1996?  ;D

It looks like you covered a lot  :)

Francis is right next to Maho, Maho is actually easier to find because it's on the way to the other north shore beaches coming from Coral bay. I'm surprised you made it out to Watermelon Cay. That's a cool spot to hike to and do a snorkel around the Island. The nice thing is it's a flat hike unlike some of the other trails. I actually lugged an underwater housing out there, propbably won't do that again  :)

« Reply #27 on: October 11, 2009, 23:34 »
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Well obviously, from knowing it was in the VI's, it only took me a couple of minutes to identify the location. You can ensure that many buyers won't see your images but you can't keep it secret from your serious competitors. We photographers have a great interest and memory for spectacular locations. Most landscape photographers could open any coffee-table book and name the majority of the locations without reading the text.

And yep, 'woman on beach' has probably been shot before and it'll probably happen again. Just like everything else. Any image/theme on microstock that rises up the rankings will be copied relentlessly unless it is sufficiently unique to make that difficult or impossible.

I agree with you, If a photographer wants to find a location, he will. As you well know, advertisers lie all the time. I don't know how many times I've had beach images from Florida used for advertising in the Caribbean or Mexico and vise versa. Or, images from the Caribbean used for the Maldives etc...  When I first moved here there was an image of my wife posing with a snorkel and mask (which was shot in Florida) on a magazine cover here in the Caribbean. So I don't think exact location is all that important. The best beach for micro would be one with no identifying markings that would give away the location. One that could be used for anywhere. Maybe for macro it would be much more important. Just my opinion.
« Last Edit: October 11, 2009, 23:37 by cdwheatley »

« Reply #28 on: October 12, 2009, 00:13 »
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True enough! It's not just the advertisers lying either. If you try a search on 'Caribbean Beach' on SS it is amazing how many Thai-style long boats and images titled Seychelles or Maldives turn up. That sort of keyword spamming really irritates me __ gives us all a bad name.


 

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