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« Reply #25 on: February 27, 2007, 21:55 »
Is this a "nature" image, in your opinion?

I would have to say that it is not a nature shot, since the subject is the log cabin.  To me, the picture is of a log cabin surrounded by nature.

Nice shot by the way!

So, you would say the cabin is a "natural" shot, but not a "nature" shot?


« Reply #26 on: February 28, 2007, 09:58 »
well everything is in the name

if i were a customer of 'pure nature stock' - i would expect that to be nature - not people - not buildings

if you want to allow some people and some buildings, then to me you've picked the wrong name.

if a store is called "pure towels" and you find some car parts there you'd be confused wouldn't ya?

« Reply #27 on: February 28, 2007, 12:30 »
This is the puristic definition of NATURE:

NATURE is defined as the use of the photographic process to depict observations from all branches of natural history including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plant life, landscapes and seascapes in such a fashion that a well informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify to its honest presentation.  The human element is excluded here.  Photographs of artificially produced hybrid plants or animals, mounted specimens, obviously set arrangements, derivations, or any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the subject, are ineligible.

If you want to succeed with such a subject specific stock site you will not only need quality images, but also diversity.  As important as the images themselves are the captions, descriptions and keywords.  I will buy from a site such as yours if I know I can search on a scientific name of an animal or bird and know that your site will be able to provide a photo of a rare bird or animal not readily find elsewhere.  For this you need a reasonable number of photographers that specialize in nature photography worldwide.  Those that travel to exotic places to shoot animals and landscapes that a casual photographer will never be able to submit.  If photographers use your site to dump their nature shots that are not readily accepted on the conventional stock sites I am afraid the whole concept will be set for failure.

Good luck with all your plans.     
« Last Edit: February 28, 2007, 12:34 by Eco »

« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2007, 14:31 »
Thanks for all your excellent input and suggestions!

I have deleted a good 25% of the images in the database due to a lack of nature theme.  I am striving to be a nature stock site, and to provide scientific names for all species found there.  If people do not name their species, I am taking the time to look up the latin names in my big supply of Audubon Society manuals.  Lots of work ahead.

From the quality of several who have joined from here, I am seeing very nice imaging, none of this "dump your junk" idea.   I am accepting critically.  At this point there are almost 1000 images in the database.  I am still cleaning things out, but have the worst of the non-nature stuff out of there.

I have listened to what you are saying, and applied it.  You have changed my thinking to a large degree about what is a nature shot.  I am still not prepared to exclude people and people doing things from this site, since these are BIG sellers on other sites, and my site is also about making money, not just collecting pretty pictures.  I am also going to have a sub-specialty in certain mostly natural areas, such as food isolations.  But, on a percentage basis, I would say that PNS will be about 96.3567365% PURE nature stock.  The rest of the images will be related to nature in a big way, and reflect nature. 

I honestly appreciate the efforts you have made to respond to this query and all your intelligent replies.   You have helped shape a new "up and coming" site, and hopefully will have helped it stay on track to being a successful agency.  Thanks to all of you!

Warm Regards,
Digital Darrell,


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