Recently I established a new photo / video stock agency which mainly specializes in aerial video stock footage and I decided that I would upload my entire collection of edited stock images - some 20,000 - as so clients can access it.
The site is fully-searchable and I have also included a few hundred of my 4K and 1080p video collection. Users can search through images or footage or both.
Stock photography is a depressing business for many photojournalists, with a race to the bottom with fees, it is barely feasible to shoot new work with an eye to selling it as stock. Sadly, I find that in recent years, it is becoming difficult to justify going out with the camera, unless it is for pleasure or an assignment.
I spend most of my time on video - especially drone footage - these days, but do sometimes take pictures, depending on where I am.
In recent months, I have been busy uploading and tagging several hundred 4K UHD and HD stock video footage clips onto Pond5.
I have a back-catalogue of HD video dating back to 2009, totalling several thousand clips. I have footage from the UK, Portugal and Nepal. Recent subject matter includes stormy seas at Penzance and Porthleven in Cornwall, the M1 Smart Motorway, the M6 Motorway in Cumbria, wildlife in the north of Scotland, the new Scottish spaceport at Talmine, Scottish wildcat kittens at Edinburgh Zoo, to name but a few.
With the addition of Reuters video, Newsflare and Cover Media onto the Pond 5 platform, it is fast becoming a great resource for film makers for editorial video stock footage.
I'm also editing highlights of my clips onto my YouTube channel and video researchers can find an increasing amount of my work viewable in a more easy format than individual clips on Pond5. These are not films per se, rather the highlights of the footage I shot at a given location.
You can view my YouTube channel with the following link:
One of the highlights of the autumn and winter months in the Scottish Highlands is the amazing and beautiful Aurora Borealis - or the Northern Lights.
I was fortunate enough to capture this display in the Dornoch Firth in Sutherland, Scotland, UK. It is not easy to snap the auroras, as they are relatively rare and sometimes short-lived or obscured by cloud. Getting to the right location in time is no easy business and of course, on clear nights in the autumn, winter and spring, very cold.
As I now have 4K UHD video capability, I hope to see this breathtakingly beautiful phenomena again to make some time-lapse footage and of course, more amazing images!
Jonathan Mitchell - seasoned photojournalist and photographer. Also 4K / UHD camera operator / film director and producer and journalist. Based in Athens, Greece.