I don't know for sure, but I think the image was bought from iStockPhotos. Possibly from Shutterstock:, the image is available at both places. Here's the original:
This shot is from under the Rt. 19 bridge crossing the New River gorge, in WV. It hasn't been a big seller, but I still like it!
This graph shows $/month, with a 6th order polynomial trendline for reference. Pretty ugly. But why? Well, not to be paranoid, but they've been putting a big push towards getting contributors to become exclusive, to submit only to them. Part of that push includes things like limiting uploads from non-exclusives, different review process for exclusives, and skewing their search engines to show images from exclusives first, giving them more visability.
I'm off to the races this weekend, for the NASCAR Nationwide series race at Gateway Intenational Speedway, here in the STL area. We went to the Craftsman Truck race last year, and had a great time. I even managed to get a photograph for the world of microstock!
This is an "editorial" image, meaning that there's copyrighted / trademarked information, without an associated model / property release. That limits the uses, but this image has still sold. No way was I going to try and clone out all of the logos!!
The Clocktower at Riverfront Park, Spokane Washington (this one is "editorial")
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In the woods, in the Inland Northwest (Idaho)
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Just east of Chicago, from one of the interstate "Oasis" rest areas. This is probably my best seller when combining all sites.