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As the premium platform came long after I started submitting stock, I still have hundreds of photos on dA left at lower resolution. Most of my newest and popular images are up to date, but if you see an older image of mine without the option of a high res premium download and you think you can find good use for it, feel free to let me know and I will fish through my hard drives to find the supersize version for you.

As I have upgraded my cameras over the years, please understand the resolutions can vary, typically between 3000-5000px by the longest side. The 50 points is a flat fee commission regardless of resolution, although I may be inclined to give you 2 for the price of 1 if the photo is on the lower end of 3000px by the longest side :)

There are thousands of other images on my website that you might request for a commission, just make sure that the Photographer / Artist marked under the image description is me - Nicolas Raymond - as I cannot sell images from other photo contributors. I would estimate that I submit around 75% of the images though, across most categories except licensed 3rd party People photos.

In the offchance that I cannot find the image you want at higher resolution, you are welcome to request an alternate photo or I will gladly refund your points. I will always try to be as fair as possible so that we can both benefit from the exchange. 

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Sometimes I get comments from concerned people who think they have seen my images elsewhere on the Internet. Before jumping to conclusions, please bear in mind that I do submit to other websites outside of deviantArt... over a dozen sites at last count and that number will most likely increase. So I think it's only fair to include this disclaimer for your benefit and convenience.

If you happen to see my photos elsewhere online, look first at the account of the person who posted them. I often go by the username somadjinn or my proper name Nicolas Raymond. Then there's my new baby - - my own website for free stock photos.

I have also created an account in case you want to see a list of websites I submit to: If you still think you see my photos elsewhere posted in more suspicious channels, please feel free to let me know. I genuinely appreciate your concern.

On the flip side, I have to admit it's not too pleasant an experience when people assume the opposite and accuse me of art theft completely out of the blue. I have worked very hard to create all these images over the years, and I hope this disclaimer will help to clear up any misunderstandings either way.

Please also note that most of what I offer is stock, with some commercial uses allowed outside deviantArt (see my Stock Rules for more details). So it's perfectly normal if you find my photos in blogs for example, as long as they credit and link back to me. What I'm most concerned about is a small minority of people who would claim my photos as their own and / or seek to exploit them to make a lot of money.


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Nicolas Raymond
Artist | Professional | Photography
United States
Current Residence: Bethesda, Maryland (16 years)
Previous Residences: Montréal, Québec (14 years) + Geneva, Switzerland (1 year hiccup) + Ottawa, Ontario (born and lived 2 years)
Operating System: Mac OS X
Inspiration: My Dearly Departed Father Gérard Raymond :icongerryray: Je me souviendrai toujours

Words to live by: "Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend."
- Albert Camus

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Creating this journal in the hopes of providing artists with extra leads for high quality resources that might otherwise be ignored. More specifically from government websites that many people shy away from because the last thing you want is government knocking on your door for copyright infringement. 

Perfectly understandable, but a good number of government organizations do allow you to use their images for free with minimal restrictions. It varies from one organization to the next and you have to be careful in reading the Terms of Use in each case as some draw the line between commercial and non-commercial use... but I want to start a list of some that I believe in good faith to be safe both for both personal and commercial uses. 

A list I hope you may help me to expand, with the understanding that government sources should always be credited if only as a matter of common courtesy to give credit where credit is due. And that everyone should read the fine print on any government website because there are certain exceptions like obtaining additional permission for things like official logos or any photos with identifiable people that may require model releases.

That said, here are some my favourites:

Hubble / Bar none my top pick. Affiliated with many other space agencies like NASA and ESA, where they offer you a downloadable monster ZIP file for their top 100 images. Terms of Use here: (where they also ask you to notify them of image use; something I've done in "batches" which they have not responded to, but I imagine it's because they have much greater priorities =p (Razz))

NASA Landsat Image Gallery: Amazing aerial photos from what I think are taken in satellite orbit. Terms of Use said to be public domain with proper attribution in the opening paragraph preceding the image previews.

Yellowstone National Park (via Flickr): A great number of images from a public profile that states: "Images in the public domain mean that there are no licensing restrictions on them and that you can use them for free. All we ask is that you credit the photographer and the National Park Service (NPS) like this: photographer name, NPS. So, go ahead and download images you might need for a school project, PowerPoint presentation, cool advertisement, magazine article, or your next viral video"

Grand Canyon National Park (via Flickr): Another amazing well of inspirational images. From a profile that states the same thing as Yellowstone: "Images in public domain mean that there are no licensing restrictions on them and that you can use them for free. All we ask is that you credit the photographer and the National Park Service (NPS) like this: NPS photo by "photographer name" So, go ahead and download images you might need for a school project, PowerPoint presentation, advertisement, magazine article, or your next viral video."

- U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service / Pacific Southwest Region (via Flickr): Sizes & subject matter vary quite a lot, some real good gems in landscape & animal resources if you're willing to comb through their gallery. At the time of this posting, you just need to scroll down a little to find some epicly gorgeous sand dune scenes at high resolution. From what I see the images are mostly offered with a Creative Commons Attribution license, which is ok for commercial use as long as you credit and link back to them. Always best to double check in each case though, and I would stay away from using any photos with recognizable people because they can require additional model releases. Also worth noting this organization operates several Flickr accounts from different regions of the USA, and that their licensing terms are not necessarily the same from one region (or Flickr account) to the next. This one in particular for the Pacific Southwest stood out for its quality & generous terms of use.

Hope to provide more sources as time permits, although it is a slow process since I try my best to ensure these sources are safe and useful especially within an artistic context. Please feel free to offer any other government resources that you think might complement the ones above, even outside the US provided they allow for commercial use :)



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Venof-Unis-Jinanx 3 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
You literally feed me - with a llama haha thanks! I shall return one great sir! :TipOfTheHat: 
Thank you so kindly for the faves, Nicolas! :heart:
Sheikh1 9 hours ago  New member
DarkGoth100 15 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the llama.
Thanks for the fav Nick, always very kind. :hug:
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Wonderful Gallery!
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MariaAmanda 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so so much for the donation!!! :la: :glomp: :heart:
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Capricornus60 1 day ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Hallo Nicolas!
I wish you happy Easter!

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Lormet-Images 1 day ago  Professional Interface Designer
I am sorry for the delay in sending this to you! I wanted to thank you so much dear friend for adding my stock photo of a miniature sculpture of a Japanese Dragon in curled up position to your favorites, I appreciate it very much. :)
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jennystokes 2 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for the new Fav's.
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