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  1. Bulk discount

    Roll on April !
  2. Ed There's a U point control on every area of the Niks suite. Colour control can be found in colour effects> white balance wherein you can opt for global or localised colour correction. You can (should you wish) go global and then eliminate/reduce areas to your satisfaction. It's very controllable. Analogue effects also does a great job in sorting colour, which will also handle Brightness, saturation and contrast. In short, Niks has literally everything needed to fine tune a RAW file. Presets can be made for taste etc. Over here I have a constant battle with the local skin colour coming out very orange. They don't have Tango Man in Thailand. So, Silver Effects>blue filter>reduce opacity to 20%>voila, problem solved. Etc, etc, etc. Give it a run, you'll be surprised.
  3. Images Sold in January (max one per day)

    Thanks Rick, appreciated
  4. How to travel light?

    Location and names are easily covered by taking a pic of same from any signage or jot it down on a piece of paper and shoot that. Where I live I often resort to this method as many of the places have difficult to pronounce names and often in the local language which I can't read. P.s. Alan beat me to it
  5. How to travel light?

    Gen Mirrorless is truly there for both wildlife, sport and macro. Take a look at the Olympus OMD EM1 Mark 2 and particularly the frame rate being up to 60 fps! Highly reliable focus tracking, in camera focus stacking for macro. Complete range of small lightweight fast lenses. I don't use one myself but a colleague is a specialist wildlife and macro shooter and looking at his stuff it's quite spectacular. Did I say his kit weighs next to nothing!
  6. Exactly what I experienced 12 months back on my old iMac which had already been replaced but retained to accommodate my scanner. A few days later the hard drive died. This wasn't such a disaster as the replacement unit was already operational and a new hard drive in the old Mac was cheap enough. My advise to you now would quickly ensure all is backed up on an external hard drive ready for transfer to the new machine. Good luck
  7. Note to self that next times zooms drop then tell the forum. They came thundering in today ! All now back on track.
  8. color cast

    I see Red/magenta cast
  9. From 30-40 zooms per month I'm currently down to just one zoom in January.
  10. The Good Old Days

    My maxim in life is that today is tomorrow's "good old days". Live it whilst it's there.
  11. 2017

    The introduction of AIM in 2016 prompted me to revisit all my legacy keywording and captioning. This was an area that was clearly in need of attention. I made a considerable amount of amendments to both areas. This in turn saw my images appear in far more searches than had previously been the case. It took a long time but seems to have paid off.
  12. 2017

    2017 has been my best year since joining Alamy in 2008. Both sales and revenue up 70%. I'm happy the way things are looking.
  13. Music Talk

    And then there's Terry O'Neill with his jazz background to consider.
  14. Music Talk

    Bryan Adams takes a reasonable snap as does Seal.
  15. Book Use My teen daughter in the early stages of creating what subsequently became the winning entry in a national schools art competition. The prize was the biggest chest of art material I've ever seen. Happy days all around.
  16. What is Your Favorite or Most Used Focal Length?

    Canon 5D classic - dust magnet, kept me almost permanently in the "sin bin" - traded for.... Canon 5D2 - love it. 10 years old and still use it a lot. Panasonic GX1 - now being used by my teen daughter. Responsible for 50% of my total sales. Fuji X-E1 and subsequently Fuji X-T1 - tried to love them but failed. Leica M240 - from my dead cold hands...... Sony RX1004 - never leave the house without it. Sony A7r 36mp. Second hand. New to me, best $500 I've ever spent.
  17. I think it was a pre-cursor to a hard disk failure because that's exactly what happened to me on, coincidentally, my 2012 iMac. It started to run very slowly and I also could run all the tests you outline without success. I replaced it with a later 2017 iMac but kept the old unit to run my scanner. Low and behold, a few months later it died. Hard disk failure. New H/D installed ($100) and everything back to normal. I didn't bother to reinstate the software other than the scanner software.
  18. What is Your Favorite or Most Used Focal Length?

    I go through phases. Mostly (fx) a 35mm, then a 50mm and then back down to a 28mm. All these lenses are f1.4 which covers me in low light. I rarely go longer or wider as I mainly shoot the street and people. If I could only take one lens then my 50mm f1.4 with a TinRay close focus adapter on an A7r would be the choice. 0.25m close focus, 1:2 magnification and I can crop the daylights out of it for anything distant.
  19. Weather

    We were warned that we where about to enter the coldest week of the year and today it arrived. Normally we endure a mean 33 degrees with 80% humidity, a.k.a hot and sticky. Temperatures now down to 23 degrees centigrade with a brisk breeze against bright, clear blue skies. Bracing stuff. That'll do me fine!
  20. Sales history gone?

    All's well over here. Maybe you have input a date problem?
  21. I don't have that cable you show. I have a 1 metre cable running from my scanner to the computer being FireWire 400 both ends. You need to adapt the computer end to Thunderbolt. The rest is as I previously outlined. PC world seems a good choice. Having said all that, I'm actually scanning via a digital camera these days. Much quicker. I was only only a member of the Minolta Yahoo group and haven't used it in years. I think it's still functioning though. Good luck with the adapters, hope it gets sorted.
  22. Now you need the 800 to thunderbolt and you're done