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About Gary1701

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    Stowmarket, Suffolk, UK
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    Have a keen interest in military history and modern military affairs. I like to photograph military aviation in it's day to day operations rather than at shows and can frequently be seen outside military airfields in the South East, camera in hand when time allows.


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  1. Sale but no zoom?

    Thanks again guys. I tried that Matt, you were right! I'll have a look at the site linked above so thanks for that. Gary
  2. Sale but no zoom?

    Hi there, Thanks for that, will keep in mind. It just seemed odd to me. Gary
  3. Sale but no zoom?

    All, I've been on Alamy for just under a year now and although not a prolific uploader (just over 400 images to date) I have been fortunate to have two sales, which having read the forums a little I think I should be happy with considering the averages I am seeing. As I specialise in aviation I realise I may not have the most wide reaching portfolio. I was curious as to how the last sale worked from those more experienced than myself. I sold a image less that a week ago which was nice, but in the whole month I haven't had a zoom, and the last one in December was a different image. Is it normal - or possible - for a sale to occur without the customer having zoomed it, or is a issue with the site? Just curious really and certainly not complaining. Gary
  4. Uploading Problems?

    My three from Saturday have finally come out of processing today and have passed QC Gary
  5. Uploading Problems?

    All, I've got a similar issue to a couple of others on this thread. Uploaded four on Friday, gone through processing and today cleared QC, all fine. The three I uploaded on Saturday have never come up in the image manager screen, still showing as processing. These have not gone through QC and are still pending. Although I'm new here that doesn't fit the pattern I've seen so far, when everything uploaded over a Friday and weekend is QC'd at the same time in the new week. Also, still showing as processing seems like a bug to me. Is there a way to cancel the batch and start again? Gary
  6. Thanks guys. I will go for it. Those shots had been uploaded and passed screening at the most picky of the aviation database sites so I didn't think there would be any issues on the usual stuff like contrast/sharpness...etc. Just didn't know the criteria about the grass spots in the foreground. As for the rotors and shutter speed...that's many years of experience of taking helo's. I will normally default to 1/320 on shutter for helicopters and prop aircraft, that's slow enough to get some rotor blur, as in the AH shots above, but fast enough to usually get some sharp images in a sequence, even then an average I would say is one keeper in every five/six. Obviously, you can go slower, but experience tells me that your success rate plummets even further. Most of my set ups, as in the arming demo with the Apaches above, are one pass opportunities, I get one sequence of shots, and that's it, so I go on the conservative side. I agree that stopped blades and props look ridiculous, and I've seen many examples taken by photographers not familiar with aviation try it and shoot at around 1/1000 or more - they get a sharp airframe, but a frozen propeller/rotor. It takes a very slow shutter speed to put some real motion in the blades. It also depends on the rotor speed on the actual type you are shooting, and Apaches have a particularly slow rotor speed - try a Chinook, they're even slower! I had time and position with this Lynx below, so played around with it and got the speed down to 1/60, even then I got just one sharp image out of around twenty. Other guys I know in the same field generally get the same results. Gary
  7. Hi all, Since my introduction a couple of weeks ago I've been uploading my archives on a near daily basis and so far, so good - no QC issues...yet! I've now got a sequence of images that I would like to take a couple of examples from and add, but they contain something that may or may not, depending on how the QC works here, be a issue. I'd like to put the pics up here and get an opinion please. I think that is okay as I can't see anything in the rules to the contrary but if not. my apologises and I will remove/edit. I come from an aviation photography background, and regularly upload to aviation databases that 'screen' images for quality, but I realise that they're approach is not necessarily the same as a stock photography website. These two below contain, for obvious reasons, a lot of blown grass in front of the subjects. Now that wouldn't be a problem at a aviation database site, as the 'screeners' would be familiar with the situation and a pass/fail would not be applied because of the grass. Any ideas how that would work here at Alamy? Would they understand that a couple of AH's shot at point blank range will have a lot of blown grass in shot, which adds to the 'story' in the picture, or would they just fail it on QC grounds? If I failed screening at a aviation site it's no big deal, but here I read that you will have your upload privileges pulled for a while? The pics (obviously copyright would not be on the uploaded versions) Gary
  8. Airport Machinery ID

    Glad to see there's another aviation fan on the forum! Gary
  9. Number of images update

    Oh yes, I see what you mean. Never seen something like that before. Would that have just shown the older number to me only, or would everybody have seen the old figure? Gary
  10. Number of images update

    Hi all again, Just a quick question that I'm curious about. The number of images showing under your forum profile on the left hand side - how often does that refresh? Reason I ask is that my 22 showing on the left hasn't been 22 since Tuesday of last week. I realise that if you click on it you will see a accurate and current count (think mine is now 78), but just wondering why it hasn't refreshed since my first couple of days or uploads. Gary
  11. Good Morning from Suffolk

    Hi again, Many thanks for the kind words all. I will try and keep it up as I have a massive collection and will upload as time allows. I was referring to corrections on other photos but if there isn't an easy way it's probably not worth the time to try and sort each separately. I think I've got the hang of the image manager interface and am now key wording all the uploads from the weekend. Hi Kumar, I have a load of Indian Air Force images that will be going up soon! Gary
  12. Good Morning from Suffolk

    Morning, Hello all from a new contributor based in Suffolk, UK. I say good morning but looking at the snow falling outside maybe not. A friend recently started uploading and he introduced me earlier this week so I decided to come on-board as well. I'm very specialised in that I shoot mostly aviation and military subjects, mostly as a hobby but very occasionally in the past I have freelanced for military publications as both a photographer and writer. My first dozen or so images have gone in okay so looking forward to putting up more from the thousands that I have shot over the years. I do have one question that has arisen from looking through images whilst researching the site prior to uploading earlier in the week. Is there any facility or option on the site to submit corrections to captions on uploaded images? I couldn't see anything and it's usually a option on other site like Airliners.Net that I've supported in the past. Looking at random images I did notice many incorrect captions on military and aviation subjects. The worst culprits are usually the military themselves, and I notice there's a lot of uploads from official military photographers on the site. It may seem strange that the military themselves don't know their own equipment but having worked alongside some of their photographers and PR people on official shoots before I'm not totally surprised! Anyway, thanks for reading and I hope to put loads more pics up as time allows. Gary Stedman Suffolk UK