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  2. I got 3 views for "Maya Site of Copan" search term, but no zooms. It says 100 views, 2 zooms total. Now we know who got the zooms ;=) Hope it translates to a sale, but in my limited Alamy experience it doesn't happen very often.
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  4. From what I've heard and read, the Lake Chapala area may not be the retirement paradise that it once was. More and more expats from the North have been settling there in recent years, which has changed things considerably -- e.g. increasing crime, crowding, higher costs, etc.
  5. They do good work at Macaw Mountain, giving a home to lots of rescued beautiful birds. I've met the American owner a couple of times and even wrote an article about the reserve for a US magazine. Coincidentally, two of my Copan ruins images were zoomed yesterday, which doesn't happen very often. Hmmm...
  6. Monet's water garden at Giverny, Direct mail and brochures. Came out okay considering it was a rainy day!
  7. Too funny, Michael. I have the same rug, blue denim furniture, and a dog that could be related to the one in your picture.
  8. Thanks John, true to be told i've always felt that the San vito lo capo picture, herebelow, have too much strong and saturated colours, so if you all thinks that the colours are right i definitely need to recalibrate my standard about colour saturation 😀 https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-sicily-san-vito-lo-capo-beach-italy-104165939.html thank you all
  9. the photo of San Vito lo Capo beach looks good it has good colors when am looking at my photos now and then I see some that are two flat thats more to do with the overall lighting for that day then any post prossening try shooting only on days with good light am living in scotland the light can be all over the place in one day sometimes it would be better to shoot after 15.00 in the summer in Scotland
  10. Just to say, Paulette -- I was two nights in Nashville a long time ago. It was very expensive and I hated it. 🤨 Knoxville I don't know. My wife was from Bristol.
  11. 22/05/2019, Guardian, p1, Jamie Oliver, DAHJEY, Chris Bull 22/05/2019, Guardian, p2, Theresa May, TA1C9D, Mark Kerrison [via Live News] 22/05/2019, Guardian, p21, goldfinches on feeder, D2DH6Y, ian west 22/05/2019, Guardian, p21, long-tailed tit on feeder, D53R24, Richard Bedford 22/05/2019, Guardian, p31, sand dunes at Tottori in Japan, AMH5TD, Hackenberg-Photo-Cologne 22/05/2019, Guardian G2, p2, Hadrian's Wall, CP5P4K, Steve Vidler [Alamy credit only] 22/05/2019, Guardian G2, p2, model railway, DF4NPT, chris brignell [Alamy credit only]
  12. All the discussions about QC's sampling methodology and "the point of QC", including in this very thread (see Joseph's posts above), and you still think every submission is looked at? Someone's having a lend, surely? DD
  13. You could use the 24 fps with full continous af,, if it's not about the video, but the stills. Otherwise if it is about the video, but you would like to have a better quality still than a frame: https://helpguide.sony.net/dsc/1750/v1/en/contents/TP0001138325.html I have never tried this myself, but it looks as it's jpg only at 17 megapixel & XFine. (This is how I read the 17M from the menu.) Both the buffer and the AF in the M6 have improved over the M5: AFAIK the AF is not continuous in burst on the M5. wim
  14. I asked members services about possible changes in what was acceptable with reference to part being sharp with parts being out of focus. They responded that criteria haven't changed. They went back and looked at my recent fails on these grounds and decided had been too harsh and reinstated them. My guess is that its a very overworked team checking and with a quick glance they see out of focus aspects the whole image isn't checked but instead a quick reject happens. Anyway thanks to QC team for reviewing.
  15. Interesting, Betty. A friend of mine is, sadly, leaving NYC because she can't afford to stay and she did a lot of research on cost of living (including taxes) in different states. She is moving to Smyrna, Tennessee. She does have a car though. Ed might have to take a look at a place like Nashville if he had a mind to come back. Reading his problems makes me very, very grateful to have a low stabilized rent here. Lots within walking distance and excellent inexpensive public transportation. Paulette
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  17. thank you David, i'm using lightroom but trying hard (maybe a little bit too much) to not oversaturate colours. maybe that the first photos in my portfolio are very old, and several years ago digicam had a smaller dynamic range &/or saturation. anyway given the two comments regarding poor "pop" of my images, i definitely need to push a little bit that contrast, saturation and clarity slider thank you!
  18. Summer view of Austrian town Sölden. Ski lift to Rettenbach. Above mid $$ - Usage: Multiple educational editorial use only Industry sector: Media, design & publishing PS How one's photographic editing skills can change in 10 years. Simply had to make an improved version.
  19. It's odd but I don't see your images as over exposed as Ian reports they do seem underexposed and a little dull and lacking in contrast. What kind of post processing software are you using? While you improve your processing a quick fix might be to use the "landscape" option in camera (it will work for jpegs) and see if that adds more punch to your images and submit those jpegs.
  20. thanks very much for the feedback, Ian. i'll try to improve my post processing capabilities (i think i can recover clipping most of the times), and in short time will translate all the caption. od you think of other improvements for upping the game? or do you think i should change segment? anyway, you gave me a lot of homework thank you Fred
  21. QC can even have a beneficial effect, in raising the standards for both individual photographers and the entire collection. However, it does require snappers to 'buy into' the QC procedure. What seems draconian at first (for those who keep failing) quickly becomes routine. Those who don't understand this will either carry on grumbling... or give up...
  22. I thought I had addressed this point somewhat comprehensively in the fourth post of this very thread. However, for convenience I can reiterate the point here Hello Marb, I'm genuinely surprised you aren't familiar with Alamy's QC system, it seems you've been around donkey's years and the subject crops up in forum discussions on a regular basis. You can see their explanation of QC here. Basically, Alamy use an industrial type sampling system for QC. Once the contributor has passed their initial submission test, it is assumed they have the skills and workflow to consistently submit acceptable images. The only only check Alamy make is to examine a small number of images from each batch submitted. It the sample is OK, they assume the rest are OK too. They rely on the professionalism and skill of the contributor. If an image fails they assume a problem has arisen in the photographer's workflow. They reject all images in the queue to allow the photographer to examine whether the problem is a one off or something which affects several images, and re-submit as required. There is usually a short period of suspension from uploading to prevent contributors from simply removing the bad image and submitting all the rest without checking them further first. The system is the same ass it widely used in industry. No company inspects every nut, bolt and widget they receive at goods inwards. They inspect a small sample and if they find a bad one, they reject the whole batch and return it to the supplier for them to sort out their problem.
  23. In case you've missed it those 5 years + 3 days you've been here: A. We receive over 100,000 images a day so it’s simply not possible for us to check every image. We check a small sample of your images and if all images in that sample are ok then we’ll pass the whole submission. If we find one failure then all images awaiting QC will fail. We take the view that every image you submit should meet our QC standards so when we look at a random sample we expect it to represent the quality of all images submitted. Our top tip is to check all images at 100% (actual pixels) before you submit. (https://www.alamy.com/contributor/faqs/quality-control/?section=4) wim
  24. I would have thought that the whole batch would be looked at otherwise what is the point of QC ?
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