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  2. Thanks so much! I'll give it a try soon! Very much appreciate your taking the time to help me out!
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  4. Not legally on that money, and that’s Mexico, and most of the promotion of any place in Latin America is dependent on consumer protection laws being nonexistent.
  5. Agreed - Ed would no doubt qualify for a medical card here in Ireland and if he decided to live in Galway or Cork (which I think would be a better bet than Galway), he'd never stop shooting stock!
  6. Hi everyone, I have already successfully transferred and uploaded all my Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 files through FileZilla. Next, Under "Captions and tags for vectors on Alamy" Step 2 instructs "Use Alamy Image Manager in My Alamy (after we’ve processed your submission)". Does this mean that I should wait until Alamy's quality control, or can I immediately proceed to this step? In other words, does Alamy check my vectors right after I upload them through FileZilla, or after I complete step 2? Your help would be much appreciated. Regards, Javier
  7. I did wonder if we were simply being wound-up for a laugh. Being a charitable sort, I took the view that it was simply the difficulty some contributors have of moving a mindset from microstock's QC methodology where every aspect of every image is scrutinised, to Alamy's QC where the emphasis is on the responsibility of the contributor for their own QC. The two are so fundamentally different that it is easy to see why an adjustment is hard to come to terms with. The sad thing about QC in microstock land is that it produces a them-and-us mentality where some contributors see submitting images as a battle to get past QC, producing multiple re-submits where they are allowed, in the hope of finding an easier inspector. Such a mindset is fundamentally alien and self-destructive in submitting to Alamy, where QC is a light-touch guardian, and where, as John Morrison pointed out earlier, the tendency is to produce photographers with better photographic, processing and self-critical skills, to the benefit of both individual and agency.
  8. Hi imageplotter thank you for your advice, it is very helpful, and although I am usually very cautious about any technical issues, I don't think I have anything to loose, besides, FileZilla is a free software, so I will give it a try. Regards, Javier
  9. Frida Kahlo's paintbrushes at the Frida Kahlo house. Mexico City.
  10. Too bad about Ireland. It sounds like it might be a solution to the healthcare issue. I imagine that you've looked into private medical insurance in Spain.
  11. Good choice. I love Mexico and have spent a lot of time in the country. I'd probably move there myself if it didn't mean disqualifying myself for Canadian healthcare. As it is, I have to spend six months -- not necessarily consecutive -- per year in Canada in order to keep my medical coverage, something I don't want to lose at the tender age of 70. Lots of places to choose from. I prefer the highland regions of Mexico, where the year-round climate is more temperate. Lake Chapala certainly qualifies in that department.
  12. In case the OP is still not convinced, there's this. When I worked as an analytical chemist we were involved in a big study in fish lifecycles. It was studying the effect of chemical pollutants on the sex of fish, and it was a study that lasted 450 days. It was a big deal as it was the first time that this type of study had been carried out over several generations of fish. At the end of those 450 days the fish taken at different stages of the study and frozen were histologically analysed. The lab that carried out the histology was not fully used to working in a highly regulated environment and despite many entreaties to follow the required standards, they did not. When the file (when I say file I mean of course a small van full of folders) was QC'd they found a few errors in the paper trail of the histology samples. Out went the study. Rejected in its entirety. When QC find one error they are properly entitled to assume that the rest of the unchecked product/data will also contain errors. To say that the clients were annoyed is to miss their emotions by a country mile. Luckily our lab was in the clear as all my chemistry data and all the biologists data were accepted - because we were used to being QC'd. Without inspection standards inevitably deteriorate.
  13. Thats what I'm looking for somewhere less inundated where I can live out my last 20yrs . I don't think Southern California is a good place to live when you get older. Mexico will work for me, I just need a place like Ajijic was 20yrs ago I have another 8yrs to find it. I spent 30yrs in the UK and I remember the winters, so I won't be heading that way.
  14. I had a brother-in-law that loved nothing else but to stir up trouble for his own entertainment. He’d pretty much ruin a holiday gathering for everyone with his against-the-grain remarks, (and that’s me being kind describing what he said) and leave with a smug look upon his face after starting many arguments. We finally learned to ignore him. I'm thinking we’re being had. Betty
  15. Thank you so much LSP This is what I concluded by examining various Internet photos -- early stage so it hasn't "bloomed" yet. It is a pretty flower though and your shot is fantastic. Out of curiosity - did it ever sell?
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  17. Good to hear you get some regular sales from Copan. I wondered around the place 3-4 hours, but didn't have particularly good light. Uploaded a few, still have 10-15 photos I plan to upload. This one is probably favorite Reminds me of H.R. Giger alien art ;=) Re Travel experiences, this is separate topic throughout Central America, isn't it. I took a tour, wishing to eliminate logistics, but still had experiences similar to yours. In addition to being hot and humid throughout. It is fascinating world though.
  18. Legally, I can't move to Mexico. I found that out while I in San Miguel de Allende for two months. And I can't get healthcare in Spain. And . . . Ireland is looking less and less likely.
  19. That's no doubt true. However, I know someone who used to go to Ajijic every year but stopped visiting because the town has changed so much. He also didn't like the disrespectful attitude some new expats have towards the locals. It's an area of Mexico that I haven't visited, but it does look like an attractive place to live, close to Guadalajara too, which is a plus. If I were to move to Mexico, though, I think I'd look for a less inundated spot. There is no shortage of them.
  20. One of the zooms was an image of an artifact in the sculpture museum next to the ruins, and the other was taken at the ruins themselves (see below). My Copan images haven't been especially big sellers. However, two or three license every year, often for good prices. My first trip to Copan was in 1996. I took three buses from Guatemala City. It was quite an adventure back then as most of the road to the Honduran border wasn't paved. I remember spending the last leg the journey sitting next to a Maya lady with a rooster on her lap. She also had a heavy sack of potatoes that sat on my left foot. They don't call them chicken buses for nothing.
  21. Hi John I have heard and read the same and have read that most of the rumors have been started by residents themselves to try and put people off moving there . Whatever the truth is as far as I can see it stacks up a lot better than most US citys when it comes to "e.g. increasing crime, crowding, higher costs, etc"
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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...
  25. Monet's water garden at Giverny, Direct mail and brochures. Came out okay considering it was a rainy day!
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