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  2. In the past, regarding distributor sales and the newspaper scheme, I have always taken the 'something is better than nothing' view, thinking that my opting in or out is not going to cause tremors in the stock photography world. I have drawn the line at the Novel Abuse scheme and opted out last month. The sales I was getting were to a huge, very well-funded website with thousands of articles and $1 or less for use until the end of time was just wrong. When the Novel Use scheme was launched it was said to cover licenses that didn't fit any of the normal patterns - I think use on a fridge magnet or a single mug were the examples given. The sales I have had recently could very easily be covered by an existing licensing model - website use - and the prices were unacceptable. On the plus side, I have been happier with average prices recently - I've seen more of the 40-50 rather than 20-30, and a few more $$$ than in the past.
  3. I agree - in fact I think it is where the exclusive box used to be. I was going to check that I haven't mistakenly ticked it instead of 'exclusive' but 'public domain' doesn't appear one of the attributes that can be searched.
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  5. Gee, I'm sorry to hear about your troubles, Allan. Yorkshire seems a very positive area to be these days. I can't go there, but you should consider it. From your link, it looks as if Western Ireland on the Atlantic will be good for allergies, Sligo now rather than Galway. Allergies are very annoying, but what I'm suffering from now -- bronchitis -- can be a serious illness. I'm not running a fever, Paulette. Edo
  6. Oh my. I send my good thoughts to both of you in case they will do any good. I think self-diagnosis can be tricky. Maybe viral maybe not. I sure would see a doctor given how dangerous pneumonia is for us old people. At least take your temperature, Edo. Paulette
  7. Just had a quick look into hey fever in general in my concern for you Edo. It probably will not help you as it depends a great deal on what it is that causes your hey fever attacks but if you can have a look at https://www.health24.com/Medical/Allergy/News/which-are-the-best-places-on-earth-for-allergy-sufferers-20180111 it might give you some ideas. Hope it is of help and I am very sorry your move to Spain did not turn out as you thought or would have wished. I am in a similar situation in that I am going to have to move from my current residence in the next eighteen months and am looking where to go. I will remain in the UK and probably within England to take advantage of our NHS service, for as long as it may last. Also it will not be necessary to learn a new language, unless I move to Liverpool. It is also necessary to keep in mind the areas which are not too costly in terms of house prices so that means moving north as Cambridge and south are too expensive. At the moment staying in the east side of the country looks favourite over the wet west. Then again I need to think about the flood areas from rising sea levels. Also crime figures in certain areas are causing a little concern. On top of all that I am expecting to go into hospital in the not too distant future for a minor operation and will not be able to drive for some time after or carry/lift heavy weights. Sheesh! Help! Not really people as this is Edo's thread. Just letting him know he is not alone. Allan EDIT: Posted this before seeing Edo's last post.
  8. Check a few things when you open a file in PS. Set your resolution at 300, not 72. If that creates a huge file reduce the longest side to 4500 (bicubic) , mode 16 bits. Work the file, reduce to 8 bits mode, save as a jpeg for upload.
  9. I'm way past concerning myself with allergy or asthma. The mucus I'm producing (now a very thick white to light yellow) is a sure sign of bronchitis. And as it says in my attached link, 90% of bronchitis is viral so it would not be helped by antibiotics. I'm doing everything that I can do now. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronchitis Just when was it that this turned into a medical forum? 🙁 Andy and other Irish people! Should I deal with government matters in Dublin or in the city I'm heading to, like Sligo?
  10. I would say that is quite a young mute swan at the back - probably between 18 months and 2 and a half years, likely female, and possibly not paired. I cannot see the pair in front closely enough but it is possibly a collection of young swans between the time they are driven out by parents and pair up and find a territory for themselves.
  11. If you're not a regular and successful live news contributor, Alamy might have removed your access to uploading Live News. This has happened to a lot of contributors. You now have to apply to be a Live News contributor.
  12. Has anyone here had trouble photographing embassy buildings (in Northern/Western Europe)? I'm sure it's fine with most embassies, but some are probably a bit "sensitive" when it comes to strangers taking pictures.
  13. Guardian Online 24.05.2019 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/24/country-diary-the-riddle-of-the-hawthorn PMJ2WK Lesley Pardoe Flowers of Red Horsechestnut tree, Aesculus x Carnea in bloom. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2019/may/24/scientists-pursue-universal-snakebite-cure-using-hiv-antibody-techniques HPJ5FH John Sullivan A female Siamese Peninsula Pit Viper (Trimeresurus fucatus) in the rainforest at night at Fraser's Hill, Pahang, Malaysia https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/24/what-rewilding-really-means-for-forestry-and-heather-moorland F1D5X6 Carl Day Young Red Grouse Amongst Heather On The Yorkshire Moors. https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/may/24/10-best-alternative-mountain-walks-climbs-snowdon-highlands D0BG37 Izel Photography A female hiker walking down Long Stile towards Rough Crag and Haweswater in the Lake District. BRDR43 Nigel Wilkins A lone figure on a pinnacle on Scafell, Lake District, Cumbria HPNXP4 Julian Cartwright View across Loch Morlich to Cairn Gorm and the Northern Corries KCHHY7 Julian Cartwright The view south west from Ben Lawers summit, showing Beinn Ghlas, Meall Corranaich and Meall nan Tarmachan BND2NP Cody Duncan View from Twmpa towards Hay Bluff, Black mountains, Brecon Beacons national park EXMAGX David Forster Cairn and 3 Peaks Challenge Flag on the Summit of Buckden Pike, Upper Wharfedale EB0N69 John Bentley Autumn, Warrendale Knotts and Ribblesdale M95RAP Steve Taylor Walker on the summit of Parkhouse Hill looking across to Chrome Hill and the Dragon's Back E3WHKR Realimage Sign and stone marker for top of the Watkin path on Mount Snowdon south ridge C5PTEX Julian Cartwright The outlying Carneddau peak of Yr Elen, Snowdonia 25.05.2019 https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2019/may/25/dark-side-scotland-north-coast-500-route-speeding-congestion-protest CY89EX mark ferguson Kylesku Bridge https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/may/25/how-to-plant-courgettes-alys-fowler B739H1 Roger Phillips Yellow Courgette Burpee Golden
  14. The Times - Online 25/05/2019 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/travellers-who-arrive-at-heathrow-by-car-face-pollution-charge-vcdhs3ctn C72JYC Andrew Michael Terminal 5 Car Parking, Heathrow Airport, London, UK https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/ancient-garston-wood-fenced-off-to-save-nightingales-from-deer-threat-p9sxwtjxt K2D6JH Mike Read/Nature Picture Library Footpath through Garston Wood RSPB reserve with Bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and Ramsons (Allium ursinum) near Shaftesbury, Dorset, UK May https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/scientists-call-for-pollution-warning-on-deodorant-and-air-fresheners-ncc5q7pnm P3WHW2 DCPhoto Man Using Spray Deodorant On Underarm For Bad Smell https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/dying-man-waited-90-minutes-for-ambulance-0tq3q9vps KWYJHN Brian Jackson British ambulance responding to an emergency in hazardous bad weather driving conditions on a UK motorway https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/amazon-uses-games-to-speed-up-workers-l0j5wpz9s C2Y1RM Adrian Sherratt The online retailer Amazon's distribution centre in Swansea, South Wales - employees collect boxes in the 'Sortable Hall' area w https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/st-andrews-student-raped-at-black-tie-fashion-show-abused-online-p36q6tks5 R27PBA JOHN BRACEGIRDLE ST ANDREWS FIFE SCOTLAND ST SALVATORS COLLEGE THE LAWN AND QUADRANGLE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/record-number-of-chinese-coming-to-study-in-britain-96t9hvqmt DAT6DP Sergio Azenha Two asian students studying in library https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/saturday-review/crime-fiction-denise-mina-mark-billingham-tom-bradby-doug-johnstone-reviews-6s9cbs3lh EHJ5E7 Brian Wilson Denise Mina - Queen of Tartan Noir https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/30-best-hotels-in-the-uk-to-book-for-summer-2019-dw5rrrj5k A4RGH9 Francisco Martinez Barnsley House, Gloucestershire, England. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/airport-workers-plan-12-hour-walkouts-over-pay-and-pensions-dispute-5kvtzthmv FRTM37 Findlay Terminal building of Glasgow Airport, Scotland, UK with taxi rank and planes in the background https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/officer-caught-having-sex-in-park-and-ride-f55s8grfh R0A77R IAN GEORGESON Chief Supt Gareth Blair at St Leonards Police Station, Bonfire night interview https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/scotland/whisky-exporters-fear-escalation-of-trump-s-trade-war-with-china-rspd69zd2 MNGYKC Iain Masterton Many bottles of Scotch Whisky on display at the Scotch Whisky Experience visitor centre on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
  15. Antibotics won't touch hay fever. I find the only real thing which works for me is a steroid injection.
  16. Try the Orizaba area under the Volcan Orizaba. It's beginning to get the relocation hustlers, but not excessively yet. Orizaba the town is one of the Magical Pueblos, and seems to have a decent economic base. Couple of other high elevations towns around it. If what I've read is accurate, Lake Chapala is extremely polluted and the children in lake communities are having some serious health problems. Report out from the University of Guadelajara or something like that.
  17. Costa Rica is a stable democracy of oligarchs, but I've heard that crime is up and Ticos avoid gringos socially. Expat life there is complicated by the reputation gringos have for being on the prowl for young Ticas. Chile and Argentina seems to be also fairly stable now. Both have areas with temperate weather as well as warmer areas. Ecuador has been stable for quite some time, but the bureaucracy is more difficult than here (here isn't that difficult). Bolivia is politically interesting and is making economic progress with a mixed economy, but probably doesn't have an expat community. Nicaragua upped its minimum to $1K a month from a government pension for new residents (earlier will be grandfathered in on their original qualifying income), but the kicker is you can't qualify for the national health insurance and medical costs can get interesting even using the free clinics (open to everyone, few meds given free). I'm personally not a fan of San Juan del Sur here, but there's enough money on all sides of the Nicaraguan political buckyball that it got two tanker trucks of gasoline delivered by the state owned oil company when the roads were blocked. It's close to Costa Rica and if things got crunchy again, you could go across the border and out from Liberia airport in Costa Rica. What about eastern Oregon? Any walking cities there or decent public transportation? I have a friend who teaches or did teach at Eastern Oregon State University. College towns are often rather interesting places to live. Like others are saying, get help for the asthma.
  18. it all worked just fine for me on 5/24?
  19. Hi everyone, If there is anyone who is either an expert, professional, or knowledgeable illustrator or graphic designer, I would appreciate your critique: On the "Woman with the Blue Dress" vector, I am a little concerned about her dress showing a little more of the left leg. My intention was to create a very "wave-like" pattern that relates to the idea I described in the "Water Element", which I have a lot of text written in it. I thought the wet dress was a good concept that linked to the water jar illustration. I also, like the cool-looking design I have of the overall dress. However, I because it is meant for inspiring women, I don't want them to think that I am somehow sexualizing it. Should I cover more of the top left leg, and and middle of the right leg? Another thing was that I included additional description that said it was for women of any gender, so what do you think? Finally, There seems to be somewhat overwhelming text, but I tried my best. Anyway, from my personal view I believe it is genuine and love it. Can I edit my images through Alamy Image Manager or in My Portfolio Page? One last thing, please review my other vectors, even though I believe I have them right, there maybe something I haven't noticed, please offer me advice if you can, thank you.
  20. Hi everyone, good news, the status is now on "good and/or optimized discoverability, so I it is solved, thanks for viewing my post anyway, much appreciation for all of you.
  21. Hi everyone, I constantly check my images (vectors), as one of them show it is "on sale", while the others don't on Alamy Image Manager. Yet, they all passed the quality control process, and show a "green bar", which has a status of "good discoverability", so I assume they are all on sale with good discoverablity. Still, I am a little concerned, about my dashboard displaying all of pictures in "poor discoverability" status. Since I just recently uploaded them two days ago, I will wait at least one more day to see if it changes. Next, I don't know if it is just that it does not load or something else. Please share your thoughts or knowledge, I will appreciate it, thanks.
  22. Hi everyone, I constantly check my images (vectors), as one of them show it is "on sale", while the others don't on Alamy Image Manager. Yet, they all passed the quality control process, and show a "green bar", which has a status of "good discoverability", so I assume they are all on sale with good discoverablity. Still, I am a little concerned (not so much), about my dashboard displaying all of pictures in "poor discoverability" status. Since I just recently uploaded them two days ago, I will wait at least one more day to see if it changes. Next, I don't know if it is just a slow thing or whatever you call it in the technical stuff, that it does not load or something else. Please share your thoughts or knowledge, I will appreciate it, thanks.
  23. Hi Joe, I am a beginner in selling vectors, and so far I have not experienced any "save" problems in keywords, captions etc. However, I constantly check my images (vectors), as one of them show it is "On Sale", while the others don't. Yet, they all passed the quality control process, and show a "green bar", which has a status of "good discoverability". Still, I am a little concerned (not so much), about my dashboard displaying all of pictures in "poor discoverability" status. Since I just recently uploaded them two days ago, I will wait at least one more day to see if it changes. Next, I don't know if it is just a slow thing or whatever you call it in the technical stuff, that it does not load or something else. Finally, it seems to me that whether you are selling photography or illustrations (vectors), it is about either a technical issue from Alamy's system (most likely), or somehow your local system is not functioning right. However, I am not an expert or professional, so you may want to contact Alamy.
  24. They have a long history of this. It's shocking that Alamy continues to allow them to self-report, and rewards them with the lower prices payable down the line, instead of penalising them for not keeping proper records.
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