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David McGill

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  1. Yes, probably after all the rain we had at the weekend after the dry summer. A disadvantage to living in an old house with a dry stone wall!
  2. The wall at the front of our house collapsed overnight - http://davidmcgill.co.uk/collapsed-wall- that was the bad thing that happened to us today. Could be worse, at least no one was hurt!
  3. Thanks John I've just added it to my blog on my website. Here is a link:- http://davidmcgill.co.uk/seek-app Hopefully that will do the trick now that it is online. David
  4. I've just returned from walking my elderly black lab. Thought I would take a photo of him to seek if the app can ID him. Yes, it can, it says he is a Domestic Dog! I had hoped to add the image I took to this post but I can't get it to work. Is it only Alamy images that can be added to posts? I can't seem to find an answer to this question - can anyone advise?
  5. John - You do not have to be "in the field". It will work if you use photos on your camera roll stored on the phone. If you are in the field you will need to have mobile data on and wifi enabled in order that the app can connect with its servers. It also works by pointing the phone camera at your computer screen as Lori and Jerome have said above. That's how I was able to confirm some of the ID questions posed recently on the forum. Hope this helps. David
  6. I've noticed that quite a few people have posted photos looking for them to be Identified. I have a free app called Seek by iNaturalist which does just what it "says on the tin". I tried it on some the recent ID requests and it agreed with the answers given by other forum members. Maybe some of you might be willing to give it a try. I have nothing to do with the app, I merely read about it and downloaded it for myself.
  7. I have digitised some of my old slides, cleaned them up and some are even on Alamy. However, many years ago before the interweb I bought an old photo album at a collectors fair. The photos dated from about 1894 to the early 1900s. Fortunately the majority of the images were captioned and a number of years later using the internet I was able to find out who the photographer was. Sadly he and his wife died without having any children and I have been unable to find anybody else descended from the family that I could pass the album onto. However, I have been able to turn my research into an illustrated talk. Family History is one of my hobbies which helped me a great deal as I knew where to look for info about him. Perhaps the moral here is to annotate each photo in an album or whatever. We know who the photo is of, but do our children or other descendants know who the subjects are?
  8. I'll probably go on the Monday too. Happy to meet up with anyone else. I met a few 2 years ago at the Alamy stand.
  9. I'd be interested too. The RFH sounds like a good venue. David
  10. I have a Canon G5X as my "point and shoot" when I don't take my Nikon D800 out with me. Images are good enough to pass QC - that was the main reason I bought it. I'm really happy with it, the zoom is ideal for travelling. I wouldn't use it for fast action such as sport, but for general use it is ideal. Here is a link an image taken with it which has passed QC:- https://www.alamy.com/search.html?CreativeOn=1&adv=1&ag=0&all=1&creative=&et=0x000000000000000000000&vp=0&loc=0&qt=T58NM9&qn=&lic=6&lic=1&imgt=0&archive=1&dtfr=&dtto=&hc=&selectdate=&size=0xFF&aqt=&epqt=&oqt=&nqt=&gtype=0 David
  11. I too have had the same trouble. I uploaded some images of cattle in a field near my home and ran into the intellectual property infringement scenario. Why? The animals' ID tags were visible. So a simple bit of cloning and a re-upload and all was well. However, in some instances their attitude to intellectual property is questionable. In that case with the cattle I didn't see any problem. As I mentioned before in a reply to another contributor I uploaded some airliner photos and had the same situation. Virtually all the airline colour schemes have to be cloned out and as a result nearly every airliner in their collection is all white! David
  12. Thanks Estelle, my RF images are with a library that sells well known software. They do not accept editorial images hence the fact that I have had to clone out logos and so on. It seems odd to look at aircraft on the site which are all white or have most of their colour scheme removed. For an aviation sort of geek like me they all look odd as when have you ever been to an airport and seen an all white aircraft! I would show you an example but there is a watermark across the image! At least with the library you mentioned, albeit discretely, they do licence images for editorial use. Perhaps I should give them a go, at least I won't have to do any cloning! David
  13. Estelle - Having looked at your website I realise the site you mention is an RF one. The vast majority of my Alamy images are RM as I believed that they would earn more. However, my recent fees have reduced to the extent that I will be getting a shade under $9 (gross!) for a RM image that was published recently in a quality UK Sunday newspaper. In years gone by the payment could well have been about 4/5 times that. I do have images with an RF library, not the one you mention. My top downloaded image is one of the wood burning stove in our house, the top fee I have had for that has been 74p (my share), while it has been "sold" for as little as 20p (my share)! I have found that for RF work I have to put a lot more into preparing these images for sale as I have to strip out logos and exclude identifiable people. If I am only going to get 25p or so per download is it actually worth the effort? I like taking photos of aircraft both military and airliners but to submit them to RF agencies I have to clone out the airline's logo and colour scheme, the registration number and the type of aircraft if it is visible on the fuselage. The same goes for military aircraft, every marking has to be stripped out. I am now at a quandary about what to do with Alamy, in the end I may well continue to submit as others have said 40% of something is much better than 100% of nothing! David
  14. Generally these horses are either piebalds or skewbalds. In this instance it would appear to be a young piebald. Eventually it will lose the "fluffy" coat and look like the ones in the background. Was the photo taken recently?
  15. Sally, my friend has come back saying the other player is Damian Hoyland, Edinburgh Rugby and Scotland, although it doesn't look like him in that particular photo! You must have caught his other side! In my London days the majority of photographers were happy to help out as I did whenever I could. There were the odd one or two who weren't very helpful though. David
  16. Sally the player in the tweed jacket is Tim Swinson, Glasgow Warriors and Scotland. My friend doesn't know who the other is. He thinks Edinburgh Accies. Sorry couldn't help you with both. Do photographers help each other nowadays with id? I used to do "legitimised paparazzi" in London about 20 years ago and most photographers were usually happy to help with id if you didn't know who someone was. Mind you were they always telling the truth? This was in pre digital days so you couldn't really look online to see if they were right! David
  17. Sally, I've asked a friend, I'm hoping he comes up trumps. Will let you know. David
  18. I know - I practice the seafood diet - I see food and eat it! Willpower is the key!
  19. I remember reading about this too in a past life when I studied Scots Law. Those were the days when I had a "real" job, as I describe it, working in banking!
  20. Yummy, but more calorific than good old porridge!
  21. Touch of frost on the grass this morning when I took the dog out, so it must almost be porridge time again! I like mine with blueberries on top - no sugar or salt despite being an exiled Scot!
  22. Well done, hope this is the first of many! David
  23. On a visit to Oxford earlier this summer I was walking by the canal taking photos of a lock and narrowboats. A group of primary school children and their teachers were approaching the lock and when they drew level with me one of the teachers told me not to take photos due to safeguarding and "child protection" issues. I said that I was on a public spot and had every right to take photos if I wished but in order to avoid confrontation I said that I didn't actually want any people in my images so hadn't shot any with the kids' identifiable. When shooting stock I try to avoid people where possible unless they are a fundamental part of the image. This is, of course, a sad reflection of the times we now live in. It would be a pity if carrying something becomes the norm, however, I think it wouldn't do any harm. The Bureau of Freelance Photographers in the UK, before its demise, produced a card outlining Photography in Public Places which sometimes lives in my camera bag. So far I have not had the need to show it - it wasn't in my bag on that day in Oxford, but I'm not sure if it would have carried any weight with these particular teachers! David
  24. Hi Sally I would have said they are Ayrshire crosses. They seem to have a bit of "beef" cattle in them, pure Ayrshires are a bit thinner like Friesians. David
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