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David McGill

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  1. Hopefully some of the flying scenes will take place up in the north of the county - I'm up near Chipping Norton! Thanks for the heads up, I'll keep my eyes peeled or might even be worth a wee trip in that direction for my daily exercise!
  2. Hi Vitor I have a recently bought Z6 to go with my D800 - which I have not used for a while. Instead of the 24-70mm lens I bought the new 24-200mm lens which is really good. I am very pleased with this combination as it gives me more "reach" with the top end of the zoom. I did buy the adapter as well so I can use my other lenses which range from a 20mm up to a 150-600mm. Overall I am very pleased with my new setup, hardly any "grain" when shooting at higher ISO, in fact my default is now 200 rather than 100 when shooting with the D800. Video quality is excellent not that I shoot a
  3. Matt, I have been impressed so far with the quality of the images I have obtained with the Z6. I took a "gamble" and uploaded the squirrel and mushroom images at 1600 and 6400ISO respectively referred to in my earlier post together with others shot at 200ISO. The submission passed QC so I am happy to upload higher ISO images in the future. David
  4. Thanks Ed, Mark and everyone else who has responded. Your comments have given me confidence to submit higher ISO rated images! David
  5. Mark - here is a link to Mr/Ms Squirrel at 100% - http://davidmcgill.co.uk/100-squirrel it does look a little bit soft to me.
  6. Just wondering how high an ISO rating forum members have used in their submissions which have been accepted? Before I bought my Nikon Z6 I was using a Nikon D800 and kept the ISO at 100 or at most 200 for my Alamy submissions. The Z6 is a great improvement particularly in low light situations. Two samples are on my WP Blog - link here - http://davidmcgill.co.uk/nikon-z6-first-impressions Shot at 1600ISO and 6400ISO respectively does anyone think they will pass QC in terms of noise? I use LR Classic viewing images at 100% and then making any adjustments such dust/spot removal and levels in PS
  7. The first one is definitely John Knox House in Edinburgh. The second, is probably not Castle Hill in Edinburgh. I thought perhaps it was the Camera Obscura in the background rather than the castle itself but it is on the wrong side of the road. Also if it was Castle Hill there is a disused church on the corner where the bend in the road is. It looks like "normal" buildings there! As for no 3, sorry no idea! I know Edinburgh fairly well as I was born and brought up there. David
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. 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
  11. 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?
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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 i
  15. 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.
  16. I'd be interested too. The RFH sounds like a good venue. David
  17. 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=&dtt
  18. 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
  19. 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 sh
  20. 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
  21. 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?
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Sally, I've asked a friend, I'm hoping he comes up trumps. Will let you know. David
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