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  1. 5 minutes ago, Dave Richards said:

    Thanks Michael, food for thought. I guess at some stage I will have to consider a trade in to get a new machine, but maybe not just yet (I really wouldn’t throw the old one in a river!). Will check out Mohave today.

    No I didn’t think you were serious but you could always use it as a ploy to demonstrate to the one who must be obeyed how frustrated you are. 😀

  2. 39 minutes ago, Dave Richards said:


    Just found that the DNG won’t open so you guys are right on that.

    I think my Mac may be OK to run Mojave so I’ll give it a try tomorrow. Maybe if that is successful and I can get the DNG converter I might also be able to get View NX-i and download images from the camera in the way I am used to doing it. Live in hope and if that doesn’t work I’ll tip the bloody Mac into the Thames and buy a new one with all the whistles and bells. Would then just need to persuade “she who must be obeyed” that it is the necessary course of action. Thanks to everyone, your help is greatly appreciated.


    You might get something on a trade-in with Apple if you go the new route so don't throw it in the Thames. I got a decent trade-in on my last machine. However, you would  be making more trouble for yourself buying a new Mac as LR 5 will not install on the latest MacOSs (anything after Mojave) - same with Photoshop 6. The Adobe installers are 32-bit although the apps are 64-bit (required on post-Mojave systems). This means the subscription if you stick with Adobe - personally I think it is well worth the £10 a month or going a different direction. As I said above, the DxO software is excellent and is not on subscription. 

  3. 24 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

    I fear that you're going to find that the latest Adobe DNG converter won't run on 10.9.5, needs 10.15 I think. You need the latest version for Z7II files. If so then look at Iridient nTransformer (n for Nikon), which I think won't have a problem with 10.9.5 and certainly works with Z7II files because I've tried it with the demo version.




    Think of it as an advanced customisable DNG converter, but not free, $39.99.


    You are correct Harry. The latest version needs Mojave or later. My brain is not fully engaged at the moment. It might be worth Dave checking if he can install Mojave on his machine first though. He doesn't need to go to the Apple Store to do that. He can check the minimum specs for Mojave online


    Here is a list of Macs that are compatible with Mojave


    • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
    • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
    • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
    • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
    • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
    • iMac Pro (2017)
    • Mac Pro (Late 2013; Mid 2010 and Mid 2012 models with recommended Metal-capable graphics cards)





  4. 58 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:


    Mick I am late to this thread and see you have had such bad luck to be hit with covid again. I sincerely hope you can fight it off and continue to recover from the first dose.


    Hope we can meet up again soon when you are feeling a lot better. Masks at two paces of course for both our benefits.





    Thanks for the good wishes Allan. It is part bad luck but I did put myself in the situation out of necessity so can't complain. And yes a meet-up at some point would be good. Take care.

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  5. 2 hours ago, Harry Harrison said:

    Yes, get well soon Michael, I imagine your vaccines combined with some natural immunity from last year will stand you in good stead. I'm sure you were taking every precaution that you could at the wedding but I suspect that the double-vaccinated guests weren't quite so careful, especially after a few drinks. Hard to see how it won't spread from this, or the thousands of similar events around the country.


    Thanks Harry. I think I most likely got it doing the bridal preparation pictures which is a standard part of wedding photography nowadays. I was in small, poorly-ventilated rooms with the bride and bridesmaids getting their hair and makeup done. It is actually one of the more creative and skilful parts of wedding photography as it can be dark and the lighting is usually difficult (mixed daylight, tungsten and fluorescent last week) but it can allow for artistic expression. After that I was well away from the other guests for the most part when indoors and a lot of the time was spent outdoors. 


  6. 1 hour ago, sb photos said:


    Michael, so sorry to have just read you have Covid again. Hoping you pull through OK.




    58 minutes ago, Bryan said:

    A wake up call Michael, sorry to hear that you are unwell again.  I suspect a difficult winter ahead.  We've been trying to book our flu jabs, but can't get through to the surgery, then there is the Covid booster jab at some point. Unfortunately this might deter me from using public transport when the weather cools and all of the windows are shut.


    Thanks Steve and Bryan. The good wishes are much appreciated. I am feeling a bit better this morning as the fever seems to have dissipated for now so hoping for the best and that my breathing won't go like the last time with a little help from the vaccines.


    I would not travel on public transport unless I had absolutely no choice as I didn't when photographing the wedding. The fact that people are not wearing masks to protect others means that the risk of potentially infectious contact with an infected person is very high unless you travel at times when there are very few others travelling. It really isn't worth the risk particularly for anyone in an at risk category. Aside from the wedding I have been exceptionally careful. 

  7. 1 hour ago, gvallee said:

    MDM, so sorry to hear you've got Covid again. It is so frustrating. Get well soon and keep us posted. All the best.


    45 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    So very sorry to hear this Michael.  I'm sending you lots of good vibes and pray your symptoms don't get any worse and that you make a very speedy recovery🙏




    30 minutes ago, Jill Morgan said:

    Hope you will be feeling better Michael.  Tough having a double hit. Keep safe.





    Thanks so much for the good wishes Gen, Carol and Jill. Really appreciated. 

  8. 23 minutes ago, Dave Richards said:

    Thanks Michael. I thought I had a cheat by putting the SD card in my D90 and got the images into a folder in View NX 2 but my Lightroom version 5 won't import the images.

    I'll try a card reader as you suggest.


    The issue really once you have the images on the computer is that Lightroom 5 is older than the camera, so can't read the Z6II files, but Adobe do provide a solution which is the DNG converter. It will convert the raw images into a format that is readable by LR 5. However, a card reader is a good idea anyway rather than fudging it with the D90. 

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  9. 36 minutes ago, Dave Richards said:

    Things going from bad to catastrophic at the moment.

    Have a new Nikon Z6 ll. Want to upload images from the camera but I currently have View NX 2 and it seems I have to install View NX-i and the Mac isn't having any of it. Currently running OS X Version 10.9.5 (Mavericks I believe) so I guess that isn't the OS necessary to get the Nikon download. Have tried to upgrade to the latest OS following online instructions but Mac doesn't want to know about that either. All down to my lack of computer savvy, so I guess I'm off to the Apple store to beg for assistance.

    Your computer may be too old to upgrade to Big Sur. Just download the DNG converter from Adobe and you should be able to use your existing version of Lightroom. Have you got a card reader (one on your Mac or a separate one) so you can just copy the files to the hard drive?


    EDIT -just to add this is not a difficult problem at all and nothing to stress about. Just use a card reader. If you are only using XQD cards then the card readers tend to be more expensive than SD readers but very fast. Use an SD card in backup mode for downloading anyway if you only have an SD reader (a lot of Macs have these) and then use DNG converter.

  10. 49 minutes ago, NYCat said:

    Thank you for posting this. I know I am sometimes careless these days and I needed a reality check. I hope you recover quickly and completely.




    Thanks for the good wishes Paulette. It is difficult to stay safety conscious when others are not. I guess the way to go is to not take unnecessary risks. In my case it was a necessary risk that I was aware of and it didn't pay off. I am even more aware of it now. 

  11. 30 minutes ago, Cecile Marion said:

    I’m very sorry you’re ill. It must be particularly frustrating in light of your first covid illness. Wishing you a rapid recovery. Hopefully your symptoms are now at their worst point and you will soon begin to improve. 


    19 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

    That is devastating news, Michael. I wish you a speedy recovery with no more complications that you were already dealing with. And I hope those dissipate.

    You’ve pointed out what we’ve been seeing over here. Not only are fully vaccinated getting Covid, but they are capable of shedding the virus and infecting others. Others being vaccinated and unvaccinated.

    Please take care of yourself.


    13 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:


    Michael, I am very sorry to read this.  I hope this this time it is not nearly as bad and you recover very quickly!!  So not fair that you got hit up twice.


    Michael V


    Thanks for the good wishes Cecile, Betty and Michael. Much appreciated. I am hoping for the best and that the fact I am double-vaccinated will mean it doesn't get too bad. As I said, I was posting my personal experience as an example of the need to stay cautious for all but the good wishes are really uplifting. 

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  12. 27 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    But they're not AFAICS. They've dropped a third since July 19th and seem to have dipped a bit since the schools went back, even allowing for the timelag.


    OK you may be correct about case rates since July and give it another week or so for the schools. Forgive my error please - I am a little feverish right now. Case rates are difficult to measure as they are a function of testing (type of testing, numbers taking tests). The absence of restrictions means fewer people are legally obliged to take test which may be the real significator. Death rates from Covid, however, are a much more certain indicator and they have risen massively since July.


    The bottom line is that the pandemic is not over and life is not going back to normal for a significant proportion of the population. 

  13. On 10/09/2021 at 19:35, Betty LaRue said:

    Mark, information is gold. I want vaccinated people to be aware they aren’t bulletproof and to be as careful as the unvaccinated. My information isn’t anecdotal, but straight from this woman’s mouth. I’m not reported rumors, but facts. The facts as she told it.

    If the vaccinated go about their affairs believing they are safe, don’t stay out of crowds, don’t mask, etc., they could get sick. I don’t want that. There is a real danger that both camps, vaccinated and unvaccinated, with mild cases or asymptotic, could be walking about infecting people.

    Cecile’s post is indicative of that. And I don’t believe she’s trying to scare people, but make them aware. If everyone is aware, maybe we can get a handle on this thing.



    Well I have just tested positive for Covid despite being doubly vaccinated and having had Covid before. I have a fever (which I didn't have the first time), pains In every part of my body and have near zero energy. So far my lungs are ok unlike round 1 when I had serious breathing problems although that could come on I guess as I am only a couple of days into this. I almost certainly got infected while photographing a wedding last Saturday - I had no choice but to fulfil my commitments to my clients even though I was well aware of the danger. 


    So why post this on here? Well I am certainly not looking for sympathy.


    No this is a direct warning from direct experience to those who are living under the illusion that the pandemic is over, as the great unmasked would have us believe. Yes it is definitely possible to get Covid if doubly vaccinated and it can be bad, very bad. There are those who argue that we have to get back to normal asap and pretend that the case rates are not going through the roof since restrictions in England were lifted (more so with the schools back) and that the UK had an average of 182 daily deaths from Covid over the last week. That is all very well for the 80% who will only experience relatively mild symptoms if anything. However, for the elderly, for those have weakened immune systems or other conditions that make them susceptible to developing serious or severe Covid (including long Covid) getting back to normal life is fraught with danger. 


    I am not suggesting we live in permanent lockdown but there has to be a better middle road between that and removing all restrictions which propagates the illusion that all is normal. 

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  14. You can't currently upload video directly to Alamy. It used to be possible some years ago but they stopped accepting footage and the collection went static.


    However, a few months back they started acting as a distributor for Pond5 and advertising this on the home page. So if you want to get video onto Alamy you would need to upload it to Pond5 but it seems that it is a random process as to whether your video actually ends up on Alamy or not. There are a few other threads on the forum about this (started late June or early July). 


    Given that Alamy is not really known for video it would seem  to be a sideline at present and  I would imagine that it would be difficult to make sales. As far as I am aware, Alamy themselves appear to have been strangely silent about all of this, as if it is not happening, apart from video appearing on the gome page so it is basic guesswork as to their plans. I don't think there is anything about supplying video on the website, nor have they commented on the forum to my knowledge. It would be great to hear something from the horses's mouth. 



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  15. 1 hour ago, Dave Richards said:

    As you say Michael, the menu is straight forward and I've set up the general stuff. Just getting my head around the AF system which is on another level to the D610. I really like the tilting touch screen too and the fact I can focus and take the shot with just two taps. Great for discreet street work.

    The only drawback now is that my old version of Lightroom won't provide correction for the Z lens so I guess I may need to be looking for a new editing suite; probably not Lightroom 'cos I don't want to commit to a monthly subscription, at least not yet. Thinking of going with Affinity.......may try the free trial. Any feedback or recommendations from current users would be appreciated.


    The lens profiles for the Z lenses are built in to the raw file and can't be changed in Lightroom (the CC versions at least). I don't know the perpetual licence versions but I suspect to would be the same. Sony cameras do something similar as far as I know. 


    I have only scratched the surface of Affinity (my wife has it) but, the last time I looked back in March, the raw converter was lacking some features that I would regard as very important. If I was to change from Adobe, it would be DxO Photo Lab which has a very good raw converter plus a lot of other features - the local adjustment tools are excellent. Worth a look I think. I got it very cheap on a Black Friday deal a few years ago to check it out and it is impressive. It is a modular system so you can add other features.

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  16. 3 hours ago, John Mitchell said:


    Hmmm ... Looks as if it does support 4K video.


    Can you use filters -- e.g. a ND filter -- on RX 100 cameras?


    UPDATE: Seems it might have a built-in ND filter of some kind, maybe digital rather than optical.




    The V and VA have an integrated ND filter - it is not variable ND apparently though. There is a time limit of 5 minutes recordig I think for 4K to prevent overheating on the VA. 

  17. 49 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    I went out to do a bit of shopping and needed some Advocados however by the time I reached where they were my hands were so flippin cold I couldn't even feel them properly to see if they were ripe.  A chap standing next to me was doing the same thing and I happened to mention I was having trouble as my hands were cold so he kindly offered to feel the Adocados for me.  Best offer I had all day😁  In fact the only offer🤣




    Sounds like a scene from a Carry On movie. 🤣

  18. 45 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    I feel your pain Betty especially about the Ethernet cable and most other things 😄hope you manage to get it sorted, looking forward to knowing how....




    An ethernet cable may sound exotic but ethernet is actually very common. It has been around a long time but has been keeping up with the times and most desktop Macs have an ethernet socket or two. If you look on the back of your iMac you will see an ethernet socket - a rectangular hole with a little notch. If you had an ethernet cable you would connect one end into that socket and the other into a similar socket on your modem (most modems that I have come across have them). It is an alternative to WiFi and generally much better - faster and more stable. I use ethernet rather than WiFi at home. 

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  19. 17 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I turned off the hot spot on my iPad after it didn’t work. I have turned the iMac off and on several times, as many as 6 times. I did everything in my very limited knowledge to try to get it fixed before bothering you all.  I don’t know how to tell if it is a cellular iPad or a WiFi one. It’s a fifth generation iPad, so not so new.

    Where do I find the Mobile Data setting? I’ll try it on my phone, since it’s iPhone 12 Pro.

    Oh, I found WiFi calling on my phone and it’s off. The “about” sounds like that’s a carrier thing, whether it’s enabled or not. That’s not what you are talking about, is it?

    The first thing I did, which has fixed it in the past, is to disconnected all of the wires from the modem, wait, then reconnect. I’ve done that twice, no luck. Then I requested my carrier to remotely reset the modem, and it failed to reset twice.

    And…I wouldn’t recognize what an Ethernet cable looked like if it raised up and bit me! 🤣 Or where to plug it in if I did recognize it. I looked at my iPad “about” info, and saw a cellular number listed. I assume that means it’s cellular.

    I’ll call my provider this morning when their office opens, it’s not quite 8 a.m. here and they won’t open until 9 or 10.

    As usual, you all are wonderful to help.


    It must be a cellular iPad in that case and you must be or have been paying a contract with a mobile provider to ever use it in cellular mode - basically it is a very big phone. Turn off WiFi on the iPad and see if you are still connecting to the internet - it should show something like 3G or 4G at the top like on the phone. It sounds like it might be the modem gone to me - maybe the storm has damaged it. 

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