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  1. Sony Camera Unacceptable?

    Sony RX100 Mk3 does the job for me. Highly versatile, even in low light. Telephoto zoom range somewhat restricted though. Mark
  2. A Simpler Workflow

    It's not auto HDR, it's swapped to handheld twilight mode, it's a way of reducing noise and effect of camera shake when shooting in low light. It takes several short exposures in quick succession, aligns them (to reduce effect of camera shake) and then combines them. I'd be happy to submit jpgs straight from my Sony RX100 M3 to Alamy using either of the intelligent auto (iA and iA+) modes assuming conditions weren't too challenging. (Only the iA+ mode uses the multi-exposure trick). I'd still want to inspect at 100% before submitting though. In reality I don't submit the jpgs because I prefer to start from RAWs because of the extra flexibility they bring. But, for many shots, when I compare the results of my efforts, the in camera jpgs would have sufficed. Mark
  3. Geological feature ID

    Excellent, thanks. I've downloaded and installed it. It's a shame it seems to need internet access to display a map when on site (so not so good in remote locations) and the maps aren't as detailed (on an iPhone anyway) as those available by going to the BGS website. Mark
  4. Geological feature ID

    Thanks for your help and clarifying that. Yes it was strange that the dyke itself was very dark and appeared to be basalt. But the side face, when viewed from the right angle appeared quite different, as if it been coated with a reflective / coloured material. You're right that such images don't sell very frequently, but when they do the use is typically in educational books and the fees have been well worth it. You're right about the geology of Skye, it's fabulous. I imagine it's one of the most geologically diverse places in the UK. I'll be keywording a couple of other unusual geological images shortly and will post on the forum for comment. Mark
  5. Geological feature ID

    Many thanks guys. MDM - The second photo is a closeup of the vertical exposed face of the dyke and the fractures are straight not curved (so not conchoidal?). Excellent tip about the BGS website. This intrusion is marked on there. I wonder if it's sensible to include the National Grid ref in the caption as I know exactly where this feature is. Mark
  6. Geological feature ID

    Any geologists out there? I've uploaded some pictures of what I think is an exposed vertical volcanic rock dyke on Skye. This shows a general view. I also took some closeups of the unusual geometric fractured surface of the side of this rock band. My is question is - Is there a technical term for this kind of fractured surface, or any other suggestions for my caption and keywords? Thanks in advance. Mark
  7. has Alamy issued GDPR white paper?

    The barrage of emails I've been receiving from companies over the last few weeks as they frantically check (before the GDPR deadline) if they can still contact me by email raises the awareness. I've been amazed how many companies have my email addresses. Some of them are from companies that haven't contacted me for years and I'd only sent them a single email in the past (e.g. customer complaint). It's been quite a good opportunity to get my details removed Mark
  8. Supertag experiment

    It appears that this might be so, but it's hard to be 100% certain. Image downloads or lighboxing could also be factors that are having an effect instead, but Alamy doesn't tell us about those on a per image basis. But it does look like the zoom history (and/or views, downloads, lightboxing history or some other Alamy "magic sauce") moves with the image when it moves to a new pseudo and back again. Mark
  9. Supertag experiment

    Image has now moved back to slot 2. Mark
  10. Keywords, my big problem

    Suggest searching this forum for threads on "Discoverability" and you'll get most of the answers you need. This link should get you started. https://discussion.alamy.com/search/?&q=discoverability&search_in=titles
  11. poor discoverability photos

    Don't worry about discoverability not being optimised. If you search the forum you'll find lots of discussions about it. PS. It's best to post questions in the "Ask the forum" section, you'll get a faster resonse. Mark
  12. Images with Property

    That's the same approach I take. Mark
  13. Images with Property

    I think Alamy's interpretation is much broader than that. If any part of a person (who may or may not be recognisable) appears then you must count them in the "Number of people in the image" and then you are prompted to supply model releases. If you haven't got releases then you must sell as RM only. Hovering over the question-mark next to the "Number of People in the image" in AIM shows the rule. However, it's all a bit daft because these questions are on the optional info page in the new AIM... Mark
  14. Supertag experiment

    I just tried an experiment. I moved my White Stuff image to a totally new pseudo yesterday. Today its position only dropped by 1 place from slot 2 to 3. This suggests two things to me. 1) The reason my White Stuff image was appearing high in the results is not because it was associated with a highly ranked pseudo (I wish!). 2) Whatever is causing its high position in search results (potentially the recorded zoom this image had previously) has transferred with the image from the old pseudo to the new one. I'll now move this image back to my usual pseudo to see whether it goes back to slot 2. Mark
  15. Supertag experiment

    I see your White Stuff image has now moved up to slot 11. Did you change something? Has a zoom now been reported? Maybe the database took a long time to completely update? Maybe it's because I zoomed it for you? (This shouldn't happen as I'm not an Alamy customer). Mark