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  1. Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. I should have been thinking laterally and bought some sacrificial frozen peas, although I do like to eat them! The cream I'm using is Voltarol, it does appear to be beneficial. I'll gan canny these next few days, which is a problem as I much prefer to be active!
  2. I woke up due to pain in my right shoulder four nights ago, I can't recall any particular incident that might have caused it although I had been working in the garden during the day. Just wondering if this might be related to years of carrying heavy camera gear around. Applied some Ibruprofen cream and then read the NHS guidelines for a sprain which say not to apply Ibruprofen for the first 48 hours. Also read some discouraging stuff on the web suggesting that it could take several weeks to heal. Difficult to sleep the following night due to pain, and difficult to dress as unable to lift my right arm. Visited pharmacist in search of an ice pack, but they didn't have one, but persuaded to splash £10 on a cooling, healing cream. That, or time, appeared to do the trick as the pain has gradually subsided. Not entirely recovered but we'll on the way. Could be the time has come to buy an even smaller, lighter camera!
  3. It's your call, not an Alamy thing.
  4. After a few years of steadily rising sales and income, I have seen a reduction in both, although more specifically income. So I also need some answers! Looking at your work Will I am seeing a good variety of subject matter from numerous interesting locations, but, in addition to the more obviously commercially attractive work, I am also seeing quite a few similars and a number of, in particular landscape, shots that are rather bland. Pruning might help, but who knows, the game is changing all the while.
  5. You've captured your locality beautifully. I greatly admire quirky and FBYR5A does it for me. You maybe want a gentle look to your photos, in keeping wit the subject matter, but I'm wondering if some of them could do with being a bit more brash, with a tad more brightness, contrast and saturation? But that's possibly just me displaying bad taste 😉
  6. It didn't actually fall apart John, just ceased to work. I took it to my local repair man who looked at it and drew breath through his teeth. "I've a box of these, none can be fixed". However he did fix it, but the repair didn't last. I do abuse my camera kit, often carrying it on my bicycle and it does occasionally get accidentally dropped, while I do take a lot of photos. A friend bought a used 16-50 from Ebay but that didn't work properly so he sent it back. Not inclined to go down that route. If we had a local camera shop selling new Sony gear I might have another go at the FF 28-70 in the knowledge that I could easily return it if it were as bad as the last one I tried. I seem to recall Wim saying that he went through a few of them before he found a keeper. This kind of thing is not exclusive to Sony, I once bought an expensive Canon lens that was never right despite a number of trips back for adjustment and repair, including the replacement of a lens cluster. Hopefully won't happen to me again as I now test all new kit and return if not A1.
  7. Not managed to find one to my taste as yet Ed. Tried the Sony Zeiss 16-70 and was hugely disappointed, razor sharp in the centre and with great colour but useless edges. Next came the 28-70 kit lens from the FF Sony - edges better than the Zeiss overall but the copy I tried was soft down one side. Moved on to my collection of vintage glass, tried a Tamron adaptall 28-80 and that was OK, certainly sharper across the frame than either of the Sony offerings, but the images lacked detail contrast and the lens is a bit of a brute to cart around. Latest test was of an old Pentax 28-80 and that was promising, but, sadly, my copy appears to have some internal issues resulting in an occasional and random lack of sharpness in the centre of the frame. This is all reported in gory detail on my Blog Tried to buy a Pentax 28-70 advertised on the web site of a local store, but they couldn't find it when I turned up to make the purchase! Actually my kit 16-50 was better across the frame than the two other Sony lenses tested, although nothing like as sharp as the Zeiss in the centre, but that fell apart and I'm unwilling to part with cash for another. The search should continue, but I'm becoming a tad weary...........
  8. Matches my experience John. My Sony a6500 has never required a clean other than with a blower brush, and I change lenses frequently. Presumably a slippery surface coating on the sensor and a self cleaning cycle that works is part of the answer.
  9. Tyne Bridges Grey's Monument Newcastle Apartments reflected in the river Tyne
  10. I'm far from being the best person to answer your second question as I don't now claim directly, but this may help. You can download a listing of all of your Alamy sales including details of the destination country and the type of eventual use. You can edit this list to take out any that are not relevant and send the edited list to DACs. This won't give the detailed info on ISBN data but it is a starting point. A reverse image search using for example Google or Tineye might find the particular books that are involved. I've no idea how you would find TV usage, but as mentioned above you could hand that over to Alamy. I guess that you are now too late to opt out of Alamy doing the work for you this year, as, if you have any money due, it should be coming your way very shortly.
  11. Just a thought, you can't always frame an image in camera for maximum impact and cropping can make a so-so shot look a deal better. You do lose some pixels, but only a minority of customers appear to specify image size, so, in most cases this is not an issue. Remember that your shots appear alongside hundreds of others and they need to jump out and say buy me! On the other hand some applications do require space for written copy, so cropping out blank sky is not always a good idea. 😮
  12. As I understand it, the default situation is that Alamy will claim on your behalf unless you tell them not to. I have tried claiming myself and allowing Alamy to do it for me. I found that I received more allowing Alamy to claim on my behalf, even though they take a cut. However the decision to do it yourself will depend upon your circumstances. I work exclusively through Alamy, if you are using other agencies or selling significant numbers directly, it would be probably be better to do it yourself. Further if you have good records of all of your sales e.g. the ISBN data for your book sales, you may well be better off going alone. Reading these posts it appears that there are half measures, e.g. having Alamy claim your TV usage and claiming print usage yourself.
  13. A sad loss and a tragedy for his family. If anything positive is to come of this, and we don't know the detail as yet, but maybe this should be a wake up call for all of us to take care when out and about. Didn't Keith survive a storm related incident some while ago? There have been several occasions when I have taken risks in order to capture a shot, maybe in future I'll be more careful.
  14. Thanks Harry, following your post I've just tried that but getting the Hieroglyphic message - System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at ASP.myupload_metadatadownloadhandler_aspx.Page_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e) I'll try again later.....
  15. I seem to recall reading here that it is possible to get a download which shows whether or not the optional fields in AIM have been completed? Having just trawled through a selection of mine I realise that I have missed some of the entries in the no. of persons and property fields, something I now need to check. 😲
  16. Looks like you may have found somewhere to rent Ed? If so that's good to hear!
  17. Thanks Regis, I'll add that to my keywords!
  18. I am currently opted in so have not voted. I would support the idea of linking the fee to the file size.
  19. The month started well with a $196 lease 😊 But the good times didn't last as it was refunded and resold for $97 😯 17 sales, but the highest that $97. Month ended depressingly with a book sale for not much more than a Newspaper deal.
  20. Not read the entire thread, but has anyone mentioned the need to lock down the sensor before cleaning on mirrorless cameras with built in image stabilisation? I believe that you should select cleaning mode and leave the power on, as you would do with a DSLR. I've wet cleaned several of my cameras' sensors and never had any problems. Not been needed to date on the a6500, maybe because self cleaning systems and coatings have greatly improved? To date I've only used a blower and that seems to do the trick.
  21. Staying in France, I spotted this sign on a public loo in Nice 😊
  22. I went from a Canon 5DII to a Sony NEX 6 and have since moved on to a Sony a6500. Never had a QC failure with either camera. I'm not wild about Sony kit lenses, I've not yet found one that can match the Canon 24-105 for wall to wall sharpness on full frame, but you can fit virtually any old lens to the Sony, using an appropriate adapter. I still have the Canon 5D, and use it occasionally in the house, but the little Sony is my standard stock camera. The sensor is excellent, and, becoming longer in the tooth, I much prefer to carry the much lighter camera. Then there is the viewfinder, the current crop of electronic viewfinders are superior, in my view, to the optical viewfinders to be found on DSLRs. It's possible to zoom in at 5 or 10 times magnification to check the focus, while contrast detect focusing is a boon. The king is dead, long live the king!
  23. I often use a high contrast coloured filter to check for dust in skies. On one occasion I inadvertently left it in place, resulting in weird colours and probably excessive noise. It was amongst those that escaped the rigours of QC but was deleted as soon as I realised the error. When I first started this game I was relatively new to digital photography and made some awful mistakes that QC did pick up, but in those days I don't recall any punitive sanctions and I learned a great deal from the process.
  24. Made a rare visit to Cambridge last week. Roadworks outside the city a nightmare. However I would have come to the event, had it occurred then. 😉 Enjoy
  25. Not quite as exciting as Rico's image above, but they all pay the bills! Older couple riding vintage motor tricycle at Beamish Museum Personal use ; Media: Non-commercial, one time, personal/home use ; Start: 27-September-2019 ; End: 27-September-2024 ; Low $$
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