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Russell Watkins

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  1. Guardian Online 25th BNT9X5 :: trekandshoot E6MB5M :: Ed Rhodes (cropped) ​And there's an image I can't track down on Alamy in this piece.
  2. What Spacey says. I've got plenty of wildlife shots taken at nature reserves in my port and I've had no problems/comeback with any sales I've made here or elsewhere. If I take a shot of a sign or something like that on a nature reserve, then I'll regard it as "Property Release needed" and put it up as RM. The only "nature reserve" shots I haven't uploaded are those I have from Monkey World in Dorset because they request that you don't use photos taken there commercially (and I respect what they do at Monkey World). I think you'd have to be careful with wildlife shots taken on Nat
  3. I agree with the above. And looking at the EXIF, it's the fault of the lens rather than the D200 sensor, IMO. Zoom lenses like that tend to be soft at the long end, especially wide open as these shots were.
  4. Some tips I've picked up over the years (since v4 anyway) that also apply to ACR. I'm also assuming raw use (or TIFFs) and not JPEGs. Global Adjustments To maximise dynamic range whilst preserving highlight detail :: In general, it's best to increase values on the White Slider to increasing overall brightness, and reuse values on the Highlights Slider to recover blown highlights and reduce highlight brightness. There are some photos where highlight detail doesn't matter or is not desirable, in which case consider doing the opposite of the above. The Contrast Slider can also be used to
  5. An impression of a bird . . . . The bird feeder... . . The street performer...
  6. I think we're also reaching saturation point on the tech front all round and sales are plateauing. Just how much more do we need our kit to do?
  7. If something appears to be too good to be true, it usually is. At least you didn't lose out financially.
  8. If you're not happy with the LR4.4 conversions, the latest version of ACR in CS6 may do a better job for you.
  9. I was forced to retire just before my 50th birthday this year when a large and inconveniently located benign brain tumour curtailed my medical practice. My pension is tiny since I entered medical school late after doing a few other things first (including visual perception, optics and image processing, hence my interests now) and so my length of NHS service was short. So I'm slowly building up my photography portfolio for stock and when I've got my head around being retired at 50 I might start doing other photographic things (like commissions) as well. One thing I would say is that li
  10. You're welcome Sung - let us know which you go for in the end.
  11. A few other points while I think about it. I don't use it too often but some prefer the optical VF over the electronic VF in the X100 series and X-Pro1. 90% of the time, I use the EVF anyway so the lack of an optical VF on the X-E2 won't bother me. The second point, and a killer point for me, is that because it has a leaf rather than focal plane shutter, I can get insane sync speeds on the X100S. So e.g., 1/1000s at F/2 ISO 200 plus ND filter engaged kills a bright midday sky but lets me light a subject, even with the tiny built-in flash. The X-E1/2 cameras don't have leaf shutters
  12. The X-E1 is at bargain basement prices at the moment. In fact, I've seen an X-E1/18-55mm lens kit for only £80 more than the lens alone. The X-E1 is said to have slow AF and a laggy EVF, both of which have been improved in the X-E2 (and X-T1). Others disagree say that the EVF and AF are OK with the latest firmware. I already use an X100S along with my Nikon DSLR gear and am in the process of rationalising my Nikon kit (i.e selling some of it off) and buying into the Fuji X system (X-E2 more than likely to start with) because I love using the X100S so much. The images it produces are g
  13. Or got a load of images inappropriately keyworded and meant to type "FFS".
  14. No it's just after the raw image (your first saved edit as TIFF, PSD, JPEG, whatever). Colour spaces do not apply to raw files.
  15. Well done on a great image Graham. Admit it though, you chose the subject because of the "greenies vs reddies" farrago, didn't you?
  16. Be careful converting M43 raw files to DNG, Peter. M43 raws include data that isn't included in other raw formats (such as lens correction data) and the DNG demosaicing is different. Whilst the DNGs are readable by Adobe software, should you need to shift to a different suite of apps, your M43 DNGs may not be readable. There are ways around this but it's something to be aware of.
  17. After having no luck earlier this afternoon, it's just worked for me (6.05pm GMT).
  18. The image OOC at high res JPEG setting comes in at 60mp. Once i've processed it, since the failure i've reduced the file size down to 20mp for submission to Alamy so that images get through and I can start to build up my pass rate again. Hope i've made myself clear Only my second failure in nearly 200 submissions and luckily i haven't had to stay in the sin bin. John. Megapixels or megabytes?
  19. Not sure if this is a "Search" function rather than a "Manage Images" function but proper implementation of keyphrases. Batch appending of keywords & keyphrases Keyword and keyphrase limit rather than character limit. (Plus what others have posted).
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