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Russell Watkins

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  1. It's arbitrary and born out of familiarity. By way of comparison, a focal length of 50mm is considered wide angle on a medium format camera yet surprisingly, you don't see "35mm equivalent" focal lengths quoted for, say, a Hassy. It's also worth saying that as a result of this arbitrariness, this "35 equivalent" thing is responsible for all of the wibble you see about DOF with a given aperture.
  2. And another thought... John, can you post a 100% crop of the same area but without any NR applied? I think the already applied NR is also contributing to the "unusual texture".
  3. Me neither. I think it looks "unusually textured" because you have a combination of defocus due to the limits of the depth of field and degradation due to optical aberrations at the periphery of the lens overlaid on wavy reflective water. Part of me wonders how it would look if you'd used a polarizing/polarising filter. I'd be happily submitting this (with a small crop) if everything else was satisfactory at 100%. It's a nice shot.
  4. Just had my longest wait ever - 6 days for a batch of 32. I was getting a bit twitchy...
  5. The correct pronunciation is "abba-wrist-with" although some say, "abba-rust-with". In both cases, the final "-th" is pronounced more like it is in "pith" than it is in "with". KM is an inspiration.
  6. Nice - and surprising - to be included again. Every month seems to be a really tough call but you've done a grand job, Tom.
  7. My third and final image, and keeping with the rail meme... . .
  8. Nice blog entry Ed. The word "like" is a word I have come to "dislike" because of its over use. Walk around town here and every couple of teenage girls you pass, all you hear is the word "like". Every generation has its "word". Anyone remember the word "gear" from the 60's? Made popular in England by the Beatles I believe. It was like, "Ghia", like. Used in much the same way as "awesome" is now.
  9. As a rider to my last post, I guess it's interesting that we're* being exploited by India for once... *i.e. John is...
  10. I'm afraid you are not going to get that. A cover for a business trade mag in China runs to around $40-50, in Canada about $80 for one in the mining sector.......that's prices within last couple of quarters. India does not pay well for print media, you can get a years subscription for a mag like India Today for about £15 a year 1.5million circulation/weekly. On the other hand, you can get skilled photoshop work done for $5 an hour, that's the market in India. So they should license their cover images from a cheaper source; a source that fits with their budget. If they really,
  11. The Road to Nowhere (well, North Lincolnshire, actually) . . . And a slightly different perspective...
  12. Bumpety-bump. The complete list as of May 2014 is now: Autumn A Magical Moment Alone Forgotten Minimalism In the Air Excess Night Heat Taking it Easy Triumphant Harmony Cold Peace Sunset Unusual/Weird/Lucky shots Health Abstract/Minimalism Rules Perspective ...
  13. And the clear winner is... Tom's beautifully composed and understated "Keep off the Long Grass" image. Well done Tom! Over to you to choose this month's challenge.
  14. Another tough one this month. Lots of clever juxtapositions and laugh-out-loud humour. No overweight cats to influence the shortlist this month. Just nice weather, reruns of Columbo and French roast coffee. So cast your votes before June 7th. These are the chosen images: Martin’s Rules . . . Tom’s Long Grass . . . Rob’s Congestion Charge Cameras . . . Lisa’s Beard Covers . . . Ann’s Neighbo(u)rhood Watch . . . Sheila’s Visitor . . . Danny’s Big Red Button . . . Keith’s Naughty Cyclist . . . Bryan’s Water Wisdom . . . Maria’s Espresso & Kittens
  15. Thanks all. I'll get the poll up as soon as I can.
  16. Right folks. Two-and-a-bit days left. So tear yourselves away from the new Alamy Dashboard, console yourself with the fact that, "at least my CTR isn't as bad as Russell's" and get some "Rules" pictures posted. Surprised we've had no slide rules yet... This rule is inviolable - no more entries after midnight on Saturday 31st May British Summer Time. So as usual, you lot further West than than the UK need to bear that in mind.
  17. It's called the "simultaneous contrast illusion". (I studied the physiology of it 30 years ago).
  18. But George's point is that it's Alamy who choose the "appropriate" licence. If that's for an image that is already offered as RF elsewhere but Alamy decide that the appropriate method is RM...
  19. If you're going to apply it to all of your images anyway, set it as a camera default and you don't even have to choose an import preset. It will be done automatically on ingestion. If you want to do it on selected images only though, then Phil's solution is the way to go.
  20. Not exactly. You could add it to your per camera ± ISO default settings though I'm not sure if that's what you want because of the performance hit.
  21. The only reason for specifying "300dpi" in file metadata is so that clients who don't understand file sizes are satisfied that they're getting a "high resolution" file. Specifying "1 dpi" in the box would give you a file exactly the same size as one with "20 gazillion dpi" in the box. DPI is only important when it comes to printed output. Technically, you should vary the dpi depending on print size and viewing distance and you should do this at the time of printing (so once again, what's in the box is academic because you may well be changing it at print time). And reducing t
  22. I can see I'm going to have my work cut out already. But keep it coming!
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