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About mickfly

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  1. I had 14 images in QC and three stars. Reading the 'stars' comments I looked again and it had increased to 5 stars with the 14 images still in QC. I processed a small batch and uploaded, which passed immediately, but my 14 in QC failed the day after! First fail in years, just as I gain the new 5 star rating, so I'm kicking myself, but I was using an RX10 mk4 in poor light and there was a slight 'painterly' effect on some of the shots, which may have been the reason for a fail (no reason given yet).
  2. I struggled with the Press IPTC App (and gave up with it) but since I have now switched entirely from Canon to Sony gear I am using their Imaging Edge apps to go from camera to Samsung phone to the Alamy news feed in minutes. Now I just need some news stories!
  3. One of my favourites because I felt it would sell as a weather pic if I was very quick. Taken (with a bunch of others) on the apron at Luton airport whilst walking to the plane for a flight to Belfast. The first day of a forecasted 'Big Freeze' which never really materialised. Shot with RX10 mk1v and uploaded to the Alamy Live news feed without any edits VIA the Sony Imaging Edge App within six mins of taking it. It was on the Sun website and was also used in the Scottish Sun, but I'm not sure if it was on-line only.
  4. Eight, four of which were minuscule distributor sales to Croatia, and no month end flurry. I'm above my total sales for this time last year with two months to go and far fewer submissions from me during the year.
  5. They were caught out with the lies about the polar bear pictures, that's why they are changing tack.
  6. Are there any plans to make AIM useable on Android mobiles as it is completely US for me, unless I am missing something. I can upload pictures from my camera to my phone, edit with LR mobile, caption in Imaging Edge and FTP to stock/news/reportage, but then I can't even edit the caption in AIM! Very frustrating!
  7. Have a look at this... https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/08/explore-through-the-lens-starving-polar-bear-photo/?fbclid=IwAR21CQt-AbARpS7gyuyauZKDfmW7vC0AJphtqIVMo3CoAA0wlriKWmSmfD8 Maybe this is they they are trying to avoid the 'All polar bears are dying' kind of pictures. As an aside, the more I watch Attenborough type programmes, the more I see the fakery involved in the filming.
  8. There are allowances for commercial use in creative commons... Flickr has many with that licence, and there are a lot of sites which are entirely filled with them (some of them not giving the correct attribution)... all for free! I'm just surprised that as a paid partner Alamy are happy with them pushing freebies.
  9. Paid partnership... Alamy, but at the beginning of the article... "Each image is linked to its original source and many are available to download for free under Creative Commons licenses for use in blogs, articles and campaigns."
  10. It smacks of propaganda. The newspapers should not be guiding the narrative, they should be reporting unbiased evidence from all sources. A recent flooding story in the UK spoke of 'biblical floods' never seen before on the Isle of Man, but a short Google search showed that the most destructive floods in the Island in living memory occurred on the night of September 17th-18th 1930. We'll stop using polar bears because in actual fact they are thriving, but if you show proof, you may be sacked. https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/was-this-zoologist-punished-for-telling-school-kids-politically-incorrect-facts-about-polar-bears?fbclid=IwAR0hbETOcMkbLB9Zd0Nhc3BEFwwC3ZXjz1jXAv3TC8RIHMuW7mgNBwXT7Rg The Arctic ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulafft, at Bergen, Norway. Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone. Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes. Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds. This report was from November 2, 1922. As reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post.
  11. On the main page, the word Alamy, next to Login is now a dropdown menu.
  12. Did the AA say “it’s with the accounts dept” or was it Alamy?
  13. Having recently changed all my FF Canon gear for an RX10 mk4 (I had the mark one for a while a couple of years ago) to accompany my little RX100 mk3 I have decided to use the free Sony Apps on my Samsung phone for Live News. So, if anyone is interested I have now got a fast workflow to get images from camera, to the phone, to the newsfeed, including basic picture edits, metadata and caption templates. I will be making a blog post with an explanation shortly.
  14. I earlier uploaded some to reportage and the same happened to me, but I didn't worry, I just refreshed the page 10 mins later and they were all there.
  15. I am about the average age of the rest of you old buggers, I'm 61. Started shooting in the late 1970's mainly with Yashica 35mm cameras and BW film like FP4, HP5 Tri X etc and developing my own prints, I also loaded my own film stumbling around in the dark with film canisters and lengths of film which, when stretched from my nose to finger tips in my outstretched arms would give me about 36 frames. In the late 1980's in my wisdom I decided to dump thousands of prints to clear some space and kept only pictures with family and friends on, thereby losing great archive of my home town, for which I'm still kicking myself, although I did find one biscuit tin a few years back which still had some of my 'proper' photography prints in it. Since doing stock the main difference I have found when shooting scenes is that when I was younger I would wait patiently for people to get out of the frame.... now I wait for them to come into the frame instead.
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