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Everything posted by StanRohrer

  1. Some of these units described in the links have optics in the attachments. Low cost slide copiers would have me concerned about optics quality. Would it not be possible to rig up a viable light, a slide holder (paper clip?), and shoot with a high quality macro lens? A cardboard box sealed for light control and perhaps slide mounting might be an acceptable cheap home project. Just another reason for me to buy a macro lens! (No, I have not tried this approach - yet).
  2. Got my "All Passed" Email just a few minutes ago. There is still hope!
  3. 17 Dec submission passed quickly way back then. I'm still waiting on 20, 21, 24, 26, 29 Dec submissions.
  4. If images on the site are already better than mine I won't put mine up. No need to add dross to the library. I may consider another sales outlet that could use my image. If my images are equal or better in some way (obviously my opinion), I will certainly shoot and upload a scene that has a thousand images already.
  5. I think clipping paths do increase the value of an image. In some of the complex images I do it would save an hour or 2 for very large print sizes if I include the clipping path. Unfortunately, I don't think Alamy preserves clipping paths when selling to the customer. Hence my images with good detailed and clean clipping paths tend to get placed with other agencies that do preserve the paths. I wish Alamy would preserve the paths.
  6. Jill, if you search "Canfield Fair" you will see my fair shots. Unfortunately, they do not sell well enough in recent years to cover my fair mileage, tickets, funnel cakes, Stromboli, and Coke. On the other hand, I can write these off as photo business expense (USA) and still enjoy a day shooting at the fair.
  7. Ed, I have both passed and failed with ISO 800 batches from the Canon 7D. Occasionally I post process with the Imagenomic Noiseware plugin for Photoshop. I do not use Lightroom. I use the Weak Noise settings or my own Very Weak Noise settings. I get afraid of getting the surfaces too artificially syrup smooth if I go to higher settings. Perhaps smoother might pass better but I'v not tried due to loss of fine detail. I don't think I have ever submitted ISO 1600 shots.
  8. I've had Alamy rejections on my Canon 7D at ISO 800 recently. I think Alamy is getting a tighter on quality. I carry a tripod for Fair shots at night. If in the middle of a crowd I try to keep the legs close and use it more like a "stabilized" mono pod. Generally shots in a crowd don't work for me and I try to find a bit higher vantage point off to the side of the crowd. Then I use a full tripod. Sometimes even cranking it to max height to get above and shoot across the crowd.
  9. On a ten minute notice, how do i find the right person next year while the then breaking news is still hot? What outlets should be on my pocket list "just in case"? Do the local (USA) newspapers do the syndication? How about TV stations? I certainly don't understand how this all works and may need some of these memory cells remaining on the day I need it.
  10. So can you telll us how you think the opposite end ranks affected your sales? I think it didn't have much effect when I've been on pages 7, 8, 9 vs. end-1.
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