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Robert M Estall

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  1. Hi Chris, I did have a good look at your poll and made a choice, but they were all interesting. There was a time when both Bob Elsdale and Bob Estall were shooting pigs and ducks and the like and dropping off film at Morgan and Swan for processing. i got handed yours by mistake a couple of times and I wonder if it ever happened to you? I was living in Putney at the time, but have been out here in Suffolk the last 25 years. regards Robert (or Bob to many)
  2. Betty, I didn't mean to sound like I was making fun of you in any way, in fact I quite admire a fellow soul who isn't in the first flush of youth who gets a lot out of new technology. If you get coverage/reception out in your wide open spaces, I am envious. In this compact country we can't rely on picking up a decent signal even out here in East Anglia which isn't all that remote. As much as anything, that's why I just keep to using a relatively simple phone. And no danger of any opportunist thief plucking that out of my hand! In fact it's so sad, when I absentmindedly left it behind in a shop
  3. Great to hear there is at least one other who uses their mobile just as a phone! Be careful to switch it off after you've made your call. Orange is appalled that I load it up with £20 once a year whether it needs it or not
  4. Nobody can reliably predict how long a Hard Drive will last though five years might be a reasonable average. Heat is one big factor, so make sure the air can move freely and position well away from direct sunlight. A bigger foe is power fluctuations and failures. Monday's storm caused the worst scenario: power flicking on and off before total failure. That's what did for my ancient G4 a couple of years ago, the boot drive was about eight years old with two extra internals quite a bit younger. We did manage to recover almost all the contents from the old boot drive and it was simpler to downloa
  5. On the latest range of super thin-edged iMacs, you will be forced to buy your extra RAM when you order the 21 inch as there is no easy access. Also, check the speed specs of the built-in Hard Drive on the 21 inch 27 inches of screen sounds huge, but the novelty of all that space lasts about half an hour, after which it will seem a mystery how you ever managed without it. Just turn down the brightness a fair bit. The new 27 inch does have a little access point behind the foot and you can slip in the extra RAM yourself easily. Whole lot cheaper from Crucial. The fusion drive seems a good
  6. It has to be a huge market eventually, but for now, I don't think they are share our attitude to copyright. Make's it an uphill battle. Alphonso from AGE went after it some years back, but I've not heard how he got on.
  7. I know half price for re-use was the norm thirty years ago, but from ten or fifteen years ago many started quoting more like 20% or perhaps 25% discount. Just yesterday I quoted 15% off to an American text book publisher and they didn't complain. Unfortunately you and I were in the travel brochure sector and getting them to pay for re-use at all was hard work. As for popping into a pub or cafe and suggesting "my usual" at a discount, nice idea. I'll let you know how I get on! all the best Robert
  8. I recall enjoying steak & pawpaw for early breakfast in the northern coast of Queensland many years ago. I'm sure there were more bits & pieces on the tray. Certainly set one up for the day. It was going to get so hot during the day you wouldn't want to tuck into a lunch. Air conditioning hadn't arrived and dinosaurs roamed
  9. 27 inch iMac pretty well out-of-the box OK. Do turn the brightens down a bit. Extra RAM from Crucial a bargain. Real world tests like sending test images to friends on Windows PCs and willing clients cheaper and simpler than calibrating. And they look fine on Alamy. Time machine simple enough, but second back-up system best plan.
  10. I'm really hacked off about this K3 announcement because I upgraded my K5 to a K5IIS (without any anti-aliasing filter) earlier this year at considerable expense. If I hadn't done that, I'm sure I would be lining up for a K3, but I don't think I really need 24 mp, and haven't had any problems shooting without the anti-aliasing filter. Surely the on/off aspect is a software fix rather than anything physical? Anyway, there wont be any around except a few revue examples for a month at least. The new £400, 55-300 sounds interesting and I will certainly be looking for revues when that becomes a
  11. I have something like 5 or 6 hundred archival/reportage images on my portfolio. They are all RM. When searched, they do come with a health warning that they might not be quite up to scratch (!) as far as quality is concerned but I don't get the sense that clients are put off. They account for a good slice of sales. Some of them are scans from film stock dating back a good few years and might just struggle a little to make QC but certainly nothing to worry about at most repro sizes.
  12. Sorry I didn't check that zero images didn't actually mean that Olive didn't have anything up on Alamy. My mistake. We really don't have enough information to make a useful guess or suggestion. Big country,little country? Third world or modern industrial? Montage or significant usage? Bottom end $500 but $5000 and rising according to the answers of the above questions. Used to be we knew a few agents well enough to ring them up and ponder a bit. We don't know each other well enough or trust each other enough anymore, more's the pity. And anything smells of price-fixing is illegal which al
  13. I normally have the sound off or right down on my desktop. Most laptops hardly do sound worth listening to. But we all must have some old headsets lying around from the days of our walkmans. Pop the mini plug into your machine and problem solved. Volume set to about half way was fine for listening to James a second time. I'll use it more for other things perhaps.
  14. Sounded OK on my big imac with you tube and built-in volumes up full. A descent mike at James end might help with both volume and clarity. They are cheap enough! James manner of speech wouldn't quite hack it for a broadcast test but I can't see how anyone could call that an odd "accent". The key to listening is, don't panic, just tune into what whoever is actually saying. When I first came to the UK some people seemed to have trouble understanding me; I know I was speaking pretty clearly with perhaps a bit of Canadian twist, just that they weren't used to it and shut down their ears enough
  15. Poor month to be a Robert. Like Robert Convery, a $180 refund wiped out my few modest sales and only a last second $50-and-a bit sale saved me from being in the red for the month. A little discouraging but a common tale.
  16. No, No, No. Do not say NO. Name a price, say £250 or more and spell out very limited rights and insist on a byline "after a photograph by Jools Elliot" That should be the end of the matter, but if they do take a chance, you have some leverage. You would probably succeed with a 100% uplift for flagrancy if push came to shove. What do you suppose his solicitor charged them for his cynical advice?
  17. I've got a couple of the little Manfroto ones which I picked up at a very special offer, otherwise I would have gone for a much cheaper brand. They are NOT VERY POWERFUL so dimmable is not a feature likely to be useful unless you are wanting to use them for close-up work. The light is a little cool, but you can fix that later. I guess video is their main attraction but unless you have several, you wont be able to illuminate much of a range. They do stay cool which is handy, and don't gobble batteries in minutes like modelling lights on the bigger flash units. Buy a couple of cheap ones and se
  18. I was mostly an agent for about thirty years, but have pretty much reverted to being a photographer these days. Put together a quite a few deals over the years; every one was different, but the format remained similar. Actual buy-outs were rare, extended rights over a longish period more likely. Perhaps I might have been a little hasty in suggesting any figures; might be too high, might be too low, only you and your client have any idea about the potential earnings of the photos. Do lots of other photographers have coverage? Non-mainstream historic buildings can make sales, but the pix do
  19. Your ship may have come in! But go about it the right way for best outcome. Do quote them on a per image basis and perhaps a bit of a sliding scale. Try to get them to select their "must have" two or three at six or seven hundred pounds each. That leaves the possibility of adding extra images and indadvertedly upping the total nicely Certainly don't bundle up the whole 150 image package and agree to a couple of thousand all-in. worth a try and hold your nerve! Just throw out the figures and wait for their reaction. Do not phone them up and ask "what do you think?" good luck!
  20. A tiny tiny person or silhouette count as PEOPLE as far as Alamy are concerned. A judge in a compensation suit would probably take a different view, but I would prefer to avoid the hassle and so would Alamy it seems. It would be the publisher who would be in the front line but the ball would keep bouncing.
  21. I would guess that at least two thirds of my sales have not been zoomed. It's perhaps encouraging to see some clients have had a closer look at our snaps but it doesn't mean they are going to turn into sales, nor that lack of zooms means your prospects of sales are doomed.
  22. I've only indirect experience when a Danish mate gave it a try. We had some very amusing correspondence using it! I think it got better as it learned his delivery but he dropped it in the end.
  23. cheap or knock-down-price is one (bad) thing but free-good-for-your-portfolio is something else. This can't just be a Welsh thing, getting clients out here in East Anglia to part with a descent fee isn't easy. But I don't think I can recall anyone seriously or even unseriously asking me to work for free. Or even donate an archive shot. I'm not suggesting some photographers might have a big "sucker" sign hanging around their neck, but they must to some extent be giving off a signal to clients that it could be worth a try. No, I tell a lie! There was a New York publisher tied up to the Coust
  24. As the description field is no longer searchable, if you are simply trying to motor through your submission. you can leave it alone. If, on the other hand, you think there might be a benefit in demonstrating that you know what you are on about and that your photograph has some thought behind it or authority through research then it can do no harm and may well do some good. Not a bad way to spend a rainy afternoon perhaps? My experience over the years has been that publishers prefer to leave the cerebral side to writers and the quick jab of the shutter to photographers, but scoring a few cr
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