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Robert M Estall

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  1. I fondly remember outback Australian bars which had refrigerated lager on tap. They almost unvaryingly had a wall of ice-cold or even freezing small glasses in glass-fronted displays behind the bar . The bartender would grab a small glass and fill it with 6 to 8 ounces of the amber nectar. You would pour this freezing beer down your parched throat which was pleasant but hardly tasted and repeat the procedure frequently. The main thing was to not let the brew anywhere near room or cellar temperature. Tea, iced or otherwise, was not on the menu. And Sheilas were not encouraged, that part I thi
  2. I don't recognise the name Sorel Boots but I have a pair of Canadian boots I inherited from my Dad who had a pair of serious boots which had a robust rubber lower part, leather uppers about a foot high and a lining of at least 1/4 inch of felt . I just checked the labels and they have a big K , so not Sorel I guess. My misguided sister was going to throw them out but I rescued them and wore them back on the plane ( I was, as usual, flying hand baggage) We don't get a lot of snow here in Suffolk, but they still get a good few outings every winter and they will probably see me out. So, yes, pro
  3. Why would anyone want US Medicare when National Health Service in the UK provides a free service? There can be a wait for some procedures but mostly it's a great system. True, short of funds in some olaces
  4. Oh, I'm guilty of grumpy reactions to too many things. I really don't get the extent of mobile phone uses and dependence. To so many, they do just about anything but make phone calls with them. They hardly ever answer their phone even if they do stumble into an area with reception. I did eventually learn most of the idiom, so stopped asking for thumb-tacks and succumbed to calling them drawing-pins. The terms near-side and off-side simply will not stick in my brain. Best I don't have a fender-bender, 'cause I would get it wrong. I do ask for petrol rather than gas but I think gas would be OK m
  5. As ever, I think the answer is: Don't make a production out of your photography. The only times I got any grief were when I was using a big lens on a pro-looking camera. You were visiting Montreal and as far as I can see, you are not a resident of Canada. I very much think you were not committing any offence, and for certain no sane Canadian is going to pursue you overseas. Just don't claim you have any release and you should be OK The one area where you are very likely to get grief is shooting near a professional film location. The production company will have made a deal and paid
  6. Both Linhof and Pentax had a crack at promoting the "ideal format" back in film days. Hasselblad and Rolleiflex stuck with square format which had quite a following. Personally, I think the 3/2 format often too long and preferred my Pentax 67 format but found the bulk of the camera a bit much. My clients really liked it but that was more to do with the size of the transparency I think. In most cases, they didn't need the extra reproduction quality, it was just that they could see the images more clearly without having to use a lupe. Those were all roll film examples so the results sat on a lig
  7. I've done a few sets of shots in UK supermarkets, but I don't make a meal out of it (sorry!) Camera in a dull non-camera bag in the trolly pre-set, see the shot, without any fuss pull out the camera, snag the shot, camera back in the bag. Never had any hassle. Jeff Greenberg was your man, that was one of his favourite subjects but he's gone off the radar of late. Still with Alamy but re-started his collection from scratch for some reason. Probably the 50% exclusive arrangement. Not worth asking why because I hardly ever understood his responses As has been said, markets are better
  8. Like Ed Rooney, I used to make many good sales with Tony Stone and sold a lot of stock from my archives directly to Publishers in the UK and abroad. I was just about able to win business although the trend was starting to move towards the bulk deals and favoured sources. Susan Griggs saw early that her style of agency was doomed and threw in the towel even though she was still selling well. She saw her chance and sold out. to an American agency. Many of her photographers didn't like the new set-up and de-camped. That was before Alamy was born but it wasn't long before things moved on. And pri
  9. The quality from even a 35mm still is essentially a 1/2 frame and they are really poor compared to a 35mm full frame stills camera. A freeze frame from a 16mm is going to be awful! And then there is the copyright issue. Not worth pursuing unless you have something unique and historic. Documentary footage for schools doesn't sound the ticket
  10. For browsing loosely for artistic images, the old big agency catalogues worked better. You could just flick through them vaguely rather than describing what you might want. Like so many photographers, I used to do purely artistic images from time to time but I soon learned to keep them to myself in the days I was seeking commissions. I could perhaps slip one into the presentation just to demonstrate my artistic leanings but any more and I would endure the "art-farty-photography" (word-for-word) comment and rapid dismissal. I was never going to get any work that way. It's quite nic
  11. Hey Betty, I really don't enjoy shopping, to some extent that's a Mars/Venus difference thing. But I do cook the Turkey and claim the crown for the world's best stuffing balls . Some goes down by the breast to keep it moist. I keep a little package of gooseberries in the freezer from the garden which is magic in the stuffing. I once climbed down out of our huge ancient chimney in full Father Christmas gear which scared the crap out of our 3 year old son who was cowering with his grandparents down the far end of the room. It was a good gag but we only got away with it the once.
  12. As a rule artists do sign their work but don't make a declaration about copyright. I don't think even the Big commercial galleries point it out. If they all pointed their buyers towards the issue it would be good, but would you want to be the first to put your head above the parapet? It would be a good idea to add a clause about it on web sites. I think Jane has a close to 100% digital record of her works. I've helped her keep the files sizes down so her hard drive doesn't fill up. Perhaps a few of the tidlers have been overlooked. Strangely enough, the higher up the pecking you g
  13. My wife is an accomplished artist and many of her friends are artists. Many of them are aware of their copyright position. Ownership of a work of art does not include copyright although the buying public are mostly unaware. The digital camera is their friend and often they produce pretty good shots which they can have well printed pretty cheaply. Serious collectors know the score.
  14. A good few years back I had a distant Aunt who said she had a collection of slides from the time she was involved in education in Rhodesia. She knew I was developing an archive of photographs and would leave them to me in her will. I said "very kind but I wouldn't be able to do much with them unless we could sit down and caption them" She gave me one of those looks. I never saw the slides but I did know she had the most appalling handwriting. Eventually she passed away and sure enough she did leave them to me in her will. I dutifully did go along to the funeral. The more immediate family I thi
  15. Not unless you have a written release of copyright from the photographer whether amateur or professional. Dated and if possible, witnessed. Possession of the slides or negatives does not mean you own copyright. They are entirely separate although the amateur photographer might not know that. But he /she might learn and cause problems. You can chance your arm, but there is always the risk things might bite back. I hope you didn't pay a lot because there is an awful lot of that stuff about. Professional coverage at that! There is always the chance that if Alamy have a potential buyer, they may c
  16. The suggestion that transparencies will last 100 years is quite a push. Kodachrome was the most stable but has not been available for some years. If you do find a few rolls of any, leave them as a curious display. There is no way of having them processed now. I have an archive of 35mm and 6x7 transparencies which go back 50 years which have been looked after well. There are many different emulsions, some are lasting better than others. I too like the idea of something tangible and shuffling them about on a Lightbox is still a great way of editing. But I wouldn't want to go back there. But I st
  17. I don't have any issues with that set of restrictions, but I don't get involved much with subjects which call for thinking about restrictions. I don't do releases so I'm mostly in the editorial camp. As far as "Don't sell for personal use" my real concern about that area is the suspicion that some clients are gaming the system and being economical with the truth about their usage
  18. "Me and Bobby McGee" The hitch hikers anthym. takes me back a long way. Don't know I'ld feel safe doing all that travelling these days, but many of us just did it back then. Ran out of rides as the sun fell in the middle of nowhere in New Zealand once and had to sleep under a bush, that's about the worst I can recall. There's nothing which wriggles or crawls & bites in NZ so not too worrying. Well, there's mosquitoes up north but that's not where I was
  19. You are being very vague and I note you are not a contributor. If you identify the photo you might find the forum more helpful. Who knows, you might even get a response from the photographer but not all contributors follow the forum
  20. I think you need to gather some good evidence about images sold by Alamy but not reported by this Spanish agency. Among other things, this conflict would prevent you from granting exclusive right to Alamy. Sending notice of cancellation of contract will be taken a little more seriously if sent by registered post. Even better an instruction from an Italian lawyer might be taken more seriously. Of course you don't want to run up a big expensive bill that way
  21. For cyclists, motor or peddle, decent gloves are essential both for cold winds and protection, I used to drive a 650 BSA long ago and I needed proper heavy gloves even in summer. But you wouldn't want to operate a camera with those. But back to camera suitable light gloves, the stretchy magic gloves are all right at a pinch and handy to keep in the bottom of the bag, but the horse riding ones are quite a bit warmer and more robust and not a whole lot more expensive. But neither will cut it for long in freezing conditions. I have a wonderful heavy leather and waxed cotton version of the old don
  22. Take care, those Magic Gloves are pretty good and so cheap that you can stash them in lots of places ready for the occasion, but that link will take you to a place where you will not have the option to refuse the 30 day Amazon Prime swindle (offer if you insist!)
  23. The best place to pick up some grippy thin but warm gloves is usually a horse riders shop. they have little rubber blobs designed to let the rider manage the reins. Rock climbing outfitters are also worth a look. With the thinner ones, you can still get your hands in your pockets. I can't get on with the fingerless type, it's my fingers which first feel the cold. When it gets proper Arctic cold I leave it to the specialists.
  24. Nice to see you back. Life can seem cruel sometimes but good luck with your future. Jane and I made a brief visit to Kelso last year I I thought, aha, David K's patch. That is a very unusual huge town square you have there, nothing like the market town squares like we have down south
  25. I used to operate as an agency to some extent. I was approached by quite a few photographers but was hardy ever tempted. They had to fit with my specialities and I had to like them. The ones who really got my goat were the ones who thought they had just the one amazing shot which was going to excite me and the buyers. They were usually pretty delusional
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