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  1. 'Dwarfed' would be better, John. The cloud pruning restricts the height of shrub by preventing a single tall leader developing so all the energy goes into the side shoots that can then be cloud clipped. A bit like bonsai on a larger scale.
  2. Red and orange flowers are always a problem in bright sunshine. It's very easy to over saturate the red channel and lose detail. White flowers are another problem. Metering to preserve detail in the white blooms often under exposes the remainder of the image. For these cases softer light - morning, evening or light overcast = is far better for plant portraits as the dynamic range is reduced and the chances of clipping are far less. I do shoot in bright sunshine on occasion but rarely for close up portraits of bright red, orange or white flowers, more for general shots with combinations of plants and here a polarising filter is very useful to cut down glare on foliage and the more reflective flowers. I rarely use flash in the field for my total illumination but I do use fill flash on occasion for against the light shots. For example: Orange rimmed red flower of the half-hardy annual, Tagetes linnaeus. Taken in softer light to preserve detail in the petals and provide a balanced foreground/background shading. Elegant red centered white flowers of the hardy small ornamental tree, Magnolia x wieseneri, taken again in softer, diffused afternoon light I used a polariser for this view of the sunken garden at The Garden House to avoid problems with the bright yellow of Hakonechloa aurea 'All Gold' center left. Fill flash was useful for these two backlit portraits of Eucomis comosa and Lavandula stoechas 'Anouk' in my own garden. Both taken against evening sunlight, hence the darker backgrounds. The alternative is to take the flowers or plants indoors for studio shots - but that's another story. (Though the results can excellent even with minimal equipment):
  3. Can't tell you the plant but the technique is cloud pruning, a Japanese originated system known as niwaki. I'm trying it with a variegated holly. Results on Alamy in ten years time Maybe 😀
  4. 38 sales for $539 gross, $252 nett. 69 zooms for CTR of 1.11. Fairly average month for me but a nice $431 payout to come after two good months in June and July.
  5. Dahlia certainly but I can't tell you which one. There are just too many semi double reds.
  6. Can't see enough detail to tell but my immediate impression was Sorbus aucuparia, mountain ash, in early autumn colour. I could well be very wrong. Any closeup shots of leaves and berries?
  7. Possibly Hemerocallis 'Stafford'. It's one of the commoner yellow centered reds on this side of the pond.
  8. Best bet is: Click on the Download Sales Report on your dashboard Set the date range to whatever dates you want to cover. It should be possible to cover all your image sales dating back to when you first joined Alamy. Select Date of Invoice from the drop down Leave all the reporting fields ticked Click Go Click download You'll end with a CSV file that can be opened in any spreadsheet program. From there it's easy to do a search (Ctrl=F for most Windows programs) or set up a filter. I usually use the Alamy Image ID as my search parameter as it's easy to copy and paste from your image portfolio. Hope this helps.
  9. Scarlet pimpernel flower (taken in my garden) - one of 5 in this afternoon. Daily Telegraph uses for reasonable $$ Country: United Kingdom ; Usage: Editorial ; Media: Newspaper - national ; Print run: up to 750,000 ; Placement: Inside and online ; Start: 04-July-2020 ; End: 05-July-2020 ; Additional Details: Any placement in paper and online. One use in a single editorial or advertorial article used within print and /or web versions, with re-use of the article in other titles or web versions within the same newspaper group. Digital use includes archive rights for the lifetime of the article.
  10. New sales being reported - 5 in a few minutes ago. Measures not yet updated.
  11. Astrantia major, greater masterwort, Kathy. Could be one of the cultivars but it looks close to the species from your image.
  12. We have a winner in Shergar's elemental Yosemite waterfall shot. Well done, Duncan. So, up to you to set the August challenge. And no, you can't do it dreckly 😀 I found it very helpful to have the list of previous challenges so I've updated and included it below. Thanks to the original compiler and later updaters. 2020 July - Fire, water, earth and air June - Green May - Signs April - Social Gathering March - Fog and Mist February - Sustainability January - Irony 2019 December - Holiday Spirit November - Empty October - Attention to the Reflection (Urban) September - Faces August - Climate July - Children in Action June - Remembrance, Honouring, Celebrating May - The Thrill and Joy of Sport April - Women's Role in Todays Society March - Eating February - What is Love? January - Happy New! 2018 December - Converging Lines November - The City October - You Wear It Well September - Think Local August - NEWS July - FUN June - National parks scenery (pure nature) May - Twilight April - In or On the Water March - Without leaving the house (or garden) February - Winter Activities January - Music 2017 December - Taste November - Iconic October - Failure September - Critters August - On The Beach July - Street Art June - Festivals May - Transport April - Proverbs and sayings March - Urban Wildlife February - Urban Landscape January - Friendship and Friends 2016 December - Behind November - Trees October - River September - Our Native Land August - Digital Manipulation July - Pedal Power June - Help May - Worm's eye view April - City March - Joy of Travel February - The Blue Hour January - Silhouettes and Shadows 2015 December - Motion November - Solitary October - The Decisive Moment September - Concept August - Travel Magazine cover July - Skyline June - Environmentally Friendly May - Communication April - Little March - The Good Life February - I don't know why I like it.. January - Informal Portrait of a Stranger 2014 December - Festivities November - Autumn Colour (Color) October - Shoot Local September - Music August - Bridges July - My Favourite Place June - Perspective May - Rules April - Abstract/Minimalism March - Health February - The Unusual / The Weird / The Lucky Shot January - Sunset 2013 December - Peace November - Cold October - Harmony September - Triumphant August - Taking it easy July - Heat June - Night May - Excess April - In the Air
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