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John Richmond

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  1. Thanks for that, Wim. Good advice as always. I'll be trying a few different styles to show their work off to best effect - it's fun to experiment - but I'll certainly go with pure white isolation (where appropriate) for anything I do for stock.
  2. I'm having to do more product type shots for my wife and daughter's artwork. Generating an isolated on white shot isn't a problem, either directly in camera or via Photoshop, but I do wonder whether it's best to set the white background as pure RGB 255,255,255 or is it acceptable to set it slightly lower to avoid the out of gamut warning when I transfer the images back to Lightroom. Having invested in some appropriate studio lighting equipment I might as well also use it for stock. I want to work to accepted standards so any advice would be appreciated.
  3. Three from me: Male and female dance flies, Empis pennipes, feeding on Geranium robertianum Grazing Dartmoor pony foals on Roborough Down, Yelverton, Devon, UK Web spinning UK spider Linyphia triangularis with captured female fly, Bibio species, prey
  4. Agree with Bhandol, it's a Camellia japonica form. Technically it's a formal double with the rose form looser arrangement (some stamens showing). Unfortunately, there are quite a few of those around so I can't give you the exact variety.
  5. 23 sales for $358 gross. All exclusive, 1 tiny distributor sale. Not my best month in the last year but not my worst. 75 zooms for CTR of 1.12 shows promise for things to come.
  6. Yes, that confirms it as Magnolia x soulangeana. That's how they typically grow. Which variety of x soulangeana I'm less sure about; there are a few from the cross in cultivation but I think it's safe to label it as that.
  7. There are lots!!! I've only got the one in my own garden though we grow a few at The Garden House so I'm no expert. My first thought is Magnolia x soulangeana but that normally flowers a little later - though not this year. It's commonly grown and has the right shape and coloration. But, how big are the flowers? If they are particularly large then it could be one of the early flowering tree magnolias such as Magnolia cambellii which should do well in Ireland.
  8. #1 is one of the cultivated varieties of Gazania. Lots of seed strains of these so I couldn't narrow it down further. #2 and #3 are both Cannas. The dark leaved one looks a lot like 'Wyoming' but there are other similar cultivars. #3 is 'Yellow King Humbert', an old but very distinctive variety with variable amounts of variegation on both foliage and flowers.
  9. Yes, Camellia sinensis provides the young shoots that the Tregothnan estate near Falmouth uses to make authentic English tea. I've not tasted it - I don't drink much tea - but it's apparently very good (and expensive). C.sinensis would do well over in Ireland - it's a wonder nobody has tried it yet.
  10. Glad I could help. Camellias are one of my personal favourites. I grow a few myself, we grow a good many at The Garden House, and the National collection is just over the Tamar at Mt Edgcumbe. They thrive down here!
  11. Not 'St Ewe'. That's a single flowered variety (currently in full flower in my garden). x williamsii for sure, the veining on the petals often shows up in this cross and may be inherited from the Camellia saluenensis parent. I'd say it was 'Donation' - just coming into full flower in my garden or, possibly, 'Inspiration' - but that's not as common outside specialist collections.
  12. Average month with 23 sales for $522. No $$$ sales - but I very rarely get those. 79 zooms for a CTR of 1.10. Highlight of the month was 6 of the sales coming from images taken in my own garden. Negligible costs involved
  13. Epilobium hirsutum, great willowherb. Also known as Codlins and cream in the UK.
  14. Watch out where the huskies go, and don't you eat that yellow snow
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