John Richmond

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  1. Plant Identification

    The best I can do is to say it's probably an old hardy hybrid variety. Hundreds of different ones were bred in the 19th and early 20th Century and it's very difficult to ID most of them without the original labels.
  2. Old guy, new stock shooter

    In the UK/EU it's Plant Breeder's Rights that affect the sale and propagation of patented varieties of plants. There are no restrictions on the sale of images of protected plants. Other jurisdictions have similar schemes,
  3. My zooms are plummeting since I paused submitting

    39 zooms so far this month against 24 for the same period last month (my best ever month for zooms {59}). So an increase for me, and CTR up to 1.50. Of course, it could all go belly up for the rest of the month so no chickens have been counted yet. Only 1 sale so far this month but the first fortnight is often slow for my images so not worrying yet.
  4. Plant ID help please

    Looking at the shape of the leaves and the way the flowers droop in the truss I'd say it's either Rhododendron williamsianum or Rh.orbiculare or a hybrid with one or both of those species blood in there. There are quite a few of these hybrids around and I can't be more specific from that photo.
  5. Have you found any Alamy images in May 2018

    Thanks for the spot, Claire
  6. Have you found any Alamy images in May 2018

    Thanks for the spot, SShep
  7. Plant Identification

    It's a Viola, Sally - but I can't tell you which one other than it's likely to be one of the seed strains grown as annuals.
  8. 5000 Milestone at last

    Congratulations from another recent 5000 passer. It's hard work maintaining variety and quality. Well done.
  9. Have you found any Alamy images in May 2018

    Thanks for that spot, Russell. Taken in my own garden. Fee won't pay for the plants I've lost to that menace and it's extended family but it's a start
  10. April up or down?

    22 sales for $438 gross - all direct. Volume good but prices could be better. One refund despite image being used in multiple places for company marketing. Alamy are aware (and will be reminded if no resale comes in). Zooms healthy at 59 for a CTR of 1.15. Average month overall but encouraging. Biggest gripe is the number of 45+ days uncleared invoices, both distributor and direct sales. Payment seems to take longer and longer.
  11. Customer search activity

    Same here from the other end of Devon
  12. distributor sales

    Staying in. The good sales outweigh the bad.
  13. Images sold in April (Max. 1 per day)

    One I took a few years ago in my garden Passiflora caerulea (l) and P.C. 'Constance Elliot' (r) flowers with whole and cut fruit. The fruit is edible - just
  14. More Plant Identification.

    Nope. Pieris.
  15. Plant Identification

    Ricinus communis, castor oil plant. Origin of the poison Ricin. Don't eat the seeds
  16. how common are refunds on sales?

    Only 4 during the whole of my Alamy tenure. 2 were obvious mistaken double billing, the other 2 a PU sale, followed by a refund and resale at a higher price, followed by another refund and resale at a still higher price. Less than 1% of my total sales affected.
  17. April 2018 Challenge: On The Water

    Here's mine Kawasaki Mule 4010 4WD All terrain vehicle crosses the tidal ford at Lopwell Dam on the River Tavy in Devon, UK. Farm dogs in the back Chain ferries passing while crossing the River Tamar from Plymouth to the Cornish town of Torpoint Hope this one is permissible Black headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus, in winter plumage, hovering to spot fish in the tidal estuary of the River Tavy, Devon, UK
  18. What formats do you shoot in Raw Or JPEG

    RAW only. Much as I'd like to get everything right in camera I don't always manage it. RAW has far more information for recovery and manipulation than lossy JPEGs.
  19. Favourite images uploaded - April 2018

    Global warming Climate change Humanity is responsible 50's, 60's, 70's winters are back again as part of the natural cycle.
  20. Failed QC

    Alamy operate a system which is common in manufacturing industry. Suppliers are responsible for their own QC. Alamy provide the technical standards required for image submission and it's our job as contributors to check that our images meet those standards. Alamy sample the submitted images and, if they find a fault in the images sampled, reject the entire batch. Their policy is clear and consistent. The onus is where it should be - on us the contributors.
  21. A dollar per year for each image

    The other thing that makes it difficult to accurately calculate is that you need to average portfolio size over the time span measured. With an actively growing collection that then gets into a little guesswork. Still, for what it's worth, I averaged about $1.22 per image (gross), $0.58 nett, over the last 12 months. My only stock agency is Alamy, I haven't been doing it as long as many others - and the last quarter's figures show further improvement.
  22. Critcal Mass

    Based on the last three months figures I've reached the 5+ sales per week mark (76 in 13 weeks). I'd been nudging it in the second half of last year but this last quarter sealed it. Critical mass hit at about 4500 uploaded images. Hopefully it will continue. Here's the figures for the last year. For me it's been a steady increase year on year since I started on Alamy in Jan 2014. A number of things have helped. I've uploaded continuously during that time I've specialised in areas where I have detailed knowledge - botanical, horticultural, macro wildlife and nature. More general shots are a small proportion of my portfolio - though I'll take them if opportunity presents Because of my specialisation I have a good number of subjects where a search only shows my images or mine and those of one or two other contributors. Last month, for example, I had 5,551 views. Looking at the pseudonym summary and sorting by Total Views the first 200 search terms show totals of less than 100 images found. (The first two on the sort have Total views of 1 - both mine, of course.) In many cases I'm not competing against 125 million other images - I'm competing against a comparative few. More to the point, the images of obscure subjects are in demand by Alamy buyers. They wouldn't be searching for them unless that was the case. The last time I had zero sales in a month was Jan 2015 and I've sold increasing numbers year on year. Because of increasing sales my rank has improved with each rerank - which means extra visibility and increasing zooms - which means more sales. An upward spiral. This is only one strategy for sales - but it's worked for me.* *Although prices could be better.
  23. How was your March 2018?

    21 sales for $547 gross. Happy with that.
  24. Have you found any Alamy images in March 2018?

    Many thanks yet again, Bryan. It's appreciated.