Michael Ventura

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  1. I had a similar problem with Nikon repair in New York recently. I still had 2 D700's that I love. Earlier this year, I sent one in to repair the CF card door that had broken off. They estimated the repair with shipping, to be around $250. A couple of weeks later, I got a call from Nikon saying that they no longer had the parts and will no longer service D700's. They offered to send me a refurbished D700, with a much lower shutter click count, for the same price. I took the deal. I know that is not what was offered to you and it is hard to give up what you know and love, so I feel for you!! I did end up upgrading to the D850 as well and have grown to love it but it comes with a hefty price tag.
  2. Hows your CTR doing from 1st August?

    For Aug 1st thru today, my CTR stands at 1.09 and that is a little above average. However, my sales are way down, so far, this month and that is the thing I care about most!
  3. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, Parade magazine, August 19th 2018 issue Pg. 2, Stephen King (cut out), AF Archive
  4. Sony RX 100 VI RAW

    I could wrong Maria but I think you can still update the camera raw converter for older Photoshop versions. I would try Googling that.
  5. Sony RX 100 VI RAW

    Yes, In Photoshop you can open any jpeg as a RAW. You don’t get any more data then what is already in the jpeg but it gives you the raw tools for tweaking the photo, with obvious limitations. To do that, you need to be in Bridge (I would think Lightroom has this option too) and have an image selected and then click on the "File" drop down menu and then click on "Open in Camera Raw..."
  6. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, National Geographic History magazine, Sep/Oct 2018 issue Pg. 22, Temple of Baku, Azerbaijan, Julien Garcia Pg. 34, Bagoas pleads on behalf of the Nabarzanes, (credit to Alamy only) could be one of several contributors of this same illustration. Below is just a reference. Pg. 83, Blind-Man's Buff in PUNCH, (credit to Alamy only) could be one of several contributors, below is just a reference Pg. 87, "From Hell" letter, Credit is to Steve Vidler but can only find two, both contributors are The Picture Art Collection Pg. 89, Burial site of Mary Jane Kelly, London, Maurice Savage
  7. I'm a bit 'demoralized

    Thanks Pearl for clearing that up, my statement was over simplified.
  8. I'm a bit 'demoralized

    Ciao Lorenza! I think your photos are good solid stock worthy photos. Your captions seem good too. I think it is mostly due to the fact that you joined Alamy relatively recently, a year and a few months ago. For those of us who joined early on, like ten or more years ago, we were able to establish a good ranking....in other words the images appear in the first few pages during a buyer's search. I do think you will need to give it more time to see positive results. Michael
  9. Images sold in August (One per day per contributor)

    My other sale from yesterday. Shot taken at a craft brewery in Williamsburg, Virginia. U.S. magazine use
  10. Images sold in August (One per day per contributor)

    Finally some mid-month sales. This one from a super early submission A series, of Anguilla. Canadian magazine use.
  11. Declining distributor sales?

    Two dropped in tonight.....so things are looking up a bit. Yes, hopeful that the second half of August will make up for the first half!
  12. Declining distributor sales?

    V e r y S l o w here as well. Worst start for any month in many years.....I'll take a distro sale!!
  13. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    Thanks for the spot Sooth!
  14. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, The New York Times, Book Review section, August 12 2018 issue Pg. 15 and online, Children at a "Fancy Nancy" party. Credit to Nikki Boertman/Alamy (could not find the image on Alamy) https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/10/books/review/jane-oconnor-fancy-nancy.html
  15. Re-rank

    Been at page 3 for a some time now. I was bumped from page 1 a while back.