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. I thought I would be good to start a new thread, the old one was close to 50 pages deep. I hope it is a good omen that my first sale of 2018 was a book sale for $250! I want to be hopeful that these will be more commonplace in 2018 for all!
  14. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    Thanks for the spot Sooth!
  15. 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
  16. Re-rank

    Been at page 3 for a some time now. I was bumped from page 1 a while back.
  17. Anyone else get creeped out by their own photos?

    Oh, I thought you meant photos of themselves, in which case I do! See the avatar I use.....not even my dog!
  18. August Challenge - NEWS

    I don't cover news or shoot for Alamy Live News but here are three that relate to news, in a way.....I think? 1) At a press conference in Washington DC 2) Behind the scenes at an outdoor live tv news setup 3) A newsstand in Rome, Italy
  19. Those are some nice samples Wim!
  20. Is the Horizon always straight

    I would say for seascapes, generally it is best to keep the horizon straight. But I did a shoot, a while back, on a sailboat and I in some shots I let the horizon go off a little to add some dynamics to the sailing...this photo has sold. I should reprocess it, I could do a lot better with the raw tools that Photoshop now has (such as the dehaze slider)....this is a 13 year old digital file.
  21. Images sold in August (One per day per contributor)

    NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana. Japanese television use (bulk deal)
  22. Images sold in August (One per day per contributor)

    The first LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana in the state of Indiana.....German magazine use.
  23. Favourite Photos in August

    Is it that difficult to pump them up with air once you get to the beach?? When I was a kid, you had to blow air rafts with your mouth....then came the foot pumps....and now they have air pumps that can work off a car electrical port.
  24. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, The New York Times, Book Review section, Aug 5th 2018 Pg. 21, Shanghai, 1937, Sueddeutsche Zeitung Photo
  25. Have you found any Alamy images in August 2018?

    USA, Food Network magazine Family supplement, Sept 2018 issue Pg. 20, Blue apron, could not find (credit to Alamy only) Pg. 20, Kentucky Derby race horses digital collage, Olga Rudneva