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  1. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, photographed in L.A., 1968. Low $$$.
  2. I started using Lowepro bags because they were the local guys and most photographers I knew in the SF Bay Area used them as well. Once I went into a facility of theirs in a Sonoma County industrial park with a broken slider. The bag was beat up and no doubt well out of any warranty. They fixed it on the spot for free. Today I carry the minimum, depending. I have TLZ Mini and 65 AW Toploaders, Nova 160, 180 and 5 AW. I also still have that old, beat-up Magnum 35 which is now only used to store stuff. My usual walk-around kit consists of two Fuji X-T1 bodies with MHG grips and 14mm a
  3. Three P.U. sales came through, same subject so presumably the same buyer. The reason I feel positive, despite the low fees, is that they were archival shots from 30 years ago and as I'm spending some shut-in time digitizing old slides the sales help with motivation.
  4. Following this, I had a quick look through your portfolio. If you don't mind my pointing it out, the '65 Mustang is a '67. The differences between that and a '68 or '69 are subtle, but the differences from the ground up from 64-65-66 were huge. With the '67 they started competing favorably with Ferraris on the track.
  5. I look at digital images which are sharper than what I used to produce but have all the color richness of television. So I pump the saturation, etc., and it looks like pumped saturation. So I run it by Silkypix film tastes and that's better but I still come back to the [apparent] fact than when it comes to color richness, nothing beats chemistry. Not like I'm going back, just sayin'.
  6. I was in a Facebook conversation with a friend in Kerala who was my guide there years ago. I mentioned some photos I'd taken of a sort of procession in a village on Vembanad Lake but hadn't uploaded as archival since the village and people still exist. He said the society, infrastructure and many other aspects had changed a lot since then so the same photos couldn't be duplicated on digital today. To me, that's the test as to whether it qualifies as archival. So now, part of my Covid-19 activity is digitizing old slides (that and venturing as far as the back yard to shoot bugs and flowers).
  7. My rank rose from three to five stars during a period when I was submitting very little due to a sour attitude that came from hardly having any sales for months. So I also wonder how much frequency of uploads has to do with it. Lately my uploads of current images have been sailing through as fast as the archival shots. I attributed it to the fact that I've had no QC failures since my first test shots and the Alamy staff is very busy with newer contributors combined with whatever workflow problems Covid-19 presents.
  8. A keyword suggestion if it helps... it's spelled Finasterid in Germany.
  9. Country: Worldwide Usage: Magazine or book, Editorial use in a single magazine or book (print and/or digital), inside use, 2,500 circulation, worldwide. Start: 09 June 2020 Duration: In perpetuity Mid-$$
  10. One for $66. After a disastrous 2019, especially the latter half of it, I'm back on track this year with roughly one sale per thousand images per month and an average fee of $36.
  11. Country: Worldwide Usage: Single company - multiple educational editorial use only Industry sector: Media, design & publishing Start: 27 May 2020 Duration: Unlimited mid-$$
  12. Thanks, sooth. It is a smaller bank, but I've had no problems with Alamy payments in the past. Update: got a reply from Alamy finance. Apparently it was sent by Alamy on schedule, so it fell through some crack in the banking system and will get sorted eventually.
  13. Thanks for the reply, Michael. I've received direct deposits at the same bank in the past, also within the first week. No doubt it's a bad time to be bothering Alamy with such problems, but I'll write to them.
  14. Have you been paid this month? On 1 May I got the customary message saying a payment was on its way and would arrive within nine days. So far, it hasn't. I went to my account to confirm that my (American) bank details were correct. A question posed to member services got a Covid-related form letter response, which is understandable. If others are having the same problem, I'll leave it alone. If it's just me, I'll try again to reach Alamy to see what the problem is.
  15. At the risk of boring you, I'll relate a little story. Going on four decades ago, I had a studio in northern California. Being in the “wine country” as it were, beverage accounts were a mainstay. I did a couple of photos for one winery with the understanding that the owner had unlimited use of the photos delivered and I could use any outtakes at will. Everyone was happy. Then a photographer who didn't get the account paid me a visit and explained that unlimited usage for only $1,000 a shot plus film and expenses was way too cheap. (Those were the days.) He said that what we call RF
  16. It was the latter. There are people in the image. I indicated that model releases would be possible to get on those nearest the camera, not on several more distant. They decided not to bother with it. The shot is people enjoying wholesome outdoor recreation, nobody doing anything embarrassing, touting a product, etc. It's basically just a snapshot I took after the "real" photography was done earlier at dawn.
  17. It was for several commercial uses: television commercial, corporate film, presentation, website. The buyer was a foods company in the Upper Midwest. Over two years it grossed over $3K, an amount they wouldn't have paid for editorial use.
  18. bing.com today Chapel St-Michel d' Aiguilhe, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Le Puy-en-Velay, Haute Loire, Auvergne, France G2W0G8 JAUBERT French Collection / Alamy
  19. I hadn't given the subject of fake filters any thought until recently. Looking at eBay for a Schneider polarizing filter I saw this seller in Hong Kong offering them at around 40% of the retail price. Either there's a massive retail markup in filters or these are fakes.
  20. Thanks for replies. It would be great if "order prints" took the place of "personal use" — with a serious printer as a partner, maybe several of them on different continents. I didn't know about Whitewall, Allan, so thanks for that. Recently I did order a print for my own wall from www.werkladen.de . It appears that marketing my own prints from dondouglas.com might be the best option, although it would involve a lot of getting my act together compared to the pod sites.
  21. A couple years ago, my daughter said she'd like to use one of my images for a print on her office wall. Of course, if it had been for her house I would have just given it to her. Since it was for the office and her employer was paying the bill, I suggested she go through Alamy with their connection to Art.com. Part of my motivation was to see how the process worked. It was a big disappointment. She worked with a person in Alamy's New York office who previously negotiated a great license fee for one of my images and about whom I have nothing but good things to say. In this case, however, h
  22. GEO.de https://www.geo.de/natur/tierwelt/21970-bstr-wie-tiere-eine-welt-erfassen-die-uns-verborgen-bleibt Wie Tiere eine Welt erfassen, die uns verborgen bleibt How animals grasp a world that remains hidden from us Elephantnose Fish, Gnathonemus petersii, Congo DRT6H0 Mauritius Images / Reinhard Dirscherl / Alamy RM
  23. National Geographic Traveller / India http://www.natgeotraveller.in/norways-wild-adventureland/ Norway’s Wild Adventureland Local freshly harvested strawberries for sale at market in Norway PHJABY Dmitry Naumov / Alamy / Indiapicture RF
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