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John Mitchell

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  1. Good idea. Putting subjects -- food and non-food -- in a wider context usually makes for more interesting images. Even including just a touch of context, as in some of the images posted above, can help a lot. Personally, I find studio-like closeups of food sitting on a plate to be ... well... a bit boring. However, it sounds as if there is a healthy (or sometimes unhealthy) demand for images of this type.
  2. I just tell the pizza delivery person to slip it under the front door...
  3. Good luck. Remember to shoot first and ask questions later.
  4. Me too. I think that TV and billboard ads like these are basically "food porn." There's a reason why so many people in first-world countries are now obese. Being an odd sort, I prefer veggieburgers. However, restaurants here tend to do the same thing with them as they do with traditional meat burgers -- pile them so high that you need a loading crane to lift them off the plate. Plain and simple rules in my book. 😃
  5. I guess you lucked out in the peeing department. Very nice portrait. It might be Mrs. Scotty, though, and her calf. My image is over 15 years old, so Scotty would be pretty old by now (tapirs can apparently live 30 years). This could be Scotty back then. Can't remember for sure.
  6. I don't like most zoos, so I haven't got many zoo pics. This is one of the few that have licensed. It was taken at the the Belize Zoo, which is one of the better ones. The animals -- many of them rescued -- are in their natural habitat and have plenty of space to roam around in.
  7. I'm sure that we look a lot alike to the hippos. Actually, images of Homo sapiens gawking at the hippos will probably be more likely to license than the hippos themselves. 😏 P.S. Paulette's superb hippo images are an exception to this rule.
  8. Multiple editorial use, IQ sale, UK, mid $$, exclusive to Alamy I shot this near where I live, but on the wealthier side of the tracks...
  9. Glad you posted the link. It's a relevant article given that many of us forum members are of a certain age.
  10. I would interpret that sign to mean equipment like tripods and lights that would disturb the animals-- plus no commercial photo shoots. Unless the park has notices that specifically prohibit photography, I wouldn't worry about it. Probably everyone who visits is busy snapping pics with their phones. Also, you can often frame wildlife shots so that it is impossible to tell where they were taken. Hippos (or hedgehogs) tend to look a lot alike. 😁 P.S. Use a small, unobtrusive camera of course. Leave the big guns at home.
  11. That's a real boon. Museum admissions can be very expensive these days. Trips to museums always pay off for me.
  12. Personal Use, low $$ Copala, a sleepy old mining town in Sinaloa, Mexico
  13. Travel marketing package, high $$, exclusive to Alamy Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  14. The ebay advert claims that my "plip" is compatible with the A55, which was also a very nice camera. Yours sadly gave up the ghost as I remember.
  15. That's not a bad price for Sony. They have a nasty habit of overcharging for accessories. The super cheap one that I mentioned above works fine. However, I prefer using the self-timer most of the time. My trusty old 10MP Sony A100 had a dedicated slot for an electronic "cable" release. I still have the cable release -- which cost about $100 CAN in 2007 -- but I sold the camera. I continue to license images captured with the A100. It was a really good camera.
  16. I use this cheapo wireless remote control with my Sony mirrorless cameras. Not sure if it's compatible with the A68, but it probably is. I believe that Sony removed the remote control socket on its later DSLR's.
  17. Changing your images to RM probably isn't the culprit. Alamy doesn't really differentiate much between RM and RF. Custom, hybrid licenses seem to be their strong point. The few RF sales that I've had on Alamy don't look much different from RM ones when it comes to licensing terms. Also, the days of getting better prices for RF images are over. Microstock agencies have made sure of that.
  18. I found this article and photos, which I thought was good. I didn't realize that the hub is located at Ground Zero. That puts the "bird taking flight" symbolism into perspective. It certainly was an ambitious project. If I ever get back to NYC (it has been a long time), I'll make sure to visit. P.S. Hmm... I just noticed that the article is illustrated with microstock images. Bummer.
  19. We've been lucky in Vancouver. Quite a number of old schools have sadly been torn down, but they've been replaced by some very nice, bright and airy modern ones, not the awful, boxy jobs that were being built a few decades ago. Parts of the handsome, old facades have been left intact and incorporated into some of the new buildings as well, which helps matters. Seismic upgrading is the main culprit here. Sometimes it's more efficient to start from scratch than make aging structures earthquake-proof, or at least so they claim.
  20. Unusual is the word that comes to mind. It looks like it either just crash-landed or is about to take off. The interior seems a bit cold. Think I'd have to see the whole thing "in the flesh" before passing judgement.
  21. Thanks for the links. Both interesting articles. I especially liked the second one. The gatekeepers were indeed a mixed blessing, but I'm starting to miss them (the good ones at least). One of the reasons I stopped doing freelance writing was the exit of the gatekeepers. But that's another story... Personally, I find that that the "peak shift" thing is often overdone in photography these days. Perhaps we don't all react to high saturation and contrast in the same way.
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