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  1. I've had few book sale outside of normal stock sites. In my my experience the sale will only be confirmed when the book has actually been published. It's far from unknown for a book to be pulled just before publication, hence they never pay/confirm until after the publication date. Paul
  2. Thanks for the find guys.... It's DYA4R4 by Paul Williams I could take issue with the article though!
  3. That man in Wales again :-) Keith Morris BBC Wales news website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-39058806. Stormy weather in Aberystwyth.
  4. No, your'e not. Look on the bright side though, by the time this thread burns out a bit all the hard work of finding out how the new system works will be nicely distilled down for those not on the system yet.......keep up the good work guys! :-)
  5. fence, stock fence, fencing, fence posts, etc ect... Paul
  6. Yes, I do use it on a site I'd nearly forgotten about here -> arthebrides.com . This particular website has been a 'work in progress' for several years where not much progress has been made :-) I do however get the odd sale from it even though it has never been promoted. Photocrati does seem to work well but like most wordpress plugins it suffers from being a little awkward to alter if you want to customise pages. It has however always been one of the better photography orientated templates and has been around a long time. I'm currently musing on integrating this site with the POD and framing services offered via The Printspace Hub........this may also be a work in progress for a while, there's not enough hours in the day! Paul
  7. Yes, only in the USA so far. I connected through an encrypted proxy service in New York and found all the images come up with a 'print' button. Time for me to start adding restrictions I'm afraid...... Paul
  8. Microsoft will update your system to Windows 10 whether you like it or not unless you are proactive preventing it from doing so or are using a corporate WSUS system to filter updates. I’m not going to go in to the pro’s and con’s of updating or not doing so. But should you wish to prevent Windows 10 from installing you have a couple of options. Firstly there is GWX Control Panel from http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/ , and Never10 from https://www.grc.com/never10.htm , both of these will work well. Paul
  9. Places tongue firmly in cheek and says – It just means that down the line Alamy will get a really good offer for the company that they can’t refuse.
  10. Watch yourself around the Port of Tyne! http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/01/port_of_tyne_security_hassled_photographer_public_road/
  11. I’m ambivalent toward all operating systems, this comes as a result of working with most of them for years. The things that have vexed me about Widows 10 are; MS trying to foist it on me by fair means or foul, the amount of commercially useful information about me that they want sent to them via the default OS settings and the so far undeclared intent for an ‘adobe like’ charging model for various aspects of the OS further down the line. Anyway, I digress, those folks who want to avoid the ‘upgrade’ to Windows 10 may want to take a look at this article from The Register that highlights the official Microsoft KB document to prevent the upgrade and irritating pop-ups. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/08/windows_10_upgrade_blocker/ Paul
  12. what sort of world we live in sometimes..... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/24/peta_sues_photographer_macaque_selfie/
  13. Just came across these whilst having a idle lunch break, but not with time to get the image references. http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150904-ten-reasons-to-love-autumn The fruiting bodies of fungi can be all shapes and sizes like this meadow waxcap (credit: FLPA / Alamy Stock Photo) It’s worth getting up early for the autumn mist (credit: David Noton Photography / Alamy Stock Photo) There can be over a hundred thousand birds in a starling murmuration (credit: Mike O'Carroll / Alamy Stock Photo) Acorns are just one of a number of nuts, seeds and berries on offer this autumn (credit: Science Photo Library / Alamy Stock Photo) Fallow deer engage in fierce mating battles during the autumn (credit: Arterra Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo) The colour in beech woodlands can be a seasonal delight (credit: Helen Dixon / Alamy Stock Photo) Many birds, like pink-footed geese, return to the UK for winter because it is milder and food is easier to find (credit: Gary K Smith / Alamy Stock Photo) Dew in autumn makes spiders’ webs more obvious (credit: Neil Setchfield / Alamy Stock Photo) Ivy flowers are valuable food sources for insects (credit: Papilio / Alamy Stock Photo) Autumn is a busy time in a grey seal colony (credit: FLPA / Alamy Stock Photo)
  14. Well, curiously, and somewhat oddly, my total CTR is 0.53, Average is 1 and I have an email from Alamy today saying that I'm "Trending on Alamy" and my CTR is in the top 10%. I have absolutely no idea how they managed to work that one out! Paul
  15. One of the algorithmic wildcards that people seem to overlook when trying to work out what's happening is that the 'pack' has to be shuffled to freshen things up, stratification sets in otherwise. Sometimes the cards fall in your favour, sometimes not. I've been all over the place over the years, this time from somewhere in the middle of the pack to half way down page 4........it's a waste of lifespan trying to work it out! Paul
  16. Aye. tis a Blackface, my garden is littered with the buggers at the moment..... Paul
  17. Folks can’t even decide on a name up here. Where do I live? Well, take your pick from Western Isles, Outer Hebrides, Long Island, Innes Gall or Eilean Siar, depending on your political and Gaelic leanings. I suggest you should be prepared to start adding keywords such as Democratic Republic of Scotland, Alba etc... Paul
  18. When I have stuff worth printing I use http://www.theprintspace.co.uk . Good range of papers for arty stuff (you can get a sample pack) and c-types. Always done good work for me. Paul
  19. I only have a small portfolio on Alamy but do get erratic sales. Just to prove there is some hope, this month I got one sale only but it was for $614.25...........an image of a TV transmitter I never thought would sell! Paul
  20. I think my graphs will look like they need a defibrillator……
  21. I have many bad habits.......but snorting mink isn't one of them......
  22. Definitely a mink raft.....the Hebridean Mink Project has been running a few years here on the islands, coming to an end soon. It's just a shame that the Mink have now been replaced by rats! Best wishes from Harris! Paul
  23. Great assessment Wim, thank you. I chose this image in particular because I think it illustrated, at least to my eyes, numerous technical capture and processing issues that would probably cause QC to stick it in the reject pile. In terms of composition and construction I consider it to be, well, if I was being generous, lacking. I think you are definitely right about the camera shake and you are also right about the flash (Single SB800 @ -1ev). The shot is in fact one of the worse ‘left overs’ from the shoot but with many thanks to the concise observations and criticisms received I have a much better idea about other higher ISO images from this and other shoots that I can revisit and reprocess with confidence. It’s very rare for me to upload anything to Alamy that isn’t shot at low ISO (usually always less than 400) because of the sort of issues such as noise that get introduced at higher ISO’s. It’s a bit academic now but I always considered the D300 to be quite noisy, and for the want of a better word a bit ‘soft’ for Alamy even when the exposure was good. The D800’s I use now are so much better but do come with other constraints. However, it’s no good trying to apportion blame to the tools, don’t be precious, learn and move on! On Alamy, Harris Tweed Loom = 25, Hattersley Loom = 6 Harris Tweed Weaving = 33, so probably worth submitting some of those I have and perhaps nip across the loch to take a few under more controlled and less hurried conditions. It would be great if more folks were willing to put up the odd full res image for comment, I think many would find it a useful and an enlightening experience. There was an image post the other week, the discussion of which was very useful and demonstrated that I shouldn't be overly paranoid about blue sky noise. It does pay to be very attentive about submissions but QC paranoia can become an unhealthy obsession! The range of observations about this shot has been intriguing and is food for thought. Just to reiterate however, it’s not heading in Alamy’s direction because I personally think it would fail horribly and, apart from the early days, I don’t have any QC fails! This doesn't invalidate at all the opinions of those who think it's fine, it's just my personal opinion. Thanks to all who have taken the time out to comment. Cheers, Paul
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