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  1. Trent and Mersey canal in Cheshire UK: and a couple in Delamere Forest, again Cheshire, UK. All taken last week:
  2. Not according to their website: Sound very similar to the way the British Transport Police enforce law on railway property.
  3. I very much doubt you would get a record. Looking at the images it looks like a ticket was issued (just like a parking ticket). From the article: "As it was a first offence he wasn’t going to prosecute, but he would issue a written caution." You obviously know more about these things than I do and possibly the journalist used the wrong terminology but it is my understanding that a caution remains on record and may be disclosed in crb checks. A caution that will stay on a persons record would have to be administered through a set process and usually by an officer of at least inspector rank. It would not be given by a beat officer and I would advise anyone that finds themselves in unfortunately similar circumstances to seek clarification on what the word 'caution' means in the circumstances i.e. will there be a criminal record for the purposes of CRB checks. I strongly suspect (although can't say for certain) it was simply akin to a 'slap on the wrist' and the purpose of the ticket was to record that a warning had been given for using the tripod so if there is a repeat offence, the offender cannot plead ignorance of the byelaw in any subsequent court proceedings. Also the irate jogger would see that the police would have taken some action in the circumstances.
  4. I very much doubt you would get a record. Looking at the images it looks like a ticket was issued (just like a parking ticket). I agree common sense should have prevailed here. Being a retired police officer myself (not in the London area) we had more important things to enforce than old byelaws and generally only resorted to them when absolutely necessary. Believe me with the number of such antiquated byelaws around it is likely you can't step out of your front door in the UK without breaking one somewhere. Just deviating a little from the original topic here are some that are still in effect today and can be found in the Town Police Clauses Act 1847. There are far to many to list but it gives you an idea:- Penalty on persons committing any of the offences herein named...Every person who wilfully and wantonly disturbs any inhabitant, by pulling or ringing any door bell, or knocking at any door, or who wilfully and unlawfully extinguishes the light of any lamp: ..Every person who flies any kite, or who makes or uses any slide upon ice or snow: ..Every person who beats or shakes any carpet, rug, or mat (except door mats, beaten or shaken before the hour of eight in the morning): ..Every person who keeps any pigstye to the front of any street, not being shut out from such street by a sufficient wall or fence, or who keeps any swine in or near any street, so as to be a common nuisance.
  5. I have just received a reply regarding the broken link to the bylaws. It has now been fixed. The byelaws were made in 1932 and the relevant section is quoted below for anyone interested.
  6. It wouldn't be so bad if you could access the bylaws to research what they were talking about. Even searching on Google doesn't help and to add even further insult the City of London pages that supposedly has the link to them ( Hampstead Heath bylaws) is a dead end (Page not found). Might be interesting for those who shoot in the area to follow up. I've emailed the feedback to the website contact address to make them aware so hopefully they will fix it soon.
  7. Mmmm. Just trying to upload 11 images. First went on 5th attempt (stopping at 6% on the first 4), next 3 failed to upload (again stuck at between 5 and 7% on each try). On the fifth image now and first attempt failed.... Update: Well after the fifth image eventually failed I cancelled the upload and rebooted my computer. I did this to make sure nothing was hogging the bandwidth, even though I wasn't aware anything was running that would do that. Whether that actually helped or not I'm not sure but when I retried the upload the remainder went through OK.
  8. Hi Margo, Apologies for the delay in replying but I haven't had chance to visit the forum in the last few days. In answer to your question I'm not sure what 4,3Mo is so can't answer that and I also don't scan negatives. However if you follow Alamy's advice (quoted below) about scanning them they should be fine: Here's the link to the relevant page: http://www.alamy.com/contributor/help/scan-images.asp
  9. Had to Google that one... Same here. Of all the photographers that have contributed to Alamy I wonder what percentage are still active. They may have uploaded a 'few' images to test the water but either moved elsewhere or given up when things didn't work out as expected. I almost count myself in this category but I have been here long enough now to know better and recently started to do something about it because I now have the time to do so.
  10. Hehe I understand where you are all coming from but it is obvious some people have difficulty with this, for whatever reason. Also some may not use Photoshop. Several useful methods have been discussed here so hopefully there is enough information for those that do want it.
  11. You're welcome. Hehe, the easiest solution is always the best Yep but image size is directly related to file size. By using the D200 as an example I was hoping to show how to calculate the minimum image size uncompressed. I will edit to make that clearer Don't be afraid of the equations, they are made more scary because of the big numbers. I was also concerned a little about even whether to post this and whether I would be teaching my grandmother to suck eggs. However if you need to crop an image it is better if you know what the limits are and you won't know that without doing the maths. Just substiture your own cameras file sizes where I have put mine and you will get the minimum cropped size. This would be the trial and error approach. By knowing the minimum file sizes before you start it saves any uncertainty before you crop.
  12. This has been brought up several times so I thought I'd try and show the maths behind it and how it can be changed to recalculate new sizes, should Alamy change the minimum size requirement. I'll start with the basic formula for full size images then move on to show how to work out for cropped images. Basic Formula (File width (pixels) x File height (pixels) x 3 (for the three channels, red, green and blue) ) ________________________________________________________________________> = 17MB uncompressed 1024 x 1024 The 1024 x 1024 comes from the fact that each pixel of information is stored in a byte of data and there are 1024 bytes in a kilobyte (KB) and 1024 KB in a MB So for my Nikon D200 an uncropped image saved as an 8bit TIFF would be: 3872 x 2592 x 3 ____________ = 28.71MB in size, well over the current minimum of 17MB 1024 x 1024 The slightly trickier part comes in if you need to crop the image. For images with the same aspect ratio we use the properties of similar triangles: Ax / AD = Ay / CD where Ax and Ay are the cropped width and cropped height sizes, respectively. Substituting what we know for my D200: Ax / 3872 = Ay / 2592 and transposing: Ax = (3872/2592)Ay (equation 1) Where does this get us? If we substitute this for the width in the basic formula at the start of the post we can find the minimum height for the cropped image: 3872 x Ay x Ay x 3 ______________ = 17 which becomes: 2592 x 1024 x 1024 11616 Ay2 __________ = 17, then cross multiplying this becomes: 2717908992 Ay2 = 3977656 so the minimum height for a cropped image from my D200 would be: Ay = 1994.4 or 1995 pixels Substitute this back into equation 1 above to get the minimum width: Ax = (3872/2592)x1995 = 2980 pixels If you keep the same aspect ratio for your crop then you only need one of the dimensions if you crop is Photoshop as there is a preset for this. Should Alamy change the 17MB minimum file size just substitute the new size in the basic formula at the start of this post. If you do not keep the same aspect ratio then you will need to put what data you do have into the basic formula and transpose for the unknown dimension. Please remember that when you convert your images to JPEG the file sizes will be much smaller than this. I hope this helps those struggling to work out file sizes.
  13. Personally I carry out processing (incl sharpening) of RAW images as suggested in Martin Evening's book Adobe Photoshop for Photographers and not had any problems with QC. Lots great tips for other aspects of editing images in there too.
  14. My thoughts exactly edit: seems there's been a few posts about this already. Sorry, posted this before I got through the thread.
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