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Bill Kuta

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  1. When I was very young, my family had a 1939 Ford woodie. I can remember that eventually mushroomy fungus grew on the wood panels.
  2. Verticals are one-third of my Alamy images (according to "Portrait" selection in the search), which is way more than I would have estimated from looking at recent uploads. Verticals accounted for 17% of sales over the last five years.
  3. I'm up about 25%, but mine's only around $100. My sales tend to be US and Worldwide. I agree that Alamy's accounting regarding DACS should be more transparent to us.
  4. I received mine on Oct 6. But that's through the US ACH system.
  5. During the 1918 flu, an Anti-Mask League formed in San Francisco. At least we don't need no-spitting rules anymore.
  6. I figured if they retained both, it would be like offering f1.8 and 1.4 85mm, which is classic.
  7. B&H has the a6000 body only now for $448. I have the a6000 and a6300. I don't see that any of the subsequent models were that big of an improvement, unless you wanted the in-body stabilization of the a6500. Heck, I'm still using my NEX-6 with kit 16-50mm--my recent non-archive shots were all taken with it. Just too handy a size.
  8. I've been wondering why Sigma stopped making the aps-c 60mm ART lens, which has been one of the sharpest e-mount lenses on photozone. I have it and it is very sharp, currently doing service digitizing old 6cm slides. It wouldn't necessarily have competed with the new 56mm--the 60mm cost less but was f2.8, neither is stabilized.
  9. I checked on that website, and no problem with the email I use for Alamy.
  10. Ever since we've had the new sign-in window this week, whenever I sign in, I get a pop-up message from Chrome that a data breach in a site or app has exposed my password, and that I should change it. Anybody else getting this?
  11. For 35mm slides, I've been wiping with a lens cloth, then with a lens brush, then a blower. Shooting with an APS-C Canon SL1, extension tube, 50mm macro, spacer ring, and ES-1, shooting into a florescent studio light. For 120-size (6x6 cm) slides, I'm shooting with an APS-C Sony a3000 (great use for this odd model), extension tube, Sigma 60mm ART lens, and lightbox on a little copy stand. If the slide (all family shots from the 40's - 60's) is in a glass and metal mount, I remove it from the mount, wipe it with a PEC pad and 99% isopropyl, put it on the lightbox and cover (flatten)
  12. I've shot about 3-400 slides, and am generally pleased with the results, but today I'm wondering what is the optimal aperture and why. A search of the forum topic we're in shows recommendations of 6.3 to 11. Googling on the internet doesn't show many specific recommendations, mostly f8 or 11. But one link was from someone shooting at f4.5 (full-frame) who claims that it makes the dust/scratches very out of focus. I'm skeptical of this. But I'm going to try some test shots with a variety of apertures. I realize the optimal aperture depends on whether you're shooting full
  13. This month is historically average for me, but for the year I'm way down on revenue and now down on sales. My FAA net is threatening to overtake my Alamy gross for the year.
  14. Good-looking slide scans, Ollie. On the several I looked at, I see that your Date Taken is the recent date when you scanned them, and captions don't indicate a date. I think it could maximize a buyer's interest in an archival image to know the original capture date, or a best approximation.
  15. Ed, what I've been carrying for 2-3 years now is a bag with a6000/10-18mm, and a6300/18-105mm. The 18-105mm is a G lens, f4, with internal focus and zoom. Been working fine for Alamy purposes. It's $650 at most places; I see Walmart, of all places, has a few for $570. Downsides of the 18-105 are: it's zoom-by-wire, which doesn't bother me; and if it's idle for a few minutes, it reverts to widest-angle, which I find annoying.
  16. If you submit images from your 1000D, then the next QC surprise could be dust spots. If you've done much changing of lenses on it (or even not), there could be dust specks on the sensor. When you're post-processing your raw images, be sure to check each image at 100%, especially sky areas, for grayish spots, and clone out any that you find.
  17. August was average for me, a couple of mid-$$ sales. But I'm way off for the year so far. For 2020 ytd, FAA has provided me with over twice as much net as Alamy.
  18. Thanks all, so far! I might be trying a couple of free trials. Photoshelter is appealing--I know a lot of you use it, I'd have relative confidence in its long-term viability, and it looks like it includes a domain name. The Basic 4Gb should be ample for jpegs, for a family archive. I used to have my own web site but let it lapse because I wasn't using it.
  19. As I've mentioned in another thread, I'm using some pandemic time to root through old slides/negatives/prints, and digitize selected images. I started off on a particular topic, but have expanded scope to try to digitize selected images from all pre-digital years. Our digital family collection starts in 2000; the old slides start about 1940, with prints going back to around 1900. I expect it will amount to a couple thousand images or perhaps a lot more. I'm curating with inclusion in mind. I'm shooting the 35mm slides and negatives and 6cm slides with DSLRs, and will be scanning pr
  20. What if you're looking for a particular image or type of image but don't remember when you took it?
  21. Yep, $3.62 here too. Apparently the ASCRL process produces a group average payment, not individualized like DACS?
  22. I don't know if it's been noted here yet, but clearly we are not the only people doing this during the pandemic. Equipment and supplies like the ES-1&2 are back-ordered and have been for some time (thankfully, since shortly after I received my ES-1). Some lightboxes in short supply too. I ordered the ES-2 as well, for the ease in digitizing negative filmstrips, but recently cancelled the back-ordered order when I figured I could just temporarily put a filmstrip in a fold-over cardboard slide mount and use the ES-1. I haven't tried this yet, as I haven't yet received said slide
  23. How big are they? Many of them are kind of fingerling shape, but look too big.
  24. Still very accessible. Recently I wanted to start using Vuescan again after about 15 years of non-use, but needed a new key for the updated version. I queried, and Ed Hamrick accommodated me. But after trying some scans with my Canon FS4000, I saw that my set-up shooting slides with a Canon dslr, Nikon ES-1, and various other tubes/rings/spacers was way faster and yielded better results.
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