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Keith Burdett

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  1. This is the one: https://www.nhbs.com/the-butterflies-of-britain-ireland-book
  2. Different camera/lens but.... What I do for birds is work in aperture priority, set minimum shutter speed to 1000th in auto iso controls, cap iso at 3200 and just play with the aperture according to the shot. I have to watch the shutter speed dropping if light is poor, subject movement is as big a problem as camera shake once speeds drop. If opportunity allows and iso high I'll spend some time at lower iso and shutter speeds to try and improve noise levels. This is with Nikon D7200 with 300 f4 and tc 1.4. If f6.3 is your widest aperture it may not give the best qhuality. Stopping down ev
  3. Just weighing in to add to the consensus that these contract changes have been badly thought out and badly executed. Alamy, you need to look after your workforce, and I dont just mean the agencies and relatively high flyers. The bulk of us supply varied and interesting imagery, often of niche subjects which buyers will not find elsewhere. The way you have dropped this on us, a data dump of legalese and a financial kick in the teeth on top, its not surprising people are quitting and we will all lose out if Alamys collection loses that variety, interest and level of individual specialisation.
  4. No detailed analysis but Im sure a significant amount of my sales show up on Saturday mornings. I always feel theres an above average chance when I check on Saturdays, have done for quite a while, like years. Im more surprised when i get one mid week. They could of course appear late on a friday, later than 6ish. Ive wondered if im in some sort of streamed reporting system, by sale/client type, surname, whatever....
  5. On a tangent, the cover photo for this album has an interesting photographic story starting in 1881 and now connected to Alamy- https://dynamichrome.com/casestudies/resistanceisfutile I absolutely recommend listening to the whole album btw. Not only are "The Manics" truely excellent but this album explores grief and loss while (in my experience at least) being uplifting and empowering rather than depressing. Highly relevant for our times even though it came out early 2018... https://m.youtube.com/results?search_query=resistance+is+futile+manic+street+preach
  6. Through the church keyhole. Blue. Alternative accomodation.
  7. Close up photography with a mobile phone, 2018. Aberystwyth university May Ball 2008. Vintage mobile phone photography!
  8. Had good results with Photobox, only used them twice as I had my own printer, but once for a colour profiled canvas print (incidentally the nasturtium in the "orange" thread) and recently for some mobile phone photo prints. Cheers, Keith
  9. Another Nasturtium, 'Empress of India' Interior ofJelly Ear fungus, Wales, UK. Cloudy orange deposits of insoluble ferric oxides and a fragmented oily sheen in a woodland pool produced by Iron reducing bacteria, Wales, UK
  10. Is one of the colour channels heavily clipped in the raw image? If so you will never recover the detail or smooth colour transitions. When shooting bright flowers expose to avoid clipping in all 3 channels regardless of how dark this makes the overall image. Dark tones can be recovered better from modern sensors whereas clipped channels are forever clipped. Its a bad idea to photograph flowers in full sunlight as an exposure correct for the saturated colours can mean too much recovery is needed for the image to be decent even after processing carefully. I supply a specialist plant library who
  11. Thanks for your help putting the image up. I'll work out the posting thing sometime.
  12. Common Toad, Bufo bufo, run over by a vehicle while spawning in a puddle on a track then dessicated, Wales, UK https://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-common-toad-bufo-bufo-run-over-by-a-vehicle-while-spawning-in-a-puddle-104079292.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=BD88A0B6-DC58-42D4-B2B3-439EA2D8751C&p=31824&n=0&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=0&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d0%26pn%3d1%26ps%3d100%26sortby%3d2%26resultview%3dsortbyPopular%26npgs%3d0%26qt%3dtoad%20spawn%20run%20over%26qt_raw%3dtoad%20spawn%20run%20over%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26ot%3d0%
  13. Recommend black rapid attached to lens tripod bush hanging behind you at a comfortable height relative to your butt/arm length. Rotate the lens in the collar to find a position where your hand naturally finds the camera grip and shutter release when you reach down. Having it behind you stops it swinging when walking. If stalking you'll have it up front with both hands anyway. This works well with d800 with 300 f4 afs and battery grip. Balance more important than weight, adding a tc to this setup makes it feel disproportionately heavier as it throws the balance off. A heavier lens would be fi
  14. Similars are pictures with only small differences, expressions, composition around main subject, angle of view etc. Sisters are pictures from the same shooting session and may be more fundamentally different, yet still connected to the original shot - same model, different background or vice versa. Its hard to be precise. Both will be prohibited from sale elsewhere if one of a set is marked exclusive to alamy. Derivative images with different exposure, processing etc would definitely be sisters if not similars i believe. If in doubt, dont submit elsewhereor mark as exclusive. I have a sizeable
  15. It's a winch, surely? A hand winch/ handwinch. Like a Tirfor but i think its a different make. A handle is attached to one of the 2 levers and moved back and forth - one tightens, one lets the cable out.
  16. Only been a problem for me since win10. As i understand it there won't be a win11 its all incremental updates from now on. So even if you wete able to turn off auto updates it wouldn't really be a good idea, you'd have to catch up at some point. The drivers/update issues could be partly connected to using 10 on older machines?? On the plus side, i did find a way to throttle the bandwidth used by update so it doesn't take 3 hours to upload 10 pics to Alamy while the update hogs the internet.
  17. Could be update related. I had total loss of keyboard function following an update and a more serious issue affecting the computer turning on at all. The former was solved with a manual driver update, the latter by allowing windows update to "fix a problem" after which a mass update series occurred. All now pretty much working fine now bar one issue where my colour management profile gets ditched at random moments. My root problem could be the laptop was originally win8... Also hibernate option disappeared from all menus and was a pain to reactivate. Win8 or not i link all the above issue
  18. Been trying to find a keywording app for android for ages. Another thread on here recently led me to f stop media gallery. You need the £3.59 pro version to save metadata but it seems worth it. The keywords entered show up in the usual way in the program i use for keywording on pc (nikon viewnx). Haven't uploaded yet but dont anticipate problems. Works fine on experia z tablet and phone. Seems the best browser app ive seen for android too. I use aim with no problems through firefox browser on the tablet but it doesnt function at all on the small phone screen. Cheers, Keith
  19. Blue spires are vipers bugloss, left of second image. Cheers, Keith
  20. No problem. I'd recommend this to anyone doing much with dragonflies and damselflies in the uk and Ireland. Species can be very similar with overlapping variations and the differences are often literally minute. Often good to get poor or distant shots from good ID angles as well as The shot. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dragonflies-Great-Britain-Ireland-Hammond/dp/0946589003 Cheers, Keith
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