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  1. Plainclothes police stop

    I've been stopped by police quite a few times. I generally think that since they have to record the stop, I must be helping them to balance out their figures so they don't look as if they're profiling by race. (This occurred to me after I was stopped in an area of tower blocks almost entirely populated by black and other ethnic minorities, notably very many Muslims). I do wonder what attitude they would take to me if I happened to have dark skin, however.
  2. Copy space as a tag

    I use the copyspace tags, but have not had one single view that used that as a search term, so I don't think there's much point.
  3. I do - as Wim says, IPS display (Dell XPS) and calibration. But problems arise with differing environments - e.g. if I'm in a sunny position I give up trying as it throws your perception of the display off completely. Other things to be careful of - power saving settings when on battery (check advanced options to switch off any power saving on the display, as it affects brightness and contrast); display settings (it took me ages to discover that a default setting for 'vivid', I think on the Intel graphics control, which was artificially boosting some colours).
  4. What do you do for storage?

    I back up files and Lightroom catalogue to an external HD with another identical HD, which I keep in a different location, and sync them regularly with Microsoft SyncToy. Hard drives can often die randomly, so the back up needs its own back up, and this also solves the problem of fire or theft.
  5. Weekend uploads

    Correct. They usually catch up by Monday evening.
  6. I agree, it looks natural. However the crop shows some compression/colour space artefacts in the form of purple blotches.
  7. I've had this on exporting to JPEG (and if subtle enough Alamy do seem to allow it through). But not in RAW. It suggests that your camera is compressing the RAW file, something that is known in other Sonys. However it could be a software/colour space issue. What software are you using? Check what the working colour space is; ProPhoto is usually recommended for editing and is used in Lightroom (although Adobe RGB would show the effects on the output file better). Then take steps to reduce banding by keeping the sky colour within the available gamut - back off saturation, tweak white balance, tweak the HSL sliders until it looks more natural. You can also add colour to smooth out the bands, or a small amount of local fine grain to 'dither' the colour across them.
  8. Fine Art photography

    It is calibrated with one of those dongle things that hangs down over the screen, yes. There's a new idea for keywording it anyhow. Too far off topic now though aren't we?
  9. Fine Art photography

    Which is not at all a bad thing for the purpose for which you made the image, of course. It is, however, upside-down.
  10. Fine Art photography

    It really is glowing on my monitor.
  11. Fine Art photography

    But that is (a) beautiful, unlike the over-saturated potato/apple above; and (b) a response to an artistic tradition, unlike 99% of Alamy images; and (c) produced with concern for the deeper potential meanings of the image, rather than its mere functionality (as illustration, advertisement, etc.). All of which tend to be (though not always or exclusively) features of "art".
  12. If I were you I would donate them to an archive. Firstly, these are probably still within copyright, which will depend on the law and any agreements in place when they were taken. Do you know who the photographers were? And when they died? Copyright usually lasts 70 years from the death of the artist. Alternatively there may have been an agreement (or customary assumption) with the military or individual customers to transfer copyright to them. So while the negatives are yours, the images are not, and you are unlikely to be able to monetise them legally. Secondly, the only people who could feasibly want to have scans of these images are descendants of those depicted, or perhaps historians interested in tracing images of particular people. Not likely to be a lucrative market, and much better looked after by an institution with the facilities to catalogue the names. So I would look for a suitable institution (e.g. a military museum) with a publicly accessible archive collection and offer to donate them, or offer them for sale with a very low price to cover basic costs of transport etc.
  13. Favourite images uploaded - Feb 2018

    Taken 2011 in Boston, uploaded last week (bad weather has led me to reprocess old images instead of taking new ones ...).
  14. Probably not. From Amateur Photographic review: "Image quality ... [is] fine if you look at the picture as a whole, but doesn’t stand up to close examination of the pixels."
  15. You make my point well! The 15-85mm is an expensive lens however, even used, and with a Canon 1000D and kit lens I assume the OP is on a tight budget; for the price of that lens, s/he could buy two or three small primes - say, 24, 50 and 85. Less versatile but the image quality would be far higher for an equivalent price.