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David Hewison

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  1. I noticed this today too.. 3 out of 3 for me.. If there's some with only 1 star here yet still get over night approvals, i wonder what it takes to see a slowdown in approval speed?
  2. haha I'd say it would have barely covered your take away latte during your break...
  3. I have the passes, thats no problem... and most of my work I sell direct.. I was just wondering how these images perform here.. obviously not too well by the sounds of it lol
  4. Just wondering if anyone else here shoots motorsport and if so, how does Alamy perform in regards to sales, particularly live news sport images.. Do you see many sales for this genre?
  5. I'm utterly staggered. I use a canon battery grip but rather than using the normal canon battery packs, I use Eneloop Pro AA's because they last longer and they're easier to charge in an 8 cell charger - no waiting for one to charge and inserting the next - i'm lazy . So I use the canon battery cartridge as a backup. I've never tested the fps on AI Servo with the canon battery cartridge inserted, so I thanks to your post, I swapped the batteries to the canon packs and and guess what - she works perfectly! lol The Eneloops are reasonably new (2 months old) and have a good reputation - so I'm not really sure why the performance drop?? I'm currently running them through a battery condition cycle - maybe that will bring them back to life? Thank you Ed - To be honest I had read about the battery issue before, but given i was using fully charged cells I didn't take any notice of it. Looks like I'll be buying more canon battery packs and and additional charger so I can charge concurrently. I'm surprised no one's picked this up before, I'm surely not the only one who uses the AA cell cartridge in the BG-E11 grip? When I used EOS-3s with the Powerbooster battery grip I had the option of using the Canon (NiCad?) specialist battery or the Canon holder with AAs. That had a stated lower fps on AAs. I don't think AAs deliver the current needed to support the highest frame rates. You beat me to it! It certainly appears that way - I didn't realise there'd be a difference.
  6. Well let this be a lesson to us all: If all else fails - read the instructions! After a lot of digging i found the user manual for the BG-E11 battery grip and guess what? It says right there in black and white that if you use the AA cell cartridge, continuous shooting in AI Servo mode is slow.. it should only be used in an emergency as a back up... https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/26761740/Camera/Photo%203-03-2016%2C%2010%2006%2018%20PM.jpg
  7. I'm utterly staggered. I use a canon battery grip but rather than using the normal canon battery packs, I use Eneloop Pro AA's because they last longer and they're easier to charge in an 8 cell charger - no waiting for one to charge and inserting the next - i'm lazy . So I use the canon battery cartridge as a backup. I've never tested the fps on AI Servo with the canon battery cartridge inserted, so I thanks to your post, I swapped the batteries to the canon packs and and guess what - she works perfectly! lol The Eneloops are reasonably new (2 months old) and have a good reputation - so I'm not really sure why the performance drop?? I'm currently running them through a battery condition cycle - maybe that will bring them back to life? Thank you Ed - To be honest I had read about the battery issue before, but given i was using fully charged cells I didn't take any notice of it. Looks like I'll be buying more canon battery packs and and additional charger so I can charge concurrently. I'm surprised no one's picked this up before, I'm surely not the only one who uses the AA cell cartridge in the BG-E11 grip?
  8. I've tried that, both 1st and 2nd shutter are set to fast.. mind you when they're set to focus - its no slower. So at least with my body those settings don't change anything
  9. I Can't seem to find anything about this on the internet and it's not been a priority for me to work it out until recently as I rarely use AI Servo mode. However, I want to do a little motorsport shooting so now this is an issue. Whats happening is that when my camera is set to 'one shot' focus - high speed burst mode works as it should - around 6 or 7fps. The second I set the camera to AI Servo so I can focus track - she drops to less than 3fps! Surely this can't be right? Any help from other 5D3 users would great - have I missed a setting or something or is this just the way it is?
  10. I like the bag idea for it simplicity, but I run around a lot to catch as much of the action as I can.. so I'm looking for the least 'jiggly' answer. I think a simple belt is the the way to go.
  11. Had a play with the Think tank belt today, the slim one.. I must say I was pleasantly surprised how comfortable it was.. It feels like there's no need for a harness to support over the shoulders but I didn't load it up... I'll check out the lowpro shortly...
  12. Fair point... At this stage im only interested in taking my camera (5D3), 24-105 and the 70-200 2.8.. So rather than take a bag, I'd rather carry the lens and flash on my belt.. camera on the harness. I currently use a sling which is fantastic... no problems securing the camera on that, even with the big lens and a battery grip. I spose for motorsports I'd only need the camera and a big lens so you have a good point about that.. Then really I'm looking for a solution for long duration events etc. I like your idea about leaving kit int he media room, but how secure is that?
  13. OK so I think I need some help. I shoot a lot of events, protests and I'm about to start shooting motorsports. I've had a gutfull of carrying my camera backpack around so the other day whilst merrily shooting the World Naked Bike Ride, which was.. revealing to say the least! I decided not to take my bag, but to strap my camera lens case for my 70-200 2.8 on my belt.. well, that wasn't such a good idea either, my belt snapped under it's weight! Plus it was uncomfortable. And most disturbingly, without a bag, there was no where to put my cigarettes and what to do with the flash? I'd rather not leave it on camera if possible - unless of course i need it. The thing is I hate harnesses and camera vests - I think they look ridiculous - they're almost as bad as fishing vests! (without the smell) And I'd rather be more conspicuous but the time has come that I have to put all that aside and take the leap into harness land. There's so many choices out there.. vest? Harness? Belt and Harness? Grrrrr non of which I like because i don't like any of them.. I've been looking at the Lowpro S&F belt along with the Harness OR vest from the same company.. they seem pretty good. So I'm looking for advice please.. which is more practical, the vest? or the harness? And can anyone recommend a brand they've had experience with please? Cheers!!
  14. I rather go with the others' comments but remember that you can also have camera shake with a tripod and long exposures due to one or more of the following: using the thin legs at the bottom or post at the top, breeze or wind, no weight to stabalise it, shutter release unsettling camera (no timer, no remote release), movement of mirror, flexible surface, earthquake (only had one here in Japan while taking a photograph). I'm sure there are other reasons (beyond avalanche and landslide) as well! If you want to show us some 100% crops I'm sure that someone would offer an opinion. You didn't mention tornado, volcano, plane crash.. Or of course the elephant in the room - or waterfall.. climate change. All plausible
  15. Yep I have 3 of them - the models I have are the YN600EX-RT which are an exact copy of the canon 600EX-RT, with exactly the same functionality. In fact they have a battery charge indicator, which Canon's version doesn't have. The menus are the same... They offer the same channel support as Canon, so you can run a bunch of groups and different outputs, all from the camera or the wireless trigger. They are wireless and work with the canon wireless trigger, or Yongnuo make an exact copy of the trigger too, which I also have. They are 100% reliable, I use them all time. They're robust and only cost about $AU120 from memory. As far as compatibility goes, no issues at all - they play perfectly with my Canon 600d and my 5Diii. They also have the same power rating as the Canon version. I'd rather support Canon and buy OEM, but at less than a 1/4 of the price, why would you not get your hands on these.. I highly recommend them.
  16. David, in terms of a "sin bin" being where you are not able to upload, it simply does not exist! Alamy clearly state that if you continue to submit sub-standard work you may have your upload capacity suspended for a time, but that is not the case if you have simply had a QC fail. dd Ah is that how it works? OK then Excellent! Then I'm as sound as a pound for now at least... Thanks for clarifying that for me.
  17. Yes Ed, they did... I hope you're right. Don't worry, I have learnt my lesson. A part of me was testing the envelope on how far I could push an image.. but I may have a toe off the edge of a cliff now, so playing it safe from now on.
  18. Bloody hell -My first QC fail in 70 submissions To be honest, I deserved it, the image was soft, there was too much noise (although that was deliberate), and I'd become complacent and let my quality drop. Will I be sin binned for eternity??
  19. This is also misleading and poor advice for new contributors. Flare, blur etc is fine as long as it is meant to be there. Your QC history does not come into it. Thanks Alamy Off topic a bit - but I love how Alamy is so responsive to specific issues such as these.. other agencies are so vague and will never clarify like this.
  20. The problem with Newzulu is that they take up to 24 hours to approve content - by the time it's online the moment's gone. Plus their website is rubbish, slow and buggy. One good thing about them was that their Sydney editorial staff were pretty proactive in communication with contributes, I often spoke to them directly, and they'd even sometimes call / email to ask if I could cover this, or that. Then they shut the office down 2 months ago. Approval is still slow, and now no communication.. I'll continue to use them - only because there's not many other options out there other than Alamy. Demotix was efficient, seemed to have a broader reach and news stories were approved within an hour. And more recently for me, stories were approved instantly. Much closer to the Alamy experience. Anyway, there's still Alamy!
  21. A stale cup of coffee would run well on that setup! I run an SSD too, an i7 chipset but with an integrated crappy Intel graphics chip, only 8gb ram & Win 10. My laptop is showing its age now, but still 2015 CC runs like lightening. Win 10 is flawless too. As with Duncan, all my settings are default. I've changed Lr's settings as per my last post which made a huge difference.. but that's not Ps. They say technology is our friend, but they never told us how selective it was!
  22. Mine were approved overnight - uploaded on the 1st Jan. I thought I'd failed but it was just backlog.. don't panic just yet..
  23. Thats weird, I'm on the current CC Ps version on Win 10 running on allocated 6 out of 8 GB of ram, and it's blazingly fast. Mind you, Lr until the most recent update was bordering on sloth like performance. Sorted now thankfully. Handy tip for Lr - set the Camera Raw Cache Settings to 70GB's - for reasons unknown it turbo charges its performance. (Preferences/File Handling) (Courtesy of the Improve Photography Podcast)
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