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  1. Rob U


    That's not my point.
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    B.t.w. Eurasian eagle owls live all over Europe, even in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Denmark which aren't exactly mountainous countries Sure, some do. But Collins Bird Guide: "Resident in mountains and forests, preferring areas with rocks, steep cliffs and mature trees (preferably conifers); often in rocky archipelagos....Small population of presumed captive origin possibly becoming established in N. Britain." A meadow in England with no sign of any conifers or rocks is hardly representative.
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    The lynx photos are good but if I was selecting images I would definitely reject that Eagle Owl image. It simply isn't illustrative of an Eagle Owl. They don't land on posts in meadows in England. They live in mountainous areas of Europe and Asia. And personally I don't like the word "footpath" in the picture - it has no relevance to the owl and is a distraction. But perhaps those things don't worry a lot of people. I also tried some book publishers once but none was interested. One said that they loved my photos but couldn't see what the theme for the book would be. I suppose I can understand that. I think in future I'll simply refer people who ask me why I don't do something professional with my photos to this discussion.
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    So if I see some interesting wildlife and it's raining and the animal is quite distant so I need to use a long lens, so I know there's no way that I can get a really sharp photo, but I know I can still get an interesting one, I shouldn't take the photo, or what?
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    OK, thanks, I have uploaded it. It is pretty sharp. Seems the answer is (d) Keep trying with Alamy but select photos for sharpness rather than composition.
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    Thanks very much for all your answers. I've uploaded eight photos to photobucket http://s24.photobucket.com/user/Robert_Ulph/library/?sort=3&page=1, four being the ones I submitted to Alamy and four others which I have selected more for clarity and have labelled "New". There are reduced size versions and cropped samples at 100%. To be honest I don't think they are that much clearer though. All my lenses are IS and I appreciate that that's still not going to compensate for camera shake at 400mm. Of the four photos that I submitted to Alamy only one was taken at 400mm. I didn't use a tripod, I was resting on a car window. Had I got out to set up a tripod the animals would have run off anyway. The other three were taken at much lower focal lengths. Typically they have exposure times of about 1/200th second. In future I can certainly try taking photos at a faster shutter speed as suggested by some of you, and underexposing a little to compensate. Carrying a tripod is going to be difficult though. Sometimes I'm hiking so it would be extra weight. Moreover I like to go to exotic places and generally these are group trips and not photography specific. If I start getting a tripod out all the time that's going to really annoy other people on the trip who have to wait for me. If I go alone then that's going to increase the costs two or threefold, which I don't think is justifiable. I'm not that interested in going out taking photos of more everyday scenes closer to home. Anyway here's my website http://thirdplanet.squarespace.com. I think I'll just say to people that my trips are ambitious enough as they stand and to try to start taking photos sufficiently good technically to sell them anywhere other than on a microstock website is just not realistically possible.
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    Hi I'm a keen travel and wildlife photographer and have a website which I think you can see through my profile. Friends of mine are always looking at my website and saying things like "Wow you've got some really great photos on your website. Are you thinking of turning professional?". I struggle to know what to say to them in reply. The truth is that I submit my photos to agencies such as Alamy and I always get rejected. One person I mentioned this to said "well try again", which I did, but I got nowhere and just wasted more of my time. I have made about GBP300 from a microstock photography site over the last eight years but it really hasn't been worth the trouble - it certainly doesn't come anywhere close to what you would call a profession. My initial submission to Alamy has just been rejected because apparently my photos were soft or lacking definition. If I had been allowed to sharpen them they would have been a lot clearer, but I wasn't. It would be good to know if any of my photos were sharp enough, but it seems that they were all rejected simply because the first one was not sharp enough - this doesn't really help me to know whether it would be worth making another submission. I use a Canon EOS 700D with 18-55mm, 70-300mm and 100-400mm lenses. This is about GBP2000 worth of equipment The latter lens weighs about 2kg. So what do I do: Invest in and start carrying around yet heavier and more expensive camera equipment, plus a tripod; Say to my friends "Well my photos may look good to you, but by professional standards they're not that good". Seems slightly rude; Say to my friends "I don't think it's possible to make any significant money through travel photography". Sounds defeatist; or Keep trying with Alamy but select photos for sharpness rather than composition? Thanks
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