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William Caram

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  1. Thanks Genevieve ATB to you also...had a look at the early morning Yellow Waters cruises online, looks like great fun..i'm sure you will get more great shots..Cheers
  2. Great shot Genevieve....and nice warm light...you have some good croc shots...I ended up not buying a 500mm, i bought a Canon f2.8 300mm and added 1.4 and 2x teleconverters giving me 300 / 420 / 600 mm...a bit more compact and still versatile kit...I have to put it on my bucket list to head way up North / Darwin and get some pics of crocs and other wildlife....But the way things are at the moment down here in Victoria, is that no other States wants us poor Victorians lol
  3. I have been just catching up on processing past Photo Shoots 😀 so has been a very productive time for me, and i still have more to do which is a good thing..I managed a few good stock shoots before the lockdown and got some good wildlife pics at a regional zoo, so added some more variety to my folio...Birds, Animals, etc...I also balance my retirement time with gold prospecting and managed a nice find so sold the nugget and got myself a fast sharp F2.8 /300mm tele and a couple of converters 1.4 and 2x so effectively giving me a 300mm / 420mm and 600mm.. During our lockdown exercise time walking around Lake Wendouree here in Ballarat, i of course took the 300mm for a spin 😀 and there was plenty of ducks / swamp hens / swans / and other assorted birdlife...( got some nice people shots too of people just exercising and just chilling out beside the lake ) I am very pleased with the results ( shooting wide open at f2.8 and having that extra reach to pull in tight on timid birdlife) and will continue to capture more wildlife etc..I always wanted a fast long tele so have a lot more subject matter to tackle in future with it... Like many of us here i am just looking forward to better times...so we have to just do the best we can, and enjoy our photographic opportunities when we can... Keep shooting / snapping / clicking / making pics that sell....
  4. Alan, that's not a good situation for you...OK a lot has been said about CTR...there are a lot of factors in play....Regular sales and interest in your folio is a good thing for CTR...so like you said maybe you have to be more consistent with uploading new images ( and hopefully they attract some sales ) but getting your star rating up does help as you do get through QC...faster..So making sure that you uploads are not running into QC fails is important too, so your star rating will improve... I myself while not selling huge amounts, but getting my few sales a month ( and i am now working on better future sales..relative to image subject diversity / increasing numbers / saleability / ) My uploads sail through QC quickly as i have 3 stars rating, and try to be regularly uploading new material...There are many here who can surely comment and advise on this better than i can...I just hope you can turn things around for yourself Alan.. Cheers Bill
  5. Still a good effort there....we can only do what's relative to us...but the more pics in the lottery, gives us more chance of a return stating the obvious...I have been catching up on a backlog of images myself....It gives us something to do in these troubled times...It's still positive, you have to appreciate what opportunities we individually have.
  6. Well done Bob....gives you a lift when a better sale drops in.....
  7. Yeah same licence use for me $ 3.00 For Travel & Tourism website.....in Perpetuity!.....I reckon they got a super deal there....bargain basement...Ahhh well i'm $1.50 richer...I flew from Melbourne to Hobart for that one....Maybe just maybe the other pics i took on that trip will one day do better.. Image # W33EPP ( I need to learn how to post image )
  8. Thanks John, appreciated your take on the 5D3 V 5D4....as much as i like the 5D3 i will add the 5D4 at the end of the year as i feel the upgrade will be worth it for me....and be careful when you're near water with your gear....but you're lucky to have been insured..great when you need it. Bill
  9. Hi John, as you have used all of the Canon 5D cameras...what's your take on the 5D lV over the 5D3....I have used version 1 to 3 and the 3 still amazes me with the quality files it produces ...That body is more than enough for shooting stock...all things being equal....good technique and L quality lenses help also...I have always been one or two bodies below the current body version, and i know the image quality ( from what i've read ) from the 3 to the 4 is moderately improved...but it's more refined in other areas.. I will upgrade to the 5D4 at the end of the year, and i have invested recently more into the EF lens lineup especially the fast tele zooms 70 to 200 and a fast fixed aperture 300mm with TC's 1.4 and 2x....So i have to work this kit even harder to get a return from stock...but that's ok as i like using great gear and i get enjoyment out my photography hobby... So what's your take on the 5D4
  10. That's a shocker of a sale fee mate....Cover shot for a dollar....deserves way more! Maybe because they're not practicing Social Distancing 😀 sorry, its a great shot.
  11. Agree with the 5D2 being a great choice....I had the classic 5D and it was Ok being full frame nice ! wide lenses stayed wide, i had a 20D cropped sensor before that being my first digital camera.. The 5D2 with more resolution and sensor cleaning and better shadow detail was great too....I have now been using a 5D3 and shadow detail is better again, plus better auto focussing, just a refinement of the 5D2......Like the others have said,you can't go wrong with a 5D2 nice big files and great colour too.. I will eventually buy a 5D4 for better dynamic range and a few more refinements...but i'm in no hurry because many are jumping on the mirrorless wagon and while Canon have made some superb new fast aperture and expensive lenses for the RF / R cameras and of course the soon to be released R5 camera sounds great....I will stay with the 5D line and the great EF lenses, there will be some bargains in the 5D line as photographers upgrade to the new R5 and R6 cameras... Now you can make super images with a 5D2 and if you can at some stage get yourself a 24 to 105 mm F4 L is lens....you will cover most of your stock shooting with that combo...Of course a standard 50mm lens will go nicely with it as well..
  12. Yes you were close Genevieve...That's a sad story for the animal to end that way....why prop the dead animal's mouth open with a stick, it looks like a hunters trophy picture.. I was looking at some lens reviews for a 500mm and of course there were some great pictures from photographer's trips to Africa using long telephotos to photograph wildlife....Ahh that would be the best experience....keep dreaming Bill.
  13. Ahh the old chicken nuggets Ha...they may be more rare in some places now...Can't find anything about that Hippo escapee from that zoo...google won't tell me 😀 I'm looking forward to receiving a nice gift $$$ from the government relief package for pensioners....I have already spent some of it in advance on a 1.4 teleconverter 👍 Yes travel is out of the question currently, so like the many we have to occupy ourselves....I'm happy that i have a backload of images to process and upload...otherwise i would be climbing the walls..
  14. Nice one Genevieve, you have a great group of shots on The David Bowie "Let's Dance" in outback Australia 😃 I used to have the CD....China Girl and Modern Love were big hits off the Album too....Mmm i might just buy it again...Oh BTW....I put my 100 to 400mm zoom to good use and paid a visit to the Halls Gap Zoo...My wife and sister in law enjoyed the zoo as well, leaving me to get busy with my camera.. I managed a good selection of animal and bird shots, and am at present processing more for upload....Lucky i managed that outing there as the zoo is now closed! just like many other places and businesses now with the restrictions...I might just buy a 500mm tele later in the year-and shoot some more wildlife and other subjects where a long tele is useful ..As for recouping the outlay well i know i will have to use it well to justify having it...and i can always sell it again if i need to....I got lucky recently finding a nice nugget to pay for the lens....
  15. Well like the many no doubt on Alamy, i have been busy processing and uploading new images ( I have a backlog ) and of course the servers must be clogged with data traffic as images are very SLOW uploading....Some have failed to upload and have to repeat again.. Best wishes to to all....keep safe and busy.
  16. "Come and See Her" Doctor doctor my babies sick...come and see her....The Easybeats "Am i ever gonna see your face again".....The Angels "Touch Me" Now touch me, baby. Can't you see that I am not afraid? .....The Doors "Coconut" And said "doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take?"I said "doctor, to relieve this belly ache"I said "doctor, ain't there nothin' I can take?"I said "doctor, to relieve this belly ache".........Harry Nilsson "Imagine"............John Lennon Imagine there's no Coronavirus......My Lyric 😀 Oh just feeling melancholic....."Yesterday" The Beatles Yesterday all my troubles seemed so far away.... Now to lift the spirits...raise a glass if you have to...."Here comes the Sun" The Beatles.
  17. I did take a look at your Alice pics Gen, good variety of people pics too...love the little dog in the bright outfit..😄 At least you have a great diverse folio and image numbers, and these days you have to keep topping numbers up...We can't change the market, and yes we have heard the "good old days" comments, but if you love taking pics there's no harm in doing so....but as you say we photographers have to keep our expenses down....The world is in turmoil at present and hopefully nations learn from these events, and once we are through this down time i'm sure the world will get back to business....travel promotions etc, and hopefully a demand for images to sell the dream...stay safe
  18. Thanks Gen...Great kit and selection of lenses..(versitile outfit ). .Ahh i thought you used a long tele like the 500mm, it gets you close and with quality results but yes the weight factor goes with the territory when you shoot full frame DSLR 's...I use Canon 5D3 with 16 to 35mm / 24 to 105mm / 100mm macro / and 100 to 400mm zoom / yes i would love a 500mm f4...i need to work the long zoom more on some wildlife subjects, but got enough to keep me happy...You do get around in your motorhome outback, and cover a great range of subject matter to your credit....There's plenty of stock subjects down South in Victoria for me to shoot, just got to put more effort in. 😀
  19. Great shot Michael...crisp B&W capture.....A lot of big changes in the 70's....I got married in 79 but the world never noticed 😁
  20. Great shot Gen....deserves more $$$ but a sale is a sale...Great location Lord Howe Island, i've never been there but looks like a photographers paradise....BTW off topic i know but what gear are you using? I like your bird pics as well..long lens captures..
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