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  1. 15 minutes ago, domf said:

    Interesting because my last 3 sales have all been $3 as well.


    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 )

  2. 16 hours ago, Stokie said:


    William, I was more than happy with the Mk 3 and wouldn't have upgraded to the Mk 4 until I dropped it in a lake!


    Because the insurance was new for old they couldn't replace the Mk 3 so I had to pay a bit more to upgrade to a Mk 4.


    I don't think the extra cost is worth it to be honest. The images are larger at 86.1mp against 63.3mp so there is more option for cropping without losing quality. I'm finding banding in the sky sometimes with the Mk 4, I don't know if it's the lens (which was replaced at the same time as the camera and is EF like the old one) or the camera itself; or maybe i've set it up differently. I apply a setting on import to Lightroom and if I remove that the image is OK.


    I've been working on some old images from the Mk 3 and i'm pleasantly surprised at the quality of them.


    All in all, I don't think the extra money involved in upgrading from the Mk 3 to the Mk 4 is worth it - maybe other people think differently?




    PS. all the images on the first page of my portfolio are taken with the Mk 3.



    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.



  3. On 08/04/2020 at 19:00, Stokie said:

    I too started out with the 5D being my first full frame camera.  It produced some great images with the trusty 24-105mm lens before I upgraded to a MkII, then a Mk III, which I dunked in a pond and was written off, so replaced by the Mk IV.


    I've been very happy with all versions of the 5D.





    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 

  4. 1 hour ago, domf said:

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    only $ I thought the cover of a magazine would be worth more.


    People, locals queuing for Hainanese chicken rice at Maxwell Food Centre a hawkers food hall in Tanjong Pagar Singapore





    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.

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  5. 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..

  6. 17 minutes ago, gvallee said:


    The location was almost correct. It happened in 2009, an escapee from the Tipperary Station zoo.  https://www.abc.net.au/news/2009-11-16/nt-man-shoots-pygmy-hippo-by-mistake/1145336


    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.

  7. 53 minutes ago, gvallee said:


    Thank you William, I'm glad you had a good time at the zoo. Didn't they have a mini-hippo escapee who got shot from Halls Gap Zoo?

    Wildlife photography is quite addictive, it's a pleasant challenge requiring patience. I don't know why, it's the only thing I'm patient at!! Can't explain.

    You'll have fun with a 500mm except with air travel but I guess with the current situation, it's not going to happen any time soon. 

    Congratulations on your nugget. I, too, have found some, only they're chicken!! Seriously, I visited quite a few opal mining towns recently, fossicking is a seriously hard activity. Well done!



    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.. 

  8. 5 hours ago, gvallee said:

    One of 4 sales that dropped in on the last day on the month.

    Yippie!! I had great hopes as I had the only zooms for the search, being the only images on Alamy.

    This is the pub where David Bowie filmed part of the clip Let's Dance.

    There's no great danger of pointing this out as the place is fairly remote, reachable only via dirt roads in dry weather, and would not financially warrant a trip on itself. On top of that, I had my picture taken inside the pub and it's displayed next to David Bowies' there. Little things in life...






    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....

  9. "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



    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.


  10. 18 minutes ago, gvallee said:


    Thankfully, I bought my 500mm lens long time ago. My last sales were for $3.13 - $ 3.13 and $5.10 respectively. Wouldn't help me much these days with expensive gear. 

    The motorhome is a dream to travel in (two photo bags have to go in the shower cubicle though...). It's total freedom, apart from  the bushfires which have completely blown us off course. However, there is always a silver lining, as we traveled to a very scenic Outback area that we had not planned to visit. Plus we can stop whenever we feel like it, like right now in Alice Springs, and benefit from events there. Given the dire state of the market, I no longer go out of my way to cover a subject or take expensive scenic flights. I only do what I enjoy doing. It occurred to me today that Alamy has no pictures of Alice Springs Hospital which unfortunately might come up in the news soon. Am I going to make an effort? No. I'll take a picture if I drive past it. Sad.


    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

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  11. 35 minutes ago, gvallee said:


    Thank you very much William. Do go to Lord Howe Island if you have the chance, it's a trip not to be missed. It's incredibly scenic and relaxed.

    My gear? Three bags of it! I'm a slave to it.

    1. Bird photography: Nikon D4 and 500mm lens

    2. Landscapes: Nikon D4, Nikkor 16-35mm lens or Nikkor 80-400mm zoom

    3. Macro work: Nikon D500, Nikkor 105 lens, Nikon commander kit for flash

    Oh the nightmare of air travel...


    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. 😀

  12. 22 hours ago, gvallee said:

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    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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  13. On 29/02/2020 at 13:47, William Caram said:

    Wow!   2 sales this month  (settle down Bill )   Image BA1F68  for $12.62 Gross and Image B2XBDC for $ 10.30 Gross.......


    Still have backlog of images to process and upload, so working at folio building and have just upload 6 more pics ( awaiting Q.C. ) but that will take me to 4000 online here...A milestone for me and will work harder to get to the 5000 mark.


    Yeah well done Bill.....Yeah thanks mate 😁 

  14. 8 hours ago, Sally said:

    This is the start of my 4th year with Alamy. I have doubled my income in the last year, so I'm happy. It's been a lot of work but - apart from keywording - I have enjoyed it.


    Year 1: £129

    Year 2: £1466

    Year 3: £2989


    Another Well Done to you Sally, your hard work is paying off....and you have built a quality folio of images that sell 👍As always the photographers that work hard at what they do get rewarded....well mostly.


    Cheers Bill

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  15. I think you handled it well Ian....It's great to see when security forces are there when you need them and anywhere in the world...That is especiallly  if they treat you well and in a professional manner....Always best to coroperate with people with big guns...Still it would be a very confronting and scary situation...You are lucky you have a press pass, otherwise they may have taken you away for further questions...😲😀

  16. On 26/02/2020 at 01:33, Simon Lane said:

    Hi John.


    Nothing to do with ants amusing as it may be, but I too have not had a single sale in February. I cannot remember the last time in any month I had no sales by the 25th of the month. I have one particular image that sells at the very least, twice each month. Nothing at all from this image this month. From 8 sales in December, 9 sales in January which is par for the course, nothing at all in February, I'm wondering if this is coinciding with the sale of Alamy this month. Are we suddenly competing with 50,000,000 images from elsewhere?


    Any further thoughts welcomed.



    Great folio BTW Simon...Great images of the style / subject matter  that current buyers want will sell..stating the obvious but yes there's plenty of competition and sheer bulk of image numbers up for licence ....i guess one also needs to have  lots more saleable images to win more sales...Yes we are all competing with those very large collections of images...

  17. I guess it's the battle of wills, as in i will do it...and someone will want to stop you as they feel they just have to..This as you know Bryan is not new to us photographers, and happens all around the world..Some people just want to spoil our fun, and we are not hurting anyone but still we are seen to be stealing a moment in time, and an image of someones property..Well done on standing your ground, but sometimes it's just not worth the aggro...


    I have photographed the Salamanca Market in Tasmania a few times and had no problems...so far that is.Yes you try to be discreet but with camera in hand you stand out especially if you are in close with a wide angle lens...I like to use both the long lens for candids, and the wide to get in close...Many years ago in the Victoria Market in Melbourne i was refused a few times when asking to take pictures, maybe the vendors were over photographed and getting camera shy...


    I once many years ago in holidaying in Sydney and shooting stock of course, i was challenged by a shop owner because i pointed my camera in the buildings direction...I was taking a wider angle shot of the frontage including other shop facades...Well he wasn't having it and we had a full on argument on the pavement, i  told him i had the right to go about my business and i was in a public place...Well it got real heated and we both walked to a close by police station and pleaded our arguments..The police agreed that i was in a public space and had a right to make pictures, but was told maybe i was better off to find another frontage to photograph...


    I was in Brisbane Queensland last September, and decided to go down to Surfers Paradise and shoot some stock..Well after getting some general street scenes, i wandered onto the beach to get some shots of beachgoers and the tall buildings behind..I was careful not to point my camera at children...Well all was going well and as i neared the water and was taking some pics of the lifesavers surfboard and the yellow safety flags, and  then was challenged by two young lifesavers who asked me what i was doing...and asked to see the images! I felt like a criminal with all the beachgoers looking at me!....we got the pervert....


    Anyway i complied and they found nothing but general wide angled shots...They even asked why i took pictures of the safety flags...They said that someone had complained that i pointed the camera in their direction...They did not order me off the beach but advised that i be careful what i photograph...I told them i was an ex professional photographer just taking general travel shots....I knew my rights but i moved slowly from the area taking more pictures so as to show that i had done nothing wrong, and was not chased off the beach!


    Yes Bryan this is what we photographers have to deal with when we take pictures in public, or of our surrounds..where ever we live these days.. 

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