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  1.  Matt and Bill,

     

    All you need to do is to observe the subject, look for a pattern in their behaviour and to anticipate their next move. Look for a flight pattern of the bee and where it may hover before landing on the flower. With a bit of practice you can do it. I only spent about 1/2 Hr on this image and the one below. Nikon D850 / D5 with 105mm 2.8f macro lens set on auto focus which locks onto the bee quite quick. The only problem is the narrow depth of field shooting with this lens, you are only talking of a few mm., leading to parts of the bee being  in focus others not. If the eyes are sharp you are nearly there.

     

    All the best. Alan

     

     

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  2. Many thanks for all those who voted for my image and to those who participated in the March Challenge. It was a close run event and I was biting my hoofs, sorry nails up until the finishing line. 

     

    Women's Role in Todays Society:- Its been over 100 years since women have been able to vote here in the U.K. and in that time they have faced many challengers even today things are still not equal. More needs to be done not only here but in other parts of the world to improve the life opportunities of women. So, lets see some powerful images of women in our society, for better or for worse. Normal rules - each contender can provide up to 3 images, all to be from Alamy. I shall be away at the end of this month so the closing date for entries will be Midnight on Tuesday 23th and all votes in by the 30th. Examples of my take on this theme are shown below. 

     

     

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  3. Like Ian, my traffic lights are on green to go and to carry on submitting Live News images. My main Live News images are from political events with some UK weather. The email points out to ensure that each batch of images (15 of the best) have the correct headlines & captions (headlines & Description in lightroom), date, time and aim to have them filed within one hour. My headlines and captions are pre-written and added to each image or batch after they have been culled and edited there by saving time. Sometimes it is difficult to stop shooting and upload your images because things do kickoff like the letter dropping on P.M. May's display or Jeremy Corbyn egg attack.

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  4. https://theculturetrip.com/asia/china/hong-kong/articles/what-to-see-and-do-in-hong-kong-on-a-layover/

     

    People wait for their flights at Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong © Marc Bruxelle / Alamy Stock Photo

    Crowds of people look over the skyline of Hong Kong at the Lions Pavilion at The Peak | © Jayskyland Images / Alamy Stock Photo

    Travellers dine in a restaurant inside Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong © dbimages / Alamy Stock Photo
    The International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong has an observation deck © Tuomas Lehtinen / Alamy Stock Photo
    Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline shine on a clear day © Anders Tukler / Alamy Stock Photo
    Big Buddha on Lantau Island, Hong Kong, is popular with both tourists and worshippers © Alan Keith Beastall / Alamy Stock Photo
    The Peak Tram in Hong Kong is a popular tourist attraction © tuimages.com / Alamy Stock Photo
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  5. It is traitional to open your Christmas presents on Boxing Day and for me today all the boxes opened 'December Challenge' have been a great suprise for the excellent quality of all the images. It as been very difficult to pick the 10 finalist shown below from the 77 images entered. 

     

    You have until Midday on the 30th December to cast your vote as I'am away on New Years Eve

     

    Alan.

     

     

    1) Michael Ventura   KCTADE   Lonely Wheelchair

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    2) Abiyoyo    DJJY11   CDG Parisgates-f21-to-f36-in-paris-cdg-terminal-2f-having-a-concorde-shape-DJJY11.jpg

     

     

     

     

    3) Wiskerke   FP46J3  Chicage O'Harehttps://c7.alamy.com/comp/FP46J3/chicago-ohare-international-airport-tunnel-between-concourses-b-and-FP46J3.jpg

     

     

     

     

    4) Inchiquin   F68EYT   Footbridge, Feltham 

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    5) Matt Ashmore   MA9A7A   Paddington Railway Station, London

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    6) Lynne   ACYC5B   Olympic Agora Athens 2004, Games Greece

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    7) Arvy777   PP3FAJ   Caterpillar Tale, Snowdonia National Park

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    8) Doc   A5DNTJ   Pigeons and Cable Car

     

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    9) TeeCee   AG8CE1

     

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    10) MDM   MONKNF   Avon Gorge in Bristol

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  6. Last call. Just over 24hrs. to go before the curtains close on the December challenge.

    Have a Good Christmas.

     

    Alan with one L. The Angel took the other as in:- 

    The first noel, the angel did say,
    Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
    In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
    On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
    Noel, noel, noel, noel,


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    This is my setup when away. MacBook Pro 13inch. 2Ghz Intel Core i5, 8GM ram and 251 GB flash storage. Small, light weight and well built. Run a 27in mac in the office but have no problem post processing images on the 13in screen. Runs LR 6.13 as smooth as silk even when processing large files from the D850. When out doing Live News with no wifi I seamless connect the mac to the iphone to upload images to Alamy. A bit expensive but very reliable. Push the boat out Southpole you only live once and Christmas is around the corner.

     

    Alan.

     

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