Dyn Llun

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  1. Edo in San Miguel de Allende

    The trouble is that we will all have to queue along with the Brexiteers. They have well and truly dumped on all of us and should have a special stamp in their passports and have to endure a long queue to themselves and let the rest of us go fast pass. Or, they could have their beloved blue passport and we keep the current colour so they know who's who! Good luck to all of you with Irish, and other European passports. Because of my ancestry no other passport for me. However, I'm content to be Welsh and British and was more than happy to feel part of Europe too. My personal feelings won't change but the practicalities, customs, passport control etc. will change things I'm afraid.
  2. Who Are We?

    Good luck with the Ph.D. I did mine part time while I was the course leader of Documentary Photography at Newport. I used mine to produce a major body of work which led to a major international exhibition, (part of the requirements) and a book which was published internationally. I had to write a thesis too! If you have chosen your subject for your own passion and interests, (many are selected now because there may be a bursary available for a specific topic from a particular institution), you will gain a lot from it. At the end you have to face the dreaded viva, which, since the abolition of bear baiting is the most cruel thing left! I had to face two, one for the thesis and one for the exhibition. Ph.D's through Fine Art9which is what I did, I know yours is a different subject and structure) are notoriously demanding in their requirements. If you want to discuss anything do feel free to contact me. I have a wealth of experience in academia and Ph.D structures and protocols etc. I know you will get good advice from your institution but sometimes chatting to someone neutral who has seen 'both sides' can be useful. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/
  3. Who Are We?

    100% professional and always have been since age 15. Started taking photographs aged 11. Stock accounts for a miniscule proportion of my output as I now concentrate on my 'personal' work; the major self-initiated projects and other work that I exhibit and sell either as B&W archival gelatin/silver prints or chromogenic prints if colour through galleries etc. I also make platinum prints of some work. Major national and international galleries and museums also collect my work. One national institution is in discussions with me at the moment about acquiring my archive when I go to the great darkroom in the sky. (No plans yet). I also have no plans to stop photographing until my safelight goes out. I'm at work all day, every day on one aspect of my work or another. I have enough projects in progress or planned to keep my going for many years and as long as folks want to exhibit, publish or buy my work I will make it. I'm so passionate about photography though, that I'd make it even if they didn't; as long as I was able to make work that was happy with. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.com/
  4. Which bag

    I have always used the same criteria for buying bags as I use for buying cameras and other photo gear. I tend to buy the best that will last on the basis that in the long run it's cheaper and easier in terms of maintaining quality. However, I don't buy anything that I don't think is absolutely practical and fit for purpose. I don't have time to 'fiddle' with inferior and badly designed stuff. Some of my Leica lenses are over 60 years old and still perfect today. Expensive at the time but spread over the long time I have had them, very cost effective. I bought my first Billingham bag - the big one - over 30 years ago and it's still going strong after all that time and very, very hard use. It used to carry all my Nikon gear but now I use it to carry spare 10" x 8" film holders, a couple of spare 10"x 8" lenses, notebooks, meter etc. Billingham replaced the shoulder strap a couple of years ago which was a bit frayed but still very useable and repaired the toggle on the big zip at a very reasonable cost, extending it's life for another 30 years. I prefer shoulder bags but that's personal choice. I have four Billinghams in total, of which three I have used for years and they are all going strong. They also carry my travel documents, notebook, wallet etc. safely zipped away. One or other is always with me. My 'Hadley's' can carry two Leica bodies with a lens on each, extra lenses plus bits and pieces and my documents etc. as described. My latest one cost me nothing, well, a £1 raffle ticket - see below - but I promise you I'm not sponsored or paid by Billingham! Just my own choice for many years. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  5. Personal Use licensing

    Like 99% of all so-called 'personal use' sales they are no such thing. I had a few that were obviously not so I opted out ages ago. It's a way of letting clients have a full size file to do with what they want without any checks for peanuts. Alamy e mailed me the other day to ask whether I might lift my opt out for one particular image as a charity hospice wanted to use it. When I checked the image, it would have been no use for any such thing, only for editorial, tourism or text book use. I said yes anyway as Alamy said 'hospice' but I'm not sure if it wasn't a scam.
  6. Website importance

    Yes, it is easy now with all the 'off the peg' sites where you can build your own from templates. My first website was built way before any of those sites existed, or indeed, any web design programmes such as Dreamweaver which I use now. My first site was built by me, by writing the HTML code into a blank document as that was the only way then.(In the old days). I certainly wouldn't do it now but my little knowledge of HTML comes in handy sometimes for 'tweaking' a few things. While I don't sell prints directly from my site, only from the galleries that represent me, it's an essential window for my work and as an interface for communication but as has been noted, not necessarily useful for everyone. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com/ http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  7. A new one on me

    If an artist wishes to use an image just as a reference, a low-res jpeg from a website is almost always good enough. With Alamy they can grab a zoomed image if they wish and just ignore the watermark. No need at all to buy full size files even if they are almost a giveaway. The only reason would be to use the file for something else. I'll say it again, 99% of so-called 'personal sales' are no such thing and Alamy knows it, as do the customers.
  8. Disappointing yes, but, I'm afraid, absolutely typical of amateurs playing at photography. Or as I prefer to regard them, 'pretend professionals'. The one thing they can't take is constructive criticism. What they do and how they work is always right. They give up after a while because they can't up their game to any reasonable standard but in the meantime they are a pain in the posterior. Pete Davis www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  9. Dust on sensor...

    Simple and it doesn't cost anything. Spit on a clean hanky then put the hanky round your little finger and wipe around the sensor. Then move to a dry part of the hanky and wrap it round your little finger again and dry the sensor. No! Don't! I'm just joking. Allan I use the corner of my shirt pulled out from my trousers. Always available at any time. No need to be back at base. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  10. Klod said: 'Then try to use your influence to convince her to skip one generation so that we get a fresh face on or money. The prince of whales offspring would look much better on our coins and give a fresh look to monarchy.' Prince of 'whales'? Is that a new title because of his wildlife protection credentials? Last Prince of Wales died in 1282 of course. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  11. Being Watched!

    Yes, here too. More fun though, more bits to fly off when you hit them! Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  12. Fine Art photography

    Or even a platinum print of a Globe Artichoke. They really do sell for big money. http://www.pete-davis-photography.com/platinum.html Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  13. Fine Art photography

    You should read my blog; particularly posts for 14/11/2015 - 'The Curse of the camera Club' and 22/11/2017 - 'The Return of the Curse of the Camera Club'. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  14. Help Ed Rooney

    Yes, a great gesture by Alamy. I sent a PayPal contribution yesterday. I sincerely hope he gets sorted. Fires are utterly devastating and life-changing events even without serious injury. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/
  15. Fine Art photography

    Yes, that's pretty much what the OP means I think. They ask if anyone has a background in this, actually it's my foreground, as 90% of my income comes from selling original prints of my work through galleries and direct. Very specialist market at the high end. I'm absolutely not talking about POD sites churning out inkjet prints of sunsets. I make archival, selenium toned silver/gelatin prints of my past and current B&W work and chromogenic, Fuji crystal archive prints from my colour work. I also make and sell platinum prints. I'm sure you understand that I can't discuss prices here but they are of a very, very different order from average stock and POD sites. I mean higher of course, much. You need to be with a reputable gallery with a reputation with collectors who are very knowledgeable and discerning. You also have to have both past and current work that has a national or international reputation. Try looking at the 'AIPAD', (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) website. These are galleries that all belong to the very reputable body that sets standards for the high end galleries. Hope that's a help. Pete Davis http://www.pete-davis-photography.com http://peteslandscape.blogspot.co.uk/