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Vincent Lowe

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  1. Ha! We may have been camped near each other. I had a Vango MkII in those days and sometimes wild camped down by the Clachaig Inn - spent many a night 'semi-sheltered' in there..! My second ever photo sale was of that tent - sent a pic to Vango and they used it on their brochure. Got 30 quid for it which was pretty good in those days. I've still got a copy of that brochure - which gives me an idea. Might dig it out and upload a copy of it to Alamy. Sorry for going off topic.
  2. I'm not familiar with Sony cameras but I've read that with the Nikon DSLRs the 'factory reset' trick doesn't actually reset everything. The only way to do that is to take the battery out and leave it for a long time (could be days or even weeks) until the internal back-up battery is completely flat. The way to check it's flat is to insert the battery and check if the clock has reset (of course that isn't an option if you still can't get into the menu). I would assume the Sony has some sort of internal power source to retain at least the clock settings so it might be worth a try - take the battery out and leave it for a couple of months then try again.
  3. A good place to ask about anything concerning aircraft is the PPRuNe forums - the Professional Pilots Rumour Network. I once asked for an ID on a helicopter and got offered a trip on the jump seat of one - if I was ever in Aberdeen....🙂
  4. Trail Magazine (UK) - June issue. 48-49 (two page spread) - Stewart Smith - GMG5WK - View over Loch Achtriochtan to Bidean nam Bian, Glen Coe, Scottish Highlands Page 95 - Leaving Na Gruagaich and heading to Binnean Mor, Mamores range, Scotland. Credited to Universal Images Group North America LLC / DeAgostini but I can't find it. Page 97 - HPNXPT - Julian Cartwright - Loch Avon from Shelter Stone Crag on Carn Etchachan at the head of Glen Avon. Cairngorms National Park, Scotland ISSN: 13619748.
  5. I wouldn't normally point to other's spelling mistakes on forums but as this is in the caption I hope you don't mind... 'staring' should be starring.
  6. I think this is my fastest sale - taken 22 March, uploaded 22 April, sold 1 May. Personal Use. The Trafford Centre, Manchester. It was the day the new Metrolink tram route, the Trafford Park Line. opened. I went early in the morning - only two people on the tram to the Trafford Centre (which was deserted), then I walked back along the route to take photographs. The lockdown was announced the following day. Incidentally, by contrast, my last sale in April was one I took in 1999.
  7. Thanks Rob but it's not one of mine - it's D7M4NK by Dave Ellison.
  8. Maypole dance in the village of Wray, Lancashire St. Mark's Basilica, Venice Choir singing at the base of the 199 steps, Whitby, Yorkshire.
  9. If all the above fails just contact Alamy and explain the situation - I'm sure they will delete the duplicates for you.
  10. I've started to digitise my old slides of various trips from way back, also using a camera (Nikon). I'm using my normal workflow - raw, 16 bit tiff, tweak & clean, 8 bit tiffs. I will eventually reduce the size to probably about 3000 pixels on the long side and then convert to jpegs. These are only for my own use with view to producing audio-visual slide shows - they will not be going to Alamy. However I have been meticulously cleaning them in Photoshop. I use a graphics tablet (Huion H610PRO) and just dab away with the pen - it's much quicker and easier than using the mouse. I rarely spend more than 10-15 minutes on an image. I have just finished working on just over 250 images from a trip to Spitsbergen that I did in 1996 - took me about two weeks but only doing 10 to 20 per day as it soon gets a bit tedious. Some days I didn't do any, sometimes more I'm also digitising some 6x6 transparencies which will be going to Alamy and these also will be cleaned. A do have archival access but, except for a few which have some historical interest, I'm uploading them via the normal QC route. I sent 4 as a test to make sure they pass - they went straight through via the 5 star route but I contacted Alamy to ask that QC take a look at them before I sent any more. They did and said they were fine - https://tinyurl.com/w9gcp7p
  11. Trail Magazine (UK) May issue. Page 91. James Osmond - J2678M - Hillwalker on Black Hill in the Black Mountains. Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. Pages 106/107. Christian Heintzen - R1TX8M - Moffat hills across Moffat Dale from near Bodesbeck Law, Scotland. Page 112. Alan Novelli - B87BCH - The Tower & Alport Castles, Alport Dale, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England. ISSN: 1361-9748
  12. Try Creocote, creosote substitute. Oil based and it even smells like creosote. But don't use it on decking as it's very slippy when wet. https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-creocote-dark-brown-exterior-wood-treatment-4l/p/0278711 Edit: just to add - not only Wilko sell it.
  13. Not sure if you are serious but just in case you are, this was in an email sent out by United Utilities a few days ago... Please remember to only flush the three Ps – pee, poo and (toilet) paper. Please do not flush kitchen roll, wet wipes or newspaper down the toilet as these can cause major sewer blockages, bin them instead.
  14. Why Ralph McTell has updated his hit Streets of London for coronavirus era... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-52046893
  15. Mount Edward from Snowy Creek, Rees Dart track, Mount Aspiring National Park, New Zealand
  16. Do you really need all those toilet rolls? - The Coronavirus Poop Calculator
  17. 600 free online courses - https://www.classcentral.com/report/new-courses-october-2018/ Dates from October 2018 so some of them might be a bit out of date but there might be something of interest. Me? Started a long-term project to copy slides from way-back with a view to making Audio-Visual slide shows, otherwise they never get seen (quality not good enough for Alamy). Currently working on a trek across Spitsbergen (Svalbard) which I did in 1996. Also copying medium format transparencies with a view to uploading to Alamy. I've already uploaded five as a test - they went straight through via the 5-star route but I asked QC to take a look at them to check if they were good enough before I did any more. They did and said they were fine. I do have access to the 'archival' route but these are just landscapes of no particular historical interest (except to me) so I don't want to abuse the system. Plenty to keep me occupied..!
  18. At one time when you filled in a location it automatically threw up Google Maps showing the location but that stopped when Google hiked up the price for access. Maybe this is why it doesn't work anymore. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/apps/features/google-maps-apis-new-pricing-impact-1907242
  19. BBC website, 7 March - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-51759563 BHE359 - MARKA / Giulio Andreini - il giardino dei tarocchi or the garden of tarot, garavicchio, capalbio, tuscany, italy
  20. Uploaded a batch of 46 but it stopped twice and I had to restart from where it left off each time, so I ended up with three batches instead of just one. All passed, but then same problems as others have described. Managed to get all the 'optionals' done but it was painful - sometimes had click the 'save' button four or five times before it would actually save the changes. Gave up trying to set the supertags.
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