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  1. I think the technical name is: Metal Sticky Uppy Thingamabobbers. Or something like that...
  2. I thought I'd seen it all, but this - this is on a different level. Unbelievable!!!
  3. Congratulations - it's a fantastic feeling! Hope your second sale comes very soon!
  4. Congratulations! My first sale only came in a couple of months ago and the feeling was amazing! Here's to many more!
  5. Update on this: I received an email from Member Services saying the image was legitimately downloaded and it will be March before it shows up as a sale. I'm relieved the pic wasn't stolen, but waiting 'til March is, IMO, madness. Anyway, that's for another day. Thanks for everyone's input.
  6. Yep - my image is the bridge. http://www.tarapromotionalproducts.ie/diaries-calendars/reflections-2017-calendar-3/
  7. So I've just been browsing and have found one of my images being used on a calendar without payment - AARRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! I'll send an email to Member Services, but should I speak to the company involved or let Alamy do the work? If I do the work, what's the going rate for a pic in a calendar? Thanks guys.
  8. So reading this thread, it seems Alamy never has any success chasing unathorised usage of pics. Has there ever been a successful outcome?
  9. I'm very surprised weather shots sell as news, after all, it is just the weather!
  10. Update: the image passed QC so all's good here! Thanks again guys.
  11. Thanks for your comments lads. I'm going to upload it and see what happens, although I've not had any fails thus far so I'd like to keep it that way!
  12. I took a pic of a sunset last night specifically to show bad flare (from the sun, not '70's trousers! ). Simply, will this pass QC? Thanks, in anticipation.
  13. Very nice - well done! I had my 3rd sale on Monday, for a mere $17, but it's a sale and it came only 11 days after my 2nd sale. Things are starting to happen, which makes me happy!
  14. But Alamy is your full time job, right? I couldn't keyword 100 images in a day, would drive me mad!
  15. I received my message from the lovely Rosine overnight. Instant delete, of course.
  16. It's not just about the number of pixels, amount of detail captured, ability to crop etc. It's also about dynamic range and the higher MP Nikon cameras have significantly better dynamic range than the D3/D700 (see dxo for numbers). This is important for capturing shadow and highlight detail (relevant to wedding photography given the high contrast situations) as well as recovering under or overexposed images. I wondered when DXO would rear its ugly head!!! I've had no problems with dynamic range, detail etc, and I've had an image printed on the side of a truck. I'll stick with what I have as me and my clients are very happy, as is Alamy, it would seem...
  17. The real and definitely visible difference is between the D800 and the D800E/D810 - deactivating or removing the anti-aliasing filter makes a distinctly noticeable difference in sharpness. To put this in perspective, the D800 is an incredible camera and the images with the right lens ((not necessarily an expensive lens - the Nikkor 50mm 1.4D for example) are amazingly sharp and full of detail but the D800E/D810 are even sharper again - astoundingly sharp. However this is really only noticeable on screen viewed at high mag (100% or so) so in practice probably makes little difference. Having said that, the lack of the AA filter is becoming a lot more common even in the entry level Nikons. Fears of moiré appear totally unfounded. The upgrade is best considered as D800E to D810 and there are a few differences but nothing really major. The shutter is a lot quieter on the D810 - it's a little snick rather than a clunk. The D810 goes to ISO 64. I can't remember the other differences offhand so they are probably not very important to me. There no noticeable difference in image quality between the D800E and the D810 that I can detect, even in mad pixel-peeping mode. Whether a D810 would be better for your photography than a D800 really depends on what you do with the camera although in practice there is little difference. I like to photograph landscapes with as much detail as possible. I also do wild flower close-ups and do some significant cropping with those so maximum sharpness in-camera is very useful. For portraiture except less detail might be more advantageous but I go by the philosophy that I can always soften excess detail but I can't add in what's not there. I'm probably becoming a bit obsessed about sharpness but Alamy QC tends to drive you to it. It may also be said that I'm trying to compensate for lack of technique with the purchase of better equipment, or maybe I just have an unquenchable thirst for a new toy to play with, but I really do fancy an 810. Can I help it? lol The only thing putting me off is 36.3 MP files swallowing up my hard drive space. Thanks for your review. No need to buy a camera with a gajillion MP - I do quite alright with my 12 MP D3s and D3, thanks very much!
  18. Congratulations Colblimp! That is good going Kumar Thanks Doc, I'm pleased because I have so few images in my port.
  19. Congratulations! Thanks Matt. I wasn't expecting anything like that until I had a gajillion pics in my port. I have to say as well, the pic that sold is just a snapshot that I took off the cuff! It just goes to show...
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