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    http://www.alamy.com/contrib-browse.asp?cid={9D54B6C6-77C6-4FCD-880E-0A46622DE1CC}&name=David+McIntyre
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  1. She (assuming she's a she) is at least as far as CLSI. from: Alamy <memberservices@alamy.com> date: Sat, May 14, 2016 at 2:25 PM subject: rosin started a new personal conversation with you mailed-by: cic08.aws.ipslink.com encryption: Standard (TLS)
  2. Don't delete. Regular customers get to see unwatermarked images when they're logged in, and anyone searching for that particular building will probably already know what it says on the front anyway. If the caption explains that it says "La Belgique," people who mouse over the image will see the explanation.
  3. I've had that problem, too. IFTP (internet fungus transfer protocol) still isn't useful for anything much larger than a yeast. Try taking a photo of it and uploading the photo instead.
  4. If Wikipedia is correct (always a big if), plants in the genus Taraxacum have only one flower head per stem, and the second photo seems to show several. Sure is a pretty flower, but I'm not sure we have enough info in these photos to make an I.D.
  5. Philippe will probably nail this, but until he weighs in, here are some more near-misses to consider: Taraxacum albidum, Pinaropappus, Malacothrix.
  6. Another flower from the enormous composite/aster/sunflower family. To my eye, it's reminiscent of hawkweed (Hieracium), chicory (Cichorium), and wild lettuce (Lactuca), though I can't find anything in those genera that quite fit (Lactuca indica is the closest I get). Per Wikipedia, those three genera belong to the tribe Cichorieae, which has a mere 1,600 species in 100 or so genera, so I guess that doesn't really round it down very much. More info would help: What do the leaves look like? What's the growth habit (i.e., tall, short; one flower head per stalk or many)? Where is it growing? (What part of the world, and what kind of habitat.)
  7. I'm with Philippe, Heliopsis looks like a good fit. This is from a notoriously large and difficult family of plants (the Asteraceae), and considering it could be a cultivar, or a hybrid (as many cultivated flowers are), or even the offspring of a hybrid (which wouldn't exactly resemble the parent species), it may not be possible to identify it to species.
  8. I get occasional e-mails from an agency that specializes in backgrounds that are ready to have an image digitally dropped into them. They call them "locations," so I suppose someone looking for something similar on Alamy might add "location" to their search. On the other hand, checking "All of Alamy" since last August for "%location%" over the past year doesn't turn up any searches where the term was obviously meant this way (some possibly, but not obviously). "Backplates" seem to be such backgrounds specifically created for CGI. Searching AoA for "%backplate%" turns up exactly two searches: "Professional use auto advertising backplate" and "auto advertising backplate." This may be the special terminology you're looking for, but not many customers are using it. No harm adding it where appropriate, I guess.
  9. I've been keeping track of the number of pages of searches in All of Alamy for several years now, and I don't see any evidence of a drop-off in activity during the summer months. Here are averages for 2009 through 2014: These stats are for All of Alamy, so if your own collection is directed toward some subset of the image-buying crowd, and that subset of buyers happens to take most of August off, you'll see a drop. Chances are, though, that many of the drops reported in this thread are just normal fluctuations.
  10. I've been keeping track of various All of Alamy statistics for many years now, including the number of pages of searches for each month (e.g., from June 1st to 30th, 2015, there were 8,906 pages of searches in AoA). Here's a graph of the averages for each month from 2010 through 2014: December is clearly slow, and January's not great either, but July has been, on average, one of the busiest months. This approach doesn't measure zooms, but I've never seen evidence that AoA CTR fluctuates much month-to-month (though some events, such as upgrading the quality of zoomed images, or switching to a default of 120 views/page, have definitely affected CTR), so I don't see any reason to expect that overall zooms would be down in July (looking at the AoA average, that is; individual contributors will of course see bigger fluctuations). And of course this doesn't measure sales, but I haven't been keeping sales data as long, and it can take sales so long to register that it can be harder to spot trends. In general, it seems reasonable to assume that trends in sales activity will at least roughly follow trends in search and zoom activity. In case the graph doesn't post above, you should be able to see it at https://picasaweb.google.com/109307643701841667101/AlamyStats#6173631693206834018
  11. I don't know if this explains your situation, but I suspect that when a customer's search extends beyond one day, all the zooms are still attributed to the date that the search began. Looking at your rolling month of results (what you first see when you click on the "Your images" button under Alamy Measures), you might therefore notice a new zoom that doesn't turn up when you check the details for the previous day or two, but it should turn up if you look at the details for the full month. It does in my experience, anyway. Incidentally, I have been checking some All of Alamy statistics (Unique Customer Occurrences, Sales, Zooms, and Views) on a weekly basis for the week of 1 through 7 November 2014, and although the vast majority of zooms and views showed up on the first day, the last zoom for that week showed up in February, and additional views continued trickling in until the middle of March. No new UCOs occurred after the first day, which would fit with my theory that the later zooms and views were from customers finishing searches that they had started long before (perhaps they left a tab open with the search in progress). I was of course primarily interested in sales, which are still coming in, but that's a subject for another post.
  12. You can say that again. Regarding return per image: If I edited my collection down to only those photos that are licensed regularly, I'd have an enormous RPI. But then I would have missed out on the license of a photo of a mutant egg one of my chickens produced several years ago, a photo I never expected anyone would find a use for (and never expect to license again). The Alamy philosophy is "if the quality is adequate, put it out there, ya never know." This will inevitably result in a lower RPI than you'd get with a collection edited (by someone familiar with the industry) down to only those images most likely to be licensed. My own philosophy is not to upload photos unless I feel they can compete with what's already available for the same subject at the same price, and this has resulted in a somewhat more tightly (self-) edited collection than some here, but I can't really say that's a better approach than just uploading everything I think can pass QC.
  13. I'm still waiting (in the U.S., applied myself, not through Alamy). I did receive a form e-mail from DACs a week or so back saying to expect payment by Christmas, so I must have clicked 'send,' but there's not a lot of time left...
  14. Still awaiting payment in the U.S., and wondering if anyone else this side of the pond has been paid. I submitted my own claim, not through Alamy.
  15. I haven't tried this before, but when I try "stock photo dodder," some Alamy photos do show up in the first row (a certain microstock agency's show up first, though). My own dodder photos (at Alamy) are nowhere to be seen, but that's another matter.
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