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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
  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 searche
  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 switchin
  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 (Un
  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 th
  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.
  16. Setting aside (temporarily) the issue of whether you might offend someone, the best keywords to use are generally those that the customers use, and for that I turn to the list Alamy posted (linked to by SShep above). Legally, I suppose you might run into trouble if the subject of the photo considers the label to be derogatory or libelous. My guess is that you're pretty safe identifying a woman who might be Chinese or Japanese as "Asian," and that will help customers looking for racial diversity (and who don't necessarily care what part of Asia the subject's ancestors came from, or whether
  17. Thanks Alamy (and points to Wim for identifying the issue)--now it all makes sense. I'm definitely in favor of having our photos turn up early in Google Images searches. If that means un-logged-in customers miss a few of my more risque images, on the balance, that seems a small price to pay.
  18. Wiskerke wrote: edit: actually I think it's a pretty clever trick. Maybe test how the competition handles this tricky problem. The problem being: SEO and having sensitive content. ------ I see. Being largely ignorant of SEO techniques and problems, it hadn't occurred to me that having sensitive content might be an issue. I happen to be in a position to test the competition, and I find that one agency (which shall remain nameless) returns 120,885 results for "sex" when I'm logged in and 120,659 when I'm not. Another (also nameless--what are the odds?) returns 53,402 whether I'm logg
  19. So far, then, everyone seems to find that some images are hidden from customers who are not logged in. Can anyone else confirm or contradict that these are images of a sexual and/or scatological nature? Can anyone test whether this has anything to do with parental control settings? If there are parental controls on either of my computers, they are default settings that I have never adjusted, and they don't stop my browser from returning photos of, for example, glow-in-the-dark cock sheaths, though that's the subject of one of my own photos that is hidden from non-logged-in customers.
  20. Hmmm...I'm fairly certain that I have no parental controls set up either at home or at work (my parents live 140 miles away and have never, to my knowledge, used my computer), yet my un-logged-in searches seem to be censored in both places. If I did have parental controls on, it's hard to see how logging in would override them. Is anyone able to see all 1,388,621 results for the "Los Angeles" search when they are logged out?
  21. I think I've figured this out: Doing an advanced search on my own contributor name (Custom Life Science Images), I have 700 photos when I'm logged in, but only 679 when I'm not logged in. The missing photos when I'm not logged in include photos of a couple discussing birth control and photos of a selection of dildos, vibrators, strap-ons, cock sheaths, and sexual lubricants (I was doing photo research for a textbook on human sexuality--honest, I was). Johnnie5's BHZ photo is of a perfect turd. Notice a theme? I'm left wondering when someone at Alamy found the time to go through 50+ million pho
  22. If I'm signed in, I can search for B8FPT4 and find your image, and I get 3,054 results when I search for BHZ. When I'm not signed in, a search for B8FPT4 returns no results, and BHZ returns only 2,994 results so this evidently affects a few other images as well. Very strange.
  23. A lot of new UCOs, zooms, and views have showed up in All of Alamy for the week of 4 - 10 October: UCO zooms views CTR sampled 10/15: 35,867 21,209 6,588,004 0.32 sampled 10/22: 42,283 31,836 7,948,915 0.40 I've left sales off because they're always slow to show up, so the increase (and there was an increase) isn't particularly meaningful. I've been routinely checking a sample week every month shortly after the week ended and again just before it falls off of All of Alamy (we only have access to one year's data).
  24. Wow--there may actually be something to this. Looking in All of Alamy at a single week each from June, July, August, and September, each week had over 30,000 zooms, but the week from 27 September through 3 October was under 13,000. Views were also down from around 8 million (average per week, June through September) to 3.9 million. These threads almost always turn out to be about the inevitable random fluctuations in small collections, but it sure looks like something's up this time.
  25. I'll take a stab at it: Cockapoo (cocker spaniel poodle mix) puppy. The shape of the muzzle doesn't seem quite right, but maybe this will help keep the thread near the top until Ed checks in.
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