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Michael Halberstadt

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  1. This vehicle just left an Apple parking lot in Silicon Valley.
  2. Using the Sony mirrorless system, lugging extra bodies around isn't much of a burden. They are light, tiny, and some are quite inexpensive. My last big trip, I took my Sony A7r2, A7R, and A6000. The size and weight problem I ran in to wasn't lugging three camera bodies but the lenses. I've been mostly using converted lenses from Canon EF mount, notably a bunch of high performing but overweight Sigma Art lenses. If your primary camera happens to use Canon EF lenses, you might consider a Sony and adapter as a backup.
  3. Eat Real Festival - Oakland, California Twilight at the Presidio, San Francisco, California Fanimecon, San Jose, California
  4. Here's another good political stock photo faux pas: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/8620102.stm
  5. Self Driving Shuttle on a university campus in Silicon Valley An Uber Self Driving Car out for testing before they were shut down by the state of California (you can also see the OTTO self driving truck in the background) Early testing of Google's Alphabet's Waymo's Pod Car in a Silicon Valley Parking lot
  6. Same here, I think I uploaded the first batch on the 5th just like Mike (I don't see anywhere that tells us when the upload took place in the Alamy image manager btw.) I keep going to the image manager and hitting refresh and finding it weird that it says right on the top of the page that we'll let you know in 24 hrs and it's been almost a week now. Some of my photos in this submission are kind of "newsy" so I was looking forward to a quick turnaround.
  7. Good idea, but I definitely wouldn't include the licence fee. Yes, in retrospect that was dumb. Just a invoice number perhaps. I can also imagine that the client name might be masked with a client code.
  8. Stripping out all the metadata seems like a really bad idea for all involved. I'm fine with Alamy replacing my info with theirs. But removing most metadata just seems to be making a petri dish trying to culture more infringements. What I think Alamy should be doing: embed their information, a client ID and the license that was used and all that legaleze. And they should be requiring that info not be stripped by the end user Then if we found images without that info, or better yet the wrong info, like a license that doesn't encompass the actual use we'd know have more to work with. I made a
  9. Thanks Brian! That idea was a request from another stock photo biz client I'm involved with. And it made so much sense after he said it.
  10. You can also strip the audio in post as I did. I'd like to at least be able to make professional quality audio where possible and have that as an option. In the case of my example in original post, even the best microphone with "dead cat" would still have problems with the wind gusts.
  11. That image (FK5871 ) looks just fine, at least the preview I can see. Mirror lenses are of limited use however-just the fixed aperture and Bokestastrophic highlights.
  12. Michael You should think about getting your snippets of DDR life scanned and uploaded, I would think that there would be a decent market for that kind of material. It might even be eligible for upload via the archive route rather than as standard stock. Colin I think you're right. I need to dig through thousands of slides or at least find the crappy scans from 10 years ago. I just checked my Alamy site and found a grand total of three GDR images. NVA (National People's Army) the changing of the guard at the Memorial to the Victims of Fascism, 1987 The Intra-German Frontier (or a
  13. (with my apologies to the The Smiths - Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before ...) I may have gotten a bit too snarky with somebody looking for gaps in the library in another discussion, but one idea that seems to have real promise is offering stills and limited video snippets as well of the exact same subject shot/filmed within minutes of another. In another stock photo niche I deal with that was a request (and it's broad enough I'm comfortable throwing out to the general public.) For this to work however a couple of things would need to happen. Alamy would need to relax th
  14. Exactly!! Too funny! I can totally see that on the cover of a Time-Life book! Perhaps it could be complimented by a fisheye shot too? (what's that "forbidden donuts" quote Homer Simpson uses...)
  15. What I see on the screen capture just makes me cringe! I really don't like that over the top glowy fuzzyness. As other's have mentioned if you can't tell it's HDR then it was done right. I think this HDR is a fad that will be looked upon very unfavorably like fisheye shots in the 1970's, mullets in the 1980's etc.
  16. OH! That must be why 2 alamy images on my blog post recently disappeared. So I used the wordpress Photoshelter plugin to embed the images from my website, and added link to alamy port at end of post: http://fromlongisland.com/2014/01/meeting-alamy-ceo-james-west-brooklyn I think Blogger and Wordpress are different. I use both for various blogs. To the best of my (very limited knowledge) there's no Photoshelter plugin for Blogger, only Wordpress.
  17. If I'm not mistaken the pay for this is very low, and at least in my case volume wasn't high either. With Alamy's new restrictions policy I've excluded the UK taking care of that problem.
  18. Mirror lenses come with some other bugs too. I've got a Tamron 500mm floating around and have also contemplated picking up the only AF Mirror lens, the Minolta/Sony. But I think the out-of-focus highlights of mirror lenses would be best described as a bokatastrophe! There is also some irony in putting a mirror lens on my mirrorless camera ;-)
  19. Almost identical to my little Sony (a6000) kit's primes: 12mm Rokinon, Sigma 19, Sigma 30mm, and Sony 50mm- I also have the kit standard zoom and 55-210.
  20. Allan, you can get anything on the internet ;-)
  21. When I read the title of this discussion I felt I had to but in.... My dad gave to me, the most impractical lens I can imagine: a 1000mm Sigma Apo lens. He bought it new in the 1990's for ca. $3000 I think. In trying to use this lens a few problems become apparent. For one, the first thing everybody thinks when pulling out such a big lens (with hood it must be 4-5 feet) everybody assumes I'm trying to compensate for some shortcomings. Then you realize, even though this camera is on a sturdy tripod, lens shake is a huge issue. For shorter shutter speeds I use two tripods, sandbags, and t
  22. I could say I miss film, but I still use it. Just for fun and personal projects. My first camera was a Mamiya C220- I've had a number of Mamiyas since, switched to Bronica S2a at some point. Recently I bought a Mamiya C330 kit with 65mm, 105mm, and 180mm "Super". I also still on rare occasion shoot 4x5 and even rarer occasion 8x10. I develop films in the laundry room and occasionally have access to a few university darkrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area to print. The positives of film include, nostalgia, a cathartic effect, cameras and lenses that don't become obsolete for decades, and ac
  23. Ace! A similar situation to me... https://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/nov/05/mental-health-services-young-people-nikki-mattocks(I used the 'self-timer'). #Selfie! Which also reminded me of another friend on Alamy - we shot one-another next to the suicide hotline phone on the Golden Gate Bridge. I think he sold this too:
  24. Despite my looks ;-) I've submitted a few self portraits. A couple even sold. Hey I'm always here. My daughter is also a frequent subject, in part because I can sign her model release. Below are a few photos recently uploaded: (My adorable daughter Ella) (creepy photo of me- this was setup with the idea for a book cover that includes room to wrap around for the jacket, so the back would be the left side and could contain type etc.)
  25. BTW, so I ended up opting to restrict all images from a given region as is now required from Alamy. Yesterday I got a panicked e-mail and phone follow up by somebody who had used an image once and wanted to use it again. In fact they had placed the image and their publication was going to press. Hi, Michael. I already sent a request through the form. We need to purchase rights to XXXX which we've already used in a brochure produced for us by XXXXXXXXXX. That company bought the rights for use in the brochure through Alamy. We'd like to use it again, in our XXXXXXX, but the site now says
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