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  1. Hi all, I've had a barren spell on the aviation side for the last couple of months and now two sales in two days. A modest fee compared to some in the first two months of the year but listed as, 'Use in a location guide for a home owner'. Not really sure what that means, presumably something to do with the location which was Duxford, Cambridgeshire. Possibly Yeovilton in Somerset where the aircraft was based, which was where it crash landed after this very display in 2017! No injury to the pilot but it is doubtful it will be flown again. Gary
  2. All, Saw this had sold this morning for my highest price yet at Alamy. Strange, my modest portfolio on Alamy has had 13 sales in 2019, yet according to image manager I have only had 2 zooms since October! Neither of those were sales. Not complaining as I'd rather the sales mount than the zooms but difficult to judge how my pics are doing with such bizarre data. Gary
  3. Hi again, Yeah that was great fun. Sometime ago now, 2006 and was flown out of the RAF base at Watton in Norfolk (now housing as usual) when there was still a RAF reservist gliding school at the largely disused airfield, mostly for air cadet flying and my uncle was the CO. Watton is inside the large military training area in Norfolk called STANTA or Stamford battle training area and if UK military helicopters were operating in the airspace used by the gliding school the quid pro quo was that if able they came and gave the staff and cadets a quick flight! I personally have no connection with the school but one Sunday evening my uncle said that if I could get up there and take a few pics sharpish I could tag along with the rest of them in the Chinook that was coming in. Another unwritten rule when they do this is that they tend to throw it around a bit for the passengers down the back! I couldn't photograph from the actual ramp, too much of a risk with loose items but shot this from the cabin over the STANTA area that evening. The Chinook was in full war fit with a M60 on the ramp. Back at Watton, airframe ZA674 was only the fifth Chinook delivered to the UK, back in 1980. Still going strong even now, 38 years later! Gary
  4. Hi, No problems. My civil aviation id skills aren't as good as my military ones so I wasn't 100% sure, but was reasonably confident. I bet it was quite luxurious compared to the only helicopter I've ever flown on - a 30 minute low level exercise in a RAF Chinook over Norfolk hanging out of the back of the open ramp! Gary
  5. Hi again, The window arrangement looks okay for a AW139, although it is somewhat difficult to see but the undercarriage sponsons and the rear horizontal stabs with the upturned tips do match the AW139 and not a AW169. Is there a larger version available somewhere to see? If I could id the operator that would probably be enough to go on. Gary
  6. Hi, I'm not expert on the civil side of aviation but pretty confident that is a AgustaWestland (or Leonardo as they like to brand themselves nowadays) AW139. That's a common civil/military light to medium helicopter used in a lot of roles worldwide. Gary
  7. Hi all, Sold this one last week for $200 in a large marketing package. Second time for this image. Then this one comes through this week for the same package and amount. Strange as according to the zooms, nobody has looked at a pic of mine since October! Gary
  8. Hi all, You all need to come and photograph military bases and airfields, no problem there! Seriously though, yes I understand and agree, especially with the comments about holding large lensed, professional looking cameras nowadays, and the double standards compared to the social media generation taking pics on camera phones every 30 seconds. Gary
  9. Thanks guys, I'll do the resubmit, get it cleared and then send the info to customer services approach. Gary
  10. Hi all, I have a question that's quite similar to the first post so rather than start another thread I'll post here if okay. It's bugged me for a while but I have a image amongst my portfolio where I accidentally cropped it badly, and about 10% percent of image at the top is blank from where I got the crop wrong in edit. Obviously this wasn't the one on the batch that got looked at in QC otherwise I guess it would have been rejected. Rather than go through the process of deleting it, waiting and then resubmitting the new version (a easy fix) is there a way of submitting a revised edit and just replacing the image instantly? If there is, I can't see it anywhere. Thanks in advance. Gary
  11. Hi all, Just curious if it's something that is affecting others or just myself? I key worded and sorted the latest accepted batch Monday evening and they haven't shown up yet. Normally they're listed well inside 24 hours. I'm holding off the next batch for the time being. Gary
  12. All, Noticed this being zoomed about a month ago. When nothing happened over the US Presidents visit I thought it wouldn't sell, then suddenly shows up this morning. Unfortunately, sold for next to nothing, but never mind. Gary
  13. Hi, Happened here in Suffolk last night. Haven't had ANY rain at all since end of May - the weather station in the country that has had the longest spell without rain is in Suffolk and isn't that far away. I thought I might have a go at photographing the eclipse last night. What happened? Massive thunderstorm and it chucked it down. Fire service was called to a strike just down the bottom of the road. Somehow, you just knew that was going to happen. Gary
  14. Hi, Sold this yesterday, to cross the $50 mark for the second time in two months. Second Typhoon sold in less that a month. Ironic that on the day of the RAF 100 years anniversary flypast I go and sell a pic of a Saudi example! Quite pleased, sold 6 aviation images from a selection that is still only 600 strong on Alamy in about 18 months. Gary
  15. Hi all, Sold another aviation image for some magazine or news use a few days ago. The RAF's 'effort' at special markings (a sticker) for it's 100th anniversary applied to a single Typhoon. Gary
  16. My fourth sale here at Alamy, and the one that puts me over the $50 mark. Gary
  17. Hi all, Been on Alamy for about a year now and although I still only have about 500 images listed, pretty much exclusively aviation I noticed this sold for a small amount a few days ago, the third sale since I started and as I'm only uploading what I would take as a hobby anyway any sales are a bonus. Quite happy with that but still not to the $50 mark yet. Good old NASA Canberra, well worth waiting several hours for that to turn up in winter light a few years ago. Pasted over from another thread elsewhere on the forum as I put it in the wrong one - apologises. Gary
  18. Deleted as it was in the wrong forum - apologises.
  19. Thanks again guys. I tried that Matt, you were right! I'll have a look at the site linked above so thanks for that. Gary
  20. Hi there, Thanks for that, will keep in mind. It just seemed odd to me. Gary
  21. All, I've been on Alamy for just under a year now and although not a prolific uploader (just over 400 images to date) I have been fortunate to have two sales, which having read the forums a little I think I should be happy with considering the averages I am seeing. As I specialise in aviation I realise I may not have the most wide reaching portfolio. I was curious as to how the last sale worked from those more experienced than myself. I sold a image less that a week ago which was nice, but in the whole month I haven't had a zoom, and the last one in December was a different image. Is it normal - or possible - for a sale to occur without the customer having zoomed it, or is a issue with the site? Just curious really and certainly not complaining. Gary
  22. My three from Saturday have finally come out of processing today and have passed QC Gary
  23. All, I've got a similar issue to a couple of others on this thread. Uploaded four on Friday, gone through processing and today cleared QC, all fine. The three I uploaded on Saturday have never come up in the image manager screen, still showing as processing. These have not gone through QC and are still pending. Although I'm new here that doesn't fit the pattern I've seen so far, when everything uploaded over a Friday and weekend is QC'd at the same time in the new week. Also, still showing as processing seems like a bug to me. Is there a way to cancel the batch and start again? Gary
  24. Thanks guys. I will go for it. Those shots had been uploaded and passed screening at the most picky of the aviation database sites so I didn't think there would be any issues on the usual stuff like contrast/sharpness...etc. Just didn't know the criteria about the grass spots in the foreground. As for the rotors and shutter speed...that's many years of experience of taking helo's. I will normally default to 1/320 on shutter for helicopters and prop aircraft, that's slow enough to get some rotor blur, as in the AH shots above, but fast enough to usually get some sharp images in a sequence, even then an average I would say is one keeper in every five/six. Obviously, you can go slower, but experience tells me that your success rate plummets even further. Most of my set ups, as in the arming demo with the Apaches above, are one pass opportunities, I get one sequence of shots, and that's it, so I go on the conservative side. I agree that stopped blades and props look ridiculous, and I've seen many examples taken by photographers not familiar with aviation try it and shoot at around 1/1000 or more - they get a sharp airframe, but a frozen propeller/rotor. It takes a very slow shutter speed to put some real motion in the blades. It also depends on the rotor speed on the actual type you are shooting, and Apaches have a particularly slow rotor speed - try a Chinook, they're even slower! I had time and position with this Lynx below, so played around with it and got the speed down to 1/60, even then I got just one sharp image out of around twenty. Other guys I know in the same field generally get the same results. Gary
  25. Hi all, Since my introduction a couple of weeks ago I've been uploading my archives on a near daily basis and so far, so good - no QC issues...yet! I've now got a sequence of images that I would like to take a couple of examples from and add, but they contain something that may or may not, depending on how the QC works here, be a issue. I'd like to put the pics up here and get an opinion please. I think that is okay as I can't see anything in the rules to the contrary but if not. my apologises and I will remove/edit. I come from an aviation photography background, and regularly upload to aviation databases that 'screen' images for quality, but I realise that they're approach is not necessarily the same as a stock photography website. These two below contain, for obvious reasons, a lot of blown grass in front of the subjects. Now that wouldn't be a problem at a aviation database site, as the 'screeners' would be familiar with the situation and a pass/fail would not be applied because of the grass. Any ideas how that would work here at Alamy? Would they understand that a couple of AH's shot at point blank range will have a lot of blown grass in shot, which adds to the 'story' in the picture, or would they just fail it on QC grounds? If I failed screening at a aviation site it's no big deal, but here I read that you will have your upload privileges pulled for a while? The pics (obviously copyright would not be on the uploaded versions) Gary
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