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  1. I find this really interesting. I have 35 Masai images on Alamy and many more that I hope to eventually submit. I was in the Masai Mara with Joseph Van Os Photo Safaris. Joe Van Os negotiated with the chief of a village and we each paid about 50 dollars to be able to photograph dances, a mock wedding, construction of a home, etc. We were told that we (about 25 of us) were giving them 6 months worth of income. Some of the villagers seemed to genuinely enjoy us -- especially a young woman who thought my attempts to sing their song were pretty funny. We women were taken into the women's dance though the men didn't have to do the jumping dance that the men do -- to "impress the ladies" I was told. And they were impressive. I was uncomfortable about what we were doing even though we had paid and had permission. I always put in the description field of my images that we paid a fee for permission but there were no written releases. It was a drought when I was there and the poverty was very apparent in the skinny cattle. We were invited into a mud home -- no windows -- dark -- I said a little prayer of thanks to whatever god allowed me to be born into the wealth we enjoy in the USA. Most of our guides were Masai and one talked to us quite a bit about their culture. By the way, we were told that if we had brought gifts we were NOT to give anything to an individual. They were to be given to the chief to divide as he saw fit. I was feeling rather cranky about the fact that one of our guides spoke very poor English until I realized that he also spoke French and German -- as well as Swahili and his native language of Maa. We have a joke in the US that sort of goes like this -- "What do you call someone who speaks three languages? Trilingual. What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual. What do you call someone who speaks one language? American." That is pretty much it for most of us. Anyway, I very much liked the Masai people I was able to know a little and I hope they can benefit from use of their imagery. Paulette
  2. I wanted to respond to the post about the Masai people so I was checking to see how many Masai images I have on Alamy but when I put in my name and the subject nothing was loading but if I switched from Creative to Relevant or vice versa I would get the images but a few minutes later the first search would kick in and say that there were no images under that search term. Is anyone else having problems searching? Paulette
  3. I looked it up and have NO idea what the answer would be but I wonder if you have asked Alamy about it. Perhaps they need another choice for your situation. Paulette P. S. No one is going to know what I am talking about so why don't I copy and paste your previous post... "I've posted a number of images from my own commercial Web site (fromoldbooks.org, hope it's OK to mention it) and a lot of them are woodcuts, often with people in them. The people are usually generic, e.g. to give a sense of scale in an engraving of a building, or two Victorian gentlemen comforting a forlorn-looking boy at a funeral (to illustrate a story, fiction). I have done extensive research to make sure the pictures are not encumbered in any way. If I say there are 3 people in th funeral engraving then I have to upload a model release in order to sell the imate as royalty-free. if I say there are zero people (which is what I have done so far) I fear people won't find the picture. Should I upload a "release" that simply says no release is needed?"
  4. Or you can zoom on the image during a regular search and there is an edit button at the top right of the window. Paulette
  5. You can see the description at the bottom of the window IF a description has been entered during keywording. On my new submissions I am putting the caption in the description field in addition to the caption field. I'm hoping I won't have to go back and do it for older submissions. Waiting to see if Alamy fixes this. Maybe they could tell us their plans? Paulette
  6. Thanks for the heads-up. I bought mine new and I'm sure I registered it but no word here in the USA about the update. Maybe it will come. Of course I also don't expect to get a new and huge lens!!! I can't handle them even if I could afford one. Paulette
  7. Interesting. If I go to discussion.alamy.com I can get here. But if I try to go to the homepage from here I get the same error. Member services has sent my email to the technical people. Kind of nice that I'm not alone in this. At least it looks like I haven't done anything WRONG. I think I would have been great at this when I was young but now I just feel incompetent most of the time. Thanks, losdemas. I am on a Mac. Paulette
  8. I am using Firefox right now as I can't get Alamy with Safari. Is it just me? I don't understand computers well enough to know what to do about this. I emailed member services and would like to show my screen here in hopes someone can guide me but can't figure out how to do it. I took a screenshot but don't know how to add it since it isn't online anywhere. Will try copy and paste. That did it. Line 30 is in red. Paulette Server Error in '/' Application. Object reference not set to an instance of an object. Description: An unhandled exception occurred during the execution of the current web request. Please review the stack trace for more information about the error and where it originated in the code. Exception Details: System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object. Source Error: Line 28: for (int i = 0; i < cookies.Count; i++) Line 29: { Line 30: if (cookies.Name.ToUpper().IndexOf("ASPSESSIONID") == 0) Line 31: { Line 32: helper.SetCookie(cookies.Name, "", "", "/", DateTime.Parse("Nov 13 1986").ToString()); Source File: c:\Alamy\WEB\App_Code\Homepage.cs Line: 30 Stack Trace: [NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.] Alamy.Homepage..ctor() in c:\Alamy\WEB\App_Code\Homepage.cs:30 ASP.default_aspx..ctor() in c:\Alamy\WEB\default.aspx:23 __ASP.FastObjectFactory_app_web_default_aspx_cdcab7d2_bj25nwva.Create_ASP_default_aspx() in c:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files\root\85e31520\e90fbacf\App_Web_default.aspx.cdcab7d2.bj25nwva.1.cs:0 System.Web.Compilation.BuildResultCompiledType.CreateInstance() +32 System.Web.Compilation.BuildManager.CreateInstanceFromVirtualPath(VirtualPath virtualPath, Type requiredBaseType, HttpContext context, Boolean allowCrossApp) +109 System.Web.UI.PageHandlerFactory.GetHandlerHelper(HttpContext context, String requestType, VirtualPath virtualPath, String physicalPath) +31 System.Web.UI.PageHandlerFactory.System.Web.IHttpHandlerFactory2.GetHandler(HttpContext context, String requestType, VirtualPath virtualPath, String physicalPath) +40 System.Web.HttpApplication.MapHttpHandler(HttpContext context, String requestType, VirtualPath path, String pathTranslated, Boolean useAppConfig) +167 System.Web.MapHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute() +128 System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously) +184 Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:4.0.30319; ASP.NET Version:4.0.30319.272
  9. Use the same keyword(s) for all the images you want to have more underneath. Remember that the last image you submit will be the first to appear. Do not send your best image first. wim Also, I have discovered that images appear in the order in which they are keyworded. I noticed it because I left three for last and they were done the following day. They showed up together even though one of them had been separated by another image when I submitted them. So I don't know if it matters if you keyword all on the same day - probably they stay in the same order they have appeared in Manage Images. But if there is one you want to be on "top" perhaps keyword it on the next day. Hope I'm right. I just noticed that happening the last time I keyworded. Paulette I wonder if this would happen if you amended the keywords?!?! Could be useful I did try re-keywording an image and it didn't change the order. Of course, if I had changed essential keywords and then searched by subject rather than by pseudonym things would have changed. Sometimes it just gets tooo complicated. My views sometimes seem to come up in an order I don't understand. Just trying to be accurate and put the most important words in the essential field. Paulette
  10. Thank you for the tips, Philippe. The first time I went to Alaska it was in September and the colors were gorgeous and the BEARS were nice and fat. I went to Brook's Falls and most of the time we were on platforms. This year I am going in July to Silver Salmon Creek Lodge on Lake Clark. They have grizzlies and we will be on the ground. I was told last time that the bears in Denali are more dangerous than the Katmai bears. We will be with guides and the bears will be busy fattening themselves up with clams and salmon. I do know it is always dangerous around bears but I will behave myself so I don't entice them!!!! I'm practicing saying to myself "Don't run and don't look them in the eye". We will have a few days in Homer with a 90 year old friend who feeds the sandhill cranes. They are in her yard every day. Such gorgeous birds. Last time was my first time shooting wildlife outside of a zoo so I think my technique will be a bit better this time. For me the experience of being with creatures in the wild is the very best thing about it all. I never thought I would be able to do it and I feel very, very lucky to be managing it once a year. Paulette
  11. Go to the Valley of Fire for amazing natural sandstone formations and petroglyphs. Apparently there is a bar of the same name so if you have already done all the nature and just want downtown you can go there!!! I'm getting bit of a giggle over Las Vegas being "exotic". I grew up in Southern California and people who didn't have money for a big wedding would elope to Las Vegas. I guess the wedding chapels there are pretty exotic. A fun subject if you like to shoot people. I'm going to Alaska for the second time. Beautiful place with wonderful ANIMALS. Paulette
  12. Use the same keyword(s) for all the images you want to have more underneath. Remember that the last image you submit will be the first to appear. Do not send your best image first. wim Also, I have discovered that images appear in the order in which they are keyworded. I noticed it because I left three for last and they were done the following day. They showed up together even though one of them had been separated by another image when I submitted them. So I don't know if it matters if you keyword all on the same day - probably they stay in the same order they have appeared in Manage Images. But if there is one you want to be on "top" perhaps keyword it on the next day. Hope I'm right. I just noticed that happening the last time I keyworded. Paulette
  13. No. All the way at the top -- on the black border -- I think you will see your forum name and you can click on that. Paulette OHHHHHH no. I see you posted to say that. Ha!
  14. Actually, seeing his avatar gave me the idea of using that old, old photo. It is my favorite of any taken of me. And, as Jeff pointed out, it never hurts to have a cute avatar! Paulette
  15. I think it would be wonderful to be able to click on the number of zooms for a search term in All of Alamy and see the images zoomed. It would help me when I am shooting as well as when I choose images to upload. I see which of my own images are zoomed but never know what was zoomed when mine weren't chosen. Paulette
  16. I use SuperDuper. It is very inexpensive and simple. I'm not great with computers and when I had questions a couple of times there was an email response within a couple of hours. It has something called "Smart Update" that will update without re-copying everything already copied. I keep a clone of my Mac hard drive and also an additional copy of my library of images. Paulette
  17. I'm on a Mac and none of those descriptions made much sense to me so I guess it is different on a Mac. I've only posted images from Alamy so my procedure has been to zoom on the image then right click or control click on the image. That gives me a menu and I choose "Copy image address". I go to the forum and click into the reply box and paste the image into the forum by clicking the TINY image icon. Paulette
  18. There was a drought in Kenya when I was there so there are not only a lot of hippos in the river but their waste is not being swept away by the current. Not enough water...too much........smelly stuff. There were waves and waves of zebras coming to this waterhole in the late afternoon. They were making sounds like barking. Fabulous experience for me. The arctic looks vast and empty with the polar bears alone except for their cubs. It seems a miracle that they can find their food. This cub's mother gave some sort of signal that her cubs were to sit still and she moved by inches and froze -- then suddenly ran and punched through the ice for a seal. If you want to see the entire sequence search PBHunt. I don't know if this little one ate to excess but he was certainly eager. Paulette
  19. A lot of us do hate the little squished thumbnails in Manage Images. It was mentioned in another thread. We would also like to be able to append keywords in the batch keywording. See this thread.... http://discussion.alamy.com/index.php?/topic/39-manage-images/ Paulette
  20. I sometimes type right into the box too and they go to alphabetical order. Wonder why the difference? Paulette
  21. If you need to be in Manage Images when you are done this won't help but you can put your pseudonym and Manchester in the search box on the home page. I do that when I only need to edit keywords on a few images. Paulette
  22. I am having both Saturday and Sunday updates lately. Paulette
  23. Michael, I'd like to see a few of your own images on the theme. Paulette
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