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  1. I have not touched my cameras in over 8 weeks... I've been focused on home improvement projects and learning about computer networks and network security. I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel... or it could be an oncoming train? God Bless,
  2. Art is in the eye of the beholder. There are many markets for photography and each market has it's needs we as photographer strive to fill in order to make a living. Striving for great can be daunting and crush your ego as you constantly fall short, as we all do. I like the "F8 and be there" mentality as working on the day to day or mundane can lead to good maybe great work, great work takes work.
  3. An old montage illustrating fear. Back in the film days, all done in camera on 6x7 cm roll film on a 4x5 shot for my portfolio at the time I was working in a commercial studio (early 1990's) Done on Photoshop 4.0! Brave new world of digital 😂
  4. I'm aware Alamy removes my personal contact and copyright info/notice as per the contract paragraph you sighted. As far as I'm aware Alamy only uses the Description and Keywords/Tags fields. But regardless my contact and copyright info/notice metadata is always is included on the images I process as I value my work. I also include other metadata such as location as the image metadata is not just for Alamy's use, I use the image metadata in my DAM Digital Asset Management. I try to take the long term view and do a task once. As of now I'm happy to be exclusive with Alamy but that may not always be the case. If I apply comprehensive metadata to my RAW files I only have to do it once. Everyone has to find a workflow that fits their style, I just advocate for photographers to apply comprehensive metadata on their source images be that RAW/TIFF/DNG or JPEG. Hope this helps, David L. Moore
  5. Never mind, turns out to be my browser privacy settings. I just upgraded to windows 10 and I'm sorting out all the settings... Sorry and thank you! 😳
  6. Anyone not able to login to Alamy this morning? When I try to login the website just hangs, no signs of life... Hopeful this is just a temporary issue. I'm using Firefox, Windows 10
  7. Metadata is your friend ! I recommending adding metadata to your original image file, this is most likely a RAW file or it could be a TIFF, JPEG or however you have your work flow set up. The metadata added includes your copyright notice, contact info, keywords/tag, description and extras like location if you want. This metadata then stays with that original image file as you make JPEG copies or otherwise distribute the images to various locations. I'm a very bad speller so I use a word processor with spell check to enter a descriptive description that strives to included the 5-Ws, Who, What Where, When and Why. I then copy this description and insert commas to chop it up into keywords/tags. Thus the descriptive description becomes the biases of my keywords/tags list. I add plurals, synonyms, slang, alternative spellings... Making effective keywords/tags is a masterclass topic on it's own... I then copy and paste the description and keywords/tags into the appropriate fields in Bridge. Now when I develop my RAW image into a JPEG the metadata stays with the image. Hope this helps, David L. Moore
  8. 1 United States Navy Sikorsky SH-60R Seahawk pilot hugging his fiancé who greeted him at a fly in to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii, USA I have been volunteering my time and talent (what little there is ) to photograph "fly ins", where returning Navy pilots fly in or back to base from the ship at the end of a deployment and are reunited with loved ones. I got permission from this couple to use their images for stock (not their selects but the left overs 😀).
  9. @Sally I agree there is a time to relax, look and contemplate but there is also a time for work and effort. Being uncomfortable for me is more than a physical thing it it also a mental process of trying new things and accepting failure. Comfort is a trap that I am prone to default to... So being uncomfortable is my New Years resolution. Best regards, David L. Moore vibbily
  10. To be uncomfortable... Go early, stay late, explore, talk with strangers, be cold, be hot, get tired... but get the shot or at least try! Best wishes to you and yours for a Joyous New Year!
  11. Wait, what? That's almost verbatim the joke I tell in bear country 😛
  12. @Lisa Alamy meet up on Oahu sometime in April/May.... That sounds like a great plan! Shout-out to any Alamy photographers on the island of Oahu or in the State of Hawaii as well as any visitors planning a trip, watch this space for updates. @Betty LaRue Nothing better than having a Local show you their favorite places. My niece's friend took my wife and I of a wonderful walking tour of Florence, walked our feet off 😀 @Shergar Mahalo nui loa and a hearty Mele Kalikimaka!
  13. Not sure if this is the group to post this in... put here goes. I was born and raised on the island of Oahu and still live here year round. I have a deep love of my island home and enjoy sharing the island with visitors. So if any of the Alamy family find yourselves on Oahu or just need information about Hawaii please consider me a resource. If time and schedules permit I would be happy to take you and yours on an around the island car tour or a hike into the mountains. Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Joyous Holiday Season! David L. Moore vibbily
  14. @Lisa My bad on the wrong date, Last few weeks the weather on Oahu has been Amazing! I did a hike up Kuliouou on Monday and you could see the islands of Moloka'i, Lanai and MAUI! A very rare occurrence! But before this stint of good weather it was a dreary soggy mess, The lighting storm above was taken on November 18th. The BOOMING thunder woke me up so what does a stock photographer do? ... 😀
  15. @Marianne Thank you! One of my favorites for sure.
  16. It depends, I strive to use a tripod or found support with a low ISO if I can, if not high ISO hand held as needed. IMHO... I find black sky in an image to be boring so I strive to to shoot the "Magic Hour" also known as dusk were there is still light/color in the sky. In a very large urban centers there is light in the sky all night but it is not as colorful as true dusk. Here in the tropics the sun dives straight into the horizon and the "Magic Hour" is more like 10 minutes of ideal lighting. I was amazed to find that in Dublin Ireland in June the "Magic Hour" was not till 10:30am and lasted over 1/2 hour. An obvious fact... is dusk fades first in the East and last in the West so planning shots with this in mind helps extend your "Magic Hour" time. This shot was done without a tripod but the camera was resting on a railing.
  17. Great access and great shots, Well done! Model released...?
  18. Lisa, Looks like you did your Makapau'u Beach hike on November 7th, I did my hike of Makapu'u Head and the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline November 14, a week later.. The winter rains have sure turn the hills green! Makapuʻu Beach and Koolau Mountains seen from Makapuʻu Head, Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA Self portrait 😀 East side of Koko Crater seen from the Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA That was an epic day for a hike!
  19. Wow! Seeing is believing, just happened to me. Due to the time difference of me being in Honolulu I normally upload via FTP in the afternoon and QC is normally done by the next morning (Hawaii time). Today I uploaded as normal and then logged in about an hour later just to check if the upload was ok... passed QC! color me surprised! Thanks Alamy!
  20. Most important is to put the camera in an air tight bag when taking it from very cold to warm, then leave it alone for a couple of hours as it slowly heats up. I use clear office/kitchen garbage bags. I hand-puff the bag up a bit like a small balloon before I twist it shut to make sure it is air tight. Below is a video about weather issues and cameras. Warning some mild foul language Camera 'Weather Sealing' Unicorns & Nonsense Hope this helps,
  21. I agree with Allan, this is a very powerful image that is is made so in part by the caption, great work!
  22. Betty, Thank you for the kind words about my images, Boundary Waters is one of the places I would love to explore as I've have been told its extremely beautiful.. Though I have heard it can get buggy at certain times of the year just like Alaska. It's nice to be somewhere with no cell service just good friends and fun adventures. The fear of surprising a brown bear on the overgrown trails adds to the excitement!
  23. A great location with a terrible keyword name of Miami Lake... I'm sure I'm getting lots of confused search results with this image. Miami Lake, Talkeetna Mountains, Matanuska-Susitna, Alaska, USA A friend has a remote off-grid cabin not to far from Miami Lake that I was able to spend a week at in September. Only access during spring/summer/fall is by the last flag-stop rail service in the USA. You meet the Alaska Railroad Hurricane Turn passenger train in Talkeetna or Hurricane (another keyword confuser) were you load up your gear, food and drink then the train will stop at the requested mile maker where you unload all your stuff. A wave goodby to the train then a mile hike with a heavy backpack stuffed with provisions up to the cabin. Great fun!
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