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    Thank you for treating me fairly in regards to my off topic response to posting that were on your "Are You Shooting More or Less in the Lockdown?" discussion. It could have been an easy choice just to delete my remarks but instead you also removed all off topic discussions. I appreciate your fair treatment in this matter.


    Best regards,


    David L. Moore

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  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. FEAR Stock Photo

    An old montage illustrating fear.


    Expensive jewelry used as bait on large hook Stock Photo

    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)


    Photoshop montage illustrating a mind reading robot Stock Photo

    Done on Photoshop 4.0! Brave new world of digital 😂

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  4. 3 hours ago, spacecadet said:

    Not for uploads to Alamy though- Alamy removes personal metadata and it's actually a breach of contract to include it.


    "Any information supplied for display with any Image, including captions, keywords, Pseudonyms, agency names and descriptions only includes information that is pertaining to the specific Image itself, and does not include contact details, web addresses, Uniform Resource Locator's (URL's), copyright and rights management information or, except in cases of journalism or news reporting or where the consent of any person shown in an Image has been obtained or another legitimate reason exists, any personal details from which a living person can be identified.


    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. On 13/02/2020 at 05:44, Contemporary Dave said:

    I'm new to the stock photography world, so forgive me if this has been asked before.


    I'm lead to understand that if you submit the same photos to multiple stock libraries, you can save a lot of time adding keywords to each site by placing your keywords for that specific photo in the keywords tag box in Lightroom. Apparently, the stock site you are uploading that specific photo to will pick up the keywords and add them automatically, thus saving you a lot of time having to write them out again. I don't have Lightroom, but I have Adobe Bridge. Would the same thing work if you added the keywords in the keywords IPTC core section of Bridge?


    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



  6. Sikorsky SH-60R Seahawk, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA Stock Photo
    Sikorsky SH-60R Seahawk pilot walking towards hanger after fly in to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA Stock Photo
    United States Navy Sikorsky SH-60R Seahawk pilot hugging his fiancé who greeted him at a fly in to Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Stock Photo
    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 😀).
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  7. 40 minutes ago, Sally said:

    Relax, don’t fret about the best shot,  Take time to look.



    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


  8. @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 😀



    Mahalo nui loa and a hearty Mele Kalikimaka!

  9. 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


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  10. 16 hours ago, Lisa said:


    I just checked my IPhone camera roll and I was at Makapu’u on November 26th. It seems to rain just about every night! 


    @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!


    Lightning illuminating storm clouds over Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA Stock Photo

    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? ... 😀

  11. On 03/12/2019 at 23:59, Ed Rooney said:

    It's winter, the days are short, and the holiday lighting is festive. I plan to do a lot of Night Photography in the next month or two. How about you?


    When shooting film in the past, I always used a tripod at night. I preferred ASA 25 Kodachrome for the shadow detail and normally bracketed through a roll or two to make sure I got the best exposures. These days, with digital, I usually shoot handheld at night. I let the IS and higher ISO's do the work of the tripod for me. I can cover a lot more territory that way. Remember I'm shooting for Alamy editorial. I have 5 stars now, so I'm not in fear of failing QC.


    I shoot RAW and reduce noise in LR and have my Sonys set at A or Night Auto or Twilight. Each works well but each gives a different look.


    What do you do



    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.


    The tall ship Belem docked along the River Liffey at night during the 2018 Tall Ships Regatta, Docklands, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland Stock Photo

    This shot was done without a tripod but the camera was resting on a railing.

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  12. 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!
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  13. 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!

  14. 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,



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