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Starsphinx

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    07 Jun 2018

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  1. I started last year. In my first 5 months I had 2 sales. In the 10 months since I have had nothing. Technically I still do not have enough images to draw conclusions but it is a little disheartening.
  2. My first thought on seeing these is blooming heck they're still going? lol
  3. Another distinguishing feature of humans is a sense of humour - and the ability to mock themselves. Many animals and birds are also intelligent - corvids especially do know the difference between a gun and a camera as well as having the ability to recognise individuals. I am well aware that there is nothing personal in mother natures twists that screw up my careful plans - but I find it amusing - or I find me amusing. And one day I damn well am going to get a photo of a Jay.
  4. I have long come to the conclusion that animals know full well the difference between gun and DSLR - and especially DSLR in the hands of someone seriously interested in their photo. I have had woodpeckers land within feet of me in the car at traffic lights and start pecking - no way of grabbing the camera without seriously upsetting other motorists. I have been trying to get a shot (any shot) of a jay for several years - so they only appear when I am driving, or they go from leafy branch to leafy branch and shout at me (in case I am not sure they are there) or the specialist landed directly between me and the sun. The favourite of all animals seems to be the pose perfectly right up until the microsecond before the shutter is clicked and then move - I have a huge collection of perfectly framed and focused twigs, branches, patches of grass, stones etc from which whatever was sat on (and had been for enough time to set up and frame the shot) has suddenly moved just as I take the shot. Mummy duck was far more likely to be pulling your string than scared lol
  5. Have just had three excepted through reportage as were noisy due to bad light - but am chuffed to have got them as a rather rare subject in itself. Just goes to show sometimes when you spot something you dont recognize while driving it is worth stopping and grabbing the camera. This is a leucistic jackdaw - and a cracking example of one too.
  6. I emailed and they took them via reportage - this is my little chap who I think is rather striking
  7. I think emailing will probably be best. I know I can be over touchy on noise - other than the iso the photos are fine.
  8. Number 6 is not cow parsley - but it is almost certainly from the same family, which isn't saying much there are hundreds of umbellifers. I have enough problems trying to identify the ones in the UK without going abroad lol. It might be worth you doing a google search of the area it was taken and "umbellifer" and see if anything comes up.
  9. A couple of days ago I was driving along spotted something odd. It turned out to be a speckled/pied Jackdaw - also known as leucistic Jackdaw. Now because of where it was and the conditions the ISO is high (1800) and the images are noisy - they would not pass ordinary QC. However, I am not sure if it is a suitable subject for reportage. They are rare - and stories on them have appeared in the national dailies before now. Alamy only has a handful of pictures labelled Leucistic jackdaw and none of them are as impressive as my little chap (and yes I did go back hunting for him the next day ) - I will keep my eyes open and see if I can get better shots but no guarantee. I would love to get the shots up - but am not sure if this does count as reportage or not
  10. For what it is worth near me there used to be a mummy duck who chose to have her nest in one of the flowerbed divider strips in a supermarket carpark. The one closest to the supermarket and furthest from the river obviously. She would get nearly stood on by people - who would then dash to the supermarket to let them know they had a duck nesting. They did already know (they got told a lot lol) but tried to minimize drawing attention to her by not putting up signs warning of her presence. She was obviously comfortable very close to people - and I am guessing found nearly being stood on safer than nesting closer to the bank (animal rights in the 60s decided to release the mink from a farm - I wish they could spend some time seeing the damage those non-native little beasts do)
  11. When I took it out (and if I make changes) I have to list and identify each item, and the unique product codes are required for recent stuff. I mean the excess on kit is £50 and I am looking at £150 to replace just one of my kit lenses. I think they go new for old replaced with the nearest equivalent in discontinued stuff. They do cover some non-camera stuff - you just have to list what you are insuring. Like everything else it is going to depend on what kit you have and what cover you want - but for people who make a bit of money from stock who use fairly recent cameras and lenses and who are being quoted silly money for "professional" as opposed to "amateur" insurance I think they do provide a compromise allowing up to 50% of your income to come from photography. This has to be a better definition of professional than "you sold a picture on a stock site and made 99c from it so we class you as professional and charge you through the nose"
  12. I do not know if this helps anyone but I get my insurance through Amateur photographer. They specify their insurance is for amateurs or semi-professionals who earn less than 50% of their income through photography/related activities. I am paying under £6 a month (I do not have a lot of gear) and that has £1 million public liability. MORE DETAILS
  13. I would imagine it is more to do with the cost of winning than the chance of losing.
  14. There have been a couple near me - which have been an ongoing fight between a farmer fed up of people ignoring his signs to avoid cattle in fields without public footpaths and him putting cattle in footpath fields due to signs being ignored. It is 6 of one and half dozen of the other but unfortunately, the people hurt/killed were innocent of the argument.
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