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  1. Well what do you know - one of those 'dull' images just sold TWICE. Which hasn't altered the CTR (my original query) one bit .... life goes on, and I'm not bothering about it anymore. Hope you are all doing well.
  2. Just thought I would give a more enlightened summary and ending to this – Each person has contributed pieces of wisdom here – but in the end the ‘rule’, if there is one, applies to the individual making it in many ways. Sorry to disappoint the ‘elders’ but no one should say, ‘I’ve been doing this longer and thereby I know best’ 'you must listen to me to your detriment' – life today gives thoughtful expression to everyone. Trying out different approaches is good, as is ‘discussion’. Becoming het up about ratings and rank (for me certainly) I can see is a fruitless action. In the end I personally only wanted an explanation. And a possible ‘opinion’ on a portfolio. Anything further is up to an exploration obvious in terms of responses. The world nowadays is full of people ‘urgently’ spinning, rather than mindfully considering, to its detriment (imo). 'Stock' is (imho) a slow burner, rather than a race to the finish line. There may be many contributors to Alamy, but each is in a different part of the world and has a unique perspective. In a sense (taking the 'uniqueness' of each person and thereby image style and category into consideration) - then the rest is often down to need, taste and trends (and yes, how well a thumbnail stands out). For me the art of photography is far more important than the science, the technical, or how many images someone uploads in a month – for some it will be different, or a balance. All have their place. Some images will mellow, or become of interest (perhaps) over time. Not expressing myself very well - but that's just my own world view. Better to strive to make images as good as possible, and the rest is up to the need at the time. There is a space for trying different approaches, and for every taste (imo) – even ‘dark’ and ‘rainy days’ have their uses. I will probably put those back at some point. I’m leaving it all for a few months – some of the forum talk has been useful, but only in reflecting in this way has this ‘chat’ been useful to me. Thanks to all nonetheless. Btw ‘@mickyfly’ – ‘flower’ and ‘petal’ are forms of endearment in Yorkshire – maybe you didn’t even know you cared 😀😂😀 [btw - a friendly and gentle warning t0 you - if I had wished, I could have reported you for offensive and derogatory language toward women. I won't, because I understand your ignorance in these matters. But I could have ].
  3. That does not mean giving an assassination of a portfolio - stripping me of any dignity, and making it seem as though I personally am incompetent and completely ignorant. I asked a question about CTR, and got a brutal explanation about how poor my CTR was compared to someone else, and how they do their workflow, and how I must spend £X recalibrating the system. (If that hasn't been a problem before, and is not consistently a problem there is no 'urgent' need to do so). That is not how 'professionals' speak to one another. I'm not the one making this into a 'club'. *Some* of my latter images appear dark - to work out why, whilst retaining one's own style and interests if more the objective. (Though interestingly one of those photos deemed unacceptable was zoomed last month) In any event, I didn't ask for the exam paper to be written for me. End of story. It didn't actually take 2-3 pages of discussion to work all that out. I think some of you have a very unfortunate way of expressing yourselves. But Steve and I have let bygones be bygones, so I would now say the discussion, is at its end.
  4. This is why I have attended - the only way to learn is to learn from the professionals on the field, and they have taught me great deal. Thats better than any sale, in reality. There is always a plus side ... But I take your point about the smaller news pieces - where I live they ask the public to supply those for free I think its probably time I found another avenue to pursue ... Don't think I could enjoy it much again after this ..
  5. Thought I'd replied to this, apologies. Lets just put it behind us. Thank you for trying.
  6. My life experience tells me that it is usually the bullies that need their ego boosting. But the 'delicate flower' bit - no the 'such a delicate flower' bit- well, I don't think you've met me ....
  7. Read your name as 'Lawrence' apogees
  8. Oh - I thought you said you had a sale ... perhaps my wishes are a good omen - a 'prophecy' if you like .... apologies for any confusion
  9. Thank you Steve - lets just forget it. I do have my own workflow (and it very similar to the above but defendant upon the image). It was my CTR (over the last year) that I was wondering about - I really wish I'd never asked. I am not sure why the images seem dark suddenly - only that I have been editing in a different house with different lighting My monitor is also internally calibrated, and I have been advised there is no need to buy a calibrator (not worth me spending money on). Anyway - I really am leaving the forum now. I hope notifications will be turned off tomorrow. Thank you anyway for trying to help. 'The delicate flower' (couldn't resist- though I know it wasn't you that called me that 😉- just trying to find the funny side)
  10. Dear Lawrence - I have been trying to turn off notifications to no avail, but thankfully on this occasion that has a positive reason, in order that I can say that I haven't given you a red arrow. I would not do that. I I felt strongly (as I'm afraid I have recently), I would say so. Apologies if you felt I had disrespected your comments. Thank you for your advice. I do appreciate it. I'm going to leave things for quite a while now, as I also have probably contributed to me now feeling totally confused - particularly in regards to how the images seem to have become so dark to others. So I am putting everything aside for now. For me whatever I do has to have purpose. There is no point me taking shots of anything if it ultimately has no purpose. My problem. In any event, thank you and once again apologies - there doesn't appear to be a red arrow just now, so maybe that person made an error. Hopefully from tomorrow my portfolio won't be publicallly viewable, whilst I decide what to do. best wishes,
  11. A small thought : - maybe its Alamy that are playing 'mother' by accepting non sellable items onto the site. [ PS I'd be happy to trade mothers in regards to voicing opinion ]
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