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  1. Congratulations on your fantastic fire breather image win Gen!


    The lines of guitar strings also reflected on the surface of an electro acoustic guitar




    Lines from ripples radiating across the surface of the water, highlighted by the reflection of late afternoon light




    The lines of wooden beams and struts in the architecture of the entrance through the Chancellery building at Edith Cowan University




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  2. 15 hours ago, gvallee said:

    The sun was a little too low when we went for a walk but it was far too hot to go earlier, well into the 40C. We were the only campers there not surprisingly. 

    Anyway, I deserved it because that's what the flies were like during the walk. Here and here

    Argh! Yes the flies can be truly terrible and just stick to you. I remember having to wave my hands non-stop around my Dad when he was trying to eat a sandwich on a trip to the Eastern Goldfields in 2013 as the flies were like in your pictures. He had fairly advanced Parkinson's by then and it was too hard for him to eat and fend them off at the same time. I basically acted as a crazy windmill so that he could have a fly-free sandwich for lunch.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Michael Ventura said:

    Tomorrow is Mother's Day in the U.S.   So happy Mother's Day to all the moms on this forum, moms (or mums) are what really make the world go around.  I will be away from the computer tomorrow. Taking my first personal trip since the pandemic started.  Meeting up with 4 childhood guy friends in the mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania, not too far from NYC.  We have rented a mountaintop house through AirBnB.   All of us are fully vaccinated.  Can't wait to see these guys, most of them I have known 50 or so years.  Lots of laughs and good food are always in store.  All of us are self employed "artists".  One is also a photographer, another a writer, another a carpenter/builder and the last one, well maybe not an artist but some sort of brainy consultant...never did understand what he does.  Just funny that none of us work at an office, all free spirits I suppose.


    That sounds fantastic Michael. It's great to have lifelong friends and that you are all free spirits. Enjoy the mountains and friendship!


    Thanks re: Mother's Day too. I'm thinking of my Mum today (it's already mother's day here in Australia). She died in November and it has been really tough as it was sudden and unexpected, but feel I turned some kind of corner in the last couple of days in the grieving process, which I know is ongoing but I feel a bit more at peace than I have in a long time. My brother will be visiting in a couple of hours and I am making Mexican Quinoa and Salsa Filled Peppers with Jalapeno Sour Cream for lunch.

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  4. 9 hours ago, Steve F said:

    So I just got my shoes resoled and it's been raining a lot. And I was in the new bit of Reading Station earlier with the really slippery tiled flooring that everyone had walked water onto... So one minute I'm walking along, next second both feet had gone from under me and I landed flat on my back. I've now reached the age where people gather round and ask if I'm alright rather than laughing, which was nice. Good news, my backpack took a lot of the brunt of the fall. Bad news, I can't get my display or viewfinder to work on my A7iii. Going to try and hook it up to my laptop and see if I can do something when I get home. Otherwise got to send it off for repair...😭😖


    Glad you are ok Steve, but feel for you re: the A7iii 😢   If you do have to send it off for repair, do you have another Alamy-accepted camera you can use in the meantime? I thought that might at least lift your spirits if you can still get out and do some photography.


    About three years ago I was photographing pelicans at a beach. I walked over an area of rock I didn't realise was slippery and went for a fall. The telephoto lens I had on the camera is my most expensive lens. So I awkwardly kept it raised up as I fell, leading me to fall more awkwardly. I ended up badly straining, but fortunately not tearing, the medial collateral ligament in my right knee. My knee is better now, but I realised afterwards that my knee and body are really more important than the camera gear. So having a body to still walk around and take photos is better than having a broken camera or lens, but I totally get how sad and frustrating it is for us as photographers if our gear gets damaged 😞

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  5. Science 7 May 2021


    great reed warbler (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), singing, at sunset

    Contributor: blickwinkel / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: A2P74Y

    Photographer: blickwinkel/Hilsmann


    Carbon Brief 5 May 2021


    Sand bags protecting the beach from sea level rise, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize

    Contributor: Global Vibes / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2C4P2JK


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  6. 23 hours ago, Colin Woods said:

    From those photographers brave enough to go into this hazardous environment




    Thanks Colin, amazing images. I love the Margaret River one which is only about 3 hours drive south for me. There's a surfing comp on down there right now with some big swell. I want to get some wave images down there one day, but don't think I'll be right in the thick of it like those photographers.


    The Ray Collins images are phenomenal. Waves are so artistic which we get to really see in detail thanks to the capabilities of modern cameras!

  7. 4 minutes ago, Bryan said:

    We've had this discussion before, and views are mixed.


    Many readers want to see the pictures, but quite a few contributors want to know about the hits, but don't want their photos displayed here - successful ideas can be and are stolen.  I have decided to only show pics if :-


    A They are particularly interesting and


    B Because of the unique circumstances of the shoot, they are very unlikely to be copied.


    You can't please all of the people all of the time 🙃


    I started posting the images as I thought it was a way for people to quickly identify their image, but I'm equally happy not to if that is the preferred option. I've also enjoyed finding images and often find them interesting and so thought it was worth sharing them, but I can see that some contributors may not want to have their images included and may prefer the name and image ID only. So perhaps I will revert to just the image and contributor details but not the images themselves.

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  8. 21 hours ago, NYCat said:

    I have very deep feelings for the little Sumatran Rhinos. I was at the San Diego Zoo and heard what sounded like a small animal vocalizing.....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwIj5aJk2bA. I was very surprised to find a rhino happily talking away. They are small for a rhino and rather "adorable" in their ugly way. I watched the little one for a long time as it walked around talking to itself. Then I was happy to find that they acquired a mate and hoped to breed them. Unfortunately, a few years later when I was there the exhibit had a different animal. A zookeeper told me they had died of "twisted gut"...  whatever that is. It still makes me sad to think of it. Apparently, they are as sweet in the wild and rather likely to follow like a dog.




    Thanks for the link Paulette. They sound almost human! I had no idea they make such a sound. There is something sweet and gentle about their faces. It's very sad about the one you saw in the zoo. I'm glad at least that there is some good news for the remaining wild population.


    I've also read about the Javan Rhino which is even more rare with only about 60 left https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/javan-rhino


  9. I love this cute Sumatran rhinoceros, and it's a nice, good news story too...


    Kids News 4 May 2021


    Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) female eating leaves, Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Way Kambas National Park,

    Contributor: Minden Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: H891MK

    Photographer: Cyril Ruoso/ Minden Pictures

    Sumatran Rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) female eating leaves, Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary, Way Kambas National Stock Photo

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  10. Australian Geographic 3 May 2021


    Fan Shell or Doughboy Scallop (Chlamys asperrimus) photographed in South Australia.

    Contributor: Michael Patrick O'Neill / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: C535HH

    Fan Shell or Doughboy Scallop (Chlamys asperrimus) photographed in South Australia. Stock Photo


    Live Science 1 May 2021


    Bryde's whale and California sea lions feeding on sardines and mackerel off Baja, Mexico, Pacific Ocean

    Contributor: Doug Perrine / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: BYCB8D

    Bryde's whale and California sea lions feeding on sardines and mackerel off Baja, Mexico, Pacific Ocean Stock Photo


    NME 1 May 2021


    Prague, Czech Republic. 19th June, 2018. British singer Ringo Starr performs during the concert with his All Star Band at the Prague Congress Centre, Czech Republic, on June 19, 2018. Credit: Michal Kamaryt/CTK Photo/Alamy Live News

    Contributor: CTK / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: P3W1ND

    Prague, Czech Republic. 19th June, 2018. British singer Ringo Starr performs during the concert with his All Star Band at the Prague Congress Centre, Czech Republic, on June 19, 2018. Credit: Michal Kamaryt/CTK Photo/Alamy Live News Stock Photo


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  11. 7 hours ago, Harry Harrison said:

    Hi Sally, from what I've seen Capture One seems to have very comprehensive coverage of both standard and extended IPTC fields together with EXIF fields (display only) but it doesn't seem to be backed up by very good help pages to describe how to use them (or perhaps I haven't found them). You actually need to use the IPTC 'Description' field for your Alamy caption and then it will come in fine. 


    Thanks very much Harry!

  12. Well I had planned to get out and photograph buskers this month but various events have got in the way, the last one being a Covid snap lockdown. So instead I will have to upload three from the same performance by circus artists Quatuor Stomp at the Fremantle Street Arts Festival because that's all I have. Sorry for the lack of variety!







  13. 4 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    I got the Adobe CC apps up and working on my M1 MacBook Air. Don't ask! I have a dozen pressing issues at the moment and all must be dealt with in the next few days. I'm very stressed. I got 3 of them done today, so only 9 left. Tomorrow I hope to solve 3 more. They are not all computer related problems.


    I will not be buying Capture One Pro, as good as I think it is. I did buy Affinity Photo, but I have not had time to deal with it yet. AP was on sale and not expensive. CapOne is on the free month. It's too expensive. When I have time, I want to see about getting Nik Collection again.


    Glad it is up and running for you again Ed 👍  You probably won't have a need for Affinity now you have Photoshop back. Hope things keep improving, not just with computers, but with fire alarms and living arrangements!

  14. On 28/04/2021 at 23:42, Allan Bell said:

    Many thanks for the update Sally.  Yes the world is rich in the spoken word, even when you, or I, cannot understand what is being said.




    Hi Allan. I can report back that the keywords I added in Capture One populated in AIM.


    What did not populate, however, was the title/caption. I think this is because I have used the wrong field in the metadata tab in Capture One. I put it in "Title" under IPTC -Status. Possibly it was meant to be in "Headline" under IPTC - Content.


    To make things more confusing there is also an IPTC - Getty Images category, suggesting some type of integration with that??? Not sure if this would integrate with other stock agencies or how it is meant to work. However, there are no field options showing to fill in for that, at least not in my Express version of CO.


    So I can say keywords go across no problem into AIM, but will have to wait until my next upload to find out if the "Headline" option works for the caption.

  15. Just now, Allan Bell said:

    Many thanks for the update Sally.  Yes the world is rich in the spoken word, even when you, or I, cannot understand what is being said.




    When I was in Bhutan we went to a small festival at a remote village. I was sitting next to an elderly man who could not speak English and I could not speak any of the languages spoken in Bhutan. Nonetheless, we had the best conversation talking to each other in our own languages while laughing because we knew we couldn't understand each other's words but we understood the gestures and good will. He was so warm and friendly and it was so entertaining we were rollicking in semi-hysterics. The younger people in Bhutan speak in English, but the older ones in the more remote areas not necessarily. I met the most beautiful people there. Would love to go back there one day if it is ever possible.

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  16. On 26/04/2021 at 20:53, Allan Bell said:

    Thanks Sally. As they say in Australia. "No worries".  At least that is what we hear on the TV ads over here.🙃




    OH! I see you did say that at the beginning of your post.🤪




    Hi Allan, just letting you know I just uploaded some images and I put the keywords and a title on one of them in Capture One beforehand. While they are in QC I can't click on that photo to see if the caption and keywords are populated in AIM. But they usually take about 24 hours to pass, so will let you know after that. Will probably be Friday morning Perth, Australia time now as they'll probably pass while I'm asleep Thursday night. Will let you know probably on what will be Thursday evening your time (I think!).


    Yes, people do say "no worries" here all the time, including myself. It's kind of like a relaxed way of saying everything is good and fine, and often people say it instead of "you're welcome" when someone thanks them for something.


    I love hearing the different words people use in different parts of the world, including the ones that pop up here on the Alamy forum.



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