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  1. Australian Geographic 15 December 2020

    https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/travel/2020/12/the-best-bird-watching-around-oz/

     

    Contributor: Reinhard Dirscherl / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: EN0MBM

    Southern Cassowary, Casuarius casuarius, Queensland, Australia Stock Photo

     

    Contributor: Michal Sikorski / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: F575NW

    Bar-tailed Godwit (Limosa lapponica) and Little Tern (Sternula albifrons) or (Sterna albifrons), Nambung National Stock Photo

     

    Contributor: Minden Pictures / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: H80013

    Photographer: Martin Willis/ Minden Pictures

    Blue-breasted Fairywren (Malurus pulcherrimus) male showing dark blue breast, Dryandra Woodland State Forest, Western Stock Photo

     

    Contributor: RooM the Agency / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2CNNG7H

    Photographer: kristianbell

    Major Mitchell's cockatoo standing at water's edge, Australia Stock Photo

     

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  2. On 17/12/2020 at 20:58, meanderingemu said:
    On 16/12/2020 at 18:01, Sally R said:

    Lichen on a tree trunk

    Single company - multiple use editorial only, $$

    Once this one clears I'll get a payout - yay!

     

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    love it. probably good timing as 45th day would be before Jan 31st, so chance of a February payout 

     

    Thanks Jean-François. Yes hopefully February.

     

    I just saw your owl photos. They are beautiful! I've had three small fledgling owls called a Boobook Owls visiting recently (Australia's smallest and most common owl). They chat to one another from the roof, telegraph wires and trees. One morning I even woke at dawn to the sound of an adult talking to one of the babies right outside my window. They are lovely to have around.

  3. +1 to Colin's comments above. I recently took a macro image of a damselfly that I was pretty happy with. I then checked the competition on Alamy for that species of damselfly and realised what was already there was definitely superior to mine and so I decided not to upload it. It is worth considering what you can do better or differently if you are photographing subjects already covered on Alamy.

     

    I've only been with Alamy a short time and my sales cover four different subjects - a macro image of wildflowers, the exterior of a craft brewery business, an historic disused railway tunnel, and a beach landscape with surfers in the distance. In terms of finding a "voice" or a "niche" I think it might be best keeping yourself as open to variety as possible, but also photographing what you enjoy as that keeps you inspired and interested.

     

    With Alamy it takes a while for sales to build up so being patient helps. Generally it seems to help to have a few thousand images to see regular sales, from what others report, though I think there are a few people here with smaller portfolios of about a thousand images who have mentioned getting regular sales.

     

    I had a look at your port and particularly like your two pier images. Good luck and all the best!

  4. 16 hours ago, spacecadet said:
    16 hours ago, Sally R said:

    New Scientist 9 December 2020

    Contagious cancer may cause Tasmanian devils to become antisocial
    https://www.newscientist.com/article/2262120-contagious-cancer-may-cause-tasmanian-devils-to-become-antisocial/

     

    Contributor: Angus McComiskey / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: JPEHFP

     

     

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    Antisocial Tasmanian Devils we can well do without.😮

     

    Yes, well they don't have the best table manners and apparently sometimes bite one another while feeding on carcasses, which is believed to be one way the facial tumour disease can spread. From the article it looks like they become antisocial if they have the disease, which might actually help reduce the spread of the disease. Before meeting some in Tasmania I thought they were scary, aggressive animals, but wildlife park staff said they are actually pretty shy in the wild (e.g. they are not going to launch a sudden, random attack on you). I actually got to pat a female devil who seemed very gentle and had very soft fur. She had cataracts and poor eyesight and I think was chosen for patting because she was gentle. I still certainly wouldn't put my hand anywhere near a devil that might latch on with their super strong jaws!

  5. On 03/12/2020 at 01:04, Colblimp said:
    On 02/12/2020 at 15:30, Sally R said:

     

    Good on you for doing what you love Andy and making the most of it. You have some really nice people images in your Alamy collection and it shows you have good rapport with people which requires good interpersonal skills and being able to engage positively with people. I'd love to get more interactive people shots and I love people but I'm a bit on the shy side, so need to build up confidence in that area.

     

    As for me, I suppose I was kind of art oriented before doing stock as I was into landscape and nature images and wanting to capture the beauty of those things. Since starting doing stock photography my scope has widened a lot, and I'm obviously thinking more now about images that may be useful for buyers for a range of purposes. I've never done assignments or news. The idea of assignments does kind of appeal to me because I like the challenge of meeting a brief, but at the same time I'm also a bit of a free spirit so would probably prefer briefs that were not too prescriptive with some room for interpretation (but in the real world probably can't be too fussy there 🙃 ). I haven't done news and life has had too many limitations in recent years to get out and do that sort of thing, but hoping to have fewer life pressures in the future so that I might be able to do at least some news.

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    Hey Sally, thanks for your kind words!

     

    I'm actually quite shy, but when I'm in work mode that kind of disappears, especially if the pressure's on to get sellable pics.  You should try news, perhaps soft stories at first to get a handle of stuff.  If you've any questions, send me an email, although there are far better press shooters than me on here.

     

    Many thanks Andy. That's good to know it is possible to be a bit shy but still get good people images when in work mode. Yes, I would definitely be inclined towards soft news stories. I'm not sure I'm cut out to do news in a big way, but it does interest me. I think I'll get some more practice with photographing events first and build up my skills a bit more.

  6. So sorry to hear of everyone's tough experiences above. So sorry what you went through at such a young age Betty. That's a lot to deal with at age 16. Broken bones seem to be what's happening right now. I found out yesterday my aunty has fallen and broken her pelvis and is in hospital. She is upset she's going to miss my Mum's funeral on Friday. I will go in and visit her soon. She has a son and a sister living here which is a good thing.

     

    I've been diagnosed with a progressive autoimmune disease which has also come at a not great time, and the specialist wanted to do a biopsy on me tomorrow, but I've rung to postpone that for now as have too much else to deal with.

     

    One day soon I will get out with my camera again which I find absorbing and healing and is a chance to live in the moment and forget about everything else.

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  7. 46 minutes ago, Colblimp said:

    I hope your arm heals quickly, Edo. 
     

    For me, news has turned into my first love.  I like the thrill of racing to to be the first at the scene of a story and trying to get the pics out quickly. I really enjoy driving round looking for stories to shoot, which is where around 80% of my success comes from. The most important thing I’ve learnt is knowing what sells, although sometimes none of my pics from a shoot get published!
     

    I get a few assignments, mainly from my local papers, which I don’t take for granted.  I know how lucky I am to receive them and never turn them down.  I sometimes get assignments from other sources which again, is brilliant. 
     

    I occasionally shoot stock when I’m plodding around but not so much now.  Other stuff I do is commercial, events (not during C19) and teaching, although that’s dried up due to COVID.
     

    I don’t do art, there’s not an artistic bone in my body!  

     

    Good on you for doing what you love Andy and making the most of it. You have some really nice people images in your Alamy collection and it shows you have good rapport with people which requires good interpersonal skills and being able to engage positively with people. I'd love to get more interactive people shots and I love people but I'm a bit on the shy side, so need to build up confidence in that area.

     

    As for me, I suppose I was kind of art oriented before doing stock as I was into landscape and nature images and wanting to capture the beauty of those things. Since starting doing stock photography my scope has widened a lot, and I'm obviously thinking more now about images that may be useful for buyers for a range of purposes. I've never done assignments or news. The idea of assignments does kind of appeal to me because I like the challenge of meeting a brief, but at the same time I'm also a bit of a free spirit so would probably prefer briefs that were not too prescriptive with some room for interpretation (but in the real world probably can't be too fussy there 🙃 ). I haven't done news and life has had too many limitations in recent years to get out and do that sort of thing, but hoping to have fewer life pressures in the future so that I might be able to do at least some news.

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  8. 7 hours ago, gvallee said:
    12 hours ago, Sally R said:

     

    Great pics Gen. Bribie Island looks like a beautiful place to visit. Can you see the Fraser Island fire from there? It just seems to keep going and going. I hope they can put it out soon or some rain comes down and does it.

     

    We've been tucked away at the marina on the Wharf and haven't looked yet. I heard that Kingfisher Resort on the island has been evacuated. We stayed there once, a lovely place. I hope it will be unscathered. We had planned to camp at Tin Can Bay and Rainbow  Beach but guess what, out of control grass fire there. As the road is a 10km cul de sac, we decided to go to Maryborough instead. It's fire season all over again. I know that there is smoke from Fraser Island at Rainbow Beach. Half of the island is gone in flames over the past 6 weeks. What a tragedy! Such a spectacular island.

     

    I'm glad you have a mobile home that you can move around in the event of bushfires, weather events etc. Not being down a 10km cul de sac sounds wise, just to be on the safe side. Keep safe and keep cool in the heatwave!

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  9. Australian Geographic 1st December 2020

    The most-counted Aussie bird of 2020?

    https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2020/12/the-most-counted-aussie-bird-of-2020/?utm_source=website_cta&utm_medium=header_link&utm_campaign=on_site_links

     

    6 images in this article. I'm on a different computer and can't get drag and drop to work to post the images for some reason, but these are the details:

     

    Rainbow Lorikeet Head

    Contributor: Silken Photos / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: E1R8HC

     

    Australian sulphur crested cockatoo, Cacatua galerita, in flight at Cania Gorge National Park in Queensland

    Contributor: Stephanie Jackson - Australian birds collection / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: 2BWYHGX

     

    Australian Magpie on front porch on sunny day

    Contributor: Piter Lenk / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: JKJWRA

     

    Noisy Miner (Manorina melanocephala) poking its beak in a flower.

    Contributor: AGAMI Photo Agency / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: P88T7Y

    Photographer: Georgina Steytler

     

    Rainbow Lorikeet

    Contributor: Phisit Phochiangrak / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: FM02HC

     

    Superb blue wren, Malurus cyaneus, South Australia

    Contributor: Greg C Grace / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: B7A24Y

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  10. 8 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Being one day ahead in Oz, I can start the December thread.

     

    Last Sunday at Bribie Island, Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

    And they all include people! Giving myself a pat on the back.

     

    Great pics Gen. Bribie Island looks like a beautiful place to visit. Can you see the Fraser Island fire from there? It just seems to keep going and going. I hope they can put it out soon or some rain comes down and does it.

  11. On 28/11/2020 at 10:08, gvallee said:

    Very ethereal, moody, atmospheric (oops, getting carried away with my string of keywords). I like it.

    Actually, I just had a peep at your tags. Perhaps add 'Motion Blur'. There has been searches for that in the past.

    Thanks Gen, that's a good idea. I'll add 'Motion Blur' in. That image was one of my first three submitted to Alamy and I was doing too many keywords then, so want to go back over a number of images to remove tags that might not be so helpful and improve on the ones I have used.

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  12. Ed, your image of men pouring bronze is spectacular! It really does look like the Middle Ages.

     

    I ended up choosing this one taken at dusk at North Cottesloe Beach here in Perth. The 3 second exposure made it come out like a watercolour painting, helped along by the streaky clouds and soft light.

     

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  13. 4 hours ago, gvallee said:
    10 hours ago, Sally R said:

     

    Bella, sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mum. It's lovely that she enjoyed knowing her image was being seen and bought by people. My Mum died suddenly and unexpectedly two and a half weeks ago, so I am going through a mixture of shock and grief. I have been reflecting on how my Mum helped show me the beautiful things of the world - wildflowers, birds, trees, music, art, kindness, generosity... and that helping me to see these things is part of the reason I love photography. My Dad, who was a keen photographer, showed me these things too. Maybe through our own creativity, whether photography or otherwise, it is our way of passing on what they have shared and helped us see, for the benefit of others. I love the image of your Mum. It is about caring and kindness.

     

    Sally, I am sorry for your loss. You Mum's kindness has been passed onto your shiny personality.

     

    Thank you Gen

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  14. 4 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Along with birds on burst mode, I am quite incapable of stopping myself shooting waves patterns. I can hear a voice in my head 'stop it' but I can't. The foam on that one is more appealing. Oh it hit the rocks differently. Now let's try a different shutter speed. What a nightmare to cull !!

     

    I can relate to this Gen. With me it is light patterns on water on slightly overcast days where there is not too much contrast but some gentle rippling and swirling patterns reflecting the sky and clouds. Early and late in the day you can also get golden effects. Green vegetation reflected on water creates beautiful effects too. It feels like every frame is a different painting so to speak, so I keep thinking, "I'll just try another one". I've controlled myself and only uploaded a few to Alamy, but have had to cull a lot.

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  15. On 26/11/2020 at 17:32, Bella said:

    My dear mum got a kick out of knowing people were buying photos of her. We took this earlier this year just after Covid struck. She passed away in September at 92 still living in her own home.

     

    A vertical pic was zoomed and this one sold.

    One use in a single editorial or advertorial article used within print and /or web versions, with re-use of the article in other titles or web versions within the same newspaper group. Digital use includes archive rights for the lifetime of the article. Any placement in paper and online.

    Low $$

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    Bella, sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mum. It's lovely that she enjoyed knowing her image was being seen and bought by people. My Mum died suddenly and unexpectedly two and a half weeks ago, so I am going through a mixture of shock and grief. I have been reflecting on how my Mum helped show me the beautiful things of the world - wildflowers, birds, trees, music, art, kindness, generosity... and that helping me to see these things is part of the reason I love photography. My Dad, who was a keen photographer, showed me these things too. Maybe through our own creativity, whether photography or otherwise, it is our way of passing on what they have shared and helped us see, for the benefit of others. I love the image of your Mum. It is about caring and kindness.

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  16. 8 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

    had the same issue, problem as i'll have 100 shots of same sets of birds so here is my process

     

    1) Upload all images 

    2) Quick run through with Focus Mask ON (i use C1, assume other software have something similar)

                    anything of interest gets 1 Star, any obvious fail 4 stars (don't ask i discovered i never used 4 so it became my trash, find something that works)

    3) Delete all the obvious fail

    4) Filter all the one stars.  Second look, all the ones with potential get 2 stars.

    5) Filter the 2 stars, All the ones for processing get 3 Stars. 

    6) I then use colour labels to determine if the are a work on Now, or later . Note not all of them will be process.  I have a bunch labelled secondary importance, or wait see if i get better later that hang for a rainy day (like today) 

     

    Some times later, maybe a few days,  i will go back through the 0 stars and 1 stars see if there was any miss, an angle, a story that i didn't see,  I will also cull the ones that there is no way i would ever used, and ones where it brings nothing else to the 3 Stars i've done already.  

    I'll also assign a 5 stars rating to my favourite images.. 

     

    Thanks for sharing. That sounds like a very good system. I can do similar ratings in the newer software I'm using. In the older software I have been using, I create albums to group images according to definite keepers and maybes. However, your approach is more systematic and better organised.

     

    I find the challenge with macro images is that it is harder to make initial quick assessments as they each need to be scrutinised closely at 100% because differences between images can be very fine and subtle.

     

    I think it's good you go back after a few days for a final check of the 0 and 1 star images and then remove what you know you won't use. It's a good way of just checking there is nothing usable there you might have missed and then getting rid of them so they don't create clutter that takes up space and has to be dealt with later on.

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