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  1. 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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  2. Australian Geographic 1st December 2020

    The most-counted Aussie bird of 2020?



    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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  3. 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.

  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 $$



    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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  9. 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.

  10. Science 24 November 2020

    Precise maps of millions of bright quasars show our place in the cosmos as never before



    Contributor: J Paulson / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: PF69GE

    Stars streak by the Bodie Island Lighthouse in Cape Hatteras National Seashore in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in this long exposure night sky Stock Photo


    Australian Geographic 16 November 2020

    The common green magpie is anything but



    Two Alamy images featured:


    Contributor: AGAMI Photo Agency / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: M88RJG

    Photographer: Alex Vargas

    Groene Kitta, Green Magpie Stock Photo


    Contributor: Robert Kennett / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: FTX3KE

    A Common Green Magpie perched on a small branch in the forest in Thailand Stock Photo

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  11. For me it is the culling of images. I'm getting better at not taking too many to start with, but with some natural subjects, such as a grasshopper I've just spotted on a leaf, I might stand there for some time on manual focus trying to get the best shot. This can quickly lead to 50+ images. Then I end up regretting knowing I'll have to go through them all for the best one. Given that insects are not likely to be great sellers, I need to spend less time on this. Even with things like events though, it is easy to take a lot leading to the necessity to cull while picking out the best few. I'd like to get better at being more economical at the time I'm taking the images and therefore more economical with time spent culling and selecting in PP. Once I've selected what I want to keep, I generally enjoy the processing part.


    I actually don't mind tagging in itself and have learned heaps about so many subjects from having to do it. But I do prefer to tag a few at a time rather than a lot.

  12. News.com.au 20 November 2020

    Alaskan city plunges into two months of darkness in ‘polar night’ as sun sets for final time in 2020



    Four Alamy images featured:


    Contributor: P.A. Lawrence, LLC. / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: F3BFJ7

    Utqiaġvik looking out over the Beaufort Sea Stock Photo


    Contributor: RGB Ventures / SuperStock / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: D0GFWG

    Photographer: Steven Kazlowski

    Mile Marker and Church in Barrow, Alaska Stock Photo


    Contributor: Daniel Lang / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: C0KRNB

    First sunrise in 84 days in Barrow, AK in the Arctic Circle looking past some civilian homes with the airfield in Stock Photo


    Contributor: Design Pics Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: FAY0PK

    Photographer: Kevin Smith/Alaska Stock

    Two male native Alaskans ride snowmobiles in downtown Barrow, North Slope, Arctic Alaska, USA, Winter Stock Photo


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  13. 2 hours ago, Cal said:

    I'm still baffled as to how people are managing to find what search terms led to their photos being found and ultimately sold. It seems impossible to narrow down unless you just manually type every keyword your image has until you find it in the list. I'll add it to my list of todos for tomorrow.


    You might already be aware of this, but you can click on "Your images", then on the pseudonym you want to look at and then from there you can see search terms that are bringing up your images. By clicking on the search term(s) listed on the left you can see which of your images appeared in that search. This table will also tell you if an image was zoomed. For example, one of my last zoomed images was for Trigg Beach which came up under the search terms "Trigg Beach surfing". This is a fairly strong indicator that these were the search terms that led to the zoom and subsequent sale.


    But of course these results come up for the select group of clients that Alamy gets this data from, so there will be sales where data won't be traceable in this way.

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  14. 3 hours ago, Graham said:

    But seeing this image request from Alamy does make me wonder whether in fact I ought routinely to be using plurals even for singularly subjects.


    I have uploaded many images of wildflowers from Western Australia. In some instances these are of a single flower. Initially I was only using the tag "wildflower". However, I realised if I searched for "wildflowers Western Australia" that my images would not appear. Western Australia is known as a biodiversity hotspot for wildflowers and it is quite possible people would search with the plural. So I now put wildflowers even if there is a single flower in the image.


    Similarly, I started using the term "beaches" and not just "beach". I have several images from different beaches here in Perth. Someone might do a search for "Perth beaches" but my images would not appear if I didn't include the plural.


    So I think it might be a good idea to include a plural, or at least assess it on a case by case basis whether it is a good idea. I think what Wim says makes sense also, which is to ask whether it gives the image a fighting chance of being found. In some cases I have also used the plural where possibly it wasn't necessary and contributed to an overabundance of tags. I guess basically you want people to be able to find your image and to try and think like a buyer and how they would go about looking for something.

  15. If you look closely at this photo from an article on wombat bums (ha ha) you will see there is a baby wombat in the pouch with the pink nose visible. Their pouches face backwards to avoid dirt getting into them when the mother is digging in her burrow. I've actually got a similar photo of a baby wombat in the pouch I took in Tasmania, so seeing this has prompted me to get on and upload it.


    Australian Geographic 3 November 2020

    Wombat bums: there’s more than meets the eye


    Contributor: Colin Munro / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2AB7A0W

    A female common wombat carries her young, known as a joey, in a pouch. Wombat pouches face backwards. Stock Photo

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  16. Nature 3 November 2020

    Redesign open science for Asia, Africa and Latin America


    Contributor: Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: HW8KKT

    Photographer: CEGALERBA Nicolas / hemis.fr

    Indonesia, East Nusa Tenggara, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, scientist Stock Photo


    Australian Book Review November 2020

    Thinking in a regional accent: New ways of contemplating Australian writers


    Contributor: Jana Schoenknecht / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: HWRFH4

    Wheatbelt of Western Australia, Harvested fields, Australia Stock Photo


    Scientific American November 2020

    Echolocation Drains Bats Traveling through Noise


    Contributor: AGAMI Photo Agency / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: P85CYH

    Photographer: Theo Douma

    Ruige Dwergvleermuis in de vlucht; Nathusius Pipistrelle in flight Stock Photo


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  17. Australian Geographic 2 November 2020

    Drawn in: Puggles on plates help save species


    Contributor: Ben Nottidge / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: B8W0EG

    Orphaned Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) puggles Stock Photo


    Australian Financial Review 1 November 2020

    SA uni merger becomes a matter of politics


    Contributor: Graham Crouch / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: BHMP3W

    The University of Adelaide is a venerated institute from where many of Australia's finest have emerged. Stock Photo

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  18. 6 hours ago, Cecile Marion said:

    I didn’t realize until after I took the photo, I wasn’t the only one with my eyes on the insect. 




    I had to look carefully to see what you meant Cecile. What a great find when looking at the image afterwards!

  19. The light was nice on this morning by the river. This made for nice image potential but this photo still would have been less interesting without a man rowing a boat into the scene and I was lucky to be walking past this spot at that time. A human element seems to add something.



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  20. The New York Times 28 October 2020

    How Musk Ox Make It Through Arctic Nights and Never-Ending Days


    Contributor: Adam Seward / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: D5GX1B

    Musk Oxen, two bulls, sparring, Kangerlussuaq, Greenland Stock Photo


    NME 28 October 2020

    Singapore’s Zouk club converting dancefloor into a pop-up cinema


    Contributor: SOPA Images Limited / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2BATJDE

    Popular nightclub Zouk closed from the public during the corona virus pandemic.Singapore government ordered the closure of entertainment venues starting on the 27th March 2020 until 30th April 2020. Stock Photo

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  21. 5 minutes ago, gvallee said:

    Ah that reminds me of another story. I was cat sitting for a friend. The cat used to be a stray cat that ventured into my friend's house and he adopted it. The cat became completely obsessed with him. Anyway, he left me with a provision of salmon cat food tins. On the first day, I opened one. The cat looked at it in disgust and walked away. On the third day, he still hadn't eaten. Upon his return, my friend told me 'I forgot to tell you, he's not fussy or anything [obviously not!! Come on, salmon!!] but he doesn't like one brand I bought for him.


    Cats are so funny with how particular they can be about food. In recent years I was intermittently looking after two Staffy dogs and it was the opposite situation - eating anything and everything and in about 10 seconds flat!

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  22. 1 minute ago, gvallee said:

    My mother-in-law once house sat (?) for a lady with a cat. As bad luck would have it, one day she heard a very loud Meow and the cat dropped dead.


    That sounds like a black comedy! My biggest fear was that the elderly cat I was looking after might die under my watch before his owner returned. On the second day he went off his food and I got quite worried. I told the owner over the phone about it and she said she had forgotten to tell me that that is normal for him and that he loses interest in food about every second day. Phew!

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