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  1. I photographed this Citroen that I came across the other day. At first I thought I was looking at an older vintage Citroen. I'm 99% sure it is a Citroen 2CV. However, working out the year of the model is harder. The model was made between 1948 and 1990. Not many of them have the Citroen logo within a circle as this one does. I have found examples in Google images that do for 1948 and 1957 models.


    I am starting to suspect though that this may be a model more towards the 1990 end of production. They kept the car's classic appearance over the duration it was manufactured. I was in a bit of a hurry at the time and didn't get a chance to spend much time looking at the car. I realise it may not be easy to identify, but just in case there are any Citroen experts out there I thought I would see if they know the vintage of the car. Thanks in advance.


    Edit: I think I may be getting closer having just seen this:




  2. 21 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

    Lonely horse in frosty field on cold morning light



    I especially love the horse pic Allan! You can almost feel the frosty atmosphere with the long morning shadows. I'm sure the horse was looking forward to some warmth from the sun as it gets higher.

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  3. Art Gallery NSW - Art Escapes 2021


    Aboriginal woman weaving a traditional pandanus mat in Arnhem Land Australia

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    Aboriginal woman weaving a traditional pandanus mat in Arnhem Land Australia Stock Photo


    The Weekend Australian 13 February 2021


    The Bee Gees photographed by Larry Busacca in June of 1989.

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    The Bee Gees photographed by Larry Busacca in June of 1989. Stock Photo

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  4. On 09/02/2021 at 16:40, gvallee said:

    I looked down and to my horror, I saw a brown snake (venomous) slithering into his hole right under my big toe.

    I did something similar a week and a half ago Gen. I was walking at the end of a college campus in the northern suburbs of Perth. I had my Sony RX100 and was looking all around to see if there was anything interesting to photograph but not at the ground at all. My peripheral vision picked up something leap from in front of me to the side of the path. It was a dugite, one of the two main venomous snakes we have here (the other being the tiger snake). I was very lucky the snake got out of my way, as I was oblivious to it. Fortunately dugites are on the shy side and do their best to avoid you, but had my foot landed on it it might have been different.


    I see a lot of dugites and tiger snakes when out on bushwalks and photographing birds at wetlands. Sometimes you see the tiger snakes swimming across the surface of a lake, such as Herdsman Lake which is quite close to the city. I've got quite calm with them now, when a few years back they they used to give me a fright.


    There is a photographer here who does some amazing photos of reptiles, with venomous snakes being one of his favourites. This is his website in case it is of interest. He is a qualified snake handler who knows a lot about their behaviour, and so gets pretty up close and personal with them with wider rather than telephotos lenses. However, I think getting that close for photos is probably not a good idea for most people (you might not want to look at this Andy!)



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  5. 4 hours ago, MDM said:

    I am already using both DSLR and mirrorless Nikons Sally. I still prefer the DSLR for low light work for the fast AF (e.g. weddings although there are none at the moment) and for fast action (dogs, horses)  for the tracking capability, and will do so for the foreseeable future. I got a Z7 kit just after they came out as I needed a light body and lens for walkabout stuff without a tripod. To be able to shoot confidently at 1/30 second handheld with a 45MP camera is amazing. 


    I don't know if they will release a pro quality DX. I have never used a D500. However, I do wonder if these are necessary at all, as with a high MP FF camera and a quality lens you can crop to the same size and quality in post. 


    That's great you have both systems running Michael. I think the thing is that both mounts have their pros and cons and are different beasts. I only recently thought about mirrorless and that's why Marvin's original post was of interest to me. I have small hands and going full frame F mount DSLR has never really felt like a viable option for me. I felt I was limited to DX. But the advent of full frame mirrorless opens up a new world to me. Many people will like it for the comparable lightness and portability. As I personally really like Nikon and find them intuitive to use, and the fact that from what I've read their menu system translates over to their mirrorless cameras, the Z system does seem like something worth considering for me down the track. It's good you can run both systems side by side and also see what keeps changing with the firmware updates and how it all progresses.


    I won't ditch my Nikon D5200 either (unless it actually dies). I have several good lens combinations with that. I know they work well and I'll gladly keep using them while I can. But if the D5200 does die or I get to the point I think I can buy into the Z system (or other mirrorless system) I will definitely consider it for the benefits that exist in those systems. Pentax may be able to survive sticking with DSLR, but Nikon as one of the biggest players had to compete with Sony, Fujifilm and others if they wanted to maintain their market share. But yes it will be interesting to see what they do with their F mounts in the future, and I understand the loyalty people have to that system.

  6. 7 hours ago, MDM said:

    I don't think it is a great idea to judge a camera system or a camera on the basis of great shots by an expert photographer or brand ambassador. A great photographer will be able to get great shots with the end of a bottle. Olympus are going through some mega changes at the moment so I would keep that in mind if considering Olympus. I had Olympus OM SLR kit but they stopped making the OM kit back in the 90s leaving a lot of photographers high and dry with a dead end system. That is when I went to Nikon.


    I think the future is going to be bright for the Nikon Z system as they are putting a lot into it and some of it is cutting edge at a seriousy good price. As I mentioned above, Nikon have continued to provide firmware updates for the Z6 and Z7 cameras, even since they released the Z6II and Z67ii so one needs to be sure one is reading up to date and unbiased reviews. For example, the AF tracking has improved a lot over the original release. Check this YouTube DPReview of Z6 firmware improvements out (although even that is not up to date).


    Thanks Michael. Yes I think the future looks bright for Nikon Z. Do you think you will switch over at some point?


    It is good to know about the firmware improvements. I watched the video link you provided. I also watched another by a wildlife photographer who agrees that the tracking system has definitely improved with 3.0. He still found some problems though with birds in flight (especially initially locking onto the subject), as opposed to birds on the ground. He also found the eye tracking worked well for animals such as his lighter coloured pet cat, but not so much his black cat where it had trouble discerning the face, and that the eye tracking didn't work well when he was photographing a burrowing owl either. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lJOHTNYhbU&pbjreload=101  But I think these are the kinds of things Nikon will keep improving with over time. I'd be interested to see if they produce a Z version of the D500 which is geared towards wildlife. The Z6 and Z7 look exceptionally good for landscape photography.


    With regard to Olympus, Andy Rouse is not a brand ambassador as he discusses in his blog post when he switched over to Olympus https://www.andyrouse.co.uk/index.php?eb=1&id=109&fbclid=IwAR1r_BAIM-hscTVOmO2MRauiIFddW1iNxUFVG4n79oggCl8EuDPvBHuvM8Q  He just genuinely loves the system as it meets his specific photographic needs which are all about wildlife. I also watched a video put out by Wex on it which was a review of its functions, which is where I learned about the in-camera live keystone corrections etc. It is probably too big a camera for my hands, but I just enjoyed learning about it as seems quite unique and original.

  7. 7 hours ago, Colin Woods said:

    I loved my K1000 as well - simple, great meter that gave me some of my best exposed slides, and bulletproof - you could bang your tent pegs in with it.  Some of the Pentax DSLR are excellent, but I am too invested in Nikon DSLR to consider changing.

    Yes, it's straight forwardness as a camera made it so good to learn the basics. I first used one at school in media studies where I learned to process black and white film. I was 14 then, and at the end of that year my Dad bought me a second-hand K1000. I actually still have mine but it eventually started to underexpose so I think the light meter started to fail, but while it was working it produced excellent exposures like you describe. I only shot prints with it and still have most of those.

  8. 15 hours ago, Simon E said:

    Not a high profile snapper but local nature and wildlife photographer and author Andrew Peters switched from Canon to m4/3 a few years ago and seems to be very happy with it (Q&A).


    Thanks Simon. It's good to see his pictures. Some very nice images there. Interesting to see photographers moving to the micro 4/3 system very recently. 


    I was looking into the specs of the m4/3 Andy Rouse uses, the Olympus E-M1X. It's a very interesting and unique camera. I watched a couple of field test reviews of it. Although it has the small sensor size, it has a function to do multiple composites to create very large 80MP images. It also has the equivalent of a tilt-shift function built in so that as you are composing your shot you can do keystone corrections in-camera at the time instead of in post-processing. It also has a built in ND filter that you can use in live view while composing, so you can see how images of something like flowing water in a landscape are going to turn out ahead of time. It has two sets of camera controls too so that you can flip to vertical and you can position your hands the same as when shooting horizontal.


    After reading the interview link you sent I just checked out another photographer Andrew Peters mentions who has some amazing wildlife shots with Olympus gear, including the very expensive 150-400mm lens:



    13 hours ago, Panthera tigris said:

    I have two Z lens both cheap, one the kit lens zoom and one other zoom. Amazingly sharp! Really took me by surprise and I am used to shooting with a D5 and a 500 f4 as my most common setup.


    It's great to know about the lens sharpness quality. I do love Nikon, especially the ease of use of their menus. I've never had to read the manual for my D5200, whereas the menu on my little Sony RX100 is much more complicated. I've just read a review of the Nikon Z50 vs the Nikon D7500. Which is better seems to really depend on the individual needs of the photographer. The review is here in case it is helpful to anyone weighing up the pros and cons: https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/au/buying-guides/nikon-z-50-vs-d7500-mirrorless-vs-dslr


    I have small hands so I was interested to also read about Sony just releasing a new full-frame camera that is very compact, the A7C. There are just so many options now with such variability it is like you have to research every camera very carefully for its particular set of features to figure out if it meets your needs. I think the Nikon Z6 would be outstanding for landscape, but maybe not the best option for wildlife, at least according to this article in regard to the speed and  accuracy of continuous autofocus tracking: https://dailywildlifephoto.nathab.com/photography-guide/nikon-z6-wildlife-photography/ The Fujifilm XT-4 seems like a very good all round option along with the Sony A6000 series in terms of mirrorless APS-C.



  9. 9 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    Sally about the same time a friend came over with his XT2 I think it was with a 100-400mm so I could try - it was very impressive and I even got used the electrical viewfinder after about 5/10 minutes but I'm happy with my Nikon FX for now😁

    Thanks Carol. Yes I will be sticking with my Nikon DX DSLR for a while longer, but good to know about all these great options 🙂👍 I'm glad the 100-400mm was impressive.

  10. 55 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

    We're lucky that there are so many types of cameras around now and you are in a position to choose whatever suits you really. I was impressed at how many respected names use Olympus Micro 4/3 for example though there is some doubt over their future unfortunately.

    Yes we are so lucky now. Thanks for the link about the users of Olympus 4/3. It's great to see their quality images. I'm familiar with Andy Rouse. He was the first wildlife photographer I got into just before I bought my first DSLR in 2010. I knew he started with Canon and then went to Nikon, but didn't realise he had also gone on to use Olympus Micro 4/3. It's great to know he got great images with this gear and how lightweight, unobtrusive and handy it was for wildlife. Not that long ago I found there are quite a few of his images on Alamy: https://www.alamy.com/search/imageresults.aspx?pseudoid={0349FC8D-233C-4B71-92B1-E4B9710B228B}&name=Andy%2bRouse&st=11&mode=0&comp=1

  11. I've just noticed two images I took of albatrosses coming up in two searches when looking at customer search activity. The two search terms in each case were "peterson birds" and "peterson bird". The word "peterson" is not in either my keywords or captions for either image. However, the albatrosses were photographed on Paterson Inlet at Stewart Island in NZ.


    So a non-exact keyword "peterson" has brought up my images with "paterson" as a keyword. I was always under the impression that you had to be precise, such as using beach and beaches if you wanted the plural searched for, but it seems that however the Alamy algorithm for searching works it can bring up similar words that might not even be among the tags you use. Maybe this is to try and maximise results that might fit for customers, or account for spelling errors.


    I guess what is slightly off-putting about it is that it means images may be appearing in searches for which they are not relevant, which in turn is not so great for CTR. I just wondered if other people see their images appearing in searches for which they are not relevant and involving tags they haven't used? I don't mind if it happens occasionally, but wouldn't want it to happen too often.

  12. 2 hours ago, Harry Harrison said:

    This article discusses the Nikon Road Map that is referred to:




    The actual Nikon road Map here


    There are very few new DX lenses on the horizon though that doesn't matter as long as they make one or two that suit you. One advantage of Fuji is that (apart from their higher priced 'medium format' range) they have only ever made lenses designed for APS-C mirrorless. The disadvantage is that very few 3rd party manufacturers make them to fit Fuji, but then Fuji lenses do seem to be very good, and plentiful secondhand if needs be. That Z6 looks very good though.

    Thank you very much Harry! I had no idea about this road map. It is definitely helpful looking into the future.


    Yes Fuji look like an excellent mirrorless option too, if I did go APS-C. The XT4 looks excellent and the XT3 too. I was just reading about the 100-400mm lens for Fuji. I do like wildlife photography and so I'm interested in the telephoto options out there. So much to think about. It will be interesting to see what the Nikon 200-600mm for mirrorless will cost. A lot I expect!


    As an aside I just read this article about Pentax sticking to DSLRs rather than moving into mirrorless, and the suggestion that in the future there will be a retro interest in DSLRs that Pentax will still have a market for. The author suggests they get into making new film cameras too, to appeal to the retro film enthusiasts. My first camera as a teenager was a Pentax K1000 which I loved, so I do have a soft spot for them.



  13. Thanks Michael, yes I'm sure it is much more optimal to be using the lenses for the Z series. I was mainly thinking of ways of reducing initial costs and also still having the range of options I currently have with existing lenses, but ultimately it is better to have the dedicated mirrorless lenses. A new camera is still a way off for me, but just projecting into the future. If I can afford it, the Z6 would be a great way to get into full-frame for the first time with excellent image quality.


    Thanks Harry. Yes I figured I'd be down to about 10ish megapixels. I think the use of any DX lenses would be a temporary measure and also not all my lenses are DX, so it won't matter with all of them. I'll keep an eye on what happens with Nikon and Sony full-frame mirrorless going forward.


    Good to hear that you are working out a system with different lenses with the Z6 Derek, and also that you are enjoying the Z6. I noticed you are from Vancouver Island. I visited there many years ago for a few days and would love to go back. Had a look at your images and enjoyed the wildlife and scenery - such a great place for photography.


    I noticed the cost of the Z lenses too Marvin. I have four third party lenses that I currently use regularly, so possibly there may be problems with these if Nikon may not share their interface data for the Z lens adaptor for independent lens makers. It's all in the future for me at the moment, but like you I'm wondering if going mirrorless is the way of the future and a better investment. I'll keep watching to see what happens and try and make the best decision. It will be good seeing what new lens options come out over time too. The Nikon Z50 also looks like an excellent choice and very compact for travel and more affordable, but the Z6 would excel again in terms of image quality and low light performance. If I decide the Z6 is a bit too much for me I'd definitely consider to Z50. I came across this discussion of the Z6 vs the Z50: https://www.techradar.com/au/news/nikon-z6-vs-nikon-z50-10-key-differences-you-need-to-know

  14. I have wondered about this also Marvin. I have a Nikon D5200 that is past its guaranteed shutter life but still going strong at present. But there will come a time to upgrade and I'm realising the Z series may be a good option. I was considering the D500 or D7500, but like you I'm also unsure if staying in the non-mirrorless sphere is the right way to go.


    The Z50, Z6, Z7 and Z7II are all lighter than the D7500. The less expensive Z6 (compared with Z7) is of interest to me and would be an opportunity to go full frame with a camera body that's not too big for my small hands. I do like my range of lenses I currently use though and there is the issue of the reduced range of lenses for Nikon mirrorless at this point. I understand there is an adaptor you can buy for F mount lenses to work on mirrorless. I've been trying to get my head around what happens with a DX lens for a DSLR when used on a full-frame mirrorless body. From what I understand you get a cropped view with a loss of MPs - the same as what happens going to a non-mirrorless full frame DSLR. In this case, my current lenses would work better with the Z50 if I don't want to lose MPs. Not sure if there are any issues or disadvantages specific to using F mount lenses with an adaptor on mirrorless.


    Would be interested in hearing from anyone who has made the switch to Nikon Z.

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  15. Scientific American 2 February 2021


    Washington, United States Of America. 20th Jan, 2021. Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem; The Hill We Climb, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC Credit: Planetpix/Alamy Live News

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    Washington, United States Of America. 20th Jan, 2021. Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem; The Hill We Climb, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC Credit: Planetpix/Alamy Live News Stock Photo


    Science 2 February 2021


    Early morining hiker at sunrise at the vernal pools Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve riverside county california usa

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  16. On 31/01/2021 at 05:38, Bill Brooks said:

    As a stock photographer it is important to be able to shoot in the many styles dictated by a multiplicity of subject matter. In the age of local travel you can return to stock shoot the same place many times, just vary the style each time.


    I really like this thought Bill and it is encouraging in this time where many of us are in the same places over and over, trying to think of new ways of capturing familiar scenes. I like the examples you give too. In the examples of trees I like the way you have conveyed the emotion you felt at the time through post processing. I remember reading an article once by someone who does composites saying that post processing and creating composites allows her to recreate not just what she saw but what she felt at the time.


    Several years ago I went on a photographic trip with a professional landscape photographer. He has a distinctive style of maximising contrast in post processing, more than most people usually do. It certainly gives his images a distinctive look and I've been able to pick some of them as his before I knew he was the photographer. From him I learned to use contrast more on many of my images, even though I'm not inclined to max out the contrast as much in general, except where the histogram is bunched up in the middle and it really helps the image to stretch it out with maximum contrast - good for landscape shots in even light such as an overcast dusk scene. In this photo of a tug boat wreck I did push the contrast a lot with plenty of room to push out the histogram. It is the kind of scene that can vary greatly based on lighting conditions, weather etc. I would like to go back and do some different interpretations/styles of the same scene.



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  17. Nature Volume 590 Issue 7844, 4 February 2021 (cover photo)


    Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland aerial view

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    Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland aerial view Stock Photo


    Guitar.com 3 February 2021


    Fort Wayne, Indiana - Effects pedals for electronic musical instruments on sale at the Sweetwater Music store.

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  18. Nature Volume 590 Issue 7844, 4 February 2021 (cover photo)


    Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland aerial view

    Contributor: Aleksandar Tomic / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: RBCH8X

    Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland aerial view Stock Photo


    Guitar.com 3 February 2021


    Fort Wayne, Indiana - Effects pedals for electronic musical instruments on sale at the Sweetwater Music store.

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    Fort Wayne, Indiana - Effects pedals for electronic musical instruments on sale at the Sweetwater Music store. Stock Photo


    Whoops! Just posted in January thread instead of February one. Sorry! Will repost



  19. Hi Mark,


    Just to reiterate Paulette's advice above, it does seem that you may not be deselecting an image after adding a caption and tags. For example, 

    Blue Heron in Pond, Cocoa Beach, FL 

    - Image ID: 2E529T9


    This image has tags that are not related to it and are clearly meant for other images you have uploaded of different subjects in different locations. It seems you may have done something to correct the duplication of captions, but not so with the tags.


    So when you go to add information to an image, make sure only that one image is selected in Alamy Image Manager. Add tags as necessary (and remove ones that are not meant to be there) and make sure the caption is correct. Click SAVE then click the image again to deselect it before going on to another image.


    With regard to captions and tags, I would add the full name and not just the initials of states. So for example, it would be good to put Florida as well as FL, as many may search with Florida and then your image will not appear if you just have the initials.


    The discoverability bar only needs to get to orange for an image to be on sale. By getting to 40+ tags you can make it green, but this can be counterproductive if you are just adding tags for the sake of it to make the bar green. You only want tags that are directly relevant about what is exactly in the image, otherwise your image may appear in customer searches where it is not relevant and this can affect your Click Through Rate which can affect your ranking in search results. Basically you want tags that help buyers find your images.


    Also, look out for sensor dust spots. There is a recurring spot appearing in the top left quadrant in several of your more recent images (taken in 2020). This is easy to remove in post processing. Alamy QC could fail you on this if it is picked up, as they request sensor dust spots be removed. Similarly, there is a more obvious dark speck on some of your 2017 images on the top right which could be a sensor dust spot or a fleck of something on the lens.


    It will get easier once you get used to it all. It is nice to see your bird images. Birds are a favourite subject of mine too, though haven't been doing bird photography recently. I like your one of a dog ordering a beer at the bar.

  20. Guitar.com 1st February 2021


    Famous Coachella Ferris Wheel at dusk

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    Famous Coachella Ferris Wheel at dusk Stock Photo


    NME 1st February 2021



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    UK. Daniel Craig in the ©Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer new movie: No Time to Die (2020). 

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  21. 2 hours ago, Thiago Trevisan said:

    Hoping for everyone's sales to take off, just like the aircraft and its light trails here :)


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    This is a great image Thiago. I love the mix of colours and lights. Hope your sales take off as well!

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