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Sally R

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  1. People would be referring here to the subject type - specifically images with people that lack model releases and images with property that lack property releases. So images of Black Lives Matter protests, general street scene with property and people, basically anything unreleased. My general understanding is that if the license type is RM, ticking the editorial box is mostly not essential, but the photographer can choose to at their own discretion. The important thing is to indicate that you don't have model and/or property releases. However, Alamy states that images including ar
  2. That's wonderful news Michael! I think my good thing for today is reading your post. It is challenging enough starting out in a new career, but to be at the start of your career as a nurse during the time of Covid-19 is incredibly challenging. I have great admiration for your daughter. I hope the pressure she's been working under keeps going down as cases decrease. It's so wonderful you are the photographer for the story as well!
  3. Early this year I decided to go exclusive with Alamy. At the end of July last year I first joined a microstock agency (that rhymes with what you hit when playing badminton). Two months later I joined Alamy, choosing to upload different photos there, rather than replicating what was with the ms agency. But by the start of this year, it was starting to feel not great getting mostly 25c per image on the ms agency, and I was starting to submit images there that I wasn't even that happy with, while reserving better ones for Alamy. This wasn't good for my photography. So I ended up removing all my p
  4. My previous landlords lived on the same property as me. They used to bring their baby out in the laundry basket when hanging out the washing and joking that they were hanging the baby out to dry. I wish I'd taken a photo of her in the basket with her floppy hat on. She was very cute.
  5. That sounds fantastic Gen! Look forward to seeing some of the many photos I'm sure you will take!
  6. Enjoy setting up your new home Allan! Make sure you get some help if you need it. I moved in December and did almost everything myself, managing to injure my right forearm tendon which is still not right now. Hoping it gets better soon so I cam hold up my big telephoto lens for bird photography.
  7. Geog is now photographing more in 1969. Yes, he must be using his time machine!
  8. All the best with it Dave. If you are looking for a particularly small and compact system, it might still be worth looking at the micro 4/3 system, as Marianne mentions. I know people who have traded in their DSLR gear for micro 4/3 systems that they find better for travelling with. And I think Miz Brown's advice to get to see and hold the cameras in a camera store is good too. I've been very happy with my gear, but that's all I know, and there's plenty of options out there. I think mirrorless systems have caught up with DSLRs in many areas now. I'll probably stick with DSLRs, in that when my
  9. Cal, my brother talks about GAS too, in relation to audio equipment, as he is a musician who does sound recording and mixing. He is often eyeing off the latest microphone. I have to admit, I love looking at what lenses are out there and can see how easy it is to go down the path of acquiring more and better gear. But I think you are absolutely right, that liking and feeling comfortable with your kit is the most important thing.
  10. Yes well I looked further at the specs for the Tokina and it is not image stabilised, so I think that might be a factor if I was considering it. I have Tokina's wide angle 11-16mm lens and I've been very happy with that, so always curious about their lenses. That's not image stabilised either but I usually use it on a tripod.
  11. Yes I find it fantastic. I think quality-wise it is actually my best lens. It is so reliably sharp.
  12. You won't have any issues with Alamy with the D5600 as it definitely meets their requirements. I got to hold one my friend bought and it is quite small and compact, more slimline than my D5200. A problem you might encounter with a lens such as the 18-140mm is lens distortion in that it goes from fairly wide angle to a short telephoto. It does seem to get quite good reviews as a general purpose lens though. I just read this one which seems quite a balanced review https://www.photoreview.com.au/reviews/dslr-lenses/dslr-lenses-aps-c/af-s-nikkor-18-140mm-f35-56-g-ed-vr/ The
  13. I have the second last version of the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 VC USD (F004). I'm really happy with it. It is beautifully sharp, and doubles really well as a walk around street photography lens. The most recent version of this lens would be excellent too I think. There is also a new Tokina 100mm macro lens out now that might be worth a look at https://tokinalens.com/product/atx_i_100mm_f2_8_ff_macro/ I have turned to small insects as photography subjects in the backyard over the past few weeks. It's made me pay attention to what's there and I've discovered just how much of
  14. No problem Jenny. I am not familiar with the other one at all, but the Metrosideros is familiar as they are sometimes grown here in Australia and I saw them in NZ too. I just googled quince bud, and that does indeed look like what you have there.
  15. I know what you mean. I get this affect too from time spent with animals or out in nature. There is something really sustaining and nurturing being around them, and especially nice to come across them as a surprise in a place you would not be expecting them. It's nice just to be in their presence.
  16. Hi George, I'm really not sure, but I'm just wondering if the second one is a New Zealand Rata tree. They do have red flowers that are a bit bottlebrush-like. I'm going by the shape of the leaf and the look of the buds here. There is a southern Rata (Metrosideros umbellata) and a northern Rata (Metrosideros robusta). There are other species too that grow in NZ plus other areas of the Pacific https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrosideros So I'm guessing maybe the genus Metrosideros, but beyond that I'm not too sure.
  17. Hi Dave, Remember that whatever system you start with, you have the option of beginning in auto mode and sticking with that until you want to branch out in manually controlling different parameters on the camera. So while it may all seem a bit overwhelming to begin with, it is possible to start out simply and then build your knowledge from there. I borrowed a number of library books when I began in digital photography as well as learning from the internet, and did some workshops too. It does all increasingly make sense as you go along. As far as having a single lens for
  18. I agree. From what I can tell Alamy offers something a bit different from what else is out there, and I think maintaining that unique position may actually help them to stand out from the similarities among microstock agencies. At the same time they are different from other mid/macro stock agencies that curate their collections with a particular look/aesthetic in mind. Sometimes while those agencies are trying to be unique by curating a particular style of image, they actually start to also become a bit predictable in their own way. I think Alamy's acceptance of a wide variety of images is its
  19. This is another image I've recently rediscovered and uploaded. It's a paperbark tree arched over the Helena River in the Perth Hills. I like the kind of bluish green of the foliage.
  20. What a great thing to discover in your neighbourhood, and a great way to deal with brambles and weeds! There is something about farm animals that softens the urban landscape. I too recently discovered goats on a local walk, three of them in a makeshift paddock at a school. It's so nice to know they are there.
  21. I'm a leftie too Betty, and I also learned to use a piece of paper to avoid smudging ink. At school I remember other kids thinking I'd injured my little finger because it was blue with ink and looked like a bruise. I've noticed some lefties develop a writing style where they curve their hand around to avoid smudging, but I've never been able to do that. It seems quite common for a lot of lefties to be a bit ambidextrous. It is hard to know how much that comes from fitting in with a right handed world and how much it is there from the start. In my case it feels like a bit of both.
  22. He's beautiful! What a character. Amazing colours too, and he looks massive!
  23. Thanks Kristin, yes it is a QUEST for me too. It is interesting that you have a background in filmmaking. I imagine that is helpful in seeing and telling stories through images that can translate to photography.
  24. Ah that is so true! Yes I always enjoy being in the outdoors even if I come away with no images I'm super happy with. I remember as a teenager watching fishermen out on the reef near where I grew up, thinking I can't wait to be retired some day so I can just do something like that ( I was longing to be at retirement age at 16!). I quite often come across people fishing when I'm out at sunrise and sunset for photography, by the ocean or river, so I think we definitely share something similar.
  25. Ah yes that is true Ed. 'Going well' are probably not the right words. Possibly 'going ok' or 'surviving' are better. We have aggressive gulls too called Silver Gulls. They sound very similar. I too have hoped they will go and catch their own food for a change, and wondered if they might learn to do this while people have been in lockdown. People are starting to emerge now as some restrictions have been lifted. There was something on the news the other night about whale watching businesses being in trouble because of the virus and a lack of international travellers which is likely
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