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Sally R

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  1. You have some beautiful wildlife images Will, including a nice, shallow depth of field that brings attention to the bird/insect/flower. I don't think you are doing anything wrong in terms of image quality. I think as Colblimp says above you just need many more images and that it takes time on Alamy for sales to get going. I made my first sale at 3 and a half months and that is still the only one so far, though I have a few zooms. You could also try a few different subjects perhaps, to increase the variety of images, but it is also good to photograph what you love as it keeps you inspired. Best
  2. It really wasn't too bad. It was classified as an ex-cyclone by the time it got to us, so some strong winds and big ocean swell. Maybe it did blow our germs away. We are very lucky here that covid is well under control. We are helped by being relatively isolated. Our state premier is getting criticised by other state and federal politicians for not opening the state border yet, but I think he's doing the right thing by approaching things gradually. I took some pics on the day after the stormy weather by the ocean. Would have been more impressive the day before. The coast here has b
  3. Enjoyed your blog post Edo. You are not the only one doing clumsy things. I managed to fall down some log steps on a local bushland walk recently. Fortunately only bruises and nothing worse. I think times are so strange at the moment that it easy to be a bit distracted. Keep writing your posts, take care and keep safe.
  4. Thanks Betty. You could always just write some short stories about the happy memories, the things you want to share and enjoy writing about. I also have very early childhood memories that are like snapshots. I actually remember my second birthday, the two orange candles and my Mum telling me I'm 2. I even have an earlier one of me sitting in my high chair in the kitchen. My Dad was going past with his camera. I didn't really understand what it was or about photographs, but I had a sense if I did something to get his attention he would point the camera at me ( I must have seen him point the cam
  5. I agree with it too Cal. It's good advice. I love the photo too. Animals often seem to find cameras interesting. My favourite photographer is an Estonian named Sven Zacek. He has done a wonderful job focussing on what he knows and has access to in Estonia, especially wildlife and landscapes. He has an image of a Great Grey Owl on one of his Nikon cameras, which I thought of seeing the penguins curious about the camera https://www.zacekfoto.ee/en/image/nikon-fan/
  6. Congratulations Colin! Really enjoying seeing everyone's green images. These are my three: The green mountainous landscape in the Haa district of western Bhutan. The building is Dobji Dzong built in 1531. A greenbottle blowfly. An Australian Ringneck Parrot.
  7. Michael, that’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. I love to write. I did start a novel once, but gave it up for photography after getting breast cancer. I think so too Betty. I really enjoyed reading your stories. They remind me of things my Dad told me about growing up in a small mining town. The school was as you describe, all the ages together in the same class. They lived in small houses of corrugated metal with dirt floors. There was running water at the mine, and that's where the men went to shower, I think once a week, while the women washed at home
  8. Ah I think I'm stumped then, as I'm not super knowledgeable on gemstones.
  9. I remember we had a rotary phone when I was a kid, before it got replaced by one with push buttons. I loved the sound it made as it wound back before turning the dial to the next number. It was part of the phone call experience. It is funny to realise they might not make sense to teenagers today, just as probably many things we do today will be mysterious to future generations.
  10. Ah ok! What made me think of blown glass was the mention of bubbles above. I'm guessing the one above is a gemstone in a pendant, maybe amber?
  11. Ok Chuck, I think I understand what you are saying. I was trying to answer that question for Cal as I could see it hadn't been answered yet. My understanding of editorial was on the basis of images that cannot be used by the purchaser commercially. I do get that editorial images are used to illustrate a story or event, and are used in a range of media publications. I guess what I was also including in editorial were images that cannot be used commercially because of the lack of a release. For example, if I photograph a branded can of soup but I don't have a release, then it can onl
  12. At first I thought it might be some kind of colourful rock or mineral, but now I am guessing that maybe it is blown glass, such as you might find in a pendant, bowl or other blown glass type of creation?
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. That sounds fantastic Gen! Look forward to seeing some of the many photos I'm sure you will take!
  18. 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.
  19. Geog is now photographing more in 1969. Yes, he must be using his time machine!
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Yes I find it fantastic. I think quality-wise it is actually my best lens. It is so reliably sharp.
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