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Sally R

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  1. Haven't posted in this section before, so not sure if I'm doing it right, but found an Alamy photo among these images of people on their balconies from around the world in the Guardian, 19th March: https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2020/mar/19/balconies-sites-hope-coronavirus-in-pictures The image is the sixth one down and the details are: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria A woman pulls up a bag of groceries from her balcony as neighbours help out with shopping Photograph: Alan Dawson/Alamy Live News. Image ID: 2B7GNPT
  2. Brilliant! Thanks Colin. I just sent that link to my brother and his partner as they've just come back from Portugal and Spain to Australia. They went to Nazare in Portugal, a major surfing location, and I'm guessing the last one of those images might have been taken there.
  3. Unfortunately there's no way you can brighten the images already submitted. What you could do is just have a go at some of those images again and upload those. For example, with the one of the kettle you could use the natural light coming through the window to illuminate the kettle rather than shooting into the light through the window. I'm not sure if you have a tripod, but if the level of light makes it difficult to shoot handheld, this is a way of overcoming the difficulty of shooting still life images indoors at lower shutter speeds. If using a tripod just remember to switch off vibration
  4. Hello, you have some nice images with some nice colours. I love your cat too (assuming he/she is your cat!). I'm new to stock myself, so not necessarily the most well-placed person to give advice. But the main thing I noticed was that a few images appear a little too dark/underexposed. For example, the one of the work bench, WGJFPK, appears quite dark to me, and I think it would really lift this image if it was a bit brighter and easier to discern the items in it. Another thing I noticed is there are several images with a very bright background of sky that l
  5. I did wonder about this myself. I think it is good to have a glass half full approach. I imagine there will be many people working from home and possibly spending more time looking for images out there on the internet, whether for their line of work or other interests. People will be travelling less and thus quite possibly in front of their computer more. I am also imagining people in lockdown may be thinking now is the time to write that novel they've always been thinking about doing, and thus are looking for a cover photo for their book, or developing a blog that they will want images for, o
  6. Yes they are adorable as babies. I remember a worker at a wildlife park telling us that she was caring for several babies in her house and they followed her everywhere. She then had to go away for a couple of weeks and worried they'd have forgotten about her when she returned, but when she sat down they just all came up and jumped in her lap and went to sleep. I think the adults are quite formidable and independent though! There are many baby wombat videos on YouTube Ed, so should you not get to see one in the UK, you can at least see them there. If you ever visit Tasmani
  7. No worries and thanks DD 🙂 Yes the boatshed must be the most photographed thing in Perth! I recalled seeing one image that I thought was more original than many of the others, and I just did a search for it and found it. It is by Luke Austin and he took it during a storm at high tide in gale force winds. The long exposure created a misting effect over the jetty. He must of done a good job of keeping the tripod steady in gale force winds: https://lukeaustinphotography.com.au/gallery/product/persistence-crawley-boat-shed-perth-western-australia-113 I enjoy discovering new angles
  8. Sorry I just realised I forgot to quote you in response to your last post, in case it was confusing what I was answering above.
  9. Yes there were similar things on the TV news tonight, people saying how great it was they'd gotten through just before the the cut-off time, and yes it is good that we all be responsible (without panicking too). I hope you have some things you can do to keep occupied while in isolation. At least you can chat on the Alamy forum!
  10. I agree with you. My brother and his partner were going to self-isolate anyway, but I was just pointing out that it is mandatory now.
  11. Yes I feel kind of lucky being in Perth right now. I think we are one of the most isolated capital cities on Earth, which can help a bit when there's a pandemic. I hope the COVID-19 susceptible people you work with all do ok. All the best!
  12. I haven't followed all of this thread so not sure what the core issues are that are being debated, but as of midnight tonight anyone coming into Australia (where I am) has to self-isolate for 14 days. This includes my brother and his partner who had their flight delayed from Dubai, and so now will be affected by this. It is a good thing for the community as a whole as a precaution, just a bit limiting for them for 2 weeks, not being able to go to work etc. I'm in Western Australia and a state of emergency is being declared by the state government from midnight. The federal government is consid
  13. Ah got it, thank you. I do calibrate (with Spyder) though probably not as often as I should. Still a few months away from purchasing a new computer, but the BenQ is looking like a good option for a monitor at the moment. Cheers, Sally
  14. Thanks for providing this info MDM. I am hoping later this year to be able to buy a new computer (fearing the potential imminent demise of my 10 year old iMac). From the research I've done so far, the BenQ was standing out to me as a good, affordable option, so it is great hear your opinion on this. As I'm on a limited budget, I was thinking of going with a mac mini and hooking it up the the BenQ monitor. While mac retina displays look fantastic, I've read that they may not be the most optimal for photo editing. I was wondering what were the other functions the BenQ has that you would recommen
  15. Thanks Betty. Yes once I saw it I couldn't 'un-see' it. I also feel like the eyes are such an important point of communication between the viewer and the image subject. Wombats are such characters. This one ambled right in front of me and began dining on buttongrass for dinner. They are incredibly cute as babies, and I've been lucky enough to hold a baby a couple of times at a wildlife park. They form quite close bonds with their carers if they have been orphaned, as sometimes happens when a mother wombat is hit by a car. If you would like 46 seconds of baby wombat cuteness, here i
  16. Thanks Paulette. Yes I've just flipped it and about to upload, but cropping may be a good option in some instances too (especially if you flip it and the 'a' still falls in the wrong spot!).
  17. Great solution! Thanks for thinking laterally! I never thought of that 🤔
  18. Thank you 😊 I guess leaving it there means there is some possibility someone may buy it. There's a nice catch light in the wombat's eye which is obscured, but yes it is still evidently a wombat!
  19. I've just uploaded a photo of a Common Wombat taken in Tasmania. Unfortunately an 'a' from the watermark is directly on the wombat's eye. You can only see it without this on the small thumbnail. I suspect anyone who clicks on the thumbnail and zooms it will be put off by this, and my inclination is to delete it. Have other people done this with unfortunate placement of watermarks? I was feeling ambivalent about the image anyway (as much as I love wombats), because it wasn't well-exposed to start with and while I did my best with post-processing, I still think it is a bit flat and n
  20. Really enjoying seeing the foggy images. Great photo topic. Here are my foggy offerings: Perth city and the Swan River with some mist, shortly after sunrise: Fog at sunrise on Bibra Lake (Perth, Western Australia): Point Walter Jetty in morning fog on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia:
  21. This is funny and cleverly done. I think the Grinch one is my favourite 😂
  22. Very impressive reclining Buddha! Yes staying with PS micro might be good to keep your eggs in more than one basket. I hope I haven't overly influenced you to ditch micros based on my decision to do so if they are a source of income. I just got an overwhelming sense that it was the right thing for me to do. It simplified things and made me feel clearer about what I was doing. So make the best decision for you that feels right. Also, ignore the info below from my previous post. It just automatically pasted in when I went to reply and can't seem to be able to remove it. A
  23. This is precisely what I was doing and yes it confused me 🤔 I realised I'm not a great multitasker, but also it starts to get messy trying to figure out what you are doing with two different models for licensing images at different price points that make you think about your photography differently. I think this is a good place to be. It means you are growing forwards with your photography. I wouldn't worry too much about not being up with astrophotography or other specialised skills yet. I did an astrophotography course a few years ago, and our teacher said how images th
  24. I can relate to your dilemma. I started with an MS agency two months prior to joining Alamy. I quickly got sales there but mostly at the 25c subscription price. As I began to upload to Alamy I tried to upload what I thought were better images which I was making exclusive to them, while ones I thought were not as good I was now uploading at the MS site. While images continued to sell at the MS site, it was a momentary happiness of getting a sale, and then a kind of heart sinking feeling at the tiny price. I was also starting to upload images to the MS site that I didn't feel that good about, be
  25. Hi and welcome Chris. You have an interesting and good variety of images (have only looked at the first 3 pages or so). At first I was thinking the Icelandic ones were a little dark, but then I thought that really captures the ambience of that environment, especially with the spooky looking plane. All the best for sales with Alamy! One thing you may want to think about is with some of the wide angle shots, especially where architecture is involved, you may want to apply lens distortion correction in post-processing. Then again you might want those angles! I'm actually working with
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