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  1. 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
  2. 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!).
  3. Great solution! Thanks for thinking laterally! I never thought of that 🤔
  4. 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!
  5. 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
  6. 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:
  7. This is funny and cleverly done. I think the Grinch one is my favourite 😂
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. I think those are both valid points. I've been a member of a camera club and people produce all kinds of images. There are bird and wildlife specialists, architecture specialists, portrait specialists, people who love creating composites in Photoshop etc. It is really nice to see the ways different people see the world through their camera lens. Sometimes judges on competition nights made decisions more on a technical set of rules, and some judges were more focussed on emotional impact, though still using technical, aesthetic criteria. Increasingly they were talking about the importance of a s
  13. Yes I think this is the way to be, just being in the moment and following your intuition/instinct. When it comes to selecting afterwards, perhaps there isn't a hard and fast rule. Sometimes, even if an image is not of someone famous and highly saleable in that sense, I'm guessing there may be local councils/shires who might like an image for one of their publications, reports or newsletters, or a keen blogger who likes to write about topical things and that topical thing happens to be in one of your images. So I think if you come away from an event with a number of images you are r
  14. Thanks for quoting these names Chuck. I had a look at some of their images I found online, and there are many powerful and moving ones there that definitely have a story, along with some iconic photos, like Jim Marshall's musician ones. I realise I have seen some of his work before now, such as ones of Miles Daves and Buddy Guy. It leaves me thinking that what makes a great image (at least for me anyway) is whether the photographer respects their subject and feels something for the subject. If those ingredients are there, I think it works. I think for me that is true whether it is
  15. Thanks for posting Bill. Yes a thought provoking video. I liked how the undulating shape of the solar panels was backgrounded by mountains behind. I think I was looking at it aesthetically before I started thinking about meaning in it. Undulating lines are a good way of drawing a viewer into an image. I've been a member of a camera club, and the judges on competition nights regularly mentioned how they are looking for a story in an image, rather than just a beautiful landscape or bird portrait, in line with the message from the video. They liked the bird image if there was a story in it about
  16. Were you able to get model releases for the cauliflowers Bryan? Arthur and Jemima and their friends might be happy to oblige 🤣
  17. According to research at the Uni of Western Australia plants can communicate with one another via click sounds. They can also use chemicals to communicate with each other about such things as an approaching herbivore: http://www.news.uwa.edu.au/201204034491/research/talking-plants I wonder if they have a sentence in their language for: "Oh no, another photographer approaching. I have to try and look my best again".
  18. For me it is mostly solitary. At other times I enjoy being sociable, but I really love the peace and total absorption of just being out on my own taking pics. It is like a meditation. If I'm travelling with others I tend to feel like I'm being annoying if I keep wanting to stop to do photography. I have enjoyed doing night photography with other photographers in a small group though. The main thing is taking care to not get in the way of each others' shots!
  19. I have been wondering about this as well. I decided to go RM as when I joined Alamy a few months back I already had some images RF with another agency, so I thought I'd do things differently with Alamy. Have left the other agency now and just selling through Alamy, and unsure whether to stick with RM only. Still too early for me with just one sale to have much idea yet what is best. But it does seem from peoples' comments that it may not make a significant difference, and there are many other factors at play. If I were to trial some as RF, I think I'd go for some of the more generic or commonl
  20. That is a wonderful idea to plant a butterfly bush. It is great to think of local creatures and what might attract them. When I was small, Mum and Dad turned the front yard which was mostly grass into a native garden, and so we had plenty of native birds coming in for the flowers, and I'm sure that fostered my love of birds. I've noticed a reduction in butterfly numbers here too, as well as dragonflies and earthworms. There's been a move here to build bee hotels to provide shelter for bees, preferably near some pollen rich food sources https://www.backyardbuddies.org.au/habitats/build-a-b
  21. That is so lovely, that you took care of the chrysalis and protected it and now the fully-fledged butterfly is on his or her way. We actually have the Monarchs here in Australia. They are not originally native to here, but apparently established themselves here in the late 19th century once one of their main food sources, milkweed, also became established here. I've heard them also being called Wanderer butterflies here.
  22. Enjoying seeing everyone's pics. Here are my three... The Breakwater, a restaurant and functions venue in Perth that has a roof covered in solar panels. Also, the cruise boat in front of it is the Lady M which has eco-certification from Ecotourism Australia for ecologically sustainable tourism: The wind turbine at Rottnest Island (Western Australia) at sunset: A solar-powered light:
  23. I've been doing stock photography for just a few months. I chose Alamy because they seemed to be a reasonably decent company. I hope all the things that are good about Alamy can be recognised in the acquisition and not lost. This forum too is constructive and positive, and you don't always get that on internet forums. Some cultural change is likely with an acquisition by a bigger company, but I really hope they don't lose sight of everything that is valuable about Alamy. But as others have mentioned, we will be in a state of flux for a while, so no use getting too stressed about it. I think we
  24. Beautiful Blue Jay photo Betty! I love the red and blue contrast in the image. Ah sorry, I had the wrong jay and wrong part of the world (and now managed to quote you twice by mistake as well which I can't seem to delete). I'd only heard of the Blue Jay, so have much to learn about birds beyond Australia. There's an intersection here in Perth where I'm often in my car at the traffic lights, and corellas (a variety of cockatoo) have enormous fun hanging upside down and swinging from the street lights. They are also very good dancers and I was at a fundraising con
  25. Sally R

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    Hello and welcome Franc. You have some lovely nature images with interesting textures and patterns, and also some great abstracts with light effects. It will be great to see your images from Slovenia. I love nature photography too.
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