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  1. 6 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I think it’s fine. But I understand where you’re coming from. A bit aggravating.

     

    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 is a short video:

     

  2. 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 not quite right. This is the photo (sorry, can't remember how to post large image directly in as it appears on Alamy website so sending link instead):

    https://www.alamy.com/common-wombat-vombatus-ursinus-feeding-on-native-buttongrass-at-cradle-mountain-tasmania-image348502054.html

     

    Cheers,

    Sally

  3. 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:

     

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    Fog at sunrise on Bibra Lake (Perth, Western Australia):

     

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    Point Walter Jetty in morning fog on the Swan River in Perth, Western Australia:

     

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  4. 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. All the best! 

     

     

    On 08/03/2020 at 02:52, geogphotos said:

    Trying to go in more than one direction at the same risks confusing yourself

     

    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.

     

    On 09/03/2020 at 11:22, Autumn Sky said:

    So it is some sort of transition phase, and in the meantime I am looking for optimal way of managing what I already have and what is long term asset.  

     

    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 that he took earlier in his career looked good to him at the time, and that they look like rubbish to him now. The wonderful thing about photography is it is an endless learning curve where you never run out of things to learn. Like you, I used to be less fussy about corner sharpness, now soft corners annoy me. So don't worry too much about what gear you have. As you make some sales, you can put some money towards maybe lenses you would like to have, but also work with the strengths of the lenses that you have now. Sometimes I find limitations can also make you think creatively and differently. I have a 90mm macro lens that I do use for macro, but I have also used it as a general walk around lens as it is beautifully sharp, and because of being limited by the focal length I think of new ways of photographing subjects that I might not otherwise have thought of.

     

    So I would say your transition phase is a good thing, and you are heading in a positive direction!

  5. On 08/03/2020 at 02:52, geogphotos said:

    Trying to go in more than one direction at the same risks confusing yourself

     

    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.

     

    4 hours ago, Autumn Sky said:

    So it is some sort of transition phase, and in the meantime I am looking for optimal way of managing what I already have and what is long term asset.  

     

    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 that he took earlier in his career looked good to him at the time, and that they look like rubbish to him now. The wonderful thing about photography is it is an endless learning curve where you never run out of things to learn. Like you, I used to be less fussy about corner sharpness, now soft corners annoy me. So don't worry too much about what gear you have. As you make some sales, you can put some money towards maybe lenses you would like to have, but also work with the strengths of the lenses that you have now. Sometimes I find limitations can also make you think creatively and differently. I have a 90mm macro lens that I do use for macro, but I have also used it as a general walk around lens as it is beautifully sharp, and because of being limited by the focal length I think of new ways of photographing subjects that I might not otherwise have thought of.

     

    So I would say your transition phase is a good thing, and you are heading in a positive direction!

  6. 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, because I was valuing them less.

     

    I then thought about the future, and how in a few months I would like to maybe do more with my photography, perhaps start approaching clients directly, build my own website etc. If I were to do this, I felt like maybe it is not good to be selling images for such tiny prices at MS agencies, and that it is better to value the images more by keeping them with a midstock agency. I felt compelled to remove the images from the MS site and then upload them here.

     

    This was possibly a silly decision in that I was at least making regular sales there, whereas I've only had one here. On the other hand, I'm feeling better about my work, and some of the more average images on the MS site I decided not to put here. I'm also aware that a number of the images I've put here may not be likely sellers, but then again, the unexpected can happen, so it is so difficult to know what to do. So I don't think there is an easy answer, and I have been doing stock for such a short time that I don't have much experience to go on.

     

    You have some high quality images, so perhaps you could think about longer term goals and maybe ways of directly marketing them in the future. Another way of looking at it may be considering how much effort you have put into a particular image, and if it has really taken a lot to get that image (travel or trek to the place, scout locations, set up your tripod, post-process etc), then maybe these are the ones you don't want to sell for tiny amounts, or at least ones that are quite unique and not as likely to be replicated by others on MS sites.

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  7. 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 old editing software that frustratingly doesn't do lens correction (so trying to minimise it at the point of capture) but will be getting new software soon that can do it. I know it is a quick fix in Lightroom.

  8. On 02/03/2020 at 06:13, andremichel said:

    We can all put our art critic hats on and waffle on about a work of art, testifying to why it is so great. Whether our arguments have validity and credibility and really resonate, is quite another question.

     

    18 hours ago, andremichel said:

    There is also the question of whether a great image at an exhibition also makes for a great stock image and vice versa.

     

    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 story in an image. They did all operate on the basis of formalised criteria that they are trained in for assessing images.

     

    But I think using the word 'resonate' is good because then it is communicating something for sure. Not everyone will resonate with the same thing, but what I like about some photo comps is when they have a people's choice award. Often what the public choose as their favourite is something quite different to the judges with the main award. When it comes to stock, ideally we want our images to resonate with as many people as possible, and that may be something different to what a photo art critic looks for.

     

    In the video, I liked the image of solar panels, and yes it did make me think, but if I wanted to hang something on my wall at home it would be the kingfisher or the landscape. 

  9. 13 hours ago, meanderingemu said:

    and welcome to my constant reality as a meanderer that i most time have no idea who I'm photographing.  I see crowd, i see a point of attention, i just capture.  Many times it's no one major beyond regional border, a few times it's been something interesting to research (though limited sellability on Alamy), and sometimes it turns out worth it. 

     

    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 really happy with, it might be worth uploading quite a few, providing they are not all looking too similar. There is an event on here in Perth tomorrow that will involve multiple floats with bands playing, rolling down a closed off section of highway. I was hoping to shoot it but probably not going to be able to make it because of other commitments, but the original question you asked about floats made me think about what I would do in that situation.

     

    Before I was shooting for stock I noticed that I would be drawn to just a few images that I really wanted to post-process. They were the ones that I felt compelled to look at and process, as opposed to the others that I looked at just once and never felt compelled to look at again. Now I find I'm having to also think about what buyer's may be looking for, and not just what my gut instinct likes. So maybe it is a balance of what you are intuitively drawn to, combined with the practical uses you can imagine buyers might have?  I'm very new to stock though, so I have much to learn in this area!

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  10. 15 hours ago, Chuck Nacke said:

    In my own opinion my favorite photographers, photojournalists, have been Gene Smith, Raymond Depardon

    and two I have known well Joseph Koudelka  and Jim Marshall.

     

    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 a beautiful landscape or animal, or whether it is a meaningful story in a photojournalism image.

     

    Perhaps too the best photojournalism images make you both think and feel.

  11. 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 what the bird is doing, but were not so impressed by what they called 'bird on a stick' images, a static portrait without a story.

     

    I do get this, and certainly many (probably most) great photos from history are telling a story and are thought-provoking in some way. At the same time, however, I have to admit I love beautiful landscapes and bird images, even if they're not telling a story. I find them restful to look at. So perhaps it depends on how much I feel like exercising my thinking brain, and how much I just want to relax and enjoy colour, forms, shapes, patterns. I also think static portraits can capture the character of a subject. Sometimes having a person/people in a landscape can definitely add interest and provide a story, or the imaginings of a story if the image is open to different interpretations.

     

    And don't worry Martin L, I think I fall into 'camera club' quality too 😁 You have some beautiful bird images. I love the puffins!

  12. 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".

  13. 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!

  14. 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 commonly seen images, as Sally above mentions with her nature shots.

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  15. 15 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I would have never thought Monarchs were in Australia!  That tickles me.  Love the Wanderer name!
    I remember when, on my weekly 200 mile round trip to visit my mother, seeing hundreds of them migrating south in October. That route was like a Monarch highway.  It was a beautiful sight. Then as the years wore on, I saw fewer and fewer. Also, “back then” during the warm months I could walk out to my flower garden and get pictures of them any time I wanted.

    I planted a butterfly bush last spring here at my new home in Kansas, and was lucky to see a few. But the bush attracted bunches of other kinds.
    My neighbor has milkweed and that’s where the chrysalis came from. She was fostering them, but had to go out of town and I got to babysit one, much to my glee! Every day there was a change. 
    I’ve been trying to figure out what variety of milkweed I can plant without it spreading to my whole yard and taking over.

    Betty

     

    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-bee-hotel  Even though the commonly seen bee here is the European honey bee, there are a number of native species and the blue-banded bee is my favourite (one is pictured in the above link). They are so cute and don't sting.

  16. 16 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I fostered a Monarch chrysalis indoors in the fall, protecting it from predators.  Monarch butterflies numbers have gone down drastically in the last decade. This is the newly emerged butterfly drying its wings before being released outdoors to join the migration south. It’s clinging to a wooden spoon laid across the opened top of the butterfly cage.

    I almost felt like I’d given birth! 😊

    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.

  17. 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:

     

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    The wind turbine at Rottnest Island (Western Australia) at sunset:

     

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    A solar-powered light:

     

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  18. 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 have to hope for the best, and that some positives may come out of it for us as contributors, hopefully 🤞

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  19. 8 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    The blue jays in my part of the world.Taken while perched in my back yard crabapple tree planted especially for staging birds. I don’t have the trees anymore after moving.

     

    Beautiful Blue Jay photo Betty! I love the red and blue contrast in the image.

     

    7 hours ago, Starsphinx said:

    I am UK and we have the Eurasian jay as opposed to the Blue Jay - I would love to see a blue one as well.

     

    7 hours ago, Starsphinx said:

    I am UK and we have the Eurasian jay as opposed to the Blue Jay - I would love to see a blue one as well. 

     

    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 concert once where a man brought his pet corella along who literally joined in on the dance floor with great enthusiasm. I found a clip of a corella demonstrating dance moves (only watch if you want to spend 2 minutes watching a dancing bird!):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bt9xBuGWgw

     

    7 hours ago, JSaunders said:

    I do a fair amount of street photography. One day I saw a tourist in the park walking with a lens on his camera bigger than my arm. Not only did I wonder how on earth he could walk around at ease with that thing but I was wondering what on earth he planned on shooting in the middle of the city park. Not much wild life around. I believe in freedom of photographers, but you need to keep a balance.

     

    I think it depends on the city you are in. Most of the bird images I've contributed here are from the metropolitan area. I was in Adelaide in South Australia two years ago and the city has been designed with a green belt of parks surrounding it, so I had a chance to see a variety of birds including crested pigeons which are not normally seen so close to the city here in Perth. I was lamenting the fact I didn't have my telephoto zoom with me 🙁

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  20. 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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