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  1. This is a juvenile White-necked Heron I photographed several years ago. I had never seen one before and was intrigued by the spotty neck. I've often found juvenile birds to be quite curious and less wary than the adult birds. It's like they are as intrigued by you as you are by them.



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  2. 23 hours ago, The Blinking Eye said:

    As a motion picture filmmaker, I can't figure out how else you would decribe a "film shoot". Or how you would not "shoot film". There aren't really any other options. I guess you could say "We are filming today", which sounds a bit less professional.


    I agree. I've seen many an interview with well-known filmmakers and actors, all using the term 'shooting a film' or talking about 'the shoot' . We all know and understand what they mean. English and other languages use metaphors. It is part of how humans make sense of the world. So people will say they are going to 'hit the road' meaning they are going off on a journey or going someplace in their car. No one feels sorry for the road and thinks they are not being 'grown up'. Also, with the nature of editing in film and photography today, the word shoot probably helps delineate the time spent with the camera from the time spent editing. If you talk about 'making' photographs, people may think you are talking about composites in Photoshop. In film, it helps to separate out the screenwriting stage from the time spent filming with a camera from the time spent editing. They are all different actions and processes.


    It is quite likely the term shoot in photography does derive originally from hunting. Given we were all hunter-gatherers once it is probably in our ancestral DNA to go out and try to capture something, and perhaps photography today is just modern-day hunting and gathering. Some photographers are more 'machine gun-like', rapidly firing away, others are more slow and methodical. I know I fall into the latter category. I was once at a beautiful nature spot by the ocean where I'd spent 7 hours having a wonderful time exploring coves and rocky hills. At sunset I got out my tripod to capture the sunset. There I was in meditative absorption when a guy screeched to a halt in his ute, jumped out and spent just five minutes running around rapidly shooting with a telephoto trying to get sunset shots, before jumping back in his ute and screeching away at speed, probably to get to the next parking spot to shoot some more.


    I guess like a skilled hunter, we seek to use precision to capture an image. The closest I get to this would be trying to capture birds in flight where I use bursts of the shutter hoping that one turns out. But I would never dream of harming an actual bird ever, and I know people would know what I was talking about in the context of photography.

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  3. I have to say I don't know what is happening there Tony. But recently I did an upload of 20 images. I clicked on Finish but then they seemed to disappear and did not show as sitting in QC. I thought the upload had failed, so I went and re-uploaded the same 20 images. The next day I found that the first batch had uploaded after all, so I now had duplicates of the first 20 in QC.


    Even though this is a slightly different problem to the one you are raising,  I am just wondering if there is a glitch where the ones that seem stuck will appear as normal tomorrow? Hopefully that will be the case. If that's so you will have duplicates of your uploads sitting there which you can then delete in AIM. I don't really understand though why they are duplicating in the processing stage, going from 7 to 10. I hope it sorts itself out tomorrow or you can get an answer as to what is happening.

  4. 1 hour ago, NYCat said:

    A little robin chick in the tree by my fire escape this morning. I don't know if there is more than one but at least one is being fed. Later I saw an adult with a worm in its mouth. I couldn't see where it took the worm but it was wormless when it flew away. Then when I was watching later I saw the two adult robins, then a red-tailed hawk flying by from the direction of Washington Square Park. Finally a sparrow showed up. We have an abundance of sparrows in the city. Every now and then I'll see a bush full of puffy fledglings. They are really cute at that age -- as are we all, I think.




    That sounds like a lovely morning of bird watching Paulette. Robins are so cute, and how wonderful to see a red-tailed hawk. It made me think of a Tom Petty song I like called You and I Will Meet Again in which he sings about a red-winged hawk, which is probably a different species but I am guessing still North American. Hawks feel like they symbolise freedom or a free spirit.


    A nice thing that happened today is that our lovely neighbour brought around some cake left over from her husband's birthday. It was a chocolate sponge with some cherry filling. Yum!

  5. 5 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

    That may be so Sally R but I still have to see butterflies around where I live. So far I have only seen two Orange tips and two whites in a 6 to 7 week period.


    Usually there are Small tortoiseshells and Peacocks in abundance this time of year but not seen one so far.




    That's interesting Allan. I hope the butterflies are doing ok. Insects worldwide have apparently been going down in numbers in recent years, so it is a bit concerning when they are not around. I certainly remember seeing many more dragonflies as a kid than I do now. Another possibility may be a bit of a change in their migration patterns this year, that is if they are migrating butterflies. I saw something on a David Attenborough program recently about butterflies migrating vast distances, something that I hadn't known about before.

  6. 7 hours ago, NYCat said:

    A baby robin in front of my apartment door! I kept thinking I heard a chirp in the hall and finally decided to investigate. I guess I should have grabbed my RX100 but I grabbed a scarf instead in hopes of catching it and taking it outside. I managed to save a sparrow once by throwing a light cloth over it. They sort of go all limp in the dark. It was at a client's house and their three cats were fascinated by this little sparrow caught between the screen and the window. I put the cats in the bathroom and did manage to get the sparrow and release it outdoors. My little robin chick wasn't so easy. It kept flying and fortunately it flew downstairs, not up, but it was flying against the front door. I finally got it going towards the open back door and it flew out into the garden. I saw an adult a bit later so I'm just going to leave things be so the little one can be fed. I wonder if we have more than one. Very exciting in the BIG CITY.


    I'm glad you completed a successful rescue Paulette! Urban wildlife does seem to be on the increase, especially with humans a bit out of the way. I was housesitting years ago and a dove got in and went straight up to a high window and kept flying into the glass trying to get out. I located a ladder and had to climb up to try and get it. I'd never touched a wild bird before. I wore gloves and had to decisively reach out to make sure I grabbed it without causing injury. I realised I had to be calm and steady for the bird who was panicking and managed to take hold of it and release it outside. I was so relieved that it ended well.

  7. 2 minutes ago, IanDavidson said:

    It will be interesting to see what happens to lockdown imagery when this is all over.  Most “news stories” have a limited good  sales window followed by a long tail of limited sales.  This is quite different to stock methinks which I perceive to have a a fairly straight line sales usage.


    The virus imagery portfolio is now well saturated- the next news trend, I think, will be “the new normal, step by step”


    Yes good point Ian. The lockdown imagery may run its course soon as far as news goes, but might hold value as stock into the future. I think you are right that the 'new normal' will emerge as a theme. Here in Western Australia life is returning to a sort-of normal with shops re-opening, some intra-state border restrictions being removed, and gatherings of 20 being permitted from tomorrow, though of course that could all change if cases start getting reported again. I think the coronavirus situation is going to be long-term in many ways and photographers have an opportunity to keep telling that story as it evolves.

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  8. Congrats Losdemas! Here are my three:


    1. A sign held up at a community vigil in response to the bushfires here in Australia. The little girl at the bottom right is holding a home-made sign saying Please Save the Koalas.




    2. A mobile van selling hot donuts with multiple signs in a matching colour scheme. The clothes of the man buying a donut kind of colour co-ordinate with the van.




    3. The sign for the Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle, Western Australia with a matching Volkswagen named Elsie in front.



  9. On 08/05/2020 at 00:02, Allan Bell said:

    Teddy bears reading wildlife magazine on bed

    Looked in my port for "Wildlife" and this is what I found.
    The bears were a bit wild when they new I had taken a photo of them in their Jimjams.


    I love this Allan. I really like the composition, and big Ted's PJs match the curtains! I also like the natural light coming in through the window. I imagine they sometimes see some of their bear friends and relatives in wildlife magazines 😀

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  10. 6 minutes ago, NYCat said:

    And here I was thinking you had such a nice way to travel -- bringing your home along with you everywhere. Sounded so easy. I have (at least temporarily) given up my international trips and was thinking how wonderful it is not to take international plane flights-- not to struggle with luggage and heavy equipment. My old body doesn't like any of that. Home is lovely though the confinement caused by the pandemic is hard. Fortunately, I have our small courtyard garden and I'm going to try buying some flowers to plant in a couple of weeks. Hope I don't get arrested for non-essential walking to the greenmarket.




    I'm glad it's coming into spring for you now Paulette. It will be nice to plant out some flowers. There's something hopeful about spring so I think it is good for all the people doing it tough in the northern hemisphere at the moment. You could always combine your flower buying trip with essential food buying, so hopefully it will all be fine going to the greenmarket. I think flowers are essential anyway!

  11. 1 hour ago, Regis said:

    Not as beautiful or breath taking as many of the photographs in this thread.

    But a very short nature walk near my place, that goes in the mangrove.

    You can only do it at low tide, or on small tide.

    On big high tide, the water comes over the walkway.




    But when I don't have much time, I really enjoy going there for a few minutes.


    Thanks for sharing this Regis. I think it's so good to have nature places to go to, especially ones close by that we can visit even when we don't have much time. There's something healing about being around plants and in the outdoors. I have briefly seen mangroves at Bunbury here in Western Australia and at Port Augusta in South Australia, both of these being very southerly locations for mangroves. But one day I will get to the north and see them up there where they are much more plentiful.

  12. 9 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Having regained some freedom, yesterday we decided to go for a 'little' walk. We had spotted a trig point on top of a cliff at Mt Gillen, Alice Springs, and thought the track would wind up nicely around hills before taking up through a gap. Ha ha ha!! It nearly killed us. 4h 40mn in total. The last bit to reach the ridge was a rockface climb not for the fainthearted. The last thing we expected!! Not to mention climbing it back down. I was s**t scared. Unfortunately, I realised that I did not take any pictures of it, climbing a rockface with a DSLR dangling around my neck was not ideal, so I had packed it up in my day bag. Damn it, I suppose I have to go again... I'm sitting today with every muscle of my body hurting.


    Wow, well done on the climb Gen! You were brave to climb the rock face. I think I may have freaked out at that point 😮 It's nice to see the country around Alice Springs. Glad you are getting some good weather for hiking.

  13. 6 hours ago, Johnnie5 said:

    Sally, your photo reminded me of Andreas Gursky's Rhine II.  Now if Alamy could get the prices that his photos sell for.  I like yours more.



    Thanks Johnnie, that's really kind 😊 I don't think mine will be selling for $4.3 million. I would be set for life if it did!

  14. 6 hours ago, Autumn Sky said:

    Sally - nature has began healing process.   There are reports from all over the world.   As if, from level we can not understand,  human race has been given a warning with this pandemic:  "Shape up, or else..."


    Yes I think this is true. It is like the saying that for every action there is an opposite reaction. If things get increasingly out of balance there has to be a consequence at some point. I feel like nature is fighting back and is being revitalised now it has a chance. People in Delhi in India are seeing the view to the Himalayas for the first time from their homes, when normally pollution prevents this. For some people this is the first time in their life it has been possible.


    I love your two other photos posted there, especially the moonshine long exposure. It would have been a magical atmosphere being there. Our landscape is so flat here, so it is wonderful to see mountain images and so great you can cycle and walk to them. We have our hills here in Perth which are tiny by comparison, and are basically a low escarpment inland from the coastal plain.

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  15. 13 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Yes, the wave image does have a painterly look, it’s beautiful. I love water images. It’s amazing how a boat on dead-clear water looks like it’s floating in the air. I always stare and stare, trying to make sense of it.  In this case, the shadow looks like it should be on the top of the water, boat above.


    Thank you Betty. It's almost a bit of a confusing image in a way, as there is a wave that has already broken and the white water is coming towards me, and then another wave that is the greenish colour about to break. The exposure time was 2.5 seconds, so that creates the painterly effect. I know what you mean about things looking like they are floating in the air. There is an island off the coast here called Rottnest Island, and sometimes it definitely appears to be floating above the water. I think it is to do with something called a temperature inversion that creates the mirage-like effect.

  16. 16 hours ago, gvallee said:

    I absolutely love your image. I also got up many times before dawn to photograph a sunrise. Likewise, once in Kiama, NSW, I was all rugged up by the rock pool when several people were already swimming. Not for me!! This is one of the images I'm thinking about. The person diving actually saw me taking pictures and asked me if he could have one. I did send it to him. He loved it, used it as his screensaver and invited me for a coffee should I travel through his town. He was only a visitor.




    Thanks Gen. I love your image of the early morning swimmer diving in too. That was a nice way to connect with the swimmer by sharing the image. The rock pool looks a good, safe place to swim too. I haven't been to NSW, but a few years ago was reading about coastal towns such as Kiama, Narooma and Eden. They all sound lovely and would love to visit them one day. 

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  17. 9 hours ago, Autumn Sky said:

    Yesterday I cycled "Banff Legacy Trail" between Canmore and Banff, then onto gated Lake Minnewanka road. 


    What amazing places to be able to cycle and hike to - beautiful images! So wonderful to have the opportunity to have those places to yourself too. I would love to visit Canada one day, but know many of the places I'd like to go are very popular. I was reading about Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario and the queues of traffic as people head there to see the colours in the autumn. I imagine the locals there too right now may be enjoying their beautiful places when they are quieter than usual. It does give nature some space too. I was reading about beaches in Thailand at the moment where many more turtle hatchlings are surviving than usual because of the lack of tourists on the beaches. 2020 may be a good year for nature in many places.

  18. I thought I would share a photo I took in winter last year. I like the winter for photography because I don't have to get up so early to capture the sunrise 🙂 The beach is one of the places I like to go, and as the ocean is west here, I tend to head to the beach if the eastern sky is not showing promising sunrise clouds. Often when I'm there all rugged up setting up my tripod, someone comes along in their bathers and dives straight in, and I feel like a wimp with all my warm clothes. I'm sure there's something health giving about diving into the ocean on a winter morning, as the usually 60 plus age group who do it always look exceedingly fit, healthy and happy.


    Anyway, this shot of a wave breaking came out kind of like a painting with the slightly longish shutter speed, and I thought it might be a nice one to share in this nature thread:



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  19. 1 minute ago, John Gaffen said:

    On Saturday, when the Alamy data-base updated, my portfolio image total reached and surpassed 10,000 images. A moment of muted celebration, given the hundreds and thousands of hours needed to achieve  this milestone. But, this achievement feels a bit hollow at present, because, like many other businesses,  the lock down has effected the stock photography business dramatically and not for the better, since sales, zooms and views have taken a nose dive!  Of course,  there is  now a considerable demand for lockdown-related images, so  I've  taken the decision, like a few others here on Alamy to start documenting the effects of the  lockdown, starting with the borough where I live, in Lewisham. At least I can feel slightly safer in an area I know well, rather than wandering around up in the centre of London, an area which has already been extensively photographed during lockdown anyway.


    Congratulations John! That is a great effort and major milestone to meet. Documenting the lockdown in your area sounds like a good thing to do at this point in time. Some of those images may well be historically significant in the future and used to document how things were, and also potentially relevant to news outlets in the present telling lockdown stories. All the best!

  20. 19 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    @Sally R how you identified that is a miracle, but luckily the name of the plant helped?


    Hi Betty, yes I think it helped. From memory I googled something like 'native wasp banksia'. I first thought it was a wasp rather than a bee. Then I chose to look at google images specifically  as I find I need a picture to match things up. I found an insect that looked exactly the same, did several more searches on that species, and then was able to confirm it is a Banksia Bee. I find I learn a lot from needing to tag the images in AIM, so I find keywording quite interesting and kind of fun as it's like a bit of a detective mission.

  21. 6 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    You're welcome.

    IME a car battery will only withstand being allowed to go completely flat a couple of times. After that its reliability is much less. If it's more than 4 or 5 years old, it's time for a replacement- maybe when this is over. I can put up with a lot from a car except not starting.

    Thank you. I think the last new battery was about 4 years ago (will check), though I'm sure the lack of driving hasn't helped. We have just had some restrictions lifted here, though still cannot travel too far afield I think. Look forward to being able to get in the car and go on some photographically-based car journeys out of town when it is allowed and safe.

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