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  1. Anand, you have some beautiful wildlife images in there. Three that stand out for me are the two bee eaters, the jungle owlet and the two African elephants fighting. I agree with Steve and Ed's comments.

     

    What you could try to do if it interests you is to get some more images of people doing things in non-staged settings such as street scenes, local events, that sort of thing, which seems to fit with the kinds of editorial images that can do well at Alamy. You could have a look at the Images Sold thread which can give an idea of what is selling.

     

    Edit: Actually, looking at your images again I can see you do have some "people doing things" images. It's great to capture what is unique and special about your part of the world, how people go about their daily lives etc. I'm hoping to try and do more of that kind of thing. Covid is a factor at the moment too of course, so stay safe and maybe it is something for later and easier to do when activities get more back to normal.

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  2. 3 hours ago, John Gaffen said:

    Just sold yesterday, 

     

    Aerial view of Uluru (Aires Rock), Uluṟu–Kata Tjuṯa National Park, Northern Territory, Australia - Image ID: JPXM6N

     

     

    Can anyone tell me why my image wont display please? Or alternatively how I can get it to display properly? 

    Hi John, I'm not sure the method you are using, but the easiest way for me is to just drag and drop from the Alamy website. However, I do this in Google Chrome. It won't work with Safari. I know there is another way to do it from Safari but have forgotten it, but I'm sure it's in other threads. If you drag and drop, you can enlarge the image first on the Alamy website if you want to display it as large, otherwise you'll get a smaller image. If you want to make sure the image dimensions don't distort, you can click on it in your post and there is a box that appears where you can click to keep the correct dimensions. I find the distortions don't occur when dragging the large version of the image where this box is automatically ticked, but need to tick it when dragging the smaller image. Hope that helps and makes sense.

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  3. Great topic and love the images people have posted.

     

    A close up of worn detail on a wooden door in the historic Wangdichholing Palace in Jakar, Bhutan

     

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    The many windows in the early 1960s architecture of the Fremantle Port Authority Building

     

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    A bungalow at night at Rottnest Island - the light through the open doorway and slats providing a feeling of welcoming warmth in the darkness

     

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  4. Smithsonian Magazine 12 February 2021

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-Fun-Facts-About-Bright-Pink-Animals-180977021/

    Hopkins Rose under a snoot, Southern California.

    Contributor: Stocktrek Images, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: KE2MP4

    Photographer: Brook Peterson/Stocktrek Images

    Hopkins Rose under a snoot, Southern California. Stock Photo

     

    Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) sheltering in seafan (Muricella sp.) Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea.

    Contributor: Nature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: W7WP21

    Photographer: Alex Mustard

    Pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus bargibanti) sheltering in seafan (Muricella sp.) Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea. Stock Photo

     

    THE SHOCKING PINK DRAGON MILLIPEDE, DESMOXYTES PURPUROSEA.

    Contributor: Oliver Thompson-Holmes / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: EF1HMX

    THE SHOCKING PINK DRAGON MILLIPEDE, DESMOXYTES PURPUROSEA. Stock Photo

     

    Hakai Magazine 19 February 2021

    https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/can-a-cold-water-bath-save-the-great-barrier-reef/

    Snorkeller conducting underwater survey of coral health, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. No MR or PR

    Contributor: Suzanne Long / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2AA1YNX

    Snorkeller conducting underwater survey of coral health, Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia. No MR or PR Stock Photo

     

    Science 19 February 2021

    https://science.sciencemag.org/content/371/6531/twil

    Hand on Umbrella Long Tailed Macaques Macaca Fascicularis Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia

    Contributor: dbimages / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: AMKD1N

    Photographer: Jeremy Graham

    Hand on Umbrella Long Tailed Macaques Macaca Fascicularis Monkey Forest Ubud Bali Indonesia Stock Photo

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  5. Australian Geographic 15 February 2021

    https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/creatura-blog/2021/02/the-red-footed-booby-has-a-rainbow-paddle-pop-beak/

     

    A white phased red footed booby (sula sola) on a branch with red coloured feet, Genovesa island, Galapagos national park, Ecuador.

    Contributor: Sébastien Lecocq / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2AC4T77

    A white phased red footed booby (sula sola) on a branch with red coloured feet, Genovesa island, Galapagos national park, Ecuador. Stock Photo

     

    Red-footed Booby (Sula sula), brown variant, sitting on branch, Genovesa Island, Tower Island, Galápagos Islands

    Contributor: imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: CXR5TW

    Photographer: Ingo Schulz

    Red-footed Booby (Sula sula), brown variant, sitting on branch, Genovesa Island, Tower Island, Galápagos Islands Stock Photo

     

    Red Footed Booby (Sula sula) couple, Clarion Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Revillagigedo UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (Socorro Islands), Pacific Ocean, Western Mexico, January

    Contributor: Nature Picture Library / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2AADGE2

    Photographer: Claudio Contreras

    Red Footed Booby (Sula sula) couple, Clarion Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Revillagigedo UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (Socorro Islands), Pacific Ocean, Western Mexico, January Stock Photo

     

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  6. On 15/02/2021 at 21:54, David Pimborough said:

    I spent three months there on my way to New Zealand they lived in Cooloongup and while there I used to spend a lot of time on the beach and mooching around Rockingham, Fremantle and Perth  :).  I took a bike with me and cycled up and down that beach often.

     

    Though spending Xmas there in 38 degree heat was novel :D

     

    16 babies?! Well there was a tendency for large families back in the day my great grandmother (from Anglesey) had 13 😵

    It would have been nice cycling around there. I used to live close to Fremantle and my favourite ride was down to Woodman Point and back. I'd sometimes see sea lions in the morning at Woodman Point. But I never cycled all the way to Rockingham. Will get down there for a cycle one day.

     

    It was 40 degrees in Perth on the Christmas Day just gone, but I was fortunate enough to be on the south coast in Albany where it was about half that. Hoped to see a white Christmas when I was in Vancouver years ago but alas no snow. It is my only experience of a cold(ish) Christmas.

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  7. 2 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

    I used to wonder if we all saw different colours (colors).  What I see as blue someone else might see it as green or red but still call it blue as that what they were told that colour was when they were youngsters.

     

    Bit simplified explanation but give you the gist.

    I've read some interesting articles before about perceptions of colour in different cultures. Not all cultures have colour words, or the same ones as in English. Some might not have a word for blue, for example. In one case I read about the Warlpiri people here in Australia having a word that translates as what a tree branch looks like after it has rained rather than a specific abstract colour word for that. There is a rich language to describe how things look without reference to colour, if that makes sense. It's like what we perceive is enculturated, so what one person sees and what language they use can be different from someone else. Perception is a very interesting thing and it definitely varies between people.

     

    It's interesting to think about EVFs as a reassembly similar to the way our brains reassemble the electrical signals they receive. It's like we have our own internal EVF but one that is shaped by culture and what we learn growing up 🤔  

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  8. 1 hour ago, David Pimborough said:

    That takes me back a bit I used to fish off that beach with my uncle and cousin 10:30 at night up to my knees in luke warm water :D

    Oh wow! I'm guessing you were either living or holidaying there back then? I can imagine it was a peaceful spot to be fishing 10:30 at night. I find it an interesting location for photography as it faces roughly north because of the way the land curves around, whereas in most places in Perth you are looking out west when at the ocean. So I think it would be a good sunrise spot as well because you kind of have the sun rising to your right but casting light across in front of you and potentially colouring any clouds that might be there.

     

    I can see you are in North Wales. My highest % of ancestry is Welsh and I'd like to visit there one day. I'd love to see Snowdonia and that general area. My relatives who were Jones's (no surprise there for Welsh people) were from Swansea, so would be interesting to see down there as well. My Welsh great grandmother had 16 babies!

  9. Australian Geographic 1 February 2021

    https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/creatura-blog/2021/02/the-spanish-dancer-is-lovely-and-almost-ludicrously-large/

    Female scuba diver look at on Spanish Dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus) swim in night. Red sea, Egypt, Africa

    Contributor: Andrey Nekrasov / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: DPH1TN

    Fenmale scuba diver look at on Spanish Dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus) swim in night. Red sea, Egypt, Africa Stock Photo

     

    Emperor Shrimp, Periclimenes imperator,riding on an Spanish Dancer Nudibranch, Hexabranchus sanguineus. Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. Pacific Ocean.

    Contributor: BIOSPHOTO / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2D97742

    Photographer: Steven Kovacs / Biosphoto

    Emperor Shrimp, Periclimenes imperator,riding on an Spanish Dancer Nudibranch, Hexabranchus sanguineus. Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia. Pacific Ocean. Stock Photo

     

    [Also another one of an Emperor Shrimp in this article attributed to Blue Planet Archive/Alamy Stock Photo but I just could not find it on Alamy].

     

    Australian Geographic 8 February 2021

    https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/creatura-blog/2021/02/the-crested-wood-partridge-is-just-fabulous/

    Crested wood partridge

    Contributor: Rob potter / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2B61YPJ

    Crested wood partridge Stock Photo

     

    Roul-roul Partridge or Crested Wood Partridge (female), Rollulus rouloul, Phasianidae, Galliformes, Southeast Asia.

    Contributor: Naturepix / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: BC10KD

    Roul-roul Partridge or Crested Wood Partridge (female), Rollulus rouloul, Phasianidae, Galliformes, Southeast Asia. Stock Photo

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  10. 18 hours ago, Allan Bell said:

    Looks like you have hit the nail on the head. Like the numberplate.  2POTS would indicate the number of cylinders the engine has.

     

    Allan

    Thanks Allan. I like the number plate too and you've explained its meaning to me. It's interesting reading about the history of the car. It was originally designed to encourage farmers to motorise who were still relying on horses. I learn something whenever I have to do my keywords.

  11. I photographed this Citroen that I came across the other day. At first I thought I was looking at an older vintage Citroen. I'm 99% sure it is a Citroen 2CV. However, working out the year of the model is harder. The model was made between 1948 and 1990. Not many of them have the Citroen logo within a circle as this one does. I have found examples in Google images that do for 1948 and 1957 models.

     

    I am starting to suspect though that this may be a model more towards the 1990 end of production. They kept the car's classic appearance over the duration it was manufactured. I was in a bit of a hurry at the time and didn't get a chance to spend much time looking at the car. I realise it may not be easy to identify, but just in case there are any Citroen experts out there I thought I would see if they know the vintage of the car. Thanks in advance.

     

    Edit: I think I may be getting closer having just seen this:

    https://classicthrottleshop.com/1977-citroen-ami-8-convertible/

     

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  12. 21 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

    Lonely horse in frosty field on cold morning light

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    I especially love the horse pic Allan! You can almost feel the frosty atmosphere with the long morning shadows. I'm sure the horse was looking forward to some warmth from the sun as it gets higher.

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  13. Art Gallery NSW - Art Escapes 2021

    https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/members/members-tours/art-escapes/

    Aboriginal woman weaving a traditional pandanus mat in Arnhem Land Australia

    Contributor: Penny Tweedie / Alamy Stock Photo

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    Aboriginal woman weaving a traditional pandanus mat in Arnhem Land Australia Stock Photo

     

    The Weekend Australian 13 February 2021

    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/barry-gibb-the-last-bee-gee-keeps-the-music-alive/news-story/d5c29c5f2fe3e70a6d751f16d4bede8c

    The Bee Gees photographed by Larry Busacca in June of 1989.

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    The Bee Gees photographed by Larry Busacca in June of 1989. Stock Photo

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  14. On 09/02/2021 at 16:40, gvallee said:

    I looked down and to my horror, I saw a brown snake (venomous) slithering into his hole right under my big toe.

    I did something similar a week and a half ago Gen. I was walking at the end of a college campus in the northern suburbs of Perth. I had my Sony RX100 and was looking all around to see if there was anything interesting to photograph but not at the ground at all. My peripheral vision picked up something leap from in front of me to the side of the path. It was a dugite, one of the two main venomous snakes we have here (the other being the tiger snake). I was very lucky the snake got out of my way, as I was oblivious to it. Fortunately dugites are on the shy side and do their best to avoid you, but had my foot landed on it it might have been different.

     

    I see a lot of dugites and tiger snakes when out on bushwalks and photographing birds at wetlands. Sometimes you see the tiger snakes swimming across the surface of a lake, such as Herdsman Lake which is quite close to the city. I've got quite calm with them now, when a few years back they they used to give me a fright.

     

    There is a photographer here who does some amazing photos of reptiles, with venomous snakes being one of his favourites. This is his website in case it is of interest. He is a qualified snake handler who knows a lot about their behaviour, and so gets pretty up close and personal with them with wider rather than telephotos lenses. However, I think getting that close for photos is probably not a good idea for most people (you might not want to look at this Andy!)

    https://rmrphotography.com.au/

     

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  15. 4 hours ago, MDM said:

    I am already using both DSLR and mirrorless Nikons Sally. I still prefer the DSLR for low light work for the fast AF (e.g. weddings although there are none at the moment) and for fast action (dogs, horses)  for the tracking capability, and will do so for the foreseeable future. I got a Z7 kit just after they came out as I needed a light body and lens for walkabout stuff without a tripod. To be able to shoot confidently at 1/30 second handheld with a 45MP camera is amazing. 

     

    I don't know if they will release a pro quality DX. I have never used a D500. However, I do wonder if these are necessary at all, as with a high MP FF camera and a quality lens you can crop to the same size and quality in post. 

     

    That's great you have both systems running Michael. I think the thing is that both mounts have their pros and cons and are different beasts. I only recently thought about mirrorless and that's why Marvin's original post was of interest to me. I have small hands and going full frame F mount DSLR has never really felt like a viable option for me. I felt I was limited to DX. But the advent of full frame mirrorless opens up a new world to me. Many people will like it for the comparable lightness and portability. As I personally really like Nikon and find them intuitive to use, and the fact that from what I've read their menu system translates over to their mirrorless cameras, the Z system does seem like something worth considering for me down the track. It's good you can run both systems side by side and also see what keeps changing with the firmware updates and how it all progresses.

     

    I won't ditch my Nikon D5200 either (unless it actually dies). I have several good lens combinations with that. I know they work well and I'll gladly keep using them while I can. But if the D5200 does die or I get to the point I think I can buy into the Z system (or other mirrorless system) I will definitely consider it for the benefits that exist in those systems. Pentax may be able to survive sticking with DSLR, but Nikon as one of the biggest players had to compete with Sony, Fujifilm and others if they wanted to maintain their market share. But yes it will be interesting to see what they do with their F mounts in the future, and I understand the loyalty people have to that system.

  16. 7 hours ago, MDM said:

    I don't think it is a great idea to judge a camera system or a camera on the basis of great shots by an expert photographer or brand ambassador. A great photographer will be able to get great shots with the end of a bottle. Olympus are going through some mega changes at the moment so I would keep that in mind if considering Olympus. I had Olympus OM SLR kit but they stopped making the OM kit back in the 90s leaving a lot of photographers high and dry with a dead end system. That is when I went to Nikon.

     

    I think the future is going to be bright for the Nikon Z system as they are putting a lot into it and some of it is cutting edge at a seriousy good price. As I mentioned above, Nikon have continued to provide firmware updates for the Z6 and Z7 cameras, even since they released the Z6II and Z67ii so one needs to be sure one is reading up to date and unbiased reviews. For example, the AF tracking has improved a lot over the original release. Check this YouTube DPReview of Z6 firmware improvements out (although even that is not up to date).

     

    Thanks Michael. Yes I think the future looks bright for Nikon Z. Do you think you will switch over at some point?

     

    It is good to know about the firmware improvements. I watched the video link you provided. I also watched another by a wildlife photographer who agrees that the tracking system has definitely improved with 3.0. He still found some problems though with birds in flight (especially initially locking onto the subject), as opposed to birds on the ground. He also found the eye tracking worked well for animals such as his lighter coloured pet cat, but not so much his black cat where it had trouble discerning the face, and that the eye tracking didn't work well when he was photographing a burrowing owl either. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lJOHTNYhbU&pbjreload=101  But I think these are the kinds of things Nikon will keep improving with over time. I'd be interested to see if they produce a Z version of the D500 which is geared towards wildlife. The Z6 and Z7 look exceptionally good for landscape photography.

     

    With regard to Olympus, Andy Rouse is not a brand ambassador as he discusses in his blog post when he switched over to Olympus https://www.andyrouse.co.uk/index.php?eb=1&id=109&fbclid=IwAR1r_BAIM-hscTVOmO2MRauiIFddW1iNxUFVG4n79oggCl8EuDPvBHuvM8Q  He just genuinely loves the system as it meets his specific photographic needs which are all about wildlife. I also watched a video put out by Wex on it which was a review of its functions, which is where I learned about the in-camera live keystone corrections etc. It is probably too big a camera for my hands, but I just enjoyed learning about it as seems quite unique and original.

  17. 7 hours ago, Colin Woods said:

    I loved my K1000 as well - simple, great meter that gave me some of my best exposed slides, and bulletproof - you could bang your tent pegs in with it.  Some of the Pentax DSLR are excellent, but I am too invested in Nikon DSLR to consider changing.

    Yes, it's straight forwardness as a camera made it so good to learn the basics. I first used one at school in media studies where I learned to process black and white film. I was 14 then, and at the end of that year my Dad bought me a second-hand K1000. I actually still have mine but it eventually started to underexpose so I think the light meter started to fail, but while it was working it produced excellent exposures like you describe. I only shot prints with it and still have most of those.

  18. 15 hours ago, Simon E said:

    Not a high profile snapper but local nature and wildlife photographer and author Andrew Peters switched from Canon to m4/3 a few years ago and seems to be very happy with it (Q&A).

     

    Thanks Simon. It's good to see his pictures. Some very nice images there. Interesting to see photographers moving to the micro 4/3 system very recently. 

     

    I was looking into the specs of the m4/3 Andy Rouse uses, the Olympus E-M1X. It's a very interesting and unique camera. I watched a couple of field test reviews of it. Although it has the small sensor size, it has a function to do multiple composites to create very large 80MP images. It also has the equivalent of a tilt-shift function built in so that as you are composing your shot you can do keystone corrections in-camera at the time instead of in post-processing. It also has a built in ND filter that you can use in live view while composing, so you can see how images of something like flowing water in a landscape are going to turn out ahead of time. It has two sets of camera controls too so that you can flip to vertical and you can position your hands the same as when shooting horizontal.

     

    After reading the interview link you sent I just checked out another photographer Andrew Peters mentions who has some amazing wildlife shots with Olympus gear, including the very expensive 150-400mm lens:

    https://500px.com/p/sulasulacom?view=photos

     

    13 hours ago, Panthera tigris said:

    I have two Z lens both cheap, one the kit lens zoom and one other zoom. Amazingly sharp! Really took me by surprise and I am used to shooting with a D5 and a 500 f4 as my most common setup.

     

    It's great to know about the lens sharpness quality. I do love Nikon, especially the ease of use of their menus. I've never had to read the manual for my D5200, whereas the menu on my little Sony RX100 is much more complicated. I've just read a review of the Nikon Z50 vs the Nikon D7500. Which is better seems to really depend on the individual needs of the photographer. The review is here in case it is helpful to anyone weighing up the pros and cons: https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/au/buying-guides/nikon-z-50-vs-d7500-mirrorless-vs-dslr

     

    I have small hands so I was interested to also read about Sony just releasing a new full-frame camera that is very compact, the A7C. There are just so many options now with such variability it is like you have to research every camera very carefully for its particular set of features to figure out if it meets your needs. I think the Nikon Z6 would be outstanding for landscape, but maybe not the best option for wildlife, at least according to this article in regard to the speed and  accuracy of continuous autofocus tracking: https://dailywildlifephoto.nathab.com/photography-guide/nikon-z6-wildlife-photography/ The Fujifilm XT-4 seems like a very good all round option along with the Sony A6000 series in terms of mirrorless APS-C.

     

     

  19. 9 minutes ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

    Sally about the same time a friend came over with his XT2 I think it was with a 100-400mm so I could try - it was very impressive and I even got used the electrical viewfinder after about 5/10 minutes but I'm happy with my Nikon FX for now😁

    Thanks Carol. Yes I will be sticking with my Nikon DX DSLR for a while longer, but good to know about all these great options 🙂👍 I'm glad the 100-400mm was impressive.

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