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Sally R

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  1. Ed, your image of men pouring bronze is spectacular! It really does look like the Middle Ages. I ended up choosing this one taken at dusk at North Cottesloe Beach here in Perth. The 3 second exposure made it come out like a watercolour painting, helped along by the streaky clouds and soft light.
  2. Sally, I am sorry for your loss. You Mum's kindness has been passed onto your shiny personality. Thank you Gen
  3. I can relate to this Gen. With me it is light patterns on water on slightly overcast days where there is not too much contrast but some gentle rippling and swirling patterns reflecting the sky and clouds. Early and late in the day you can also get golden effects. Green vegetation reflected on water creates beautiful effects too. It feels like every frame is a different painting so to speak, so I keep thinking, "I'll just try another one". I've controlled myself and only uploaded a few to Alamy, but have had to cull a lot.
  4. Bella, sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Mum. It's lovely that she enjoyed knowing her image was being seen and bought by people. My Mum died suddenly and unexpectedly two and a half weeks ago, so I am going through a mixture of shock and grief. I have been reflecting on how my Mum helped show me the beautiful things of the world - wildflowers, birds, trees, music, art, kindness, generosity... and that helping me to see these things is part of the reason I love photography. My Dad, who was a keen photographer, showed me these things too. Maybe through our own creativity, whether photograp
  5. Thanks for sharing. That sounds like a very good system. I can do similar ratings in the newer software I'm using. In the older software I have been using, I create albums to group images according to definite keepers and maybes. However, your approach is more systematic and better organised. I find the challenge with macro images is that it is harder to make initial quick assessments as they each need to be scrutinised closely at 100% because differences between images can be very fine and subtle. I think it's good you go back after a few days for a final check of the
  6. Science 24 November 2020 Precise maps of millions of bright quasars show our place in the cosmos as never before https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/11/precise-maps-millions-bright-quasars-show-our-place-cosmos-never Contributor: J Paulson / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: PF69GE Australian Geographic 16 November 2020 The common green magpie is anything but https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/blogs/creatura-blog/2020/11/the-common-green-magpie-is-anything-but/ Two Alamy images featured: Contributor: AGAMI Photo Agen
  7. For me it is the culling of images. I'm getting better at not taking too many to start with, but with some natural subjects, such as a grasshopper I've just spotted on a leaf, I might stand there for some time on manual focus trying to get the best shot. This can quickly lead to 50+ images. Then I end up regretting knowing I'll have to go through them all for the best one. Given that insects are not likely to be great sellers, I need to spend less time on this. Even with things like events though, it is easy to take a lot leading to the necessity to cull while picking out the best few. I'd lik
  8. News.com.au 20 November 2020 Alaskan city plunges into two months of darkness in ‘polar night’ as sun sets for final time in 2020 https://www.news.com.au/travel/destinations/north-america/alaskan-city-plunges-into-two-months-of-darkness-in-polar-night-as-sun-sets-for-final-time-in-2020/news-story/4d14eb9218b35d7dd1c0beaf2e370834 Four Alamy images featured: Contributor: P.A. Lawrence, LLC. / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: F3BFJ7 Contributor: RGB Ventures / SuperStock / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: D0GFWG Photographer: Steven Kazlowsk
  9. You might already be aware of this, but you can click on "Your images", then on the pseudonym you want to look at and then from there you can see search terms that are bringing up your images. By clicking on the search term(s) listed on the left you can see which of your images appeared in that search. This table will also tell you if an image was zoomed. For example, one of my last zoomed images was for Trigg Beach which came up under the search terms "Trigg Beach surfing". This is a fairly strong indicator that these were the search terms that led to the zoom and subsequent sale.
  10. I have uploaded many images of wildflowers from Western Australia. In some instances these are of a single flower. Initially I was only using the tag "wildflower". However, I realised if I searched for "wildflowers Western Australia" that my images would not appear. Western Australia is known as a biodiversity hotspot for wildflowers and it is quite possible people would search with the plural. So I now put wildflowers even if there is a single flower in the image. Similarly, I started using the term "beaches" and not just "beach". I have several images from different beaches here
  11. Congratulations Wim! Great topic. I have no photographer images so will only be submitting something if I come up with something this month. But just wanted to say I love Gen and Betty's ones already submitted! P.S. And Michael's too which have just come in since I posted this.
  12. If you look closely at this photo from an article on wombat bums (ha ha) you will see there is a baby wombat in the pouch with the pink nose visible. Their pouches face backwards to avoid dirt getting into them when the mother is digging in her burrow. I've actually got a similar photo of a baby wombat in the pouch I took in Tasmania, so seeing this has prompted me to get on and upload it. Australian Geographic 3 November 2020 Wombat bums: there’s more than meets the eye https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/wildlife/2020/11/wombat-bums-theres-more-than-meets-the
  13. Nature 3 November 2020 Redesign open science for Asia, Africa and Latin America https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-03052-3 Contributor: Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: HW8KKT Photographer: CEGALERBA Nicolas / hemis.fr Australian Book Review November 2020 Thinking in a regional accent: New ways of contemplating Australian writers https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/abr-online/current-issue/911-commentary/6987-thinking-in-a-regional-accent-new-ways-of-contemplating-australian-writers-by-tony-hughes-d-aeth Contributor: Jana
  14. Australian Geographic 2 November 2020 Drawn in: Puggles on plates help save species https://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2020/11/drawn-in-puggles-on-plates-help-save-species/ Contributor: Ben Nottidge / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: B8W0EG Australian Financial Review 1 November 2020 SA uni merger becomes a matter of politics https://www.afr.com/work-and-careers/education/sa-uni-merger-becomes-a-matter-of-politics-20201101-p56ahx Contributor: Graham Crouch / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: BHMP3W
  15. Nature 28 October 2020 These bizarre ancient species are rewriting animal evolution https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-02985-z Contributor: Zeytun Travel Images / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: 2A0HKM8
  16. Just $5 for me this month. I'm at the beginning of my second year with Alamy, so hoping to increase sales over the coming year.
  17. I had to look carefully to see what you meant Cecile. What a great find when looking at the image afterwards!
  18. The light was nice on this morning by the river. This made for nice image potential but this photo still would have been less interesting without a man rowing a boat into the scene and I was lucky to be walking past this spot at that time. A human element seems to add something.
  19. The New York Times 28 October 2020 How Musk Ox Make It Through Arctic Nights and Never-Ending Days https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/28/science/musk-ox-circadian-rhythm.html Contributor: Adam Seward / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: D5GX1B NME 28 October 2020 Singapore’s Zouk club converting dancefloor into a pop-up cinema https://www.nme.com/en_asia/news/music/singapores-zouk-club-converting-dancefloor-into-a-pop-up-cinema-coronavirus-pandemic-2801779?amp Contributor: SOPA Images Limited / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: 2BATJDE
  20. Cats are so funny with how particular they can be about food. In recent years I was intermittently looking after two Staffy dogs and it was the opposite situation - eating anything and everything and in about 10 seconds flat!
  21. That sounds like a black comedy! My biggest fear was that the elderly cat I was looking after might die under my watch before his owner returned. On the second day he went off his food and I got quite worried. I told the owner over the phone about it and she said she had forgotten to tell me that that is normal for him and that he loses interest in food about every second day. Phew!
  22. A number of years ago I was housesitting for a woman with a very elderly cat. From memory he was an amazing age, something like 29 years I think. He also woke me at 5am with the loudest, most torturous sounding meow as he was deaf and had no idea how loud he was. He was loveable though and I remember it was a cold winter and we would both lounge in front of the heater to keep warm. If I did some yoga stretches he would too. He was a great character.
  23. Thanks Colin, these are fantastic images. When I was a kid my parents had a book of aerial photographs by Dutch-Australian photographer Richard Woldendorp. They were all of Australian landscapes from a plane in the days when aerial photography was a rarer thing, taken on film long before drone photography existed. I remember being amazed by the patterns in red sand dunes in the desert, rivers and their tributaries in remote locations and that sort of thing - places you don't normally get to see. I could look at that book for ages. I looked up the photographer and he has a website.
  24. A great deal of prescribed burning is happening here this spring to mitigate against wildfires. Some days are particularly smoky and create fiery sunsets. This is one I took 3 years ago but only just got to uploading it. It is North Cottesloe Beach just after sunset here in Perth.
  25. A beautiful photo. We have them here in Perth too and I found one of their nests on the ground here a couple of years ago. They are so incredibly well-made. I'm glad you've managed to keep the baby going so far and hopefully it will survive. I have been chasing ravens away from a tree in the backyard where a baby galah has been in a nest in a hollow. However, haven't heard it for a few days, so hoping it has successfully fledged.
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