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  1. 55 minutes ago, Harry Harrison said:

    We're lucky that there are so many types of cameras around now and you are in a position to choose whatever suits you really. I was impressed at how many respected names use Olympus Micro 4/3 for example though there is some doubt over their future unfortunately.

    Yes we are so lucky now. Thanks for the link about the users of Olympus 4/3. It's great to see their quality images. I'm familiar with Andy Rouse. He was the first wildlife photographer I got into just before I bought my first DSLR in 2010. I knew he started with Canon and then went to Nikon, but didn't realise he had also gone on to use Olympus Micro 4/3. It's great to know he got great images with this gear and how lightweight, unobtrusive and handy it was for wildlife. Not that long ago I found there are quite a few of his images on Alamy: https://www.alamy.com/search/imageresults.aspx?pseudoid={0349FC8D-233C-4B71-92B1-E4B9710B228B}&name=Andy%2bRouse&st=11&mode=0&comp=1

  2. I've just noticed two images I took of albatrosses coming up in two searches when looking at customer search activity. The two search terms in each case were "peterson birds" and "peterson bird". The word "peterson" is not in either my keywords or captions for either image. However, the albatrosses were photographed on Paterson Inlet at Stewart Island in NZ.

     

    So a non-exact keyword "peterson" has brought up my images with "paterson" as a keyword. I was always under the impression that you had to be precise, such as using beach and beaches if you wanted the plural searched for, but it seems that however the Alamy algorithm for searching works it can bring up similar words that might not even be among the tags you use. Maybe this is to try and maximise results that might fit for customers, or account for spelling errors.

     

    I guess what is slightly off-putting about it is that it means images may be appearing in searches for which they are not relevant, which in turn is not so great for CTR. I just wondered if other people see their images appearing in searches for which they are not relevant and involving tags they haven't used? I don't mind if it happens occasionally, but wouldn't want it to happen too often.

  3. 2 hours ago, Harry Harrison said:

    This article discusses the Nikon Road Map that is referred to:

     

    https://photographylife.com/nikon-z-lens-roadmap

     

    The actual Nikon road Map here

     

    There are very few new DX lenses on the horizon though that doesn't matter as long as they make one or two that suit you. One advantage of Fuji is that (apart from their higher priced 'medium format' range) they have only ever made lenses designed for APS-C mirrorless. The disadvantage is that very few 3rd party manufacturers make them to fit Fuji, but then Fuji lenses do seem to be very good, and plentiful secondhand if needs be. That Z6 looks very good though.

    Thank you very much Harry! I had no idea about this road map. It is definitely helpful looking into the future.

     

    Yes Fuji look like an excellent mirrorless option too, if I did go APS-C. The XT4 looks excellent and the XT3 too. I was just reading about the 100-400mm lens for Fuji. I do like wildlife photography and so I'm interested in the telephoto options out there. So much to think about. It will be interesting to see what the Nikon 200-600mm for mirrorless will cost. A lot I expect!

     

    As an aside I just read this article about Pentax sticking to DSLRs rather than moving into mirrorless, and the suggestion that in the future there will be a retro interest in DSLRs that Pentax will still have a market for. The author suggests they get into making new film cameras too, to appeal to the retro film enthusiasts. My first camera as a teenager was a Pentax K1000 which I loved, so I do have a soft spot for them.

    https://petapixel.com/2020/07/18/why-pentax-is-making-the-right-call-in-sticking-with-dslrs/

     

  4. Thanks Michael, yes I'm sure it is much more optimal to be using the lenses for the Z series. I was mainly thinking of ways of reducing initial costs and also still having the range of options I currently have with existing lenses, but ultimately it is better to have the dedicated mirrorless lenses. A new camera is still a way off for me, but just projecting into the future. If I can afford it, the Z6 would be a great way to get into full-frame for the first time with excellent image quality.

     

    Thanks Harry. Yes I figured I'd be down to about 10ish megapixels. I think the use of any DX lenses would be a temporary measure and also not all my lenses are DX, so it won't matter with all of them. I'll keep an eye on what happens with Nikon and Sony full-frame mirrorless going forward.

     

    Good to hear that you are working out a system with different lenses with the Z6 Derek, and also that you are enjoying the Z6. I noticed you are from Vancouver Island. I visited there many years ago for a few days and would love to go back. Had a look at your images and enjoyed the wildlife and scenery - such a great place for photography.

     

    I noticed the cost of the Z lenses too Marvin. I have four third party lenses that I currently use regularly, so possibly there may be problems with these if Nikon may not share their interface data for the Z lens adaptor for independent lens makers. It's all in the future for me at the moment, but like you I'm wondering if going mirrorless is the way of the future and a better investment. I'll keep watching to see what happens and try and make the best decision. It will be good seeing what new lens options come out over time too. The Nikon Z50 also looks like an excellent choice and very compact for travel and more affordable, but the Z6 would excel again in terms of image quality and low light performance. If I decide the Z6 is a bit too much for me I'd definitely consider to Z50. I came across this discussion of the Z6 vs the Z50: https://www.techradar.com/au/news/nikon-z6-vs-nikon-z50-10-key-differences-you-need-to-know

  5. I have wondered about this also Marvin. I have a Nikon D5200 that is past its guaranteed shutter life but still going strong at present. But there will come a time to upgrade and I'm realising the Z series may be a good option. I was considering the D500 or D7500, but like you I'm also unsure if staying in the non-mirrorless sphere is the right way to go.

     

    The Z50, Z6, Z7 and Z7II are all lighter than the D7500. The less expensive Z6 (compared with Z7) is of interest to me and would be an opportunity to go full frame with a camera body that's not too big for my small hands. I do like my range of lenses I currently use though and there is the issue of the reduced range of lenses for Nikon mirrorless at this point. I understand there is an adaptor you can buy for F mount lenses to work on mirrorless. I've been trying to get my head around what happens with a DX lens for a DSLR when used on a full-frame mirrorless body. From what I understand you get a cropped view with a loss of MPs - the same as what happens going to a non-mirrorless full frame DSLR. In this case, my current lenses would work better with the Z50 if I don't want to lose MPs. Not sure if there are any issues or disadvantages specific to using F mount lenses with an adaptor on mirrorless.

     

    Would be interested in hearing from anyone who has made the switch to Nikon Z.

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  6. Scientific American 2 February 2021

    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/amanda-gormans-climate-poem-says-act-now-now-now/

    Washington, United States Of America. 20th Jan, 2021. Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem; The Hill We Climb, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC Credit: Planetpix/Alamy Live News

    Contributor: DOD Photo / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2E4EPGM

    Washington, United States Of America. 20th Jan, 2021. Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem; The Hill We Climb, during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony at the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2021 in Washington, DC Credit: Planetpix/Alamy Live News Stock Photo

     

    Science 2 February 2021

    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2021/02/protect-species-curb-warming-save-money-biden-s-big-conservation-goal-means-trade-offs

    Early morining hiker at sunrise at the vernal pools Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve riverside county california usa

    Contributor: Anthony Arendt / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: ARRA3J

    Early morining hiker at sunrise at the vernal pools Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve riverside county california Stock Photo

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  7. On 31/01/2021 at 05:38, Bill Brooks said:

    As a stock photographer it is important to be able to shoot in the many styles dictated by a multiplicity of subject matter. In the age of local travel you can return to stock shoot the same place many times, just vary the style each time.

     

    I really like this thought Bill and it is encouraging in this time where many of us are in the same places over and over, trying to think of new ways of capturing familiar scenes. I like the examples you give too. In the examples of trees I like the way you have conveyed the emotion you felt at the time through post processing. I remember reading an article once by someone who does composites saying that post processing and creating composites allows her to recreate not just what she saw but what she felt at the time.

     

    Several years ago I went on a photographic trip with a professional landscape photographer. He has a distinctive style of maximising contrast in post processing, more than most people usually do. It certainly gives his images a distinctive look and I've been able to pick some of them as his before I knew he was the photographer. From him I learned to use contrast more on many of my images, even though I'm not inclined to max out the contrast as much in general, except where the histogram is bunched up in the middle and it really helps the image to stretch it out with maximum contrast - good for landscape shots in even light such as an overcast dusk scene. In this photo of a tug boat wreck I did push the contrast a lot with plenty of room to push out the histogram. It is the kind of scene that can vary greatly based on lighting conditions, weather etc. I would like to go back and do some different interpretations/styles of the same scene.

     

    remains-of-the-306-grt-steam-tug-boat-ss-wyola-at-dusk-at-cy-oconnor-beach-in-the-southern-perth-suburb-of-north-coogee-western-australia-2BP1A1X.jpg

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  8. Nature Volume 590 Issue 7844, 4 February 2021 (cover photo)

    https://www.nature.com/nature/volumes/590/issues/7844

    Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland aerial view

    Contributor: Aleksandar Tomic / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: RBCH8X

    Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland aerial view Stock Photo

     

    Guitar.com 3 February 2021

    https://guitar.com/news/industry-news/sweetwater-1-billion-record-sales-2020/

    Fort Wayne, Indiana - Effects pedals for electronic musical instruments on sale at the Sweetwater Music store.

    Contributor: Jim West / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: GP3NGE

    Fort Wayne, Indiana - Effects pedals for electronic musical instruments on sale at the Sweetwater Music store. Stock Photo

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  9. Nature Volume 590 Issue 7844, 4 February 2021 (cover photo)

    https://www.nature.com/nature/volumes/590/issues/7844

    Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland aerial view

    Contributor: Aleksandar Tomic / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: RBCH8X

    Diamond beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland aerial view Stock Photo

     

    Guitar.com 3 February 2021

    https://guitar.com/news/industry-news/sweetwater-1-billion-record-sales-2020/

    Fort Wayne, Indiana - Effects pedals for electronic musical instruments on sale at the Sweetwater Music store.

    Contributor: Jim West / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: GP3NGE

    Fort Wayne, Indiana - Effects pedals for electronic musical instruments on sale at the Sweetwater Music store. Stock Photo

     

    Whoops! Just posted in January thread instead of February one. Sorry! Will repost

     

     

  10. Hi Mark,

     

    Just to reiterate Paulette's advice above, it does seem that you may not be deselecting an image after adding a caption and tags. For example, 

    Blue Heron in Pond, Cocoa Beach, FL 

    - Image ID: 2E529T9

     

    This image has tags that are not related to it and are clearly meant for other images you have uploaded of different subjects in different locations. It seems you may have done something to correct the duplication of captions, but not so with the tags.

     

    So when you go to add information to an image, make sure only that one image is selected in Alamy Image Manager. Add tags as necessary (and remove ones that are not meant to be there) and make sure the caption is correct. Click SAVE then click the image again to deselect it before going on to another image.

     

    With regard to captions and tags, I would add the full name and not just the initials of states. So for example, it would be good to put Florida as well as FL, as many may search with Florida and then your image will not appear if you just have the initials.

     

    The discoverability bar only needs to get to orange for an image to be on sale. By getting to 40+ tags you can make it green, but this can be counterproductive if you are just adding tags for the sake of it to make the bar green. You only want tags that are directly relevant about what is exactly in the image, otherwise your image may appear in customer searches where it is not relevant and this can affect your Click Through Rate which can affect your ranking in search results. Basically you want tags that help buyers find your images.

     

    Also, look out for sensor dust spots. There is a recurring spot appearing in the top left quadrant in several of your more recent images (taken in 2020). This is easy to remove in post processing. Alamy QC could fail you on this if it is picked up, as they request sensor dust spots be removed. Similarly, there is a more obvious dark speck on some of your 2017 images on the top right which could be a sensor dust spot or a fleck of something on the lens.

     

    It will get easier once you get used to it all. It is nice to see your bird images. Birds are a favourite subject of mine too, though haven't been doing bird photography recently. I like your one of a dog ordering a beer at the bar.

  11. Guitar.com 1st February 2021

    https://guitar.com/news/music-news/coachella-2021-postponed/

    Famous Coachella Ferris Wheel at dusk

    Contributor: Byron Motley / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: E5J1G3

    Famous Coachella Ferris Wheel at dusk Stock Photo

     

    NME 1st February 2021

    https://www.nme.com/news/film/judi-dench-has-the-james-bond-theme-as-her-ringtone-and-it-once-went-off-on-set-2869693?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=judi-dench-has-the-james-bond-theme-as-her-ringtone-and-it-once-went-off-on-set

    DANIEL CRAIG, JUDI DENCH, SKYFALL, 2012

    Contributor: AA Film Archive / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: T0K9M6

    DANIEL CRAIG, JUDI DENCH,  SKYFALL, 2012 Stock Photo

     

    UK. Daniel Craig in the ©Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer new movie: No Time to Die (2020). 

    Contributor: LANDMARK MEDIA / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: 2CW1K1J

    UK. Daniel Craig in the ©Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer new movie: No Time to Die (2020).  Plot: Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.  Ref: LMK106-J6765-241013 Supplied by LMKMEDIA. Editorial Only. Landmark Media is not the copyright owner of these Film or TV stills but provides a service only for recognised Media outlets. pictures@lmkmedia.com Stock Photo

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  12. 2 hours ago, Thiago Trevisan said:

    Hoping for everyone's sales to take off, just like the aircraft and its light trails here :)

     

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    Start: 23 January 2021 End: 23 January 2026

     

    sao-paulo-congonhas-airport-showing-mult

     

    This is a great image Thiago. I love the mix of colours and lights. Hope your sales take off as well!

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  13. Far Out Magazine 21 January 2021

     

    https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/leonard-cohen-favourite-songs-ever-playlist/

    A portrait of Leonard Cohen in April 1972 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot)

    Contributor: Gijsbert Hanekroot / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: TRCBJB

    A portrait of Leonard Cohen in April 1972 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot) Stock Photo

     

    https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/joey-ramones-favourite-albums-beatles-motorhead-sex-pistols/

    Joey Ramone singer of The Ramones live on stage at the Paradiso club in Amsterdam. 1989

    Contributor: Stephen Parker / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: B9R9K7

    Joey Ramone singer of The Ramones live on stage at the Paradiso club in Amsterdam. 1989 Stock Photo

     

    https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/why-david-bowie-iggy-pop-went-to-berlin/

    David Bowie and Iggy Pop singers 1977

    Contributor: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy Stock Photo

    Image ID: B4WRGC

    Photographer: Mirrorpix

    David Bowie and Iggy Pop singers 1977 Stock Photo

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  14. 7 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

    ^^^   Sally... I hope you have ‘speculum’ as a keyword…  😀

    No I don't. I will add it in. You have just taught me a new usage for this word that I just looked up:

    ORNITHOLOGY

    "a bright patch of plumage on the wings of certain birds, especially a strip of metallic sheen on the secondary flight feathers of many ducks"

     

    The duck in question is called a Pacific Black Duck, the most common one you see here in much of Australia. I now know their shiny, colourful side feathers have a name. Thank you! 😀

  15. On 20/01/2021 at 01:13, Harry Harrison said:

     

    https://affinity.serif.com/en-us/supporting-the-creative-community/

    Edited Wednesday at 01:15 by Harry Harrison

     

     

    Thanks for letting us know Harry. I was too slow off the mark when they had the previous special. I'm still on a budget and still have a subscription phobia, so I think I will be giving it a go.

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  16. TeaTime Magazine 12 January 2021

    https://www.teatimemagazine.com/dame-julie-andrews/

     

    THE PRINCESS DIARIES (2001) THE PRINCESS OF TRIBECA (ALT) JULIE ANDREWS,HECTOR ELIZONDO PRDI 009

    Contributor: Moviestore Collection Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: BKE205

     

    JULIE ANDREWS, CHILDREN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, 1965

    Contributor: AF archive / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: DT5CP0

     

    John Michael King, Julie Andrews and Cathleen Nesbitt, My Fair Lady, Broadway, New York City, 1956

    Contributor: Glasshouse Images / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: DJC7XE

    Photographer: JT Vintage

     

    JULIE ANDREWS, MARY POPPINS, 1964

    Contributor: Allstar Picture Library Ltd. / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: T03MD4

     

    Original Film Title: MARY POPPINS. English Title: MARY POPPINS. Film Director: ROBERT STEVENSON. Year: 1964. Stars: WALT DISNEY; JULIE ANDREWS. Credit: WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS / Album

    Contributor: Album / Alamy Stock Photo 

    Image ID: P4T26F

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  17. My funny thing today was probably a combination of both funny 'ha ha' and funny 'odd'. I read in the news about a duck who loves to surf. He basically body surfs catching waves while his owners are out surfing with their boards. Apparently when they put on sunscreen he gets super excited and runs around in circles because he knows it means they will be going to the beach for a surf. It is funny given that he can fly if he wants to but he prefers to catch waves. It's also funny given all the things humans do (including surfing) to get a feeling somewhat like flying. There is a video of the duck named 'Duck' surfing here:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-20/surfing-duck-gold-coast-sensation-stephanie-gilmore/13074432

     

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  18. 2 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Righto Sally. I've gone back only to 1st Jan. 2016 because it's rather tedious and I'm not sure it proves anything. I do not photograph people, so as such, I am not a high seller. You will probably do much better than me.

     

    From 01/01/16 to today:

    Total distro sales of Oz images: 56 (out of 95)

    Below is sorted by Sold To country

     

    Sale Date Gross Subject Sold To Usage
    23/10/2018 20.3 Figtree Brazil Book
    14/09/2018 20.06 Insect Brazil Book
    14/07/2017 23.4 River Brazil Book
    16/09/2016 25.62 Outback Brazil Book
    13/05/2016 24.87 Lake Brazil Book
    19/02/2016 23.03 Outback Brazil Book
    14/01/2019 8.75 Seal China Travel Brochures
    31/07/2018 113.92 Wave China Packaging, boxes and containers
    20/01/2020 3.44 Bird Czech Editorial website
    23/04/2018 3.55 Beach Czech General Business Services
    22/02/2018 3.52 Plane Wreck Czech Media, Design, Publishing
    15/09/2017 3.48 Beach Czech Media, Design, Publishing
    13/04/2018 2.37 Wildlife Estonia General Business Services
    8/12/2016 4.15 Spider EU Media, Design, Publishing
    8/12/2016 4.15 Spider EU Media, Design, Publishing
    15/05/2019 37.53 Mission Beach Germany Travel Brochures
    15/05/2019 37.53 Kiama Germany Travel Brochures
    13/03/2019 21.62 Cairns Germany Education
    8/02/2019 10.98 Sunset Germany Magazine
    14/01/2019 8.75 Bird Germany Travel Brochures
    14/01/2019 8.75 Bird Germany Travel Brochures
    14/01/2019 8.75 Bird Germany Travel Brochures
    14/01/2019 8.75 Seal Germany Travel Brochures
    14/01/2019 26.24 Cairns Beach Germany Travel Brochures
    14/01/2019 26.24 Horizontal Falls Germany Travel Brochures
    14/01/2019 26.24 Kangaroo Island Germany Travel Brochures
    8/10/2018 38.87 Rainforest Germany Book
    8/06/2018 34.1 Bird Germany Magazine
    8/05/2018 40.33 Outback Germany Travel Brochures
    4/05/2018 25.98 Bird Germany Puzzle
    10/04/2018 80.14 Machinery Germany Magazine
    8/03/2018 82.05 Beach Germany Newspaper
    15/01/2018 23.88 Outback Germany Media, Design, Publishing
    8/12/2017 40.62 Croc Germany Packaging/software/CD/Music
    12/04/2017 26.04 Place of Interest Germany Book
    12/04/2017 26.04 Place of Interest Germany Book
    12/04/2017 26.04 RFDS Germany Book
    12/10/2018 15.46 Beach Italy Television
    12/04/2018 21.32 Trees Italy Magazine
    31/07/2018 100.37 Lake Japan Banking and Finance
    10/05/2018 43.18 Lake Japan Book
    8/12/2017 33.44 Bird Japan Book
    9/02/2017 33.03 Ants Japan Book
    9/02/2017 22.3 Outback Japan Book
    20/12/2017 26.69 Rock formations Russia Magazine
    21/07/2020 3.24 Bats Serbia Editorial website
    20/04/2020 3.14 Outback Slovenia Editorial website
    23/03/2017 5.16 Spider Slovenia Media, Design, Publishing
    11/10/2016 31.03 Building South Africa Book
    19/03/2018 7.13 Beach Spain Media, Design, Publishing
    19/03/2018 7.13 Beach Spain Media, Design, Publishing
    19/03/2018 7.13 Beach Spain Media, Design, Publishing
    23/12/2016 26.4 Beach Taiwan Magazine
    19/07/2018 7.8 Lord Howe Turkey Newspaper
    11/04/2018 12.3 Bird Turkey Magazine
    12/05/2017 10.7 Beach Turkey Magazine

     

     

    Hope this helps!!

     

    Wow, thanks Gen! I wasn't expecting so much detail, but thanks for going to that effort! That's very helpful. Lots of nature-based stuff in there which is what I like to photograph. It may be worth me giving distribution a go.

     

    I've wondered about whether buyers, if they really want a particular subject, will find it on Alamy anyway and thus the commission would not be split three ways. But I guess the whole point of distribution is that Alamy have feelers out into markets where there are buyers who may not otherwise access certain subjects via Alamy, and as several have said, any sale is better than no sale.

     

    So I will consider it a bit further and possibly opt in. Many thanks again!

     

    I don't photograph people a lot either (but they do appear in my images here and there), so I'm not sure I'll do better and I also think you have an amazing collection of images. But I love getting out and taking photographs. I love all things rural too, and hope to explore more of regional Australia and capture some rural life, scenery etc.

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  19. 2 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Sally, I know that I had 270 distro sales in total but there is no easy way for me to look at what they were. You have started me on an interesting analysis. Yes, one more spreadsheet. I am on the road today but I will get back to you as soon as I can. No problems sharing my data. Bear with me.

     

    Thanks Gen! Only go to as much trouble as you want and if it's interesting to find out. Happy travels wherever you are right now. I was really impressed by your long exposure image of the power plant at Biloela. I then realised I watched a program on Biloela not that long ago on the ABC show Back Roads. I don't know if you ever watch that but they go to various lesser known Australian towns and get to know the people and place (something you would be doing on a regular basis!). It can be seen on ABC iView, but I'm guessing you may know about it already.

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