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Martin L

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  1. Sorry but I find this a bit patronising. Sure insects are difficult but you have no idea of anybody's expertise on this forum.
  2. Don't think its a Mosquito, the antennae are much too small and it has quite a distinctive striped thorax, also a bit too big. For me its a Dagger Fly, family Empididae. Good luck on the species however, maybe Empis livida https://www.naturespot.org.uk/family/empididae
  3. My old football coach used to say that the only use my right foot got in a game was for standing on
  4. I've now got this image of lots of different various people across the world squinting at a pot plant through their fingers 😄
  5. Chuffed. Thanks Paulette. The OH and I were stalking a single doe which eventually led us to the rest of the family, all enjoying the winter sunshine. Those two were watching and seemingly judging a pair of youngsters and potential future rivals 'play rutting',
  6. 3 sales, a bit above average for my small port. Only about $40 gross though so below average. One on the 1st, one on the 2nd.....hey this is going to be a good month.....nothing until one on the 29th! CTR tanking, average gone from something like 1.5 to about 1.07. No zooms at all this month.
  7. They may well get their comeuppance when somebody licenses it, sticks it on the front cover of a travel magazine about visiting Brazil and they then sue for the cost of the print run
  8. Marb I don't know if this is the case in this instance but sometimes people use the red arrows to agree with you. Basically saying that they agree it is a bad thing that MS may pay more. Don't take it to heart
  9. Great pics so far, mine are only of animals I'm afraid The King And Heir.... Don't mess with the kid... Mrs. Adder is watching. This is sometimes where 600mm comes in handy! "Ssssshhhhh....I think I can hear her!" Two cygnets waiting for baby sister to arrive.
  10. I think it is probably genuine as I have had something similar but the first part was worded differently as for some reason they couldn't pay me and just want me to check my details on my contributor dashboard I too have forwarded it to them just to double check but at the moment have just received the standard 'auto reply'.
  11. Raptors generally poop right before they take off, lighten the load I guess.
  12. I agree but this is Alamy, not another agency and RM/RF is pretty blurred at the moment If an image is marked 'editorial only' there is a banner on the image stating that 'get in touch for commercial uses'. By all accounts they do contact contributors to possibly remove restrictions, so I can make a decision then based on the potential riskiness of the image. It just seems to me like an added protection buffer amidst the new contract furore at present
  13. Isn't the risk that the contract places on us that the buyer may not get permission from the owner and the buyer may not eliminate trademarks? I too am staying ultra cautious at the moment. I may lose some sales but at the moment that seems the lesser of any possible losses.
  14. I am taking my philosophical guidance from the German entry to Eurovision 'I don't feel hate, I just feel sorry'
  15. I still can't believe a grown man ran to the mods to get somebody banned from a forum,
  16. If my images have the slightest chance of having people or property in them I have always marked them as 'people/property - yes', 'no releases' and 'editorial only' since I started Whether that will still cover me on the expanded/newly worded new contract I am still trying to work out
  17. She is probably too busy forwarding e-mails about possible liability issues back to the contributors
  18. Unfortunately this is me. I was on MS as I thought Alamy was slightly above my pay grade but dropped MS when I got accepted by Alamy. I only have a small young port but it seems quite efficient. This year I have licensed 1-2 images per month on a port of up to 400 and my average CTR is 1.2. The problem for me is that at 1-2 licenses per month and ever decreasing fees, I am unlikely to hit 'gold' and therefore my commission is likely will drop from 40/50% to 20%! Seems like a pretty big stick to try and encourage me to expand my portfolio. If I was A
  19. Not sure I really understand the question but I'll try and answer. Bear in mind I am just an amateur and this is what I try and do, not that I am often successful, so take from it what you will. Every lens tends to have a sweet 'f/stop' spot but if you are worried about IQ there are plenty of other things that will have more effect on IQ in wildlife photography than the aperture. Birds are not static objects they twitch, move, lots of motion blur, jump from good light to poor light and that is if you can find them in the first place, get close enough and get anywhere near a de
  20. This little chap is probably a juvenile so plumage is a bit drab, he started to colour up a little bit and began to get that beautiful green, purple sheen that they have for breeding. He has gone now probably off to Spain for the summer like most British teenagers
  21. I'm blushing now! Wow, thanks for your kind words The pigs are fun. In the New Forest in England they have a tradition of allowing farmers to release their pigs into the wild to clear the acorns that are otherwise poisonous to wild ponies. The rings in the noses are to stop them from rooting around too deep but does give them a kind of fun punky look, like rebel teenagers. Its a shame that there isn't audio as you could hear my missus, 'Martin, your too close!' 'Get back, Martin, get back' 'She's gonna charge!' She calmed down and got distracted when one of t
  22. Don't worry I guess it will be Castle Cameras in Salisbury, I go to the Bmth one and they are great. Good plan to try some out, a lot of equipment is personal preference. Hope you get the right one.
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