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  1. Personally I'd stick with the rhubarb crumble. I love rhubarb. In fact I was planning to make one this week but the rhubarb was too expensive. Alan
  2. Looks like tiramasu to me. Did it taste of coffee? Alan
  3. Is this date now set in stone? I will have to book a train ticket so I need to know that it won't change. Alan
  4. I didn't even get a reply from my old school to a request to license photos of their buildings. So much for their desire to maintain a strong old boys' network. Alan
  5. I regularly stay in Premier Inns. No idea if there's one in Liverpool but I'd be amazed if there wasn't. I've never noticed any wifi limit and I often spend quite a lot of time online. Alan
  6. And an occasional photo licence pales into insignificance compared with most credit card fraud. Someone once tried to spend £14k on my card. Luckily the bank recognised it as likely to be fraudulent. Alan
  7. I've given another vote for Other as in "Anywhere". The great thing about London is that there are photographs everywhere. Alan
  8. I don't know. I have all my photos online elsewhere and just use it from my own site, where it works without any problems. Alan
  9. Thanks for that suggestion Mark. It's certainly improved the quality and it might just do the trick. I'm going to risk it anyway. It's only pride that makes me want to protect my QC record. Alan
  10. I have a bit of Javascript in my bookmarks which I think was posted on this forum a long time ago. Basically it does a Google search on any image on the current page. javascript:void((function(){var%20sir=document.createElement('script');sir.setAttribute('src','http://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/require.js/0.26.0/require.min.js');sir.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(sir);var%20sib=document.createElement('script');sib.setAttribute('src','http://jarred.github.com/src-img/js/app/bookmarklet.js?version=0.57');sib.setAttribute('type','text/javascript');document.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(sib);})()); Alan
  11. I'm sure this question has been asked before but I don't recall anything recently to search for. Does QC differentiate between heat haze and interpolation artefacts? I have a photo that shows mild heat haze effects, e.g. on window frames, that might on a cursory glance be mistaken for interpolation artefacts. It's an unusual and difficult-to-obtain view of the subject so I would really like to submit it but I don't want to risk my 5-year QC pass record if it's going to be a definite no-no. Alan
  12. Yes... if I'm in London then. My favourite area for photography (and good vegan food!) is South Bank. Camden Lock is good too. Alan
  13. Encouraging contributors helps everyone in the long term because the higher the overall quality of imagery on Alamy, the more customers will keep coming to their pages. If it hasn't already been said, get shots of people doing things on the farm. Get in close, get shots of detail as well as the broad picture. Think beyond the farm. For example, every time there's a supermarket price war the news is all about suppliers being squeezed. What will the newspaper use as an illustration? Quite possibly a nice colourful picture of a box of apples being packed on the farm. As John said above, think about trends in food. You might even think about diversifying into new areas of farming and capturing a niche market in photos for yourself in the process. I don't know what type of farming you do, but as a vegan myself, I would be photographing every aspect of the growing cycle and constantly keeping an eye on what is being marketed to vegans. Leaving farming behind for the moment, quite a few of your photos of popular places are taken in dull lighting and so the subject itself looks a little dull. Remember that when you're photographing somewhere popular your pics are going to be competing with hundreds or thousands of others taken in bright light. Alan
  14. Yes, I understand that view and veer towards it. However, I do take PU infringements very seriously because if you license a photo for personal use and then use it beyond the terms of the contract you've signed up to, then that's deliberate fraud, and I won't tolerate that. Alan
  15. I've had quite a few PU sales and it's a welcome addition to my income. So far (touch wood) I've not discovered an infringement, though I know others have. I do check them all online every now and then. Alan
  16. I've seen so many cautionary words about cheap replacement batteries that I always buy the manufacturers' own, even though my budget is limited. Alan
  17. The sole reason I bought mine was to have a camera I could slip into my pocket, which means that the Sony 16-50 is the only lens I can use with it. I did try an RX100 Mk1 first but that was nowhere near good enough for QC (secondhand so might not have been at its best) and also, with no viewfinder, I found that I just couldn't keep it steady while looking at the rear screen (I have the same problem with smartphones). My problem with the NEX might be that I'm too conditioned to crisp images from the 5D2, and it may be that some of the NEX pics I reject might get through QC, but I'm very protective of my QC record and I would rather not take any chances. Alan
  18. Serious use when it needs to pull out all the stops and produce guaranteed results. Alan
  19. https://www.alamy.com/contributor/how-to-sell-images/best-place-to-sell-stock-images-photos/ Alan
  20. To be honest I hardly use it these days. Whereas about 95% of my Canon images are good enough for Alamy, probably no more than 40% of the NEX ones are good enough without me biting my nails over the possibility of failure. I mostly use it now for personal pics. So although I've had it 5 years I've only taken 1800 pics with it. The batteries show no sign of deteriorating but since I don't use it much I often top up the charge every now and then even if it doesn't need it, so I can't really tell how it would perform in anger. Alan
  21. I'm still using 10-year-old batteries with my Canon 5D2 and they show no signs of failing. Alan
  22. The Kelpies do sell. I've licensed several here, including this one which has sold several times: Alan
  23. They're not if they're incidental to the main point of the image, but they're likely to be if they form a significant part of the composition. Alan
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