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  1. Old man taking a nap in the sun, 1980, Le Casset in the French Alps (pop unknown but probably <200) Woman with milk churns, 1981, Iphofen, Germany (pop 4725) People and seagull, 2008, Lyme Regis, UK (pop 4805) Alan
  2. I'm still skeptical. I don't see how you can get compression greater than existing JPEG files losslessly. But if they have really hit upon some magic formula then it would truly be an amazing development. Alan
  3. As I read it, Bob, this new format will only convert existing JPEG files losslessly, i.e. a lossless conversion of an already lossy file, so if you want a lossless original you will still need to keep TIFFs. I'm certainly not getting rid of mine. Alan
  4. Are you sure? He's in the water so his carbon footprint will be low. Alan
  5. Do they have to be up to date or can I post pics from my archive collection? Alan
  6. And where have they suddenly got all this footage from? Search for "travel" and you get 1.7m hits. It's probably no wonder that they haven't told their existing contributor base - they don't need to. Alan
  7. Just a note of caution (no intention to discourage): Alamy will already have millions of pics of wild flowers and herbs so make sure your captions are accurate and as detailed as possible. You may have better fortunes with the campervanning, although you will probably face stiff competition from our resident nomad in Australia! Spot the (entirely logical) oxymoron 😀 Alan
  8. If I had to guess I would say that the image with the cranes might be the one to pass. The other two look soft to me even at low resolution. Alan
  9. I wasn't aware of that so thanks for mentioning it. Shouldn't be a problem at this time of year when all the windows are open. Alan
  10. Brilliant! Many thanks for your help guys. I had some PEC-12 on my shelf which I bought several years ago after The Original Chuck recommended it on this forum a number of times, but which I never got round to using. A quick wipe of the neg and the problem is gone. Untreated: http://www.alanwrigley.com/images/10227.jpg Treated: http://www.alanwrigley.com/images/new10227.jpg Now I just have to do the other 4 or 5 thousand.... And thanks Chuck if you're reading this. Alan
  11. It does look a bit like that, doesn't it? There's no evidence that I can see of any fungal growth on the surface of the film - would a fungus not leave traces of some kind? The films do look pristine and have only ever been stored in the sleeves, in a ring binder either in a filing cabinet or on a shelf in whatever room I was using as an office, so they should never have been exposed to damp or sunlight or any other adverse environmental conditions. As Phil suggests, I'll try cleaning and see if it makes any difference.
  12. I've just started scanning some of my many thousands of b/w negatives. I'm noticing a crazed appearance on many of them, as shown in this crop: http://www.alanwrigley.com/images/10227.jpg The negs are 40 years old and have been stored in sleeves (not the shiny kind that stick to the film) since they were processed. They've never been kept in harsh or extreme conditions. So is this just natural deterioration over age or does it indicate faults in the original processing? I've never been able to see them at high resolution before. Alan
  13. Haha! I've often thought the same about where I live. Suffolk has been on my to-do list for decades. Funnily enough, it was at last going to be my first-choice holiday destination last year until Covid struck. Alan
  14. Oddly enough I don't think I've ever taken a photograph in Suffolk. Alan
  15. Nice idea. I've been watching county cricket on YouTube, reliving my passion for cricket when I was a boy. (I still love it but we've been starved of live cricket on TV for many years now). I haven't watched MLB since I lived in the USA 20 years ago. I used to love it - a good substitute for cricket. Thanks for mentioning it - it will probably end up as one more thing I waste my time on instead of being productive! Alan
  16. Sadly glitches happen in most things from time to time, regardless of whether humans or computers are involved. It looks to me as though you've been the unfortunate person on the end of one. I can't see any other reason for this to happen. Third time lucky! Alan
  17. I think I can match that. My most important contribution to music was that I took a photo of my sister's boyfriend who was the engineer who twiddled the knobs of the phaser on Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men", and whose punk band later had an entry in the UK heat of the Eurovision Song Contest. Alan
  18. I've been doing this when I remember, Steve, but more for Facebook than for stock. The room is so small and cramped it's difficult to frame pics in a pleasing way, and I always look incredibly scruffy! Alan
  19. If we're talking manipulated photographs, here are a few I've sold prints from in the last few years (mostly impressionised, a few layered or collaged): http://www.alanwrigley.photography/impsold/ Alan
  20. I've still got mine. Tamron SP500. I've been meaning to do something creative with it for years but never seem to get a round tuit. Alan
  21. My current bathroom renovation has turned into an art project. I decided almost as soon as I started to throw the budget out of the window and create the most beautiful and stylish bathroom in my town. I also intended from the very start that every last little bit of work would be done by me on my own, so it's very much a project to realise my own personal vision. No photos yet because I haven't finished. Alan
  22. I don't do live news. Nevertheless my average fee for this year is 15 times the fee I received yesterday, which suggests that for me, at least, low fees are an aberration rather than a norm. Alan
  23. That's a good point, but it surely can't be in Alamy's interest to have clients who commit infringements? They lose financially as well as us, and if they turn a blind eye it will only give clients a licence to keep on infringing. Alan
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