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  1. I'm sure this doesn't apply to your neighbours Bryan, but there are going to be an awful lot of other people's neighbours around the country with thin walls cursing the lockdown! Alan
  2. There are positive things every day. Yesterday I cooked the most delicious curry I've had in some while. The day before it was a beautiful afternoon and I had a lovely 5-mile walk in the countryside. It should have been 7 miles but my hip seized up and I had to limp the last 2 miles home in pain. But hey, I don't dwell on the bad bits. Alan
  3. My zooms have been very healthy for the last few months, with CTR consistently well above average. Sales are a bit slower than last year but there's still a steady trickle. Alan
  4. QC and the Sunshine Band. Music played with a light meter. If I'm playing we wouldn't want too much exposure. Alan
  5. I started creating music 4 years ago with the idea that I might be able to make another small income stream, but no-one seems to like it! I can't play an instrument so I won't be able to join the Alamy Contributors band. Alan
  6. I'm going to carry on life exactly as normal, which means me trying desperately to find enough hours in the day to do all the things I would like to do. Plus ça change.... Alan
  7. I haven't been able to shoot straight for years. Rotating the image in Photoshop is usually the first thing I do when processing. Alan
  8. Over the years I've learned not to judge people's sense of humour from their online comments. You can't convey sarcastic humour adequately in a written comment. I still try though Alan
  9. You can't photograph the end of the world, because the photograph wouldn't exist. You could photograph the millisecond before the end of the world but then what's the point since no-one will ever see it? If a tree falls in an empty forest, does it make a sound? If a photograph is never seen, is it visible? Alan
  10. I know my memory is starting to suffer from the demands I've placed on it over the last 7 decades, but this is what it tells me: About 10 years ago, on the old Alamy forum, another contributor called Chuck appeared. ISTR that he was an American living in Switzerland but I can't recall his name. Chuck N started appending "The Original One" to his posts, and eventually the other Chuck changed his nick to Charlie. When the new forum appeared, Alamy presumably though it was a fitting status for Chuck's profile. Alan
  11. +1... usually. However I find converging verticals much more noticeable and objectionable than splayed towers so I will sometimes err on the side of splaying. Alan
  12. I will be spending a large part of my enforced spare time sending loads of my clutter to eBay so that at last I might have enough space to live in. There will be photographic stuff, most of it of low value, though my 1937 Rolleiflex will be going live tonight. Alan
  13. I presume you meant Allan since I've never mentioned I live alone. At 72 I'm supposedly in the high risk category but I'm perfectly healthy and have hardly troubled the NHS for most of my life. I may well catch Covid19 (though I'm quite happy sitting at home and not going out for a while so I have less chance of doing so) but I'm not at all worried about it. I'm hoping, and expecting, that it will just be like a bad dose of flu. Alan
  14. 1. Bird hide on Black Hole Marsh, Seaton, Devon 2. Mist-covered hills seen from the slopes of Mount Shasta, California 3. Early morning on the Oxford Canal Alan
  15. Now there was a good footballer - one of my favourites at the time. He was a star player in the exciting Everton team that vied with Liverpool for the top spot in the 80s. IIRC a glittering England career beckoned until he was out of action for a long time with a serious injury, and as so often happens his career never recovered. Alan
  16. I did my shopping as usual yesterday in Sainsburys and there was little sign of panic. Bogroll stocks were low but not non-existent. I bought baked beans and pasta and the stocks appeared quite normal. But then this is Yorkshire - apparently folk don't panic round here The only completely empty shelf was the Radio Times. Are people expressing their opinion of the BBC by using it as toilet paper? Alan
  17. SRGB and RGB are not types of file, they are colour spaces. Alan
  18. I didn't spot this when you first posted it back in September. Some months ago I packed my NEX6/16-50mm into its box ready to put on eBay because I was so disappointed with the variable quality of the pics. Only yesterday I spotted it sitting on the shelf and decided that today I would get round to eBaying it. This article has prompted me to give it a temporary reprieve to see if I can actually get something better from it. The whole reason for getting it in the first place was because it will slip into a pocket for those many occasions when I don't want to annoy my shoulder by lugging the 5D2 around, but I just got so frustrated that at least 50% of my shots weren't quite good enough to risk a QC failure. Alan
  19. But surely if you view any image on any display at more than 100%, pixels have to be interpolated so you're seeing pixels that aren't actually there. It may help you to see better but it can't show you exactly what you see at 100%. Alan
  20. What is the point in checking at 150% when Alamy view at 100%? Surely you need to be seeing exactly what Alamy see to give you the best chance of passing? Alan
  21. I snapped these two in 1977 at Salthouse Marshes in Norfolk. Alan
  22. Mostly solitary, of course. Most serious photographers would probably say the same. However, if you happen to find someone else who understands... When I met my ex-wife years ago she wasn't that bothered about photographs. She's a very spiritual person who immerses herself in the natural world around her and couldn't see the point of 2-dimensional representations. I told her that for me, a good photograph could re-capture the emotion that I felt at the time I took it, but she was sceptical... until after our first holiday together when she looked at my pics and said "Wow - you were right!". After that she was the perfect photographer's companion, quite happy to sit on her own for an hour absorbing the spirit of a place while I went off looking for photos. Alan
  23. Everybody can. It's a natural human function. Alan
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