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  1. Point your browser at the page with the image. Copy the image (e.g. right-click->Copy Image in Chrome), then paste it into your message here. Alan
  2. Yes, I realised that. But if you get camera lens vignetting as well, the two may overlap, which is what I meant about getting evenness across the frame when you try to adjust for it. Too early to say yet. Up until now I've only been getting partial slides in the frame so I can't tell whether there would be vignetting from the diffuser. When I've got myself fully set up with the ND filter and slide mount I'll report back. Alan
  3. Yes, funnily enough I found something similar myself after I'd posted. I'd decided by then that the Illumitran was probably a waste of time because I couldn't mange to get much more than half a 6x6 with either the 50mm or 75mm enlarging lenses, so I decided to abandon the idea and put it back in its cupboard. But then I had a sudden flash of inspiration. I took off the bellows, found a threaded screw that fitted the camera's tripod mounting through the screwhole that held the bellows, dug out my old Canon FD 50mm macro lens plus the FD->EOS adapter, and hey presto I had a perfect copy stand
  4. That would mean I have to find the time to take a small batch of photos every week! Alan
  5. That makes sense to me. I've only had one failure in 10 years (six years ago) but I'm still only triple starred. I put that down to the fact that I haven't been uploading very regularly for the last couple of years. Alan
  6. Thanks for this. Yes, I assumed it would be for 35mm only but I was hoping it might give me some ideas, which I think it has. Alan
  7. Would you care to post a photo of the setup? I've been using lockdown to finally attack my 6x6 collection. I've played around with the Illumitran but the flash is too bright without an ND filter, and as I don't have much of a budget I don't want to buy filters that will only be used for maybe a hundred or so scans and then be of no use. I tried using the Illumitran focusing light which actually gives good results qualitywise, but also some serious vignetting. So I got out my bellows and found I could get a decent scan using a 50mm enlarging lens - not the whole slide but enough to get a good 3
  8. Good to see the old Consul Classic in Great Dunmow. I had one of those in the 70s. Played a significant part in my development as an international traveller. Alan
  9. Because: 1. If you do it, others will think it's OK for them to do it, and if one of them is infected someone could die. 2. If you break down, have an accident, skid off the road or encounter any other mishap that prevents an emergency vehicle from getting through, someone could die. 3. If, following (1) above, too many others follow your example and cause congestion, thus preventing an emergency vehicle from getting through, someone could die. It's totally selfish, and in these extraordinary times the last thing we need is selfishness.
  10. Apologies for this totally shameless piece of self-promotion but I think "The Silent Scream" is probably how a lot of people are reacting right now. The Silent Scream Alan
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. QC and the Sunshine Band. Music played with a light meter. If I'm playing we wouldn't want too much exposure. Alan
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. +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
  22. 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
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