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Ed Rooney

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  1. Nigel, most of my sales are of images that have not been zoomed.
  2. Your images look good, Sonia. When shooting for stock, you might want to consider widening your subject matter. You'll find a that a lot of others are shooting birds and other animals. You're in a position to capture the details of where you are . . . so do that.
  3. Sounds nice, Bryan. But I won't be taking any side trips until I have a place to live. Liverpool is not London but it has a rich history to explore. Most of the major museums here have free entry.
  4. Bryan, do you think Queen Victoria's unhappy expression has to do with the weather? Joking aside, folks, I prefer the cooler weather here . . . just not for most photography. I'll deal with it. I've been dealing with it. I'm still adding about 100 new images a month to Alamy. And yes, finding a place to live is my big problem.
  5. Hey! Comeva hea 'n say dat! And I'm not from NYC. I'm from Brooklyn. New York was the City 'cross the River.
  6. My fake Oxbridge accent is a thing of beauty. But I only tried it on at the Open Market in Oxford when ordering a pound of tomatoes. 😉
  7. Warm beer? No one has ever served me a warm beer in the UK. Real ale (and such) is served at cellar temperature and the lager cold. Not as cold as in the USA or in Spain, but chilled. Cold. I had a pint of real ale with my lunch today. In that pub just now, I saw two different drafts of Guinness, one marked extra cold. What the?
  8. Chris, I set out for the old tobacco warehouse and Titanic Hotel yesterday after lunch. There was a strong wind down by the river that almost blew me over. The only path I could take was the highway . . . and then the clouds arrived. I gave up. Perhaps another time. ☹️ Betty, I must confess that understanding the Liverpool dialect is beyond me. I say 'excuse me' a lot. It's called Scouse . . . and there's a stew by the same name.
  9. Sometimes (when in a cynical mood) I think of Alamy Live News as Light News. But Andy and Chuck and others work hard at it and do a good job. I don't do Live News myself. The only thing that bothers me here in the forum is people talking about shooting Stock when in fact they are shooting Live News. That has to be confusing to newbies. Edo
  10. Basically, what we have here is a judgement call. Photography, art, life -- everything has judgement calls. I don't see myself shooting wide scenes where the lighting is not good and calling it good enough. Good enough is rarely a reason to upload an image. I know the PP tricks. Sometimes they work. Mostly they are a weak bandage. There are two lessons I've learned during my travel assignment days. Airlines and tour companies want to suggest to travelers that there will be good weather on their holiday. And if I went somewhere on a shoot and got bad weather, I would loose that client. Weather is not in the control of a photographer but middle management want to point a finger when things go wrong and it's easy to point at the photog, who's an outsider. For me, a stock image needs good light, good composition, and good color. It also needs a reason for the capture. So if a caption comes to mind, it's stock. Keith mentioned that UK weather is a subject. He's right, of course, but that is mostly Live News not Stock. There is a difference between the two, even if they sometimes overlap. Edo
  11. For my personal comfort, I like the weather here. For photography, not so much. And I lived in Oxfordshire all through the '80s. My question is about photography.
  12. It seems as if the majority of Alamy contributors are in the UK. (???) I am now in the UK myself. I'm curious about what the British approach is to shooting in British weather, which you may have noticed is often gray and overcast? Now good light is light that works but I tend to prefer lighting that is upbeat. I don't consider pics of buildings on flat, overcast skies upbeat. And if you scan the monthly images that have sold, you don't see much "bad" lighting. What do you think? Edo (in Liverpool, where the sun is shining as I type this)
  13. For some reason, I've had several tabletop food sales this month. ???
  14. There are theories pro and con regarding RM vs. RF. I did a "test" about three years ago where I made all my food images RF. At the end of the year, I had just one small sale of tabletop food. Now all my images are RM and I've had three tabletop food sales so far this month. Does that prove anything? I don't believe it does. Bill Brooks in Toronto made all his images RF. Bill is a very good working pro. I'm a retired pro. The license type is just one factor in stock. I don't like RF or microstock. I shoot only common-access editorial stock. I concentrate on producing quality images. The rest is up to Alamy and the gods of chance. Edo
  15. That area is worth several visits for those going to NYC, John. I have over 200 images of this and that down there from the East River to the Hudson River.
  16. Thanks for the clarification, Miss H. Back in my film assignment days, I visited Brazil several times. One of those times I almost went over Iguazu Falls. "South of the Border Imagined danger was my constant companion when I traveled alone to strange, far-off lands, even when I was booked into a suite at a Four Seasons or the local high-rise Hilton. Occasionally the danger was real. On one trip to Brazil, I flew up from Rio to photograph Iguazu Falls. Iguazu is really an expansive series of hundreds of waterfalls that sits on the border between Brazil and Argentina. The powerful and dramatic Devil’s Throat is its centerpiece. It was overcast the afternoon when I arrived, but the forecast for the following day was for bright and clear weather. I set my alarm for 6 AM. The large, rustic inn that sat above the Iguazu River on the Brazil side was just a five-minute walk from where I could view the falls. I decided to let breakfast go until after I’d finished shooting my pictures. There was no one about, no one but me on the path down to the falls. I could hear the soft roar of the Devil’s Throat but could not find an uninterrupted view. In my briefing at the Avianca Office in New York, I was told that the area that encompassed Iguazu had been having a drought for the past four years. This meant that the water would not be as high as it might be, and some of the lesser falls on the peripheral would have disappeared. It seemed not worth the expense to rent a helicopter. I would have to get some good shots of the center of the falls, the Devil’s Throat. I stopped beside the water on the top of the falls that was nearest the path. I could see that the edge curved around and led back to where I knew the Devil’s Throat to be; I could just see the top of that massive falls from where I stood. There was a series of large, flat stones in the water leading out to the far edge. If I could make my way out to the last stone I would have a perfect view down into the Devil’s Throat. Normally in life, I err on the side of caution, but when I have a camera in my hands something changes and I tend to sometimes take irrational risks. As carefully as I could, I began stepping, jumping from stone to stone, leaving the safety of the shoreline behind. These flat stones, mostly round in shape, ranged in size from three to over six feet across and protruded just a few inches above the water. I jumped to the first stone and then to the second. I was on my way and so far everything was fine. This is going to work, I thought. But when I got about a third of the way out my thoughts turned negative: are all these stones fixed solidly in place? Are any of them wet and slippery on top? I considered the fact that I had never learned to swim. Taking a few deep breaths, I kept going. When I reached the half-way point a large piece of a tree, not a branch, more like half of a medium-sized tree trunk, floated past the stone I was on, moving towards the water’s edge. But “floated” is not the right word. The tree moved past me almost silently but moving like an express train. And then it was gone. It took no more than a second or two for it to move from the stone I was standing on to the edge of the falls. There was a strong metallic taste on the roof of my mouth. I was in deep trouble. If I fell into the water, not being able to swim would be no problem. Not Mark Spitz, not Michael Phelps, not Tarzan himself could have navigated that fast-moving water to safety. I was no more than twenty feet from the edge. What on Earth was I thinking? My hands began to shake. I crouched down and pushed myself into a survival mode. When the shaking stopped and my breathing was back to normal, I stood up and very very slowly, one rock at a time, I made my way to shore. I took a different path back to the hotel, one that was closer to the river, and I came upon a viewing platform that was built out over the river and provided me with a perfect view of the Devil’s Throat. Click click click. Back at the hotel dining room, I ordered a large American breakfast, pancakes, bacon and eggs and a double Pisco Sour. I'm sorry I don't have an image of Iguazu Falls to include here. I was shooting film back then, and those color slides may be around here somewhere but maybe not. Do Google it. If I continue with this blog, and I hope to do that, I will not always be able to match an appropriate illustration of my own to the story. Also, there was a change in the Blogger software a year or so ago and my earlier blogs are messed up because of that. So in between the new blogs, I'll be updating some of my older ones and reposting them."
  17. Helissa, I agree with the advice you've been given by my forum mates but let me add this: You say you've been uploading images since January 2019? But it says on your ID that you've been with Alamy since 2017. Either way, 179 pictures is nothing. Unless you produce regularly you won't make it with stock. Edo
  18. All one needs for a British or Irish summer is a good warm winter coat and a large umbrella. ☹️
  19. What do you guys think about the Transportation Hub in Lower Manhattan?
  20. Mark, I love hearing opinions on everything. I just wanted to make it clear what I was saying. Remember when Prince Charles spoke out about not changing the look of London? Thanks for the pat on the back, James. I wish I was as good at renting a flat as I am spotting pics. Can I ask you native British people: has anyone ever froze to death in Liverpool in August? The fish chowder saved me again today. (Or was it that hit of schnapps?) Here's one of the many fab museums in this Merseyside city:
  21. I was not offering an opinion on which is my favorite style of architecture, just pointing out that the varied mix serves as a stock subject. There is an overabundance of memorials and statues here also. And they're not only of the Beatles.
  22. Here's something special in Liverpool -- the contrasting mix of architectural styles:
  23. John, FYI on your tag or tags that reads "al fresco." The cross-Atlantic dictionaries have let us down on this one. It means outdoor dining in British English. But in American English, they use "alfresco," one word. Al fresco comes from the Italian, yes, but in Italian, it means "in the cool." They don't use it to mean outdoor dining . . . there are two other phrases for that. 😜
  24. Right, John. If I had time for pointless fun, I might take up Betty's challenge to come up with 50 tags for a rubbish bin.
  25. I'm happy to say that I do not and will not have a single image in the green.
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