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  1. Solitary. Once upon a time, when I also did travel writing, I used to get invited on group press trips. I was always looking for chances to politely sneak away with my camera. Often I'd stay on after the trip at my own expense just to wander around alone and take photos. I agree, photography is at its best when it's a form of contemplation.That doesn't always work with stock photography. However, even it can have its Zen-like  moments.

  2. 1 hour ago, Autumn Sky said:

    Famous Tokyo Skytree, world tallest tower.   Image snapped just last week.



    Had 23hr layover in Haneda Intl. Airport & decided to go sightseeing.  After 2 months in ultra polluted SE Asia, Tokyo was breath of fresh air!  I could not believe -- streets clean like pharmacy.   Everyone wearing masks too as corona fears have spread everywhere -- I was probably 1 out of 100 on average not wearing it.


    Image is vertical stitch of 4 frames.  They told me on clear day you can see Mt. Fuji from the tower, but not on this day so I passed & went exploring some nearby pagodas.  It is quite pricey too to get up -- ~30 USD!  But it will definitely be on my list when I return to Japan for fabled cherry blossom season in April.




    Very nice. How do you do your stitching?


    Japan has a reputation for being pricey. A friend of mine joined the throngs climbing Mount Fuji a couple of years ago. That might be a cheaper alternative.

  3. 9 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:


    I've always been a big fan of the siesta. Sad to see it disappearing. Our bodies (mine anyway) seem programed to nap for a short period during the afternoon. It's also a very civilized ritual. If more people in high places took siestas instead of tweeting idiocies, the world would be a much better place.


    P.S. I think you're correct about the too-busy business world being the culprit. For example, in Mexico, traditionally the land of the long snooze, the siesta has all but disappeared in urban areas.

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  4. 1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

    😱 I’d have said, “Guess what?  You don’t know where I am, either,” Then taken a powder.

    Edited to add: I just now pictured you unable to concentrate on tutoring and nervously and constantly looking around. If only I were there to touch the back of your neck with a feather. Bwa-ha-ha!
    The fence guy yesterday was nailing the last board on my fence. The compressor was making racket and he had earbuds in.  I needed to ask him something but didn’t want to shout. So I tapped him lightly on the back. You’d have thought I stabbed him with a switchblade the way he reacted. Hee hee.

    Back on subject: I only have 8 zooms showing for the rolling month and my CTR has fallen below 20. It’s horrible.


    Fortunately, tutoring pays better than stock photography, so I stuck it out and lived to tell the tale. As I remember, the tarantula never returned. I guess the kid's very large pet iguana (seriously) got it.


    Yes, it's a slow month. I only have four sales so far -- two PU, one presentation, and thankfully a low $$$ one. CTR doing fine at 0.68, though.

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  5. 3 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I know a tarantula bite isn’t poisonous. Neither is a Wolf spider bite. I was bitten on the top of my big toe by a wolf spider and it felt like a cigarette had been ground out on my skin. It turned dead white and bled. A spider bite bled!!  
    Spiders are evil little creatures and I hate them. They hide in your shoes, your clothes, and of course when you put your stuff on, they don’t like it and bite. The wolf spider was in one of my gardening shoes and when I slipped the shoe on, I paid for it. There are at least 500 less wolf spiders in my part of the country.

    You’ve heard about a woman scorned, that’s nothing to a woman spider-bitten.

    Where’s my bazooka?



    In my other part-time gig, I tutor high school kids in their homes. A few years ago, I tutored a grade 8 student who kept a pet tarantula in an old aquarium set up in his cramped and cluttered bedroom. I always used to have a look at the tarantula before getting down to work. One evening, I noticed that the tarantula was not the aquarium, so I asked my student where it was. His answer: "I don't know." 😬

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  6. 4 hours ago, John Morrison said:


    Yes, the differences between one group and another are mostly just social constructs, born out of fear of the ‘other’, the alien, the foreigner. Racial epithets, too, have little or no objective value; the categories come from pseudo-scientific attempts, since the Enlightenment, to create a rationale for empire-building and an excuse for the ill-treatment of particular groups (when, in reality, the categories refer to little more than skin colour). It is not wishful thinking to point out that homo sapiens really is one species (because we can all interbreed)… we just come in a variety of colours.


    Because of the nature of his work (conflict resolution, disaster management, etc), dinner with my son is likely to be an international affair. Last week I shared a meal with people from Iran, Nepal and Nicaragua: three countries currently facing big problems. It was fascinating for me to shut up and listen (for a change), and to be reminded that what motivates us in UK is likely to be what motivates people from very different cultures. Conversation is what we need. As Winston Churchill said… “Jaw jaw is better than war war”…


    Ironically, the term "diversity" -- as well-intentioned as it is -- can actually reinforce the myth of there being different races of humans. It's one of the pitfalls of language, I guess...

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  7. I'm all for "diversity" in images and everywhere else. However, I think that it's time we stopped thinking in terms of "race" altogether. It's an outmoded concept that needs to be scrapped. There is really no scientific basis for dividing humans into different races. If we no longer have "races", then we won't have racism. Also, power-hungry politicians and nutballs won't be able to weaponize race to serve their own ends.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Bill Brooks said:

    I think the amount of diversity in the media reflects the diversity in a particular society.


    Toronto is a very diverse city and most TV commercials have a diverse cast of characters. This is not just a multi racial group of friends snacking on the product while watching a hockey game on TV. It extends to a black/white couple in bed joined by their sleepy multiracial child in the morning, to advertise a mattress.


    The above depictions are not fantasy, but are real life in the Toronto area.


    A popular TV show in Toronto is a cable television hockey broadcast with on air game commentary all in Punjabi. Punjabi is the most-spoken native language in Canada after English, French, Mandarin and Cantonese.


    There was a stock photo agency called BLEND specializing in diverse images, that was successful for about 10 years, but just closed down last year. So TONL is a good idea, but not a new idea.


    Personally my extended family has a sampling of every major racial group on the planet, and many combinations thereof. Makes for some interesting family dinners.


    This Canadian guy is the minister of immigration in in Canada's federal cabinet. An immigrant to Canada himself, with a interesting life story



    A couple of years ago, the BBC dubbed Toronto the most diverse city in the world.


    Vancouver has changed immensely during the past few decades and is now very diverse as well. It has become almost a suburb of Asia. I'm not much of a people photographer, so I guess I miss out on that aspect of the city. Including more diversity in images is certainly something to keep in mind, though.

  9. 4 hours ago, Marianne said:


    Loved that show. I saw Pippin I believe it was on Broadway and Granny was in it. Years later I took my daughter to see it at a regional theater in Connecticut and Micky Dolenz (sp? of the Monkeys was in it.) Dating myself too. 😎


    Yes, I miss all those old shows -- Beverley Hillbillies, original Star Trek, Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock, etc. There's too much "reality" and too many cop shows on TV now, which is why I don't watch it much any longer.

  10. 8 hours ago, Johnnie5 said:

    I for one will take comfort knowing our collective efforts will keep one ragged soul from living rough on the streets of Los Angeles.




    The house that Fox built (or bought, anyway). You have to admit that it's a remarkable place. The Beverly Hillbillies connection is interesting. I used to watch them on our b&w TV when I was a kid -- kind of dating myself there. 

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  11. 8 hours ago, geogphotos said:

    Since we are all pitching in ideas.


    I think that it is time to move on from 'crowd sourcing'.


    How that happens and it what shape and form I don't know.


    Contributors need incentives and reward. if the cake is cut too thinly everybody stays hungry.


    Let the red arrows fly! 😃


    Somehow I don't think that the crowd is going away any time soon. We've seen the crowd, and it is us...

  12. 11 minutes ago, Marianne said:


    Sadly, it is a major concern. I worry too that they might even close the NYC office unless this is their push to branch out from the UK? But given that their revenues aren't much greater than Alamy's, this is probably wishful thinking. Who knows. The tiny license I got today was an editorial image taken in a small town in Connecticut and it was licensed to Russia (I think it's Russia - ROW?) so there's an overseas market for everything ... though my Scottish photos taken in 2007 punch above their weight class more than many much better images I've taken since. 


    Let's hope not. Closing the NYC office would be a big mistake IMO. The US is still by far the best market for images.


    My prices have been holding up fairly well -- average $58 per image in 2019 and currently about $50 for 2020. Fortunately, I don't see many of those really low editorial licenses (famous last words). 

  13. 10 minutes ago, Marianne said:

    After the changes in the past year or so, I'm not surprised about the sale, I was frankly expecting it.


    I share your concern @John Mitchell   As a US photographer with primarily US travel images, I envision my sales here continuing to erode with this new owner - sure, I've seen my US travel and other images in British media, but more of my images here have been licensed to US buyers, so even without downward pressure on licensing fees, I fear that my images are not going to be on the right platform here


    @imageplotter I have a few clients who license stock directly from me and getting more of them would be prudent. Time to send out query letters. 


    My first Alamy license of February showed up today - 10 years RM image, $15, I will earn $7.50 (One of my few Alamy exclusive photos - I get a whole $1.50 more - hooray!  🥳 🙄).  This is sadly the highest license I've earned here in some months. By comparison, "s"  licensed a photo of a brick wall of mine today and I earned over $20 for it; it was not my first license there this month, nor was it my highest single license in the past month. Sad when single micro downloads earn more than RM images, when it's not a one-off thing.In fact,  I've even had Alamy licenses the last few months where I earned less than I do from the average micro subscription download, truly depressing.   I'm not touting "s" over Alamy by any stretch of the imagination, neither site is performing in a way that seems sustainable from what I can see. 


    I am saddened to think that I am in a dying profession, but I think @Richard Tadman 's comparison to miners and milkmen may be more apt than I'd like to believe, and I don't risk my life for my job the way miner's do (though there are many photographers who do). The world changes and we need to figure out how to adapt. I know a fair number of wedding, food, and editorial (assignment) photographers who have changed professions, it's not just stock. 


    One hopeful note,  when "A" bought "f," license fees increased, license numbers increased, and they made it fairly easy to qualify for a free year of PS & LR for the past couple of years, a nice side perk. Maybe new management will shake things up in a good way. Personally, the newspaper scheme prices would be less irksome if I licensed multiple images to newspapers every day. Am I wrong to lower my expectations, or foolish not to? Will have to wait and see. 



    It does seem that Alamy could now become more "news" oriented than it has been, which might benefit UK contributors but leave many of us out in the cold. Who knows? Guess we'll have to wait and see...

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