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  1. I've got work in a juried gallery exhibit opening tomorrow. I'm looking forward to showing my work again, it'll be socially distanced, in a big open loft area, with an outdoor reception with live music, fingers crossed all goes well. A tad nervous but overall a good thing. You can check it out here: https://tinyurl.com/y3w2mwve
  2. @Bob Wick As a fellow American, the issue with Live News is also that we are hours behind so that we start out at a time disadvantage (5-6 for me in NY and even more for you out west) as it is not really 24 hours, but simply a day. On the other hand, once you are approved for Live News I think you will find them quite helpful and responsive. That has been my past experience, although I have not shot any news images since Covid began. It never hurts to reach out to local & regional publications on your own. Alamy has licensed stock for me to some very local markets here in the US, but with time constraints, taking advantage of your own contacts can't hurt. And most important - Welcome to Alamy! They are a good market for the regional stuff you described (regional/national parks) particularly when there is not much competition. Alamy is known for the breadth of its library, and editors and web designers seem to seek them out when they can't find very specific images. I just had a sale today based on a search of a small town on the east coast that is relatively unknown but slowly becoming more of a tourist destination, and it is not the first time I've sold images from there - both editorial and to local businesses - via Alamy. So, good luck!
  3. @NYCat I love your polar bear photo Paulette! The discussion about which animals are endangered is interesting. The seal population on Cape Cod has grown so much that there is one beautiful bay beach in Chatham where you can't even wade in the water due to sharks and there are more sharks at the ocean beaches too. I love swimming in the ocean there so the fact that there are more sharks is alarming. Protecting the seals seemed like a good idea but interfering with nature led to unforeseen consequences. On the other hand, after they outlawed DDT, they built high level platforms for ospreys in Niantic, CT (the town where I took the above image) and it has helped the population to grow. Part of the reason, however, that they built the platforms was because they were concerned about ospreys building nest near a nuclear power station in Millstone, a nearby town. Climate change has made the power plant more of a concern because the water used to cool the rods sometimes gets too warm. I've been going to the beach there for 50+ years now and have seen mussels, which used to be plentiful, disappear completely because the water is too warm for them. But thanks to the Clean Water Act, the water is much cleaner than when I was a kid in the 60's and 70's.
  4. This was zoomed ages ago - other images from the same small beach town were zoomed more recently: iQ sale: Magazine, Editorial print and digital use. Any size.Any Placement.Repeat use within a single issue. Lowish $$ which is less than I'd expect since it's a US magazine, I got 50% since it's exclusive here. Though the $$ is disappointing, I'm happy it was licensed because I love the image. Hard to beat the blue hour at the beach. 😎
  5. I got three images into a gallery show that's opening in a couple of weeks. This one is my favorite of the three - Since it was taken during the pandemic and I feel it is quite a hopeful image, I called it Resilience (link to the photo is in the name) I also had a sale here today - of a photo I really like. And my husband is buying me an easel for my birthday - one that I can use for pastels (it can tip slightly forward) and for watercolors (it can be used horizontally). I started a group of art classes where I could pick and choose different media shortly before the pandemic which was so much fun and now I'll be able to play around with the different media much more easily. Pastels are really a mess if you don't have an easel. I also purchased some interesting vinyl backgrounds with gorgeous textures to use for food and other still life photography. I realized that I really needed to invest in something to help me up my game. I worked as an assistant for an amazingly talented food photographer when I was starting out and so my food shots will never live up to expectations, but I figure these props could help. I'm excited to try new things until I can travel again and/or take on assignments.
  6. If Alamy is ok with us discussing it here, I'm good with it. Darell, long gone from this forum used to host a site where we discussed PS and Alamy - but that forum then switched to FB and seemed to peter out.
  7. Thanks. Yes, it is one of the old templates. I'm very happy with the choices they have. Even before the changes they are instituting now, my site was responsive on mobile phones, which is important to a lot of people. I use my phone a lot and being able to access the site from it and do other things without needing to bring along a laptop sounds like a great idea. I use PS Express on my iPhone a lot as well as many other apps allowing you to get work done from anywhere. And I'm no youngster. Being able to have different websites hosted from one main base sounds intriguing. I was aware of some of the upcoming changes from their various webinars, but wasn't aware of that one. I have just the opposite now - 2 CNAMES that both land back at the one site. Mostly because my main site name, mariannecampolongophotography is so long, so I have a shorter one, campyphotos easier to remember for people (and spell correctly - and fit on business cards) that leads back to the same site. I use GoDaddy for the names.
  8. htttps://www.mariannecampolongophotography.com Hosting isn't too expensive. Not sure if this is the right place to start a Photoshelter group. IMHO it would be more appropriate on FB or on one of those sites that lets you start a free forum since a PS site would potentially be in competition with Alamy. But I'd be interested in such a group and assume Alamy would be ok with letting us discuss an appropriate alternate forum? ProBoards lets you set up a free forum. I'd look into it if enough people want, but I'll need to know who to invite - you can contact me through my PS site if you are interested. I don't think PS has added a forum feature.
  9. Had hoped to have been using one in Europe this past spring and summer, but with no travels I never bought it and can't justify it either though I'd love it. It's $1198 here in NY and used seem to be going for between $950-1050 ... I can't see earning that back either. That 18-105 sounds like a good compromise when it's safe to travel again. And until then I need to baby my old back and neck. @Ed Rooney It's incredible how once you switch to mirrorless all those old Nikon muscles seem to atrophy! Have fun and maybe check out a strap like the BlackRapid - it will let you attach a cross shoulder strap via the tripod screw and still keep your wrist strap on the camera so you can switch between the two and balance the strain on your neck and back. Between arthritis and wrecked vertebrae I do that with all but my lightest lenses and it helps me keep going without having to quit due to pain or regret the next day. BlackRapid straps can be pricey but I think there are similar straps available for less. BlackRapid has a slightly less expensive lightweight series that might work with your kit but in any event if you haven't seen them before it will help explain what I'm talking about.
  10. I joined in 2008 upsizing images from my 6MP Nikon D70, the first camera I'd purchased since getting my original Olympus OM-1 back in college in the late 1970's. I had started shooting some images for local publications in 2006 and was excited when I learned that stock photography existed. I wish I had uploaded more in those early years. I spent too much time trying to decide where to upload to - here, where they treated us right, or that other place where, with around 100 images, I was making as much as $1/image per month but realizing that one good license here could earn me as much, I gave Alamy my best shots, but spent most of my time chasing down assignments. My first sale was $38 to "ROW" (Rest of World) which, until someone here put me straight quite recently, I believed (for a good dozen years) was a sale to Russia. (I do know what ASMP is, so at least I"m not clueless about all photography related abbreviations, but then I've been an ASMP member for some years now, so that was an easy one for me, LOL) My best sale here was $450, and I had one for $250 last year, so maybe they aren't gone forever, though post-Covid who know where things will stand? I always dreamed of getting $1K+ license but I doubt that will happen now. At least we don't have to burn CDs anymore. I'd have to use a very old computer to do it since my last 2 laptops haven't had CD drives. Things have changed so much in the past two decades. @Broad Norfolk $172 for a newspaper is not likely to be seen again, I'm afraid. I don't think I've ever earned that much for a newspaper license even when on assignment. (My most recent newspaper sale here was $7.36 - to Turkey).
  11. LOL yes @Betty LaRue I have oil heat so was thinking of a boiler which heats up the steam in our old fashioned radiators (our house is 93 years old). Glad it happened now so you don't have to worry about frozen pipes! Hope it turns out not to be too expensive.
  12. Snow in Kansas in September - weird! Meanwhile it was 121 degrees earlier in the week in Woodland Hill, California (a suburban area in Valley in LA - not even in the desert!) A friend's house in Oregon just burned to the ground this week- those wildfires out west are horrific and the super hot weather out there and the drought are making things worse. Nothing bad happened to me - just had to react to what Betty said - glad you'll have time to get the boiler fixed before it really gets cold!
  13. I expected to come in here to say congrats, so sorry to be sending condolences instead. So very sorry! Wishing you strength as you get though this very difficult time. 🤗 Some symbolically broken hearts:
  14. Your images look great but check your descriptions and keywords - this one says it's a brick wall: https://www.alamy.com/brick-wall-a-tree-behind-and-shadow-in-the-front-of-it-image370621790.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=463C09C1-274A-406E-A2FF-375E9372D1C9&p=1294631&n=0&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=11&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d11%26pn%3d1%26ps%3d100%26sortby%3d2%26resultview%3dsortbyPopular%26npgs%3d0%26qt%3d%26qt_raw%3d%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26ot%3d0%26creative%3d%26ag%3d0%26hc%3d0%26pc%3d%26blackwhite%3d%26cutout%3d%26tbar%3d0%26et%3d0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3d0%26loc%3d0%26imgt%3d0%26dtfr%3d%26dtto%3d%26size%3d0xFF%26archive%3d1%26groupid%3d%26pseudoid%3d{572C53F8-7F6C-42DD-8094-6F7F72C7EDF0}%26a%3d%26cdid%3d%26cdsrt%3d%26name%3dPawel%20Niemczyk%26qn%3d%26apalib%3d%26apalic%3d%26lightbox%3d%26gname%3d%26gtype%3d%26xstx%3d0%26simid%3d%26saveQry%3d%26editorial%3d%26nu%3d%26t%3d%26edoptin%3d%26customgeoip%3dUS%26cap%3d1%26vd%3d0%26lb%3d%26fi%3d2%26edrf%3d%26ispremium%3d1%26flip%3d0%26pl%3d For photos like the one above, sure you have location information since many Alamy customers are searching for travel images. You need to realize the main way people find your photos is via keywords, so check yours carefully. Good luck.
  15. Thanks so much for the info! We saved only one old window when we replaced ours to use as a frame - wish I'd saved more but I bet they are not too hard to find. I'm an hour north of NYC so it's a tad colder here but I bet those greens would stay for a while, at least into November. I was going to grow kale but with many rabbits around it seemed like it would be a lost cause, but it's one of my favorites! A cold frame would do double duty as a great way to protect greens from our resident rabbits in the warm months, provided I dug down and used some chicken wire in the ground and made the side walls tall enough that they couldn't jump over. I picked a bunch of okra today and am going to try my hand at making gumbo. It's been fun to grow food and I'm inspired to do more next year. Took a ton of photos today as I harvested my few veggies and picked some flowers. Thanks again for the info. I knew there were many experienced gardeners here. I bet where you are now you can grow some amazing tropical plants year round!
  16. Editorial website, low $$ I spent a single day (about 9 hours) on Nantucket 10 years ago and have earned more from that trip via stock sales than any other before or since. I have another view of this lighthouse that has earned me a few $1,000 (between sales here and elsewhere), and is among my top 10 best stock photo sellers. I uploaded this one a few years ago when I took a second look at the shoot as I was transferring backups to a new hard drive, and it sold here for $250 not long after. It's sold again a couple of times since though for consecutively lower prices each time. I miss summer vacations. And fall vacations...and $$$ sales...
  17. 1 for $15 - tiny image only 766 x 510 pixels. It is of course exclusive to Alamy earning me an extra $1.50 Depressing. I think the new google licensing scheme has come too late to save stock photography when clients can find what they need for such small prices everywhere.
  18. Lots of creativity! Thanks so much for including one of mine. My vote brought the two top contenders closer - although there were so many good ones, as a cat lover I could not resist TeeCee's adorably creative entry. Hubby wanted me to vote for myself LOL - I explained that it's a British contest and unlike we hyper-competitive Yanks, it's just not done. Many more flowers in the garden today but it's raining too much to take pix. Had some fresh garden tomatoes in our sandwiches - sublime - now I know why so many people grow their own. I want to build a cold frame like the beautiful one above so I can grow them year round. A neighbor up the street has a beautiful house built in the 1800s (that's ancient here in NY) with a huge greenhouse attached (they also have two ponds and a waterfall, and a tennis court). If it weren't for Covid, I'd really consider asking if I could keep my potted tomato plant there over the winter - wonder if it would keep growing? It's in a huge fabric planter, doing as well the several others planted in the ground. I looked at some bespoke greenhouses built by a British company advertising in the NY Times (they send their builders over here) - I think the tiny model started at around $50K - would be nice to be rich. I know there are much more affordable options out there but hadn't thought about the added expense of keeping it heated. So I realized that a cold frame to start the veggies early and keep plants alive later into the year is the most reasonable option. A project for next spring? How long does it extend the season on either end? Hope you all have a lovely last week of summer!
  19. I don't have any photos of the English countryside, but I am expecting a couple of 2021 calendars from a client that often supplements their images with many from Alamy (although last year it seems they used Getty instead). They usually send out the calendars as they are published in August, but I'm guessing they are late this year due to Covid, and payment usually arrives late December, early January. Anyway, I'll check for Alamy contributors and report back if I find any.
  20. I wrote too much but while you were typing - that's what I get for being chatty - will you please consider my final entry - I was waiting for it to process while I wrote and uploaded it just before 8 pm EDT. Thanks Duncan!
  21. In addition to growing food for the first time (other than herbs) I hoped to attract more butterflies to my garden this year. Most of my spirea bushes, a great source of butterflies and bumble bees, died off over the winter. I cut back the ones that were surviving but they did not bloom this year. My bee balm is still only about a foot tall and the leaves are pocked with holes despite my best efforts to control the slugs using only organic methods (beer in tins level with the ground and ground egg shells surrounding the plants-which has worked in the past for other plants), my salvia (those little plants I started from seed over the winter) are 4 to 5 feet tall but the buds are all still green and my few calendula that flowered lasted a day or two, and the tomato flowers are past, various other heirloom seeds are still a few inches tall after months in the sun with tender care, so my only flowering plants at the moment, despite my herculean efforts, are my zinnias. They rewarded me today by attracting a gorgeous swallowtail butterfly - usually I get them near the end of their short lives with ragged tails but this one was perfect. So, here's my final homegrown photo just uploaded (glad we are on California time - it's still the 31st here in NY for 4 more hours but GMT always catches me short). So, here's my butterfly garden:
  22. My very first three ripe tomatoes - still in QC -
  23. My first foray into vegetable gardening - Young tomato plants hardening off before planting in the garden - and Blue Salvia seedlings. And my 20-year-old Wellies (I've done some flower gardening in the past): I need to take and upload some more now that you can actually see the tomatoes. Stay tuned. 😎
  24. A sunstar last autumn - guess I"d call this earth air and fire, at a park near my home in NY: Earth Air and Water in Nevada's Valley of Fire: Air and Fire - A composite of long exposure fireworks taken at the Kensico Dam in Thornwood, NY -
  25. So very sorry for all you've been through Betty - acupuncture helps with immune system issues too - it could ease the pain pre-surgery - and those needles look scary but they don't hurt - I usually fall asleep during my treatments.
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