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  1. 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. 



  2. 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. 


  3. 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). 


  4. 1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

    Bad news is we had a big cold front come through Wednesday. I turned on the heat toward evening, and discovered my furnace isn’t working. (Again) I’ve got someone coming Monday. Meanwhile I’m in heavier clothes and added another blanket to my bed, and broke out my winter jammies.

    Many places in Kansas set new record lows the past couple of days/nights. And it snowed in the upper NW corner.
    The weekend will be fine. Temps in low 80s during the days. I can turn off the gas burners on my kitchen range.

    I actually looked forward to the cooler weather after a string of nearly 100 degree days. But not without heat in the house when needed!



    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!

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  5. 5 hours ago, MizBrown said:


    I was in a community gardens group in Philadelphia and one of the other gardeners had a cold frame made of used windows over his bed, if I remember correctly, and had surviving greens of various kinds throughout the winter.  NYC is 90 miles north of that.  Should be able to grow cold hardy greens through most winters: kale (I had some Russian kale overwinter without protection there), turnip greens, some cabbages, bok choi, and possibly oriental radishes.  Completely year round at least as far north as Philly.  Fruiting crops like tomatoes and peppers, probably a few weeks extension, though there are some organic tricks like planting in compost over horse manure that give some warmth for a bit long.   Starting plants or protecting plants from late frost, yeah, but the real thing to do is use a cold frame for greens.   I used to raise a few bok choi plants in an unheated porch in rural Virginia, and have seen collards in the ground still green in December in Washington, DC.   Some plants can freeze and recover.


    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!

  6. 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...


    Sankaty Head Lighthouse Nantucket Massachusetts, built in 1850, sweeping view of the moors and sea in autumn fall Stock Photo

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  7. 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!


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  8. 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. 

  9. 9 minutes ago, Shergar said:

     The August Challenge: Homegrown or Home brewed has now closed a big thank you to those that entered .

    I will list the final 8 in the morning so the voting can begin.




    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!

  10. 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:




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  11. 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. 😎

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  12. On 22/07/2020 at 11:34, Betty LaRue said:

    What’s wrong with my back, needles can’t fix. Treatment from breast cancer damaged my immune system. Then the extreme stress of caring for my husband who had dementia, (who, during his hallucinations said if he had a gun he would kill me) and the fact I was only getting 5 hours of sleep a night for several years because of needing to be ever watchful, damaged my immune response further. The Candida everyone has in their bodies went rampant in mine, (Systemic Candida) attacking my whole respiratory system including throat and lungs. I could never rest when I was ill because my husband wouldn’t allow it, he’d bang on the door 5 minutes after I laid down and yell, “get up” so I was like a zombie. Then it attacked my spine and caused it to collapse sideways at the bottom 3 years ago. The only way to fix it is surgery.  
    But I don’t have any aversion to acupuncture, even if it did hurt I have a stiff upper lip, and it might help the pain. I still have Candida always lurking but it is mild now, and I can stop it from becoming severe easily when it blooms.
    I’m sorry you have to deal with that stuff, Marianne. Handling it isn’t for sissies, that’s for sure.
    On a good note, my Althea shrubs are beautifully blooming, I picked a handful of cherry tomatoes and two slicers this morning. And we had an inch of much-needed rain yesterday morning. I backed my car out and let the rain wash it! 😄


    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. 

  13. On 20/07/2020 at 19:29, Betty LaRue said:

    Ireland was always on my bucket list, Michael. From what I know, I have Irish and Scottish in my family tree. I’ve always wished to see Ireland over Italy and France.
    Another place I desired to go was the great pyramids of Egypt. But I don’t do well in hot climates, or places of unrest. Anything to do with the tombs, Pharaohs, and artifacts is fascinating.
    I’m close to being disabled now because of back issues. I can go shopping, but an hour is about it. On bad days, less. I came out of Home Depot after looking for a drill bit a few months ago. My car was about 30 yards away. Pain bad, causing my legs to not work well. I looked around to see if another person was around who could help me.  Nada. I thought I’d have to sit down in the middle of the parking lot, but gritted it out and shuffled to my car.  Traveling might not be possible for me now. Forget carrying luggage, I can’t. I would never, not in a million years, ask a traveling companion to push me around in a wheelchair.(Hmmm, maybe I can hire a pool boy. :lol:)  About all I can carry for any length of time is my camera in my hands. Not a camera bag.

    But hey! I get on the floor and do my physical therapy exercises every day, and I can get up without hanging onto anything! The exercises have strengthened my core. Even 10 years ago I couldn’t do that.

    If I elect to have surgery, it will involve rods and screws per my neurologist. A truly major surgery.  A whole year to recover. And whether I’d be better off is an unknown. Meanwhile, I can go places in my car, shoot out the window or get out and walk for short distances to photograph things. I make lemonade.
    And on a good day, I can stand long enough to make a pie!


    So sorry to hear that Betty. Have you tried acupuncture? I'd give it a try before surgery. I lost the use of my right arm due to  a herniated disk and had others causing pain - the doctor said I had a week before it would become permanent. they said they'd need to put in a cadaver disK. I couldn't face it, tried acupuncture instead and It really saved me. It acts up from time to time but a few treatments get me back to normal. I usually combine it with chiropractic - a gentle non-cracking type called network care. If you haven't tried it acupuncture do it - those needles look scary but they don't hurt. 

  14. For all you gardeners out there - my mint doesn't seem to be doing too well - getting brown and yellow leaves in the pot and in the ground. Everything else is exploding growth-wise and bright healthy green. We've had plenty of rain so I haven't had to water in a week, but the ground and the soil in the pots is draining well, so I don't think they are overwatered. they are in full sun and it's been 90 degrees out. Water every day despite rain the day before? I read that I should water every 2 to 3 days if it doesn't rain. Thoughts? I pulled out the weeds you can see in the plants I was potting. The herbs and citronella were the only ones not grown from seed because I could not find any seeds even way back in March!

  15. Lots of great pix!  Love the cat, birds, and rainbow especially!


    My husband found us this beautiful spot to hike, socially distanced, with masks, doing our part to keep the NY curve down. I only had my iPhone along, promising him I'd walk rather than shoot, but thankfully there's S. It's about 40 minutes north of us, a trail on the old West Point Foundry. We're thinking when all calms down we may move upstate a bit, though still close enough to get into the city:



    Love the panorama app on the iPhone
    Wineberries, an invasive plant similar to raspberries and blackberries, that apparently some gardeners love because they fruit twice a year and do well in all kinds of soil and conditions - including growing profusely in the shade if our walk was any indication. I really like the iPhone 11, both for sharpness and in low light. I feel like it's a great backup camera. 
    My baby tomato plants. They've grown so fast, the other day hubby remarked they were the size of toddlers. They'll be grammar school sized by the weekend if they keep it up. I gave a few plants to our new neighbor who is trying his hand at gardening. 
    Had to include a view with my Wellies (did I spell that right?):
    An potting herbs:
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  16. Great challenge so many fun images, it took me a while to choose.

    Was feeling kinda wiped out from a long day and seeing one of mine in the running made my day - thanks so much! (And despite being a brash American I did not vote for myself - I've been in this British forum too long so I know better). 

  17. I love the Nik filters but don't plan to upgrade.


    I bought some of them (Color Effex, Vivenza, Silver Effex) years ago and got the rest when Google bought them out. They haven't worked in PS for me for a while but work well in LR, and the additions DxO have added don't seem worth it to me at the moment. I checked out the new stuff on their site and it didn't really excite me. 


    I still use the Nik filters a lot - Silver Effex, Color Effex and Analog 2 - but I'm trying not to add more stuff to my workflow, keeping as much in LR as I can, and if I upgrade I know I'll feel like I need to use them all the time.


    LR fixes perspective quite well for me and I tend to use my 20mm Nikon lens on my Sony a lot, and if I keep it level most photos don't need fixing, so I'm going to pass for now.

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