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  1. On 30/08/2021 at 12:06, Allan Bell said:


    I'm going to say something here to the covid disbelievers and antivaxers which I hope will not upset anyone reading it, and I mean ANYONE.


    Please you people mentioned above just stop thinking about and analysing covid and the vaccines, shut your brain down, go and get the vaccine it does not hurt. After you have had it carry on life as usual without wondering what might or might not happen and enjoyyour new "freedom". If nothing happens you have won out. If something does happen it will not be as bad than if you did not have the vaccine in the first place.


    Yes I know it is more complicated than that but keeping things simple is better for your health.




    NOTE:- All the above is taken from what I have heard from the professionals in/on all types of news media and NOT on social media.




    Now for the red arrows and comments good and bad.



    Re: The Vaccine -

    I'm still undergoing vestibular therapy for vertigo as a result of a severe autoimmune response to my second dose of the vaccine. It also sent my RA, fibromyalgia and Sjogren's Syndrome, which were pretty much in remission, back to plague me. I've been like this since April. But I don't regret getting the vaccine.


    Everyone I know (or who are relatives or friends of those I know) - who has died of Covid - starting back in spring 2020 - was between age 19-50 - and I'm in my 60's so I know a lot of people in the high risk group. Since the vaccine came out, another 5 people related to friends who refused to get vaccinated have died (my friends are vaccinated, their relatives are not). 


    I can't get a booster, so when/if my immunity wears off, I'll have to rely on friends and neighbors being protected. Scary thought. On good days I can go outside, run errands, be a normal person. Without the vaccine, being in a high risk group, I'd be risking my life to leave my house. 

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  2. On 27/08/2021 at 16:08, Ed Rooney said:


    Here I am sitting alone in Liverpool and I'm trying to pronounce the name of the great Italian tenor correctly. Americans get it very wrong. It should be Pavarotti, with the 'rot' like 'row a boat'. And keep the sound going when you change syllables. Americans chop up Italian words and make them sound Japanese. Maybe we think Macchiato was one of the pilots who bombed Pearl Harbor. 






    Funny you should say that about Italian sounding Japanese. My maiden name was Acito (Italian). I spent my junior year at Pomona College in California. One day, a friend's mother was visiting. When we were introduced, she said, "Oh, I thought you were Japanese!" 

  3. On 07/08/2021 at 04:27, Ed Rooney said:

    An odd thing having to do with photography, of course. But we won't insist on that. 


    Yesterday, while on my way to the Post Office in Liverpool One, I passed a woman with a cute small red-haired girl of about two. I stopped and said hello and told the mother that my family name was Rooney, which is the Anglicised word for Ruanaidh in Irish meaning red-haired. (Like the daughter.) 


    "Really? I didn't know that," the woman said. And then she told me that her maiden name is Rooney. I was totally discombobulated.


    Edo, a non red-haired Rooney. There were no redheads in my Sligo family . . . but my stepson is a redhead.


    Edo, my husband's grandmother was from Sligo - and his sister and two of my nephews have that red hair - but no Rooneys that I recall in the family tree - my daughter's been doing our genealogy way back. We also have red hair on my Italian side from my grandfather, though no one since. 

  4. Something positive - as many sales to date as all of 2020 here and gross revenue is 3.4 times higher than last year. Average sale is $68, higher average than I've had in years ($9-39 higher than my average the last several year). So not all doom and gloom. Trying to stay positive yet realistic. The hardest part is that most of my sales are travel images, something I'm not able to do at the moment. 

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  5. Awful month - one for $15.99 - net $6.40. Sales on my other stock site this month included $20 (net) for a single image and with a third of the images there, and my best images here, it feels discouraging to be earning more there, but when those $$$ sales come in here, I know it's worth staying.


    Honestly, I've made a lot more with fine art sales this month - even netting $$$ through a dealer that only pays me a 15% commission. With Alamy selling images for PU, I haven't been uploading images I'd be happy to license here except I'd need to limit them to RM - and that doesn't stop the $10-20 presentation sales to get around the PU restriction. Even that has me torn, as I had 2 PU and one Presentation a while back of images from the same location (hence the getting around the PU restriction) that went for nice $$$ each, netting me what I'd get from one or two average direct fine art sales, so I ignored the issue.


    I also haven't been uploading anything new, and I know that makes a difference, but I've been concentrating on building up my fine art practice .I always assumed licensing stock was far more lucrative, but the tables have turned. I do have some new work that I'll upload eventually. 

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  6. 18 minutes ago, Vincent Lowe said:

    Mont Pourri in the Vanoise National Park, France, taken in 1976 on my second visit to the Alps.  This was one of the first images I sent to Alamy, taken on good old 35mm Kodachrome with an Olympus OM1.   It has been a repeat seller (14) over the years - up until the last two sales it was always to 'North America, educational text book'.  This and the previous sale are listed as 'worldwide', though this latest sale is listed as 'reuse' so I suspect it's for the same text book.  $50.00.   We climbed the mountain later via the glacier sloping up on the left of the peak - great days.




    Terrific image. I got my OM1 for Christmas 1978 (a combo Christmas & Birthday gift) after my father decided the photos I'd taken on a family trip with his old 1950's Yashica were better than the photos he & my sister took on their brand new DSLRs. That camera was later stolen from a friend's house in California, found at Pawn shop (and I later learned repurchased by my friend), and I still have it. My daughter used it for her photo class in high school - traditional black and white darkroom - millenials love vintage stuff.


    I was thinking while textbook prices are coming down, at least you got a reuse sale. I have one image that has been in successive editions of a best-selling travel book and while initial price was good, when I found it in a later edition, despite being RM, Alamy advised me that the sale covered all future editions, the sales info on the site notwithstanding. 


    Film images really do have a very different look, we don't worry about pinpoint sharpness at 200%. Lovely work!



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  7. Congrats Alan!

    Favorite subject. I don't live near the sea but it accounts for a big chunk of my portfolio.  Here are a few my of my faves:


    Marshall Point Lighthouse, Port Clyde, Maine, USA.

    ( @Wim This image was used on the cover of a Dutch translation of a book by well known mystery writer Nora Roberts, combined with an image of a woman standing on the walkway)





    Woods Hole, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA






    Rockland Harbor, Maine, USA:












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  8. Congrats on your win Lori - and a great topic!


    Ironically, for a New Yorker, it turns out that the two smallest "towns" I could find are my current and adopted home towns. Most of the little towns on Cape Cod and elsewhere in New England, or out in the midwest that I've photographed topped the 10,000 mark. And in Europe since shooting stock, every place I've been has been a city. So here are three from "home":


    Crowds lined up at Hole-in-the-Wall Beach at McCook's Point Park in Niantic, Connecticut, pop 2,935 (doubles or more in summer) to view a US Navy Hovercraft landing as part of the opening day celebrations for Operation Sail 2012, commemorating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the penning of the Star Spangled Banner. Niantic, where my family has had a summer cottage for over half a century, is a village within the larger town of East Lyme.




    Neighbors (including my husband & brother, mostly hidden behind the car), helping to push start a stalled car during the annual 4th of July Parade in Black Point, the Beach Association in Niantic where our house is located. That’s what small-town life is all about. Home-made “floats,” decorated cars, firetrucks, kids on bikes, old-timers in a kazoo band, putting together a parade each year, and neighbors helping each other out so the show goes on. 




    And in my actual home town, Chappaqua, NY - which isn't a "town" at all, actually a "hamlet," , with a population of 1,436. It is situated in the larger town of New Castle (which you won’t find on a postal map, since the larger town includes parts of Chappaqua, Millwood, Mt. Kisco, Ossining, and Armonk) and much of it is referred too as “Chappaqua,” although only the oldest part of town is technically in the hamlet, which is where both my home and the Clintons’ are located. Here they are in the downtown hamlet chatting with neighbors after the annual Memorial Day Parade. Since moving to town shortly before the president left office, they have always been active participants in town life. 


    Small town life and parades just seem to go together. 



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  9. Just now, John Morrison said:

    Easy! Don't know what all the fuss is about...


    😎 Thanks!

    Yesterday I ran into a neighbor who happens to be a mathematician. He asked me what my daughter's dissertation is on. I mentioned something about questions at the intersection of harmonic analysis, number theory, and geometric measure theory and he seemed to understand what I was talking about, even if I didn't....

    If only she'd chosen physics and something as easy as string theory. 

    I hung up a clothesline in my basement yesterday. Easy peasy. 

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  10. 1 minute ago, Betty LaRue said:

    How flattering, Marianne, that my life experiences, a nobody’s, would be interesting to anyone. 

    You’re not a nobody. 
    And I really would be honored to read a pre-publication copy. 

    a friend of mine who’s had a couple of non-fiction books published said the key for her was to concentrate on just one chapter at a time so she wasn’t overwhelmed by the enormity of the project. Good luck!

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  11. 10 minutes ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I agree. She’s so in tune with nature, and that resonates with me.
    When my husband and I took road trips, we bypassed the cities, the museums, and the usual tourist traps. We took roads less traveled, camped, found out of the way beautiful scenery. I carried a “Birds of North America” book with me, because as we traveled, I saw birds different from those at home. The first west coast trip, I didn’t have it, and it drove me crazy not being able to identify birds. I started seriously trying to identify the birds I saw when I was 8, which basically consisted of asking an adult.


    That booklets trip was before I had a mobile phone or iPad, and before I got into stock. My camera was a 35mm film Canon Sureshot. I got amazing scenic pictures with that wide-angle small zoom lens, but it wasn’t made for birding. One of the images I took from that trip won Best of Show in a contest.

    I replied to you but up above in an edit. Can’t seem to navigate the forum from my iPhone today lol 

    One of my earliest memories is being about 4 or 5 and telling my mother I wanted to read all the books in the library by the time I grew up. She explained that it was a more vast undertaking than even the large collection of books in our Bronx branch of the New York Public Library. But I was firmly convinced I could do it. 

    when I think of my summer vacation the time I can spend sitting on the beach list in a book is always a big part of the attraction 

  12. 1 hour ago, Thyrsis said:

    Where the Crawdads Sing is a beautiful book, one of the best I have read in a long time! 

    +1 loved it. 
    + 1 for Angela’s Ashes too. A friend of mine got to study with him as a teacher. 
    Was skimming backward on my iPhone


    @Betty LaRue when you’ve done  one the first draft I’d love to read it. Your experience of life seems so different than mine though we are fairly close in age and I think that is what makes your story even more appealing. Good writing - fiction or no -fiction. When it is tru to life helps bring the world a little closer. And a good sense of humor helps. 

    Perhaps if we all read more memoirs we might make the world a little better

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  13. 10 hours ago, Phil Robinson said:

    I have this great thing called a book. I've had it for years and it's never malfunctioned or even needed recharging.




    I bought a Butterflies of the East Coast book from the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens some years back that I later found pretty useless, the drawings were unhelpful - way too vague - unlike the three bird books I have (Birds of N. America, East Coast and one on Gulls - all detailed very helpful drawings). I have lots of botanical books too (mostly with photos, some with drawings) and use them to confirm things I might find online...


    I may be far more dependent on my iPhone than I'd like to be, but that's modern life. With the ease of AI to search by photo, it seems like a good place to start here in the 21st century.




  14. I've learned to keep even the rejects of my insect images, just for this reason. You never know when you'll need another angle.


    Which phone apps do you find helpful? 


    I keep meaning to upload one for when I'm out and know I may need a place to start my id. Faster than those interminable Google Images searches which invariably lead to much misinformation. Yesterday, for a plant ID, I ended up reading a Wikipedia entry and then checking the source for the AKA names, and found that the writer, despite seemingly extensive research, confused two distinct shrubs, and had the wrong info, repeated on blogs, fortunately the link to the academic source set me right in the very first paragraph. Nothing like referencing a source that disputes the info you supposedly cited from it! 


    We live in the Misinformation Age. 

  15. I always though the British phone boxes were so much more attractive than our utilitarian ones here in the US. To me, they were as much a symbol of the UK as the Union Jack. Sad to know they're all but gone...wish I'd taken a better photo of one when I visited Edinburgh in 2007. By then, though I didn't have a cell phone with an overseas plan, my daughter and I (I was chaperoning her acting troupe at the Festival Fringe) used a Google app to "chat" with my husband using the community computers at our hostel. I remember in summer 1975 and  winter 1979-80 trips abroad having to line up to use one of a bank of special phone boxes to make an overseas call to my parents from Rome, London and Paris to let them know I was safe on 2 different month+-long trips in high school and college. Now I'd just use my iPhone. Our $20 per phone per month plan includes free overseas calls. Back then the calls were quite pricey. 

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