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  1. 8 zooms 1 sale in August. Jill, I wouldn't worry - For years I would get sales and very few zooms, and even with zooms they often don't coincide with my sales. The past year or so zooms seem to be up, and they have been pretty steady this year, but this year sales are down. I'd take a couple more sales and no zooms any day. Hoping to see things pick up now that it's September - the summer is often slow.
  2. Earlier this year I sold all my Nikons except my 20mm lens and an old manual 50mm f/1.4 I bought on eBay when I started shooting digital for $40 that has the best bokeh I've ever seen (I even have the original leather case - saw similar ones on eBay for $499). Bryan, I also have the Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 (from my first SLR - the Olympus OM-1) and it is gorgeous. I bought the adapter to use it on my Olympus wireless and then bought another so I could use it on my Sony - small and light and easy to focus with lovely bokeh. I didn't keep my heavier Nikon lenses since that seemed to defeat the purpose of switching to mirrorless, but I would have considered the Nikon full frame option if I hadn't just invested in the Sony. I went with the A7rii because I got a great deal saved about $1200. Battery life is awful but otherwise love it.
  3. I've had sales from between $60 for small images to $150 for larger wall calendars - one year duration. For one client, for example, if the same image was in a large and small version of a wall calendar it would be $100-150 for the large calendar (depending on print run) and $60 for the small calendar. They pay in December of the year it is published so it can be two years from the time they get an image until you are paid. It works out well if you license two or three photos for each of several calendars, but it can be a lot of work to find calendar companies that are looking for new providers and of course they all require different sizes, different keywording, captioning and naming conventions. Personally, I like seeing my work in calendars that are sold nation-wide. I haven't tried making my own calendar but it could be nice.
  4. My MacBook goes through stages where the fan runs really hard and loud for no apparent reason. It has done this for years. It will go on for a bit and then stop and it's back to normal. I brought it to Apple years ago and they said they just run hot. I got an external fan that attaches to the USB port but it's noisy itself. I usually just shut down what I'm not using and put it to sleep for a bit and it seems to stop. I have an Intel MacBook Pro Retina 13" late 2013. I worry that it is past its prime and just keep it lean - I was filling up most of the 500GB hard drive with photos all the time and now am making sure most of my photos get reviewed and then I offload them to an external hard drive and process them on my iMac. With a 42MB Sony my files really got huge, and that's when I realized I needed to keep at least 100GB free - it's running fast although still not as well as it could. I really thought it was on its last legs yesterday as I couldn't get the fan to stop it was so loud even when I shut down and rebooted but today I've been working on a writing project for hours and also still have PS, LR and firefox and safari open and it's been quiet and nowhere near as warm so all that noise must have cleared something out. Bringing it in to have it checked sounds like a good idea. I should probably do that as well with mine but I fear that the "geniuses" aren't all that, so I'll look for a third party since I'm well out of the extended warranty.
  5. My lovely niece and her terrific husband live in Southern Spain. We were planning a visit in September but as our grandson is due to arrive then, we've put it off until spring. Anyway, I can see how close they are to Valencia and put you in touch with her if you have questions. She's lived there around 3 years I think (hailing from NJ) and he is Spanish. My only trip to Spain was in 1979 when I had three semesters of college Spanish (and a boyfriend who was fluent). Spent a little time in Madrid and Segovia - the people were warm and friendly and I got by with them practicing their English and me my Spanish. My sister-in-law loves the area where my niece lives and would like to retire there. She's still working so no final decision yet. I've heard great things about retiring there. If you want, I'll reach out to my niece and see if she can give you any advice. She's in her 30's and hubby in his 40's so young but not so young. LMK The town she's in - which doesn't spring to mind right now - has a US Air Force base nearby. She was working there. They live in a house across the street from the beach. My daughter was there in May-June 2017 and said it was heaven.
  6. It's for one-time personal home use (it's an RM image). Nothing in the sale description says "package." The photo makes me realize summer is nearly over.
  7. It was more the reasoning that seemed odd but perhaps that's because copyright laws across the EU might differ. It just seems like it should have been more straight forward. At least it came to a conclusion that protects the photographer. In the US, the ASMP and others are trying to get a law passed to enable copyright claims to be made in small claims court so that smaller cases don't need to be brought in Federal Court. I don't think they've succeeded yet, but we need an easier way to deal with these things given the proliferation of stolen images thanks to a sharing culture, kids used to downloading whatever they want for school projects and assuming they can do that for anything as they get to be adults, people misunderstanding "royalty free" - the dumbest name ever, stripped metadata, google's use of large images, and the sheer number of places where our images can be stolen from.
  8. It certainly seems like the ruling could have been much more straightforward. But at least they got to the correct conclusion IMHO.
  9. Most of my NU sales were for peanuts. I thought it was discontinued and then one day a few years back I got three of them - a couple for around 8-$10 each and one for $50 which was actually not a bad surprise. They usually make PU seem like a good deal. I still don't get how PU sales get discounted...it's all a mystery.
  10. Personal use - but for $14 instead of $19.99 - so even less overjoyed, especially as that would seem to signal that it's a client who gets a deal. It was also zoomed last month so I'll be checking it with tineye and google images regularly and the have you found any...thread. Per
  11. Bryan, I have the Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 from my OM-1 and it is gorgeous on the EM-1. I also have a very old Nikon 50mm f/1.4 that I bought on eBay for $49 with the original leather case, when I got my first digital camera. The bokeh on those old lenses is something you can't find in the newer lenses. Love the feel of both. I probably only need to keep one of them, but it's hard to decide. I could sell the Nikon for north of $450, so I may part with it to fund something else.
  12. I am exploring new lenses now that I've gone completely mirrorless. Love the Sony FE 90mm macro so far - both as a macro and as a portrait lens. Haven't had it very long and it's mostly been over 90 degrees or pouring out, so haven't really put it through its paces but so far I'm very happy with it. And I also love one of my old Nikons on the Sony. I was going to spring for a very expensive 21mm prime for landscapes until I read several posts by people who loved their 20mm Nikon on the Sony. It is so great in low light and awesome at night and at twilight. I got a manual adapter for under $100 vs $399 for a metabones. Ironically, I didn't use it all that much on my Nikon since I favored the (excellent) 24-70mm f/2.8 for assignments but I'm finally getting my money's worth out of it. For my Olympus, I'm partial to the 17mm f/1.8 (35mm) - super light, extremely sharp, great in low light. It has very little chromatic aberration, much less than some of the much pricier pro lenses I tried out and returned. I also like that I can slide the focusing ring to switch between manual and autofocus. It's a great general prime - but I am also extremely happy with the 40-150mm zoom - the inexpensive version - which I got for $99. Someone in this forum recommended it back in 2014 when I got my Olympus mirrorless. It is so light (under 1/2 lb) - and really sharp. I intended to get the pro version eventually but at $1400 and over 1 1/2 lbs, I don't think it's really worth it for what I shoot these days. The other is just so light to take along, I'd keep it for travel even if I got the pro version.
  13. I can't help you out with the ID but beautiful detail in that shot. It looks so unusual to me, but then I'm from the US and I've only been to London & Edinburgh - a trip to the countryside - particularly Oxford (I watch a lot of British crime dramas such as Lewis and Endeavour) is on my bucket list.
  14. Can you convert in Capture One? You can get the free download for Sony. I was thinking about finding something to replace my Nikon P7000 eventually since even though it has great reach from ultra wide (6mm) to zoom (not sure haven't used it in a while but maybe 150 or 200mm) it's only great in daylight. Very noisy for night photography. How is the 100/6 at night? Edo, any news on your NYC apartment? Is it being fixed/rebuilt so you can move back or is it gone for good?
  15. I've had some success but others where they did not follow up further - usually with a reasonable explanation as to why they did not go further. It's frustrating that people steal images when they can be licensed for a reasonable amount and that there seem to be no penalties for most infringers.
  16. State Parks - near home ... Rockefeller State Park, Westchester County, New York: ...and across the country: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada Wow - there are so many State and National Parks left on my bucket list! Hard to compete with the beautiful images here, but I figure it's never a bad idea to share my work, especially as I haven't been very active in the forum lately. I love how these challenges make me think about my portfolio and about places I want to visit. Every time I do one of these challenges, I also realize that photos are missing from my Alamy portfolio that should be online - I was searching for a particular one from the Grand Canyon that I was sure I'd uploaded. I also ended up tagging some weather news photos I shot when I got my new Sony (the first two I've shared here- unless I change my mind). I have some from Iceland and Sweden that I thought would suit the challenge, but they are not from National Parks, so I'm sticking with the US. And dreaming of a vacation to Canada - among other places - thanks to everyone's images. Thanks Olivier - great challenge!
  17. 4 sales which is above average for me, highest one was $125, and all the rest were decent. Ironically, my zooms and CTR are both down. My zooms and sales don't often correlate but in May two of the images were zoomed and then sold which is rare for me - with a third there was a zoom of one lighthouse from a specific location with a sale of a totally different lighthouse from the same place - not sure if they were the same person as they just searched by the place name. A decent month here especially as I have been too busy to upload or even to shoot much (I used my camera once all month) despite a new camera and lenses purchased earlier this year after I sold off my Nikons.
  18. You're an expert story-teller Edo, both with and without your camera. Fun to tune in and see you are doing so well. Betty, hope you are adjusting to Kansas. Sending you both good thoughts.
  19. Congrats Colin! Since I'm headed out to Columbus Ohio very soon for my daughter's wedding I've got a couple from there - hoping for sunny weather this trip: Rainy twilight Gotta love that iPhone on the plane. I don't think I'll ever get tired of taking photos when I fly - there's something so wonderful being above the clouds that makes me feel like a kids the first time I remember being on a plane: And closer to home - Rye Beach/Playland:
  20. It is indeed the young lady who went to NYU, whom you so graciously tried to help find an apartment in your neighborhood. She ended up in Brooklyn but is now out in Columbus, OH working on her Ph.D. in mathematics. You have a fine memory. And I feel so remiss in just replying to you now...that little bell up top when I signed in fortunately sent me here. I've been so busy helping with wedding plans - it's next week - and we're trying to get our house on the market by next month so life has been kinda crazed. Hope you have a wonderful time in San Miguel and I will stay in touch.
  21. Edo, so sorry for your losses. Having suffered the trauma of being in a fire when I was 9 months pregnant, I have to say that when we were finally back in our apartment 4 1/2 months later, it was so very heart-warming every time a neighbor dropped by, particularly those I hardly knew, with a small gift for the new baby (who is now expecting herself - I'm about to be a grandma in September ). With all the evil in the world, it’s good to know that most people really do care about their neighbors, whether they are next door or across the pond. I hope my small gift to you helps. Sorry to be so late went to PayPal and could not find your email - and now I can't seem to find the other thread again. Kindly post your email here so I can buy you a couple of cervezas or some nice vino and a meal. And truly wish you all the best - it's a harrowing experience. I'm relying on Google translate here: ¡Ten un buen viaje!
  22. Hovercraft coming in for a landing in Niantic Bay during OpSail 2012: (It literally floats on a cushion of air on top of the water) Coast Guard cadets high up in the rigging of the Tall Ship the Eagle the next day: Taken onboard the beautiful schooner Tyrone during the Parade of Sail. Alamy News helped me get press credentials for the event. I was horribly seasick when I took this and the photo above - we'd been out on the water for a few hours before things started because the Eagle's anchor had fouled so we were sitting and rocking and my seasickness meds just weren't up to the task. But I shot a couple hundred photos in between hanging my head over the side, doing my best to be as professional as possible despite being a sickly shade of green.
  23. Exactly, my image licensed yesterday was a Mardi Gras themed studio shot that was zoomed back in February. So a 60-day lag time.
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