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  1. Much less. Reassessing since my doctor told me that she thinks it won't be safe for me to be out and about until there's a vaccine, so even when the NY metro area opens up, I'm stuck. In March and early April when NY on "Pause" started, I took some local Covid signs, people out hiking, but now I'm confined to walking around my suburban neighborhood since the hiking trails near us, usually nearly empty, are packed with people not always able to keep their distance, and the parking lots are often full as they are down to half. I'd take my camera on my daily walks and get some spring buds on the trees but there really wasn't anything that seemed of interest to buyers. The streets are generally no different than over the past 22 years. I got my lilacs and azaleas blooming, but any additional flower photos will have to wait until summer when the seeds I plan to plant in a week or so begin to bloom. If I am truly to be confined for many more months, I felt the garden I have been planning would help keep me sane and give me something to shoot (I hate guns but don't think of them when I speak of a photo shoot). I would have been in Western Massachusetts this weekend for my 40th College Reunion, and had hoped to license images to the college publication, and then off to Cape Cod for off-season photos, fewer crowds (LOL) - spring and fall visits there every few years really add to my portfolio and I find I can make back the cost of the trip in no time. I live far from the beach but nautical images have been my bread and butter as far as stock is concerned, both through agencies, direct licenses, and they even account for many of my fine art sales, so being confined to my suburban home (don't get me wrong I am so grateful I have a home and yard and neighborhood to walk around) means I have to rethink things. Obviously I can't take on assignments either, which dried up with the onset of the pandemic, so I'm reassessing my career, looking for alternatives to make income and to keep myself busy until I can travel again.
  2. I'd like to know too. That's part of why I don't use it even though I think it does a great job with RAW files. I had even toyed with the idea of buying the complete version so I could use it with my Olympus but it didn't seem worth it - there's such a steep learning curve and LR does a perfectly good job. But for certain fine art files if it didn't create catalog files I'd use it.
  3. Maybe I'm confusing it with Lightroom. I haven't used the Rokinon lens in a long time.
  4. I don't use Capture One Express for Sony often - mostly due to the learning curve - but I noticed the shrinkage when it corrected for my 8mm Rokinon fisheye lens - in fact it was autocorrecting which defeated the purpose of the fisheye - though it made for some amazing wide angle images with perfectly straight lines. Unfortunately it's been ages since I've used Capture One and I can't recall how to change the settings. I should check out that link. I never figured out the Capture One catalog either and so I also imported the RAW and processed images into Lightroom. It seemed like an excellent processor and I loved the way my images came out, but it was far more time-consuming than Lightroom and for most images didn't seem worth the extra time, though I was just looking at a recently licensed image I'd forgotten about from a group of the first photos I processed in Capture One and was thinking I might give it a try again. Getting the best out of a vast landscape image seems like a good way to escape the confines of our current situation.
  5. Zombie doctors....and I thought things couldn't get much worse...the road to Hell indeed!
  6. Only time I ever asked in a store was when Bill Clinton walked into our local Walgreen's and I had my camera in my bag since I'd just been out hiking - and then I asked his Secret Service agent, not someone in the store - President Clinton saw me - smiled for the camera, then told me to give it to someone else so I could get a photograph with him. I usually try when no one's really around, but no one has ever stopped me, though it's not something I do often.
  7. The 3:2 vs 16:9 RAW vs jpeg size might be dependent on what you software you use to process your image and it can vary for many things... For example, with my Olympus, the first time I set my photos to black and white in camera, I only shot RAW, so when I imported into LR, they were in color. I then shot jpeg and and RAW, and RAW were in color, jpeg in B&W. But, when I set my camera to square format to help me frame images for a calendar, and only shot RAW, I imported them into LR and the RAW files were square, but, and this was the brilliant thing, if I clicked on the crop overlay tool in the Develop mode and hit "reset," my entire photograph would show up , including what was cropped off to make the image square. It's very helpful for framing - takes some guess work out of it. I have not set my Sony A7rII on B&W or square, at least not recently, so I can't compare. But I'm intrigued to see if my experience will be any different. Actually, I think I might have tried it early on when I was experimenting with Capture One software and that the photos showed up native 3:2 in color. So the software could make a difference. I'd note that in LR for the Olympus, there are color settings based on the camera but that the camera's profile is always preset in the camera, so this might mean the two manufacturer's cameras act differently even in LR. Maybe I'll shoot B&W today - I'm inspired!
  8. Though you shoot a wide variety of subjects, your edgy authentic eye comes through in all of them. Your concern for the people you are photographing also comes through, Keep up the good work!
  9. Here's an interesting read about McDonald's in Denmark: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/opinion/us-denmark-economy.html?algo=top_conversion&fellback=false&imp_id=622183465&imp_id=267169047&action=click&module=trending&pgtype=Article&region=Footer
  10. Just in case you misinterpreted my comment, It's not a fear of competition on my part, nor is it an attack on new contributors - I just scratch my head when a business that is trying to make money during the pandemic advertises for new contributors who, while they may bring in money some time in the future, right now the deluge will only take up the time of their already limited and overburdened staff rather than advertising to get the attention of new customers for increased revenues.
  11. Sign in a corn field: A little girl cheering on her father in the New York Marathon: A sign of the times:
  12. The one with white flowers is Andromeda (Pieris japonica) and yes the one below that is Azalea. We have Forsythia and the other two in our yard. I always wish the yellow flowers of the forsythia would last all summer and not just through spring. Sorry I've never seen the last one with the yellow flowers but I'm sure someone more knowledgable here has.
  13. I always assumed Wim was the diminutive for William - good thing I didn't write a Wikipedia article about it. The Netherlands was actually the first European country I ever studied in depth. In middle school we would have a week where we chose any topic we wanted and spent a week doing nothing but researching it, then doing a presentation. I was fascinated by how they reclaimed land from the sea and by tulips, and tulip mania and the tulip bubble. Another place to visit on my bucket list in some unknown future. Wish we had exported better restaurants than Micky D's . I'm always gobsmacked by Americans abroad who actually eat there rather than sampling the local cuisine, which should be part of the travel experience. I was last abroad in 2011 with a travel group of 14 people, In Stockholm, the breakfast spread our hotel put out was endless, all kinds of Swedish food as well as cereals, breads and eggs for the less adventurous, yet one guy in our group, who has travelled extensively, went to McDonald's every morning for some egg and mystery meat on a bun. I guess I learned my lesson at 16. The first McD's had just arrived in Paris so my friends and I thought it would be fun to try it out. It's the only time in my life (I've been to France 6 times) that I had a meal in France that wasn't delicious. We never went back. I do have some affinity for the chain, however, as, like millions of my fellow Americans, my first job with a regular paycheck (I babysat for years before that) back in high school was at the local McDonald's, which burned down my senior year, was rebuild, and is still there 40+ years later. They do make amazing French fries.
  14. Insurance is a lot less expensive in the UK than the US - but then our society is probably the most litigious in the world. I'm with Ian, having been a trial attorney for years, I'd be very worried to be without liability coverage. As my broker once noted, if the UPS guy trips on his way to my door with a package for my business, my homeowner's insurance won't cover me if he sues. Eerily, not long after that, a florist delivered a beautiful bouquet, turned around, headed back up the path to his van and minutes later there was a loud crash and a huge tree limb came down where he had just been standing. We were both very relieved that he was on the opposite end of the path. Of course, that would have been my homeowner's policy but you get the point. Having been through fires, floods and hurricane wind damage, I'd be scared to self-insure, though I've got a high deductible, it's one I can handle. Oh and on the camera, I vote for the Sony full frame. I have the A7rii and with 42MP you could crop substantially.
  15. Clearly written by someone at Modula who doesn't know much about stock photo agencies, but certainly has their own website setup covered LOL. Wondering if the ad was purchased before the lockdown - since print goes to bed at least 60 days before publication - and ads are usually sold even sooner so the magazine can decide on how many pages they can afford to run. But it is discouraging that rather than advertising to attract new customers, a source of revenue for all of us, they are out looking for yet more weekend shooters and spending for a two-page ad from which they will receive absolutely no revenue for six months. The competition meantime is advertising for customers all the time. I don't get the strategy. It's the wee hours of the morning here - I just can't sleep these days - and I've already made more on the micros than I've grossed all year here. But kudos to Alamy for being so polite to the OP - they continue to have extremely nice staff. Just wish they were spending their time drumming up customers rather than contributors.
  16. LOL Sandringham sounded right but I actually meant Sandition, it was a recent PBS Masterpiece miniseries loosely based on Jane Austin's unfinished novel. But thanks for the link. The Crown is a wonderful series. I can't believe I haven't watched Netflix at all during this plague.
  17. They finally had active dry yeast at the grocery store so I can make myself bread. 😎Since finding out I had a gluten intolerance several years ago, I have really missed good crusty bread but haven't baked any kind of rising dough bread in decades, so it should be interesting. I tend to bake pies, cookies and quick breads. I toyed with purchasing a pricey Emile Henry baguette pan, but found a silicone 3-loaf bread form on Amazon for roughly 1/10th of the price so figure that's more appropriate for a neophyte bread baker. I actually love baking in silicone - I have red silicone muffin tins and loaf pans, they cook evenly, nothing sticks, and they clean up easily - even in the dishwasher. Easy to store too. I did get myself their medium sized Dutch Oven for Mother's Day - on sale - I've been making so many soups, stews and chili in my huge 12-quart Caphalon stock pot but my freezer is getting full with all the leftovers/extra so this should be perfect for when I just want to make enough for the two of us with maybe leftovers for one day - and it's supposed to be awesome for no-knead bread (of course, when baking gluten-free you don't knead the bread dough anyway) - but it's a crusty round loaf and I found a GF recipe. Look for photos in a couple of weeks when all these cooking goodies arrive. I've been baking like crazy but haven't been photographing any of my efforts. Too busy eating!
  18. @gvallee Gen, Amazing hike. I'd need an oasis halfway through, and a donkey for the rest of the trip. You rock! (pun intended)
  19. Yep nurseries are essential businesses here in NY. My hubby picked up potting soil, lyme and other garden items I ordered on his way to the grocery today. Walking through Manhattan with a flat of impatiens makes me think of the first time my roommate and I carried a Christmas tree from a lot up around 110th street or so to our first apartment on West End Avenue and 92nd. The next day a friend and her cousin each bought one, so we hiked down from there to Amsterdam and the 70's, four of us two trees in tow. Scary to think of deserted streets in daylight. Here a coyote has been walking our street in broad daylight. Seeing photos of the empty streets in NYC seems soo surreal. Saw an ad for a free course (by Adobe I think) on how to shoot drone video of empty streets for the commercial market. But can you really fly a drone in Manhattan safely without a lot of practice and a license. Best of luck with the flowers. Seeing things grow, new life, whether it's plants or cute ugly ducklings, is balm for the soul these days.
  20. Australia has some of the most amazing wildlife - beautiful image - but how sad! Hope they develop herd immunity to whatever it is soon and it runs its course. So beautiful juxtaposed against those flowers. What are they? i.e. what kind of tree?
  21. That's the book I first read when I learned about stock circa 2008 - still on my bookshelf. Incredibly helpful. Scary how fast any one of us could disappear these days. Glad all here are well. Sorry for those who've been lost since this forum began.
  22. NYTimes today: Image ID: W1WWYG The Kindred Spirits Choctaw Monument art installation in Midleton, Ireland, commemorating the Choctaw donation during the potato famine.Credit...Ognyan Yosifov/Alamy The story is as lovely as the sculpture in this beautiful image This week so many kind Irish more than paid back the Native Americans who helped them in their time of need.
  23. Horses, though one bit me and another stepped on and broke my pinky toe, the first year I took riding lessons (English saddle) at the tender age of 11, I still love them. Never bitten by a dog and had a German Shepherd and a Shepherd-Collie mix growing up, but I'm still wary of them. Betty, all those horses! I'm terribly jealous. Only the two rich girls in my class had their own. The rest of us rode whichever horse they assigned us each week. Some of them were less than sweet-tempered as you might imagine from their aggressive behavior.
  24. Glad you're feeling better. This morning I ordered some lyme (to help break down the wood and leaf mulch), deer-repelling fertilizer, and potting soil that hubby picked up en route to the grocery store today, and have some young plum tomato plants on order being held in the local nursery's greenhouse until all chance of frost is gone here (snow is quite possible Friday!). I got round one of my Heirloom grape tomato seeds and salvia planted, keeping moist on top of a radiator cover near a south-facing window until they sprout and then go into small pots until they are ready for their third transplant outdoors. My Bee Balm seeds are in the fridge (I read they should be kept there for anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months - in two weeks I'll want to get them going so they germinate early enough to get them sown, so 2 weeks it is! I had a couple of spirea bushes along two walls of our south-facing barbecue area that died over the winter, so my husband is going to dig them out. The dead plants are right in the center of the two intersecting rows, so it's the perfect place to plant my butterfly garden with the well-established remaining spirea plants on either end. I plan to plant mostly perennials there with a few annuals for interest, and more in pots along some low stone walls. My non fruit-bearing apple and pear trees are beginning to bloom, and the lilacs are nearly in full bloom now, hoping they will be ready to cut tomorrow to avoid damage from the potential snow on Friday. I love the smell of lilacs and though one tree lost a very large limb due to a wind storm, they were my Mother's Day gift the year we bought the house 22 years ago and one tree still reaches our second floor office window, even after pruning it back last year. I'm so excited to be gardening again. When we bought our house a friend bought me a beautiful book on flower gardens (that has also helped me identify wildflowers I find in my travels), and I'm enjoying re-reading it. I was an avid gardener for years, pottering in the yard at 6 am before getting my daughter ready for daycare then grammar school and myself off to my law firm (a lifetime ago it seems) until a series of accidents and two surgeries conspired with my RA to tamper my enthusiasm, so for over a decade now I've rarely done more than grow potted herbs, and zinnias, sunflowers, or other easy annuals. New meds for the RA has improved my outlook and I'm ready to get back to digging in the earth, and am really excited to grow some veggies along with herbs, and to get some new perennials established. And the photo opportunities.... More fodder for this thread come June!
  25. Have been to London (in 1974 and 1980) and Edinburgh (2007), but not to the English countryside yet - it has always been on my bucket list. God-willing I'll still get there some day. Since reading my first romance novel as a tween - maybe Daphne Du Maurier, Emily Bronte? - I've wanted to wander the moors. A photographer friend has been sharing photos of Cornwall the past few years and I've been trying to get my husband to take some time from work for a trip to the British countryside ... something to look forward to & dream about when this plague ends. Wherever they filmed Sandringham also looks lovely....I'm a bit of an Anglophile. I'd be lost without all those period dramas and murder mysteries on BBC America during this lockdown. Cliffs, castles, moors, and those charming villages. A girl can dream... Have been to Montreal twice too, as a kid and again in my 40's - a lovely place and one I'd like to get back to. My daughter and grandson would have been here this week en route to spending a month in Europe, visiting our family in Italy and Spain, and my son-in-law's in Germany and Poland. Can't wait for a time when we can travel safely again, but I'm betting it's going to be a long wait.
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