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  1. At 72% of last year's sales in terms of revenue, but only 66% as many sales, so price per sale is actually up this year. (Notwithstanding a personal use sale in August of an image that Alamy licensed for me last year for $400, very few tiny value sales this year). With the last quarter of the year left, and with October through December usually being my best quarter by a long-shot, I'm cautiously optimistic. Hope my optimism is rewarded Hope we all have a great last quarter!
  2. It was nice to get a sale early in the month - it was only $50 but is one I took of Ohio State while visiting my daughter, so it has some sentimental value, I saw it in "Balance of Account" last night. Also licensed two RM images not yet on Alamy directly yesterday of an out of the way little town for editorial web use at good prices to a UK online magazine, and turned in an assignment to a local urban NY magazine with two more RM licenses, so I feel optimistic about traditional RM licensing at the moment and don't often have a day with 5 full-price sales unless I'm working on a large assignment. Hope you all don't mind me sharing all this - it was nice to end a good day with an Alamy sale. September was the first month in a long time where I didn't have one so an early in the month sale is encouraging. I find that October and November often end up doubling my stock photo and POD site income for the year so fingers crossed!
  3. Not sure of the accuracy. With Creative ticked I'm still on page 1 for my main pseudo. Not so for Relevant but I may have just searched Creative on the last re-rank. Anyway, three of them - all different pseudos with widely different CTRs - are then clumped together on page 7 when I search under Relevant and a few rows down on that same page I seem to have two more from two of those same pseudos. Shouldn't the BHZ photos from the same pseudos be together? (A mistake on my part to have more than one BHZ image per pseudo I realize, but instructive here). Before I landed on page 1 of Creative, I think my pseudos were all between pages 13 and 18 so I guess overall things are moving in the right direction. I'd like to see my main pseudo on page 1 of Relevant some day soon. Interestingly, my best pseudo in terms of CTR (#4) isn't showing up at all so I'm guessing I must have moved a BHZ from there to another one. I have them set up: straight editorial, USA travel, Europe travel, and concept images/RF Had a sale today on an unzoomed image, so wonder if that helps or not. More zooms than in the past this year, though sales are pretty much the same as they were last year despite adding new and I think better photos this year, and deleting around 50 old ones. Anyway, I should be glad that my small USA travel portfolio is moving up in the ranks.
  4. No time to search them out but some Alamy pix in this T&L story about beautiful coastal towns: http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/most-beautiful-coastal-towns/17
  5. That's so funny. Was it a Granny Smith's? You get a greenie for that
  6. I'm with Betty on freeing ourselves from making strict comparisons between systems. I know my mirrorless Oly doesn't have quite the same bokeh or low-light capability that my D700 has, but when I went to spend close to a week on Cape Cod shooting stock and spent an entire day on Martha's Vineyard starting with a two-hour hike and then a total of 8+ hours hiking around with just a light backpack and my Oly with three lenses, and felt great the next day, no neck or back issues, I knew my decision to leave the Nikons at home was the right one. I can get on a plane with just a carry-on bag with clothes and my camera rig, rather than using my entire carry-on allowance for equipment. It's liberating. I've been reading up on the XT-2 and it sounds great.
  7. I had the same issue when I first updated Betty and now it's working normally again. Maybe shut down the computer/restart? No idea why mine did it or got fixed. I too thought PS wasn't working and then finally saw it open underneath. Gremlins, I suspect.
  8. That's excellent for relatively few images. Page 1 of BHZ too huh? You must be doing a fantastic job with your images and keywording. I'm on page 5 of BHZ, and at the previous re-rank was on page 17 (with the 120 per page setting). I'm anxious for the next very overdue re-rank to see where I end up then. Thanks Marianne, good luck for sales of your zooms too! Geoff. Thanks Geoff!
  9. I'm ready to sell my Nikon gear and get a second mirrorless as backup for my Olympus - I love it - but I wish they would come out with a 24MP model and would love it if the sensor was larger like the Fuji, though I get good DOF and bokeh with my fast primes. I have to update my firmware and try the new mega focus stacking option. I'm tempted by the XT-2 but it would be expensive to go with two completely different systems. It would just be so nice to have two small cameras in my backpack - one with a nice zoom and one with a wide prime so I'm not stymied by the inability to switch lenses say on a windy sandy beach when I want a change in view and for news events the need for two cameras with varied lenses is also important. Plus, it's not a true backup camera if it can't take the same lenses if something goes wrong with one camera. Has anyone tried both the Olys and Fujis to compare? Any thoughts on having a collection of different cameras with incompatible lenses? A waste of time and space in your bag? Anyone compared the Fujis to the Sonys? Would welcome your thoughts.
  10. I got six zooms for one location last week, and then a seventh for the same location today where mine was the only zoom. These are all new photos of a location which has been a good seller for me in the past, and which I just shot again two weeks ago (though those photos have yet to be reviewed and processed) so fingers crossed it translates to sales. My primary pseudo is on page one of BHZ - both for creative and relevant searches - so hoping activity like this keeps it there. Hope you have luck - sales - as well Geoff!
  11. Two more: The beauty of a sunset over the Hudson River, not far from where I live: I think NYC is even beautiful on a rainy night:
  12. I chose this photograph because I think it represents the best in my country, the USA, good things that get lost in all the hoopla surrounding the upcoming presidential election. I am not submitting this to make a political statement, but because it shows how Chappaqua, the small town in New York where I live, honored a fallen soldier, who also happened to be an immigrant from South Korea. The young man honored in this photograph, SSgt Kyu Hyuk Chay made the ultimate sacrifice defending his adopted land. This photo shows Secretary Clinton with his mother, father and his brother, a young naval officer who went to high school with my daughter, and an army veteran - a cross section of the population of our diverse land. There's been so much going on lately that makes me ashamed to be an American, but this scene makes me proud of my native land.
  13. Betty, my daughter still wears her Uggs as soon as it's back to school time, so I'm guessing you could manage with those once it gets cooler. I have a pair of Teva fur lined clogs that would work during the transitional season. I only found them used on eBay - ick! Can't seem to find them on Zappos or Teva's site. I bought them cheap at a local shoe store during their summer sidewalk sale a couple of years ago. I'm sure you could find something similar. They are soft leather mules/clogs with a fur lining. Awesomely comfortable. Of course in my search I found some cute shoes on Zappos. Better get back to work before I spend all the money I've made on Alamy this year LOL! TJMaxx always has Converse sneakers cheap and in lots of fun patterns and colors. You might find some fur-lined clogs there too. Wish you lived closer we could go shoe shopping together. (The guys are now rolling their eyes like this )
  14. I have several photos from my old D70 that are still selling - though most were uploaded in 2008-2009 when I had to uprez to 48MB, it looks like more than a third of my sales in the past three years have been from those old images. I'm wondering if it is ironically the large uprezed size vs. the actual MP of the camera (6MP). I do see lots of [FS] searches. I rarely downsize my 12MP and 16MP images.
  15. You can buy a new card and get Lexar Rescue for the same cost as buying the software: https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=lexar+camera+memory+card&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=77785962785&hvpos=1t2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=16349092464986683312&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=b&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9004193&hvtargid=kwd-2324930717&ref=pd_sl_8yyzpncwd0_b I searched for SD cards but there are CF cards too. I used an older version years ago when I hit "reformat" on a CF card I hadn't uploaded to my iMac yet and it recovered the new photos and older ones. It only recovers them as jpegs even if you just shot RAW. No idea how the newer versions work but it's worthwhile. I'd also contact Delkin - maybe they'll replace it for you. A year is very fast for a card to die.
  16. I uploaded this during Hurricane Sandy - taken with the light from my kitchen window and uploaded when I went out and found a Starbucks with power (we were out for 11 days so I was very glad to have this survival kit). It wasn't licensed for anything to do with the hurricane but some years later for a Swedish website. Reminds me it's that time of year to stock up on batteries and candles again. So glad Hermine gave us a pass!
  17. When I started getting my first cataract, I was suddenly over-sharpening everything. Got fails for over sharpening and couldn't understand why everything I shot was suddenly blurry. Went for new glasses and ended up with 20-20 vision after surgery in that first eye after being at 20-250, so quite the silver lining. Still need reading glasses which are prescription and correct for my astigmatism. I can drive without glasses but wear them at night to help so I don't have to squint at signs and see halos around lights. Dry eyes can still make things look blurry - I have Sjogren's Syndrome which makes mine super dry and sometimes painful - but not as dramatically - and hilariously if we may laugh along with you - as yours Betty. Life really can be tough sometimes, it's great that your sense of humor gets you through! Hope that toe heals up soon - given how hot it's been guessing you may be able to get away with sandals for another month. Otherwise, maybe try some soft canvas sneakers? Good luck!
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