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Marianne

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  1. Thanks, they look a lot alike. The British/European purple loosestrife is the invasive species here. My American Botanical book has a photo of purple loosestrife and no photo of the winged loosestrife - so I've only seen the winged loosestrife in photos online.
  2. Lovely pix - love the lambs too! Welcome!
  3. I researched this extensively but cannot be sure if this is winged loosestrife (Lythrum alatum), which is native to the Narragansett, Rhode Island coastal area where I took this photograph, or purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) an invasive plant that has taken over many areas where native wildflowers grow. I've gone with Lythrum sp. to be safe, but wondering if any of you can id it? Thanks! http://www.alamy.com/stock-photo-loosestrife-lythrum-sp-growing-along-the-beach-in-narragansett-rhode-104265077.html?pv=1&stamp=2&imageid=33596076-EB7D-494C-B961-E17B1338E72A&p=94148&n=0&orientation=0&pn=1&searchtype=0&IsFromSearch=1&srch=foo%3dbar%26st%3d0%26pn%3d1%26ps%3d100%26sortby%3d2%26resultview%3dsortbyPopular%26npgs%3d1%26qt%3dG1HK4N%26qt_raw%3dG1HK4N%26lic%3d3%26mr%3d0%26pr%3d0%26ot%3d0%26creative%3d%26ag%3d0%26hc%3d0%26pc%3d%26blackwhite%3d%26cutout%3d%26tbar%3d1%26et%3d0x000000000000000000000%26vp%3d0%26loc%3d0%26imgt%3d0%26dtfr%3d%26dtto%3d%26size%3d0xFF%26archive%3d1%26groupid%3d%26pseudoid%3d%26a%3d%26cdid%3d%26cdsrt%3d%26name%3d%26qn%3d%26apalib%3d0%26apalic%3d%26lightbox%3d%26gname%3d%26gtype%3d%26xstx%3d0%26simid%3d%26saveQry%3d%26editorial%3d1%26nu%3d%26t%3d%26edoptin%3d%26customgeoip%3dUS%26cap%3d1%26cbstore%3d1%26vd%3d0 Spellcheck keeps wanting to call it Lythrum alarm!
  4. Here's my second for the challenge. I shot a third with this in mind but still need to upload it. Great challenge! Loosestrife growing along the coast on a Rhode Island beach.
  5. When I look at the past month compared to last month I'm down to just below average for my main pseudos which have been in the 0.8 to over 2.0 range the past few months, but when I change it to the past week, I'm actually between 0.85 to 2.86 for all my main pseudos and even my Editorial one. The only exception being the pseudo with all my European photos, which has taken a dip. My European travel pseudo had many zooms earlier this year with series of images being zoomed and even some by file #, but all my reported sales this year have been of American travel subjects. Hopeful those others will show up as sales soon. I'm trying not to over analyze it and just steadily uploading new work.
  6. I had the same problem with Stockimo on my old iPhone 4S when I initially tried it and MS couldn't help, but the Alamy News folks did when I tried again. It turned out that in order to save room on my phone, all my photos were stored in the cloud and it will only upload if the images are stored locally on your device. Are you sharing to your iPad via the cloud or are you actually uploading the photo to your device? Just a stab in the dark but it could be the problem. I agree that the need to add metadata via your device rather than going with the metadata in the ITPC info is a big time waster - though the other agencies I upload to that have dedicated smartphone apps have the same issue. Hence, many more of my iPhone pix end up on a couple of micros that don't have apps and populate the image with the metadata from the ITPC info. I've sold a fair number of iPhone pix (though none via Stockimo yet) and like the fun and freedom it gives me, so I'll probably keep uploading to both the easy sites and the tougher ones until the fad runs its course.
  7. 83 for me so far. I'm finally getting close to 1000 images on sale, it would sure be great to have 1000 sales.
  8. The few new images I've uploaded lately have been to Stockimo and I've suddenly seen a huge drop in views and CTR the past two weeks. When I was good about uploading more regularly my views and CTR went up well above average. Now I'm tottering around the average level with my best pseudos (which were usually at 2-4x average last couple of months) so I'm hoping an influx of new images will move me back up. Sales are steady but CTR and views are down. This time of year I tend to shoot more and process/upload when weather is cold but I'm trying to change that so I'm more consistent throughout the year. Whether it affects CTR or not, more good quality images means a great chance for sales. And a regular flow of uploads is a good habit to get into and certainly a goal worth aiming for - and achieving. Is there a way to see your views and CTR on Stockimo?
  9. Marianne

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    Me too just ignored it.
  10. It came up with lots of places here in the NY suburbs. Nothing new but it reminds me that I should process many of the photos I have. I forget how much history there is close to home, even here in the "new world," LOL.
  11. This would seem like a lesson for the agencies rather than for us - loved the chess story - exponential growth can't go on forever ... There is a point where you, as an individual contributor, plateau - I haven't gotten there yet - but I guess it depends on your output. At some point those 1000 new images a year instead of doubling your portfolio are now just increasing it by an ever smaller fraction. The goal to increase the quality of your work rather than the quality seems like the best strategy. I find both old and new work sell but I've been revisiting the kinds of images and places that are my best-sellers and finding that freshening those up means new sales as well as my old images getting seen when a client sees more by this contributor. I do think there is some sweet spot that includes both quality and quality. I think when I hit 500-600 photos was when I started averaging one sale a month, but the next year I had an average of two a month (and I still haven't hit 1200 yet so I'm really far from that plateau); the year after that average sales per month were somewhere in between but net income continued to rise, so better quality may mean better sales, though the dilution by the agency's mind-boggling growth is going to counter-balance individual efforts. I just keep plugging along, trying to analyze what shoots give me the most bang for my buck, and trying to get through my backlog of images as well.
  12. Thanks so much! With you help I was now able to even find the cultivar. Appreciate the help!
  13. Hi: I took this photo in Rhode Island last summer. Any idea what this flower is? I can't seem to find it though it doesn't seem like anything too rare. https://www.dropbox.com/s/w1ls82zifwex12u/RI15-61559-copy-test.jpg?dl=0 Thanks for any help. Also, is there a way I can save a photo for an Avatar in my dropbox account and somehow link it to here? Thanks for any help.
  14. I try to remember to shoot RAW + jpeg when I shoot Live News too - don't always remember. I went through a phase - for a few years - where I always shot RAW + jpeg and ended up wasting way too much time deleting the jpegs after processing the RAW files.
  15. When I upgraded years ago to LR3 I was suddenly able to brighten up some dark RAW photos I'd taken in Scotland a few years before, they had amazing skies and the detail in the buildings was fine though I went up a lot with the exposure. I'd knocked the lever to set everything at -3 by mistake and was sure those photos were goners - if I had shot in jpeg they would've been. I had just learned about shooting RAW right before that trip and was so happy I had. I was actually going through to delete stuff after upgrading my library and decided to try saving them. With RAW you always have all the data and as technology gets better, you don't lose out. These are from an old D70 but it was great to be able to get that sky and save the buildings:
  16. Here's my first one from Stockimo - a worm's eye view of Grand Central Station and the Chrysler Building in NYC on a rainy night.
  17. I use both Betty's method and Keith's (using the Nik Viveza filter) depending on the situation. Most of my lenses are good but I have a couple of extra wides and even with good B&W filters I'll sometimes get that miserable fringing. I'm always amazed out how much purple fringing I see in photos even in places such as the NYTimes. I'm assuming these corrections are like dust spots and not considered "digital alterations" but when I see it in news pix and even in the travel section, it makes me wonder.
  18. I submitted a handful a while back and found the more filtered, the more likely to be accepted. I have some of the same on SS, DT and Fotalia instant where they tend to sell for me. Once I found out Stockimo images were being licensed via SS I figured I'd just submit them to all the sites. Some of my Stockimo rejects (as well as those Stockimo accepted) have sold well on FT, SS and DT. I find the upload process cumbersome so haven't done as much as I'd planned but I love the idea of being able to play with images and upload them to Alamy without fear of rejection. I'm planning to replace my 4S with a 6S Plus this week and with spring and summer ahead, hope to really give Stockimo a go. I won't mind the cumbersome upload process so much when I'm sitting on a beach ...
  19. I used to get lots of very small NU sales and a couple of years ago even got one for $50, but haven't seen one in a couple of years - I thought it was phased out.
  20. After a steady upward trend since January with net income more than doubling each month and zooms growing, in April zooms were slightly down - though still well above Alamy average - and revenue down - just one small sale and 3 infringements. I've had some series of images zoomed so hoping it bodes well for May or June. The big winners for me this month were direct licenses from my own site and framed print sales across various sites which made up for a poor showing across all my agencies. Year on year I've roughly tripled my net from first quarter 2015, and have already netted half of what I made in all of 2015, so that's a good sign. Adding new work slowly but surely and seeing fairly steady growth.
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