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Everything posted by Marianne

  1. For the US, I'm less worried about Fox News than I am about our educational system - the lack of critical thinking skills evidenced by a large swath of our population is staggering. That a Q believer who espoused hanging the Speaker of the House while she was running for office is extremely disturbing, but without a free press we up north who haven't heard her speeches or followed her on social media wouldn't even know about it. Much of the press is biased these days which is why we all need to read a variety of newspapers (3 minute clips on the nightly news tells you next to nothing IMHO exce
  2. Scary times for democracy. I'm sorry to hear of your troubles across the pond. While he defied your King, I'd guess you'd all agree with Thomas Jefferson: "were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." A free press is essential to democracy, particularly when they strive to relate what's actually going on. Let's hope they prevail.
  3. I read about someone licensing an image of the Statue of Liberty from another agency that turned out to be the replica in Vegas - now that has to be the funniest goof I've heard of. I have to think it was the buyer not reading all the info as the photographer was unlikely to make such a mistake.
  4. LOL we Americans still have a penchant for big vehicles - especially SUVs - It's shocking the number of people I see driving Hummers! I've been told it's nearly impossible to get a rental van these days with so many people moving, which is what reminded me that I had these photos. Took the picture when we moved my daughter into her first apartment. At the time we had to rent a much larger truck than we needed. My husband had quite the time driving it through the city. But actually the ride from our house in the burbs was trickier since we live near a parkway built in the 1930's a
  5. That 199MP pixel shift that puts 16 images together is kind of amazing - but it will take a lot of space on your SD card and hard drive. The macro lenses for some of the Olympus cameras allow something similar though not quite as large. I've been tempted to get one for my Oly despite my uncertainty about Olympus' future - it seems amazing to be able to make such a large photo but I'd need to know I could sell them as the size of the images would cost a fortune simply to print - I was looking into the costs (including crating & shipping) of printing images 4' x 5' minimum for a
  6. I remember many years ago when Alamy started the occasional micro priced image concept - At first, I thought, "Why get 50 cents or a dollar for an occasional sale here when you can get thousands elsewhere that add up?" but quickly realized that wasn't a helpful analogy when Alamy licensed 2 images from the same studio shoot - one for a dollar and one for $250 - obviously the $250 made up for a lack of hundreds of piddly sales. Ultimately, I realized that the $1 sale, while distressing, did not take away from the $250 sale. It's a shame that micro prices are putting so much downwa
  7. Thank you all - I missed way more than I thought - but at least I got "lorry" LOL. Now "Luton Box" is one I would not have found in a million years. You are all awesome. Appreciate the help!
  8. I knew it was a date palm but couldn't have nailed it exactly. @John Richmond is amazing! It's funny I just tried id'g some different palm trees and some pine trees I shot in Arizona in 2014 and finally gave up. Living on the east coast where most of our trees are deciduous (as I assume is the case where you are @Betty LaRue, I even find evergreens tricky sometime (I know my Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce, etc. - but the difference between the evergreens in Arizona had to do with what elevation they were found at - these were shots I took from a moving tour bus or rental car so no way!)
  9. Excellent work! I nearly voted for Boris - they were all excellent! I ended up choosing the police because seeing the city eerily empty - and police not wearing masks properly - made such a statement, but I could have voted for any one of them. All excellent.
  10. I had some images of moving vans as we call them here in the US that I just uploaded and I believe you call them "removal vans" or "removals" - plural? I did my best to add the Queen's English to my keywords but I'd appreciate if you could take a look at one of the two images (keywords are basically the same) and let me know: Am I missing any keywords? Have I got anything wrong? Real estate has gone nuts in the US with many folks selling and moving, so I figured this trend is probably similar across the pond, with folks leaving cities for the suburbs or even more
  11. Nice start to the year, 3 for over $500, all 3 were $$$ sales. Though I have others uncleared from earlier in 2020, my December sale already cleared. Dare I feel hopeful?
  12. With Covid worse than ever in Westchester County, NY where I live, newsstand browsing is a fond memory. Someday though with hardly any bookstores left, "newsstands," i.e. a small rack of magazines in my neighborhood Walgreens or at the supermarket are far less diverse than when we had larger bookstores in surrounding towns. We have two small independent bookstores left, which is great, but neither carry magazines.
  13. Absolutely! With people saying they found hundreds I wanted to be sure they weren't mistaken in assuming that meant their images were actually in all those books. Ironically, now that fewer books have previews, it can be harder to find uses. I wish all books would include the copyright pages and photo credits. I found a lot more magazines using google images search - more new ones than I anticipated in 2020 in travel articles. Wish major magazines would use our names and not simply "Alamy," "Getty," etc.
  14. When you use the wildcard search are you then checking inside the book to be sure you really have an image in there? When I search my name and alamy I get hundreds of hits, but most are not books I have images in. In fact, even when I search my name, unusual as it is, I get tons of hits for books without images.
  15. I bought my a7rii when the a7riii came out - got a great deal. 42MP is huge but you certainly can crop with impunity, though I don't crop very often. But it is certainly already overkill for stock. Still, I love it, and love the large files though I had to upgrade to a new computer to handle them but I think that going from my 12 and 16MP Nikons to 24MP would have been a big enough step. For print though they are awesome. I had one of my panoramic images printed around 5 feet across and it is super sharp even if you look really close. It could be printed even bigger. I've been explo
  16. Just had three licenses of images from the same little town on the Connecticut shore, actually all from the same state park - 5 year marketing $$$ each, over $500 for the three - a very nice start to the year. Here's one of them, taken on my only get-away in 2020 this past fall:
  17. I don't think Betty had an older version of Lightroom Classic running, it sounded like she had Lightroom in her dock instead (Why didn't they give the newer mobile-friendly version a different name instead of renaming the one we'd all been using for years? So confusing. You need to be sure it's the icon that says LrC - I don't keep the other one in my dock because I'd open the wrong one for sure since that one kept the old Lr icon) If you synchronize your folders the next time you switch back into LR, all the changes you've made elsewhere are updated. That feature, introd
  18. I had a sale of a butterfly image taken in my garden over the summer sold here in December. But alas, Betty, not for $$$$ just $$
  19. I was thinking it looked like some sort of skipper butterfly but then realized the body is all wrong, however this site might help https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/butterflies-of-gran-canaria-mariposas-diurnas-de-gran-canaria this link opens to all the photos https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?project_id=23441&ttl=120&v=1602429221000&place_id=any&verifiable=any&view=species and if it's not some sort of moth it may well be a Gran Canaria Grayling butterfly - no pix on the site with the wings spread but the bottom left image makes me think this might be
  20. I kept a few of my old Nikon lenses when I switched to Sony too and they work beautifully fully manual with an inexpensive adapter. I'll have to check out LensTagger because it would be nice to have that info in the files. I usually add a note somewhere in the info.
  21. Congrats Sally! How did you get them to pose? Are you a penguin whisperer? 😎
  22. That one hit me the hardest too as I've seen it across several newspapers. The blatant white supremacy evoked by the confederate flag coupled with the middle-aged cosplay garbed person - in my mind dressed like a caveman - speaks to the immaturity and sense of unreality these people live in. I weep for my country and I don't know how we reconcile the two sides but I feel some bit of hope in the heartening victories in Georgia and faith in our new president and vice president being able to actually work with Congress at least for the next two years. It is not political to condemn th
  23. 143 mostly garden and some empty storefront or stores with signs up (taken in a nearby town as I waited for my husband to have surgery- my first time out during lockdown). I ventured out rarely- and my favorite local places to shoot landscape images were generally overrun with hikers so the parking lots, allowed to only be half full or less so, were generally full most of the time- hard to time it right. We managed to get away for a week at the Connecticut shore in October and I got some nice images then. I also uploaded several illustrations, not usually something I'd upload her
  24. A flurry of sales stating in November got my sales volume up from last year, but revenue was sadly way down (2nd worst revenue after my first year, 2008, when I had a very tiny port). Of most concern, average price took a serious nosedive - $26. Despite a few exclusives, there were also some distributor sales, so I earned an average of $11 per sale. In most bars & restaurants in my neighborhood (not that I've been to one in a vey very long while), that won't even buy you a single cocktail. Discouraging. Net income from Alamy dropped by about 100% - that's right, I earned less than half of
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