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Betty LaRue

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About Betty LaRue

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    Kansas, United States
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    Reading, artistic work, American football, fishing.


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  1. I have a Kindle paperwhite e-reader. I joined Bookbub (free) put in what kinds of books I like (thrillers, police procedurals, mysteries mostly) and have book offers waiting on my phone or iPad email every day. I choose one and it downloads to my kindle. Some are free, others cost .99 to 2.99, and the big-time authors more. I mostly get the free ones. Occasionally pay .99 or 1.99, then a couple of times a year I spring for a regular priced one from my favorite authors like James Patterson, John Connally or Patricia Cornwall among others. I’ve been a voracious reader since I was 8 years old, starting with the Black Beauty and Anne of Green Gables books. Every library trip, I checked out the maximum allowed. Whats nice about the kindle is I take it with me to read in waiting rooms, trips, etc. instead of taking 5 paperbacks on vacation, I have a hundred or two books on my thin, packable Kindle, just waiting for me. If I start a book and don’t like it, I just choose another from my Kindle library. Beats paying $8 or more for a paperback, considering I was buying 8-10 a month before getting the Kindle. What I’ve saved buying books had paid for the a kindle 30 times over. Probably more. I’ve always preferred the printed page, but hey. One must adapt, as we all did to digital cameras. Betty ps...the kindle paperwhite is on sale on Amazon for $99.00. I just ordered one for my son for Christmas. Don’t know about across the pond.
  2. I rather expect there will be a lot of criticism over this. Decisions were made that morning that put lives at risk. I’m surprised there hasn’t been a bigger hubbub already, unless there is and I’m not hearing about it in my part of the world. It seems that the victims were scalded by hot water, best I can tell.
  3. Somehow Ed opens these threads up and they just take off! Kind of like the whisper game...tell somebody next to you a secret or one line phrase. They whisper it to the next person quickly..then to the next...by the time it goes around the end story is nothing like the original. Soooo, Ed...what have you done about watching tv shows, movies, or whatever? Betty Besides, it’s Bryan’s fault. He mentioned country music, thus providing the fuel for the rocket, lol.
  4. How great for her, Michael. And you. Yes, I was being cheeky. If I were your assistant, you’d end up carrying my gear, lol. I’m no longer young and energetic, more’s the pity. You have the perfect scenario.
  5. Michael, do you need a sidekick? I’m offering. 😉Your access is disgusting...er..brilliant, ahhh, enviable.
  6. All of those names are familiar because I’ve listened to country music all of my life. There was a time my mother, sister, brother-in-law and I performed at small-town clubs and meetings. My brother-in-law played the guitar and he and all of us sang. George Jones was a favorite country singer of mine, and nobody sings like Willie Nelson. I love him. He was on the Country Music awards recently with a woman singer, and he seemed confused. One day, we’ll hear that he’s passed. A decade or two ago, he played concerts, many open-air, to raise money for farmers in trouble. If you get a chance to ever hear his original recording of “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground”, listen. There is some outstanding guitar riffs in it. Of course, Dolly Pardon’s “I Will Always Love You” is special. I could name a 100 favorite singers and songs easily. Kris Kristofferson’s “Sunday Morning Coming Down” is another. Kris is a songwriter supreme, with a voice that sometimes is rough and wobbles. I think that’s why I love his unique style that he never felt was good enough. Betty edited to add: I grew up in Oklahoma, the state that suffered so much during the dust bowl. My grandmother lived through it. Grapes of Wrath was written about it. While things have changed since then, the people, for the most part, are “down home” folks that would give you the shirt off their backs. These are the kinds of people country music was written about. When the Oklahoma City bombing happened, it turned cold and rainy a couple of days later. Rescuers from out of state didn’t have warm footwear. It was mentioned on TV, and one common working man drove up to a barricade and pulled the work boots off his feet and handed them over.
  7. Thank you. I did not want to lose another of our family here.
  8. That’s good. Let’s hope he didn’t see the pre-belches and decide to head that way. In my life, sometimes I’ve run toward danger. To help. Instinct, rather than engaging caution.
  9. Just reading about the volcano eruption in New Zealand. A tragedy. Isn’t that where Spacecadet is presently? I hope he is safe. Betty
  10. How generous and thoughtful of you. Wish I could take you up on that. I’ve never been to Hawaii, because I’m not interested in being a tourist. I like the places off the beaten, popular/touristy path. You could show me those. Not in my future, sorry to say. But bless you. Betty
  11. Peter, you take lovely images. That said, I don’t believe your gorgeous landscapes will do well here, unless they are of a popular tourist attraction. Think what pictures a travel guide would want to advertise your country or locale. You have a popular lake? Get shots of people boating, water skiing or fishing on/in it. If your landscapes are of places where people hike, a tourist draw, then show the hiking trails, or even people hiking them. Then in your caption: the where, the activity, and such. Like a place in my country the caption might be: “People hiking on a trail in the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma, USA, a popular tourist area for camping, hiking and water sports.” Concentrate on towns, cities, popular shops, people doing things and also scientifically identified plants. You have some cows and horses, those you have will do, unless you have a horse pulling a plow or being rode as a family activity. If you have a cultural center town, like in one of your pictures, take shots of one of the buildings, art, music, museum, etc. Especially showing people entering and/or leaving. Don’t shy away from having more people in your images. You don’t need releases for editorial. Farmers farming, fields of crops, harvesting. You are making the same mistake I did after I joined. Not really understanding the types of images that do well on Alamy. I hate to admit it took me a few years to grasp editorial photography, and nobody told me. If I’m overstepping, please say so and I’ll zip my lips...er, chain my fingertips...or whatever! 😁 Just don’t give up. You’ve proved you can produce the quality; you just need the right subjects. Then build your numbers. Take a vertical and a horizontal. Betty
  12. I have shot with flash at night, my least favorite thing but necessary to light up and freeze moving animals, like a possum in my tree and night-feeding hummingbird moths. I’ve also used hand-held twilight on my RX-100 with success, and my Nikon on a tripod before I sold the camera. Probably the best image was on the tripod, in my opinion. Not for things that move, though, unless automobile light trails or star trails. Betty Tripod Flash hand-held twilight
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