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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. Depends on where the back hurts. Mine is below the waist so I can wear a small waist bag with maybe one small to medium lens in it. For a limited time, even then. I generally have my car nearby and if I must change lenses, I prefer to do it there. Less dust and dirt exposure, also. I usually only have my camera with lens in my hands, no strap, and carry nothing else. Using zooms most of the time helps. And shooting mirrorless helps even more. I’m in eyesight of my vehicle all of the time when shooting my Fuji, so no worries about break-ins. if I’m going to walk about more, then that’s when the RX100-mk 3 comes in handy.
  2. It’s a good deal if it’s new or gently used. Remember, the original doesn’t have a viewfinder. I like this one because it has longer reach, 24-100, but like the viewfinders on later models. They’re good unobtrusive cameras, which seems important to you because of crime.
  3. after revisiting my shoulder odyssey, I need that laugh!
  4. I had a shoulder problem years ago. It was frozen enough that in the shower, I had to bend my head to my hand to wash my hair. I joined a gym, and used the pull down bar with no extra weight on it. It also pulled my arms back up, and I controlled the speed. Slowly it gave my range of motion back. But it didn’t change the fact that something was wrong with it. Some years later, it got really bad again. I did physical therapy, which only made it worse. More inflammation and a lot more pain. I had surgery. There were two tears in the cartilage, and two bones didn’t have enough space between them. There was also bone spurs. The bone spurs caused most of the pain, because upon movement, the muscles were raking over the sharp spurs. I have a video the doctor made showing the tool grinding off the spurs and the torn cartilage places. My doctor ordered a therapy chair for 6 weeks after surgery. I sat in the chair, strapped my arm to an armrest and turned on the machine. It took my arm through a range of motion. I spent 6 hours a day in that chair, but could break it up on my timetable into sessions. Feed the birds, back in the chair. Cook dinner, back in the chair. As time went on, I increased the range of motion the chair performed. That kept me from favoring the shoulder by not moving it enough and having it scar down through the healing process. When done with the chair, I had a month of physical therapy. I have total range of motion and no pain. Funny thing, I’m left-handed but it was my right shoulder. And it happened before photography. But I snow skied, water skied, threw a saddle on and rode horses. Played golf. I fell a fair share of times skiing. One time after fishing in the river, I fell off a boulder going back to the car in the dark. The boulder was about 7 feet off the ground. Why I didn’t break something...luck I guess. But I didn’t drop my pole, bait, folding stool or stringer of fish! 😁 If I think any of those things did it, it was probably golf. Or just an accumulation of everything. One of the worst thing about having a really bad shoulder is if something startled me and I jerked, the pain nearly sent me to the floor. Betty
  5. Since I shoot Fuji, this is good news. Although I have no plans on testing that! 😁
  6. I think the repeated items are okay, because, after all these are illustrations. I see images here showing objects with 50 repeats across the board. The image does need to be artifact-free, though. I’ve found sometimes, depending on who is doing the QC, acceptance of artistic images is hit or miss. You take two people looking at the sky. One, looking at the clouds, says, “I see a dog!” The other one looks at him like he’s crazy and says, “Dude, that’s just a sky with clouds. Are you tripping?” 😂 I’ve had artistic endeavors fail. I deliberately introduced grain that enhanced the vintage look I wanted refused because of noise. Sometimes what you envision as art isn’t recognized by those grounded in pure photography. Good luck. Betty
  7. My sales in September was rotten, (1) following a very good August. Every time I think I’m on the road to success, I’m humbled. That’s the nature of this business, it seems. Onward HO! (An Americanism) Betty
  8. Jodyko, you’ve just reminded me of a very important fact. Thank you. When I joined, the forum was often less than friendly. Worlds away from these great people here now. I lurked, like you. I read the posts and absorbed as much as I could, but I myself didn’t ask. Alamy, in all their wisdom, closed that forum, and after some time, reopened it minus the hateful ones. Then I began to be active on the forum and was no longer afraid to ask questions. I guess it’s fair to say Alamy gave the forum an attitude adjustment! I need to remember that even when somebody asks our opinions, then bites us when we give them, there are others quietly taking our help on board and learning. See, I just learned something from you! Betty
  9. Then you should get along fine with any of the RX100 series. There are some here that shoot with nothing else.
  10. I do appreciate those who listen and am thrilled when they have success. Funny, that! Encouraging the competition, but I never look at it that way. I’ve always been so grateful for the help I’ve gotten, it’s difficult to see those who are not only ungrateful, but bristle up like a porcupine. I guess it can come down to egos. Those that are inflated, and those that are very thin-skinned. Then, thank heavens, those with no perceivable egos and truly seeking improvement and eager to learn. What I would say to newbies is this. Ask, pick brains. Use or not use the advice you get. Some of it will fit your style, some won’t. But don’t get your tail in a twist when you ask people to look and ask what your doing wrong, then they tell you. Remember that there are many personalities here. Some may answer with soft suggestions, some may be blunt. That’s called differences in personalities, and that’s what makes the world go around. Shrug off the hurt and see past the blunt. Nobody said this business was easy. The song, “I never promised you a rose garden” comes to mind. 😊 What not to do...ask what’s wrong over and over, have us tell you, but never correct your mistakes or take the advice. Don’t keep coming back again and again asking why your not selling. If you don’t want to take the advice, just be quiet and soldier on alone. Betty
  11. I thought we gave Brazilnut boatloads of constructive criticism when he first entered the forum, didn’t we? Correct me if I’m wrong.... Anyway, we old-timers aren’t here to teach “How to succeed in stock 101”. That’s not our responsibility. Yet when asked, the members of this forum generally are eager to offer help. It does seem, though, more and more newbies are throwing our advice back in our teeth, then bemoaning their poor results, then getting angry and insulting because we honestly tell them how to improve. It seems they expect only praise, not honest information on how to improve the photos or captions/keywording and subject matter. Brazilnut, I’m not singling you out with these remarks, but in general this “asking but not listening” is happening more and more. There are probably some of us who wonder if it’s worth taking the time out of our busy days to try to help when all advice is ignored from so many who ask. I know I have gone out of my way to help in the past, but sometimes wonder if it’s worth it anymore. Betty
  12. I thought it was bloody skin ulcers on someone’s, um, backside. I was already feeling the pain.
  13. I have pictures on here shot with the RX100. If you shoot it at low ISO, or use one of the night modes (don’t remember which) for darker environments, you can be successful with it. It’s best shot in good light. I have learned to do some things with it using selective noise reduction. The Fuji cameras seem to not need as much care. Not knowing your abilities, (are you just now getting into photography?) or whether you have good software for developing the photos, it’s hard to advise. Betty
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