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Betty LaRue

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


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  1. This is always what my doctor told his patients. “They are ready to come out when they hinder what you want to do”. In other words, a reader will probably want them out before a farmer, given the same stage of vision. An artist will want them out sooner. If you drive a lot, over here you need your best eye to be able to see (be corrected to) 20/40, with glasses if they help. There really isn’t such a thing as “ripe”. But if one waits a long time, the cataract can harden and be a bit more difficult to remove. All a cataract is is a clouding of the lens in your eye. The lens, when young bends and flexes as you look from near to far. As one ages, the material in the lens becomes stiffer, and the eye muscles have to work harder to bend it. When the lens gets stiff enough to be unable to bend enough for close up focusing, that’s why we need reading glasses. Someone who has always been nearsighted need glasses to see distance, but often can read without. Aside from “bending and focusing”, the material within the lens gets progressively cloudier when you have cataracts. You are in the driver’s seat. Only you know when you can’t see well enough to do what you want to do, nobody else should make that decision. If your vision reaches a point where you no longer can legally drive, and driving is important, then it’s time. I had mine done. I’ve never needed glasses for distance, but my cataracts got cloudy enough that I had trouble reading street signs while driving. One eye was worse than the other. Television became blurrier, and I had trouble discerning how sharp my images were. I had one eye done, then a week later I had the other done. Never regretted it. But it was my decision, not the doctor’s. Another thing about cataracts. The material within the lens not only gets cloudy, but usually takes on an amber tint, which throws off how you see colors. Like having amber tinted sunglasses on. After surgery, I couldn’t believe how bright colors were, and how sharp blades of grass looked, even my hair looked sharp and weird! Before surgery, I think my vision was 20/50 in one eye and I just was still seeing 20/40 in the other. So not real bad. But it hindered my reading street signs while driving, hindered knowing if an image was in focus before pressing the shutter and my telling if it were sharp on the computer, so I made that decision. Besides, I watch American college football and it was a bit blurry, too. 😊 Couldn’t have that. I’m a big reader and one eye started twitching with fatigue. I quit occasionally failing submissions after surgery, too. I wasn’t having to guess if they were sharp enough.
  2. Steve, there are things I could probably do in LR that involves the adjustment brush and other things I can’t seem to get on with. So say I have an image with a sky I want a bit darker/bluer. I create an lightness/darkness layer. Lower the exposure until the sky is perfect. Then use a brush to remove that “darkness” from the foreground. There are other things I do in layers, also. Not often. The main thing is I prefer doing tweaks in curves in PS. I also crop there, dust spot there, and reduce size if I need to sharpen it up. i save as an 8 bit Tiff back in the desktop folder. I keyword in Bridge, save the jpeg to an upload folder and another next to the Raw, then delete the tiff.
  3. Yep. I’m rusty, but I remember that information. And, of course, I’ve had floaters myself along with flashing lights, fog, wavy vision and even foggy half vision. All of that Weird vision was from ocular migraines, though. Just not saw it all at the same time! 😊 sometimes it seemed I’d deliberately look at a bright window and try to directly see the floater, but of course the pesky thing would “seem” to dart away. They appear much larger than they actually are. I enjoyed my 10 years as an Opthalmologist assistant. I assisted the doctor during exams, did contact lens training sessions, did visual fields, assisted in office surgery, patched eyes with pressure patches and put in the eye drops during exams. Also took medical histories and sterilized instruments, scrubbed down exam rooms with alcohol. Funny thing. The first office surgery I assisted with was on a woman. She was lying down, but as the procedure began, she felt faint. The doctor told me to break an ammonia capsule and wave it under her nose. I did. Then I sat on a high stool until he needed me, and watched. When he started mopping blood from the surface of the eyeball, stringing it up, I got very dizzy. A blue iris floating in a sea of blood didn’t appeal. Stringing it really didn’t. So I sneakily waved the ammonia under my own nose and the doctor caught the slight movement, turned and looked at me and grinned his fool head off. So much for trying to fly under the radar.
  4. Good for you for hanging in there. Most of us women, when we get mad, really mad, we cry. I’m one. It’s rather hard and very embarrassing to try to be firm and coherent when bawling. I hate it. If you don’t do that, count yourself lucky. Ticks me off with a 1 million run they tried stealing your image. Betty
  5. I feel for you, Allan. In the middle of all my troubles with my furnace and in-ground sprinkler system, one of my in-law’s mother died. My daughter and I were splitting costs on extra nice flowers for the service. (held 100 miles away.) Kim handled it, ordered the flowers to be delivered before the next day service at 10 a.m. Kim gets a call the next morning after the service had started and was told after all, those flowers were unavailable. They would upgrade the order with another 10% off for the trouble. Kim tried to call me, but I was knee deep in alligators and snakes with servicemen here and missed the call. She was off to a doctor’s appt but managed to get me called while driving and passed the baton. So I call the florist. I get passed from one person to another and back again, with no one taking responsibility to give me the discount on a different order, one dozen red roses to be sent to the home, since the service was missed. The last guy was rude to me and I snapped. I’m sure it was a product of the stress I was under with my mechanical breakdowns and being pulled this way and that way. I finally screamed at the guy, said, “Forget it! You all are the sorriest people I’ve ever dealt with, nobody knows what they are doing and I’m not EVER ordering from you again! What a shame I didn’t have an old-fashioned phone to slam down. Pushing a button on my mobile didn’t release the pressure. I was crying. This is the first time I’ve ever yelled or been rude to anyone I’ve done business with, even though he was rude first. My circumstances with what I was already dealing with is absolutely no excuse. It’s not their fault my furnace broke down and my sprinkler system didn’t work. But it was their fault we had no flowers at the service, then gave me the runaround. I'm so ashamed.
  6. The floaters don’t tug on the retina. They are a result of the vitreous, during its thinning process, tugging on the retina. A floater is no more substantial than a tiny flake of dry skin, but if they are floating around in your eye, they can look like (to you) you have a piece of a barn in there! when young, the vitreous is thick and jello-like. As we age, it begins to thin. We didn’t hear much about floaters until people hit 40, and then very seldom. Each few years increases incidents but seems to be pretty much over with (Or greatly decreased) after 60-65 or so.
  7. Exactly. Because the two conditions show similar symptoms, never ignore them. One is bothersome, the other could leave you blind in that eye if ignored.
  8. I did my images for years in ACR, Bridge and PS. And did just fine. A few years ago I went with the CC program and began using LR. That said, after making adjustments, I always bring the image into PS for final adjustments. It’s like an old shoe...comfortable. But I think the upright tool to fix keystoning and such in LR is brilliant. I prefer to fix noise there, too. But if LR suddenly disappeared off the face of the earth, I’d be just fine with what is left. I’m assuming you know you can click on the blue numbers under all of our avatars. You can snoop around in our portfolios and see what we shoot. A lot of it is very common, unimportant things, but those things generally will be looked for by someone. Maybe. Give it your best and be accepting of the worst. Even though I try to take marketable images, truth is only a small percent of what I have uploaded have been zoomed, let alone sold. It used to be said we could expect one sale per 1000 images in our ports a month. 5000 images in your portfolio? Expect somewhere in the vicinity of 5 sales a month. That doesn’t seem to hold true these days because Alamy image count as a whole has increased greatly. Competition is stiffer as a result. I just keep peddling on. In spite of the number of images I have, I’ve not had one sale yet this month. Next month I may have 4-6 sales. Nobody understand these dry stretches, but most of us get them. That’s stock. Fickle! 😁 I like it because there is a community here, I enjoy taking pictures, it’s fun, it gives me purpose, and I enjoy the little extra money it brings. Don't expect to get rich, hon. Won’t happen. I didn’t sell anything until about 500 images uploaded, then it was a couple of months before the 2nd sale. And that was with 60 million images in Alamy, not this bloated library that’s here now. So chill, and keep on truckin’. Betty
  9. Never heard of mini strokes causing that. But I’m definitely not a doctor, so I won’t say it couldn’t be a symptom. I was simply in the room listening to the doctor tell what those symptoms indicated to the patients, plus the information I learned from my two Ophthalmic courses. My husband suffered mini-strokes for years, never had that symptom. But not all people have the same symptoms. Covid 19 has proven that. It's amazing how much medical information one can pick up at the elbow of a doctor. Just enough to be dangerous. 😊 I used to have migraines, usually with a severe headache. One day while at work, I had jagged flashing lights at the edge of my vision. The doctor dilated my eyes, checked everything, no retinal problems. I was having an optical migraine without the headache. I ended up having several more as time went on. Sometimes what I saw was like looking through a window that water was coursing down. Everything I saw was wavy. I enjoy being different. NOT!
  10. I agree! 😊 Funny, that comment. It’s like me. I worked for an ophthalmologist for a number of years. When I hear somebody mention trouble with their eyes, my ears perk up and sometimes find myself giving advice. “You’re seeing jagged flashing lights? That's a symptom of retinal detachment, or as simple as thinning of the vitreous humor, which comes with aging. That thinning can tug on the retina causing flashing lights/floaters.“ Whatever, it needs checking by an eye doctor, never ignored.” Thanks, DJ. And yes, he is a retired electrician and said that the wires should not have been run underground the length of the front of my house, turn the corner and go to my back yard. He said they should have gone through my attic space and to the ground from there. That's why he accidentally cut them, he never dreamed whoever put the system in before my time would do it that way. He’ll fix it right. He still has his electrician’s tool belt. He’s only been retired (Early) a couple of years. Maybe 60 yrs old. So he’s still up on everything.
  11. Funny. Maybe Bill is blue/purple challenged. Pretty far apart on the color wheel. Erm..stick, erm.. ruler... Actually, blue & red makes purple. I can certainly understand how messing with the red channel would turn blue to purple. Doing whatever was done in layers and brushing out that change would fix it. Would need done in PS or any software having layers capability. I haven’t done much with layers recently, but did a bunch of it in the past.
  12. It turned from blue to purple, pretty big change to my way of thinking. But such a small area of the image it’s easy to ignore.
  13. Lol, Ed. I greatly sympathize. These times are not the times when we need our virus-contained lives to go wrong. We have little patience for those troubles. Believe it or not, I now have good news. My neighbor did some dirt work on the drainage channel between our houses. He asked permission from me to dig up a drainage pipe from my house and put in another gutter coming down from my eve. So he did the work, and it was after that my in-ground sprinkler didn’t work. He came over this morning to check out my system before any of the repairmen came. He had a feeling maybe it was something he caused. Well, it was. When he dug up my drainage pipe, he cut the buried electrical line to the pump of my system. He’s in the process of fixing that now. I canceled the service calls from both companies. I get to hold onto that 💰. My heart is happy. Be sure to check out both bands on that radio.
  14. My furnace went out which I discovered when a cold snap hit. So the repairman was here for 2 hours, found a part that didn’t work and had to order it. Bill so far, $243. He’ll be back tomorrow to install the part, with an estimate of the cost another $240 plus. So in the vicinity of a $500 Repair Bill. I put fescue grass seed down in the places where it had died on my lawn and need to water lightly multiple times a day until it sprouts. Turned my system on, and the sprinklers did not come on. I’ve been scrambling...do I call a sprinkler business or a well service? Well service is coming tomorrow unless I cancel. Sprinkler service is coming soon, 15-30 minutes from now, in case it’s not a pump gone out. I may end up paying two services if the sprinkler service can’t fix it and it does turn out to be the pump, which they don’t work on. I’m seeing 💰💸 flying out the door. Because even if they can’t fix something, the service calls are costly by themselves. If it’s the pump, it will be serious 💰. A family members mother died after a long bout with lung cancer. My daughter and I tried to order chrysanthemums for the service, so they could be planted in the garden later. The florist took the money online yesterday, then notified today they don’t have the plants. The service was this morning. I went to my cardiologist Monday, and because of some problems, am now wearing a holster monitor for a week to record what’s going on. And I’m scheduled for a stress test in November. I hate stress tests, I’m not sure if I can physically do the treadmill this time. I might have to have the chemical one. The first time I wore a holster monitor, it was humongous. I carried it cross strapped on my body with electrodes strapped on my chest. The second one was the size of a deck of cards, and I ended up with a cardiac ablation from that one. This one is tinier yet. About the size of a golf ball around but flatter. I'm so bummed. Not about my heart, but what all of the repairs will do to my heart when I get the bills!
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