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About TABan

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    Oak Park, IL USA
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    Biotechnology, nature, native plant gardening, politics and photography of course.


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    07 Nov 2003

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  1. Although I live right outside Chicago, if I ever want a taste of the deep south, this bald cypress swamp is less than half an hour away. I've always wondered how hit got there as the closest cypress swamps are about 500km south in southern Illinois. Finally, I ran into a forest preserve conservation worker there who told me the area had been a Civilian Conservation Corps (an idea who's time may have come again) camp in the 1930s and they planted the trees in a low, flood prone area.
  2. I've never quite understood why the early settlers in North America didn't recognize the American robin's obvious similarity to it's close relative, the European blackbird and instead focused on the red breast and named it after a fairly different looking bird. Maybe it's because they didn't have the internet and couldn't look at photos of them side by side.
  3. Mourning dove feeding one of its chicks in our backyard. Hard to say whether this is mom or dad. If they're next to each other you can sometimes tell.
  4. It’s Virginia bluebell season. They’re native to a lot of eastern North America, not just Virginia.
  5. When I was in Live News, I had several sales. But the bigger sales came later as traditional stock. Photographers need to be thinking about things like history and medical textbooks, etc. As for exposing one’s self, it’s pretty easy to practice social distancing outside these days. I also keep a small bottle of hand sanitizer with me. Here are a few I’ve grabbed over the last couple of weeks. https://www.alamy.com/portfolio/todd-bannor-alamy-portfolio/covid-19.html
  6. Dealing with COVID-19 at election time.
  7. Well, I haven't had a failure in ages, but I uploaded two images over the weekend. I received the Submission Passed email this morning, but when I logged in I found they'd failed. Anyone else ever have this happen?
  8. I take the opportunity to stay in and shoot still lifes.
  9. I'm 5 star and uploaded this Friday. Passed in under an hour.
  10. I restrict personal use for the reasons stated by others. I also don't sell RF because I can't restrict personal use if I do. I would sell some images RF, if I could restrict PU. I would consider selling PU if there were size restrictions and price increased with increased file size. I have sold at least one print on FAA to somebody who wanted to buy a PU license and contacted me directly because I don't allow it. As for the simplification, I'm fine with distilling non-editorial down to commercial use. It's the way things were done back in film days when I worked at stock agency. We just billed according to the size, placement and print run for various types of uses.
  11. From the climate protest in Chicago last Friday.
  12. Hi folks. Thank you for the kind words. Sorry about the link problem. Here is a new link for the book: https://www.blurb.com/bookstore/invited/8435004/abf008f9668c3f33c8b17b26b3041f1d2d026fe3 I found a typo and had to upload a new version.
  13. I think the 400D should make it through QC if you're careful, but the earliest 18-55 lens wasn't that good so that might be the problem. The more recent versions are sharper than they have a right to be at the price. The last 18-55 I had before I switched to MFT was sharper in the corners at f8 than the 24-105 Mk1 was at f8 on a full-frame. But designing for smaller sensors is easier. And by being careful I mean keeping the ISO low and not pushing up the shadows much, or the noise will kill it for you. By the way, this thread should be in the QC and Tech forum.
  14. Well I've never had this happen before. I started an ftp upload five minutes ago. Then I decided to login to my account. I clicked on a sold image and Image Manager opened with the Congratulations message. The first eleven images appeared as passed. When the upload was done, they all showed up as passed. Wow. Impressive.
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