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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. Yes, that's Cosmos. I've not seen a white one before though.
  2. Five stars here. I submit at least once a week and it's been quite a long time since I've had a failure.
  3. Having used both the 12-32 and the 12-60 my opinion is that there's not a lot of difference in sharpness. The 12-60 is a bit sharper, but the 12-32 is plenty sharp for Alamy. The extra range of the 12-60 is nice, but once you put it on a rangefinder style body such as the GX85, you lose the compactness that I found was a great advantage for city work. I sometimes wish I hadn't sold the GX and that lens. As an aside, I also had the Leica 12-60 for a time, but found it really not that much better than the plain Lumix 12-60. It's built better, but that's about it. And since I was using it for event work, I found it still too slow at f4 and 60mm, so I didn't often zoom it that far. I replaced it with the 12-35mm f2.8 for that use and it's a wonderful lens.
  4. I’ve used Panasonic Lumix MFT cameras for several years now and the images sail through QC and sell just fine. I started with the GX85/80 and now use a G85/80 and a G9. They have more than enough dynamic range and image quality. You can still get a GX85 in a two lens bundle with the 12-32 and 45-150 for $500 here in the U.S. I don’t know about other markets. Add the 20mm f1.7 and you’re pretty much set.
  5. Best 2020 month volume wise, second best in revenue. 15 sales, $681 gross.
  6. On August 10 a powerful derecho blasted through Iowa and Illinois. It was most severe in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa area and was equivalent to a category 2 hurricane. It’s not getting much attention from the national media and may be unknown outside the US. I drove the 300 or so km from Chicago on Tuesday. Here are a few images. Edit: Here's what Wiley Plaza looked like before the storm. https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/2125-2129-Wiley-Blvd-Cedar-Rapids-IA/16476284/ Edit 2: It now is estimated some areas of Cedar Rapids experienced winds of 140mph/233kph, making the storm equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.
  7. I can login but can't access the dashboard or image manager. I can get to my account balance. Something's messed up.
  8. 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.
  9. I've never quite understood why the early settlers in North America didn't recognize the American robin's obvious similarity to its 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.
  10. 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.
  11. It’s Virginia bluebell season. They’re native to a lot of eastern North America, not just Virginia.
  12. 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
  13. Dealing with COVID-19 at election time.
  14. 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?
  15. I take the opportunity to stay in and shoot still lifes.
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