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22 minutes ago, Mr Standfast said:

 

Did the same, maybe less churches.. took a packed lunch and a flask, so stayed away from the tea rooms...

 

 

 

Spending today working on yesterday's with grey skies outside. 

 

 

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"You've found a solution to uploading even though the Apple store is closed."  "I can’t seem to get motivated."

 

Yes, that was a solution that worked . . . yesterday. Will it still be the case tomorrow? Next week? Who knows? The Apple staff were inside looking rather lost, chatting among themselves, doing nothing. Will they continue to come to a closed store? Will the super-strong WiFi be turned off or malfunction without attention? We'll have to see. 

 

Even before the coronavirus crisis descended on us, I was losing motivation. I'm not happy with what I've been shooting, the subject matter. Traveling to shoot stock is just not cost effective. To borrow a line from The King and I -- it is a puzzlement. 

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2 hours ago, IanDavidson said:

As a Westminster (London) based news photographer I face difficult choices.  To me, it is important that there is still news photography taking place.  The UK is about to enact some of the most draconian legislation since the Second World War.  We are living in history and to me it is important this is documented.

 

To balance this I have to take public transport to London with the risks that entails.  There are far fewer events and fewer photographers (in Downing Street yesterday about half the normal tog population).  So the social distancing is less of an issue than it could be.

 

For the moment I am in “Keep calm and carry on” mode.  I guess time will tell.....

 

For once I agree with MDM.

But if you really have to carry on perhaps adjust your times. The transport system is a lot quieter, so perhaps travelling in and returning later to avoid peak times. Also carry some hand sanitiser ( if able to get any) and clean your hands before and after using anything public and make a conscious effort not to touch your face.

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The Washington Post, as well as other major U.S. newspapers, still use mostly staff photographers for most of their content.  But one change, that I saw, is that a friend of mine who was shooting only food for their restaurant reviews, has been moved to regular news photography.  The restaurants in this entire DC region have been forced to only go to carry out or delivery (or close, as many of them have) so all restaurant reviews are on hold for now.

 

I work regularly with four regional magazines and I am trying to get a feel for what will happen (not sure they even know) with the upcoming issues.  I have my last two assignments to shoot to day and all else has been cancelled.  A good time to rearranged the furniture, I suppose.

 

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7 hours ago, Chuck Nacke said:

+1.  I get really tired of people with small minds and little experience in the world.

 

Chuck

 

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i have had to snooze many of my usual resources forums, because it became draining. 

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To All,

 

I am often short with my responses on this forum, some may think it is rude, but that is not

my intent.

 

Right now I believe it is vitally important that all humans work together.  Who is to blame for

the current situation, virus, is not important.  To me this is a lot like Climate Change and if

all the humans on this planet do not work together, play together, well we are all doomed and

I will get to put my last roll of Kodachrome in my 1967 NIKON F,  but will not need to scan it.....

 

Chuck Nacke

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13 hours ago, MDM said:


Betty. I should say that I don’t think you are intentionally bigoted but some of the things you say are very easily interpreted in that way. That is why I actually defended you to CarloBo in trying to point out that by your own admission you are very gullible. However, there is no other way to interpret some of your statements about China and the Chinese as they were originally written other than as bigotry, whether that was intentional or not. That is also why I made a bear joke about you pawsing for thought. A little hint that what you were saying could be highly offensive in this international forum. 
 

I think it is also important to be aware that on this side of the Atlantic, particularly in the English speaking countries, we are inundated by American culture in so many ways that many of us have a far greater understanding of and familiarity with American history than the average American is of British or Irish culture and history. Movies, music, the media and literature have all played their part in our absorption of American culture. The opposite happens as well but the influence is tiny in comparison to what flows the other way. 
 

And the political influence of the USA here is orders of magnitude greater than the other way round so that American  politics is of far greater significance to us than British or Irish politics is to most Americans. The presidential election is actually of major interest and importance to us for numerous reasons. 
 

Also I have been to America four times in my life as well and have loads of relatives there so I have lots of first hand experience.
 

I wish you the best and don’t want to continue with these fraught discussions but I find it difficult to  just stand by and see statements that are explicitly or implicitly bigoted, intentional or not, go by unchallenged. 

I understand where you are coming from, Michael. Sometimes the problem is people hurriedly write something and hit send without reading over what they wrote.

I do take issue though with your saying you’ve absorbed our culture somewhat. Yes, superficially, maybe. I say unless one is born in any country, you can’t. A person absorbs a culture as they grow up, react to what happens around them and understands how it personally affects their own life, according to one’s own station in life as a subject living in their own country. 

For instance, when I was 7, I lived on a farm for 18 months. A very short time in the roadmap of my life, but I absorbed the worry of weather affecting the wheat crop. We moved away, but forevermore I was tuned into the farming community and became distressed when I saw cracks in the ground during a drought, or when the price of various crops dropped below farmers being able to make a profit. All of that absorbed by a small child during the span of 7 and 8 years of age who was still playing with dolls.

 

You see things from a world view as a member of another country, and as a visitor, you see the superficial. You weren’t here during the wars, the marches for equality, the Vietnam protests. You didn’t live it, or feel how those things affected different people. I respectfully suggest unless you have a dog in the hunt, you can never have a true understanding.

For instance, I have read about the potato famine. The distress I felt reading about it in no way allows me to truly understand how it felt to live through it.
Your relatives here are only that. Their lives, their experience. We’re they born here? Did they grow up here? Even if they were, each person is shaped by their own experiences, not by what uncle Dan’s experiences were/are.

I agree, enough said.

Betty

 

 

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2 hours ago, Chuck Nacke said:

To All,

 

I am often short with my responses on this forum, some may think it is rude, but that is not

my intent.

 

Right now I believe it is vitally important that all humans work together.  Who is to blame for

the current situation, virus, is not important.  To me this is a lot like Climate Change and if

all the humans on this planet do not work together, play together, well we are all doomed and

I will get to put my last roll of Kodachrome in my 1967 NIKON F,  but will not need to scan it.....

 

Chuck Nacke

 

That's right, Chuck.

 

"There are no nations; there are only nationalisms." -- I can't remember who said that, but it's the plain truth, and one we need to wake up to ASAP.

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10 hours ago, Bryan said:

Midway through the month and only two sales to report. Last month's payout was the lowest I've seen in a long while. Zooms have been better than my average by quite a margin, but buyers appear to be window shopping only. Given the size of the Alamy collection as compared to my modest portfolio I guess that my results are statistically irrelevant, but the signs are not good, dark clouds on the horizon, and now threats over incorrect labelling of photos - not sure I need any of the hassle. Motivation near zero....

 

My sales are good (10 so far this month), but zooms are definitely starting to dwindle. I'm going to try to get out and do some more documentation of what is going on locally regarding the pandemic, without deliberately putting myself in danger of course. That strikes me as one way of staying motivated.

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On 18/03/2020 at 15:56, Betty LaRue said:

I understand where you are coming from, Michael. Sometimes the problem is people hurriedly write something and hit send without reading over what they wrote.

I do take issue though with your saying you’ve absorbed our culture somewhat. Yes, superficially, maybe. I say unless one is born in any country, you can’t. A person absorbs a culture as they grow up, react to what happens around them and understands how it personally affects their own life, according to one’s own station in life as a subject living in their own country. 

For instance, when I was 7, I lived on a farm for 18 months. A very short time in the roadmap of my life, but I absorbed the worry of weather affecting the wheat crop. We moved away, but forevermore I was tuned into the farming community and became distressed when I saw cracks in the ground during a drought, or when the price of various crops dropped below farmers being able to make a profit. All of that absorbed by a small child during the span of 7 and 8 years of age who was still playing with dolls.

 

You see things from a world view as a member of another country, and as a visitor, you see the superficial. You weren’t here during the wars, the marches for equality, the Vietnam protests. You didn’t live it, or feel how those things affected different people. I respectfully suggest unless you have a dog in the hunt, you can never have a true understanding.

For instance, I have read about the potato famine. The distress I felt reading about it in no way allows me to truly understand how it felt to live through it.
Your relatives here are only that. Their lives, their experience. We’re they born here? Did they grow up here? Even if they were, each person is shaped by their own experiences, not by what uncle Dan’s experiences were/are.

I agree, enough said.

Betty

 

 

 

I wrote a response to this but then I decided it was pointless as what you wrote almost completely fails to understand most of what I wrote in my previous post. I was mainly trying to get across the point that the influence of America extends globally, hence the interest in what America does and who is ruling the country. 

 

Wrapping this up I should say (for what it is worth and being unsure of the relevance to the global influence of America, but it appears that you place some weight on this), that all the American relatives I referred to are American-born and bred, in some cases going back generations. The ones I know personally were born and live around the Providence and Boston areas. I did spend a bit of time around there a long time back which is the only reason I mentioned it.

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i know clearing can take up to 4 to 6 months, but i'm starting to think i might not get my $1,27 from a December sale (reported for week in January), based on what i've been reading from many involved in the Travel writing business.  

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Substantially less view than normal in the last couple of days which if the numbers are right must reflect the effects of Covid19

 

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33 minutes ago, Doc said:

Substantially less view than normal in the last couple of days which if the numbers are right must reflect the effects of Covid19

 

Kumar


Same here.  I can’t imagine this pandemic won’t have some sort of an impact on stock sales. So difficult to do so many businesses and non news publishing has been crippled at best.

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Fewer zooms here as well (only one new one yesterday) and my CTR graph is heading downhill. However, sales are still trickling in -- a mid $$ one was invoiced today. We'll no doubt be feeling the impact even more in weeks ahead.

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This is the first time in a very long time I have zero zooms for the rolling week. 10 or so days ago, my zooms were healthy. Goes to show things can tank quickly. 
I’m absolutely not stressing about it because I expected it, and believe stock will eventually get better. It’s just a matter of time.

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4 minutes ago, John Mitchell said:

Fewer zooms here as well (only one new one yesterday) and my CTR graph is heading downhill. However, sales are still trickling in -- a mid $$ one was invoiced today. We'll no doubt be feeling the impact even more in weeks ahead.

 

 

my CTR is in line with last 6 months, because i had a few Zoom to start the month, and now my views are so low, they don't have much impact down

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10 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

Fewer zooms here as well (only one new one yesterday) and my CTR graph is heading downhill. However, sales are still trickling in -- a mid $$ one was invoiced today. We'll no doubt be feeling the impact even more in weeks ahead.

 

My zooms have been very healthy for the last few months, with CTR consistently well above average. Sales are a bit slower than last year but there's still a steady trickle.

 

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I've just had a huge update in sales of a variety of uses, including a refund and re-invoice. Perhaps that indicates a system kicking back in after a delay?

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On 14/03/2020 at 07:33, Martyn said:

 I don't use travel agents myself as I always book the flights and accommodation myself but I would have thought the same rules would apply regarding flights booked via a travel agency in that if your destination goes on lockdown or the airline cancels the flight, they will offer you an alternative flight at a later date at no extra cost or a full refund. I would contact your insurance company first as they will know the exact legal position and wether the travel agency is correct in charging you an extra fee or wether they are pulling a fast one in view of the disastrous season ahead ...

Yes they refunded me because of gov advice not to travel to manila phil. but rebooked us for November with another airline for little extra cost and certainly not £200 for each FLIGHT. We could have rebooked with the same airline for no extra up to June 30 but it's now too soon with the rapidly worsening conditions. When the gov advises against travel to a certain country travel insurance can become invalid so agencies have to either refund you or re-book

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