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Happy Birthday, John!
 

I’m 8 years as a professional photographer today.  Can’t believe I’m still living the dream, must be doing something right! 

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15 hours ago, John Mitchell said:

 

Happy birthday. Mine is tomorrow, so I guess we're both Aquarians. I'll be LXXII (looks better in Roman numerals), so you're still young.

 

P.S. I feel more hail and hearty now than I did at 60 if that's any consolation -- lost 30 pounds since then, also new hip, new eyes, in better shape, among other things.

 

 

Now today. Many happy returns John.🎂

 

Allan

 

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Thanks very much for all the kind birthday wishes (and of course the cake).

 

I'm even older than last year, but so far so good. 🤞👍

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On 27/01/2021 at 13:03, Ed Rooney said:

I got my first jab/shot/vaccination this morning.

 

It was AstraZeneca, the Oxford vaccine. Two 25 minute taxi rides were inconvenient and costly, but the NHS temporary operation set up in this Village Hotel Pharmacy was very impressive. Very.

 

I'm lucky to be here in the UK with the NHS on my side. 

 

Edo

 

The UK have now vaccinated over 10 million people as of today. Had my first jab yesterday and, contrary to what the anti-vax brigade would have you believe, I haven't died, turned green or grown two heads.

A small step forward and I'm looking forward to the day when I once again have the confidence and freedom to travel into London again which is my favourite photographic stomping ground.

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When I was planning my move to the Lincoln area back in 2019 I was looking forward to getting out a lot more and taking thousands of photos to upload to Alamy, well hundreds anyway. That was the good thing. Then covid arrived and even though I had my first dose of vaccine a week ago I am now stuck with few outside photos available and not really much indoors either.

 

I know we are all in the same boat but it is annoying and has put plans back for some time to come.

 

Sorry for the outburst but I feel a bit better now.

 

Allan

 

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On 02/02/2021 at 10:01, Allan Bell said:

When I was planning my move to the Lincoln area back in 2019 I was looking forward to getting out a lot more and taking thousands of photos to upload to Alamy, well hundreds anyway. That was the good thing. Then covid arrived and even though I had my first dose of vaccine a week ago I am now stuck with few outside photos available and not really much indoors either.

 

I know we are all in the same boat but it is annoying and has put plans back for some time to come.

 

Sorry for the outburst but I feel a bit better now.

 

Allan

 

 Good to let off a bit of steam, I share your frustration. At the beginning of 2019 I made the decision that I would retire at the Easter with pretty much the same plan as you; to devote more time to my photography and boost my Alamy collection. I do take the camera out when I go for my daily walk but I too am finding picture options dwindling.

Hopefully better times are on the way.

Anyway, this topic is about good things so I guess I may have gone a little off-beam in that regard, apologies to all. Good thing is that having retired I no longer have to get up at 4:30 a.m. on cold winter days and travel into town to lock horns with daft architects, consultants, suppliers and sub-contractors.

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19 minutes ago, Dave Richards said:

Wet cleaned the sensors in both my Nikon bodies. All spotless now so hopefully no more cloning out dust spots for a while.

 

While you are in the cleaning mode you could do some housework now.😇

 

Plenty here if yours is all done.

 

Allan

 

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February 3rd, 2020 I hobbled on a train and to the Cologne Cathedral. I have been waiting forever to see it and since I was within 2 hours, of course I went. The next day, I checked into a hospital for my spine surgery. It's been a year now, and for the firs time in 13 years I have a shot at a relatively pain free future. 😊

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23 minutes ago, Allan Bell said:

 

While you are in the cleaning mode you could do some housework now.😇

 

Plenty here if yours is all done.

 

Allan

 

Housework?? What's that?😗

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45 minutes ago, Dave Richards said:

Wet cleaned the sensors in both my Nikon bodies. All spotless now so hopefully no more cloning out dust spots for a while.

Wow that's very brave.  I had a bad experience cleaning sensors many years ago when I had the D200 - I managed to almost wreck it by introducing a score line right across it which showed up on every single image I shot over F4.  I told myself then I would never attempt a sensor clean again😁  It's Fixation for me😁

 

Well done 😁

 

Carol

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Two good things today firstly my new laptop was delivered earlier and secondly I’ve just had a text inviting me for my COVID jab so it’s booked for next Thursday :)

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3 hours ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

Wow that's very brave.  I had a bad experience cleaning sensors many years ago when I had the D200 - I managed to almost wreck it by introducing a score line right across it which showed up on every single image I shot over F4.  I told myself then I would never attempt a sensor clean again😁  It's Fixation for me😁

 

Well done 😁

 

Carol

 

Me too Carol, I tried cleaning my first DSLR and nearly ruined it....I have PTSD from that experience and only have pros clean my cameras now.

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6 minutes ago, Michael Ventura said:

 

Me too Carol, I tried cleaning my first DSLR and nearly ruined it....I have PTSD from that experience and only have pros clean my cameras now.

The pellicle on the A58 means it's almost a thing of the past, but the first time I ever had sensor dust, I tried a bicycle pump first...........Rocket blowers work better, believe me😉

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1 hour ago, Michael Ventura said:

 

Me too Carol, I tried cleaning my first DSLR and nearly ruined it....I have PTSD from that experience and only have pros clean my cameras now.

And another here... I can't bear to poke anything inside my camera. I wouldn't even know what grade of Brillo pad to use...

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47 minutes ago, John Morrison said:

And another here... I can't bear to poke anything inside my camera. I wouldn't even know what grade of Brillo pad to use...

Tooth brush with a bit of Vim on seems to move the stubborn spots.🙂

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On 02/02/2021 at 04:01, Allan Bell said:

When I was planning my move to the Lincoln area back in 2019 I was looking forward to getting out a lot more and taking thousands of photos to upload to Alamy, well hundreds anyway. That was the good thing. Then covid arrived and even though I had my first dose of vaccine a week ago I am now stuck with few outside photos available and not really much indoors either.

 

I know we are all in the same boat but it is annoying and has put plans back for some time to come.

 

Sorry for the outburst but I feel a bit better now.

 

Allan

 

Allan, check your caption for LDDT1J2. One letter left out of “flower”.

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1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

Allan, check your caption for LDDT1J2. One letter left out of “flower”.

 

Something wrong with that Betty. Too many letters?

 

Paulette

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8 hours ago, NYCat said:

 

Something wrong with that Betty. Too many letters?

 

Paulette

Messed up, but it’s still 2DDT1J2. That’s the image number that shows on his teasel. It must be one of the new images numbers where there are extra letters or numbers.

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Booked vaccinations for us both on Monday. Hoping to be able to visit shops again, once the magic brew has done its work. Mrs dreaming of seeing grandbairns in the foreseeable future. And, first Feb sale arrived yesterday.

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6 hours ago, Betty LaRue said:

Messed up, but it’s still 2DDT1J2. That’s the image number that shows on his teasel. It must be one of the new images numbers where there are extra letters or numbers.

 

Thank you Betty and Paulette I have amended caption and tags.

 

How did you spot that one Betty?

 

Allan

 

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18 hours ago, aphperspective said:

Tooth brush with a bit of Vim on seems to move the stubborn spots.🙂

 

I once had a Nikon D750 which I was asked to return to them for replacement of shutter. When I got it back the sensor was full of crap so I complained then cleaned it myself. They later asked me to return it for a sensor clean. Told them I had done it myself.  This was on a camera which I bought new and was only a few months old.

Later changed to Sony.

 

Allan

 

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20 hours ago, spacecadet said:

The pellicle on the A58 means it's almost a thing of the past, but the first time I ever had sensor dust, I tried a bicycle pump first...........Rocket blowers work better, believe me😉

I have a rocket blower, sensor loupe and arctic butterfly - think they are still in the boxes😄

 

20 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

 

Me too Carol, I tried cleaning my first DSLR and nearly ruined it....I have PTSD from that experience and only have pros clean my cameras now.

PTSD - totally understand 🙃

 

Fixation in London have always been brilliant when I've been there.  Pre Covid I used to get the train to Vauxhall and just walk up the road.  Leave it with them for 20/30 minutes, walk back down the road to a very nice greasy spoon cafe and have a coffee and/or breakfast - hope it's still there !  The only problem I find when going to Fixation I am sometimes tempted to buy other things😄

 

Carol

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On 04/02/2021 at 11:11, CAROL SAUNDERS said:

Wow that's very brave.  I had a bad experience cleaning sensors many years ago when I had the D200 - I managed to almost wreck it by introducing a score line right across it which showed up on every single image I shot over F4.  I told myself then I would never attempt a sensor clean again😁  It's Fixation for me😁

 

Well done 😁

 

Carol

 

Weirdly enough I have found that the exposed sensor in my mirrorless camera is much less prone to muck than that in my DSLRs - and I change lenses very frequently as I use mainly fixed focal length glass. There is a theory that the action of the mirror sucks the stuff in, or maybe Sony has developed coatings that repel the crud, or the shaking sensor might be the answer ? I've only ever had to use a rocket blower with the Sony a6500 and there is rarely any need for spotting.

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