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21 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

Two refunds (same buyer) today for mid $$ each¬†ūüėíūüėí
 

Update: One more refund was added just now, so three refunds from the same client (same price).  Not a good Alamy day for me.

 

Mine came back as a sale today (Friday) so the client probably wants all images for one project on one bill. This is not unusual, and was explained many years ago by Alamy staff.

Sometimes it's done in the hope for a bigger discount. Not in this case: the fee is the same.

 

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29 minutes ago, wiskerke said:

 

Mine came back as a sale today (Friday) so the client probably wants all images for one project on one bill. This is not unusual, and was explained many years ago by Alamy staff.

Sometimes it's done in the hope for a bigger discount. Not in this case: the fee is the same.

 

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Yep, the same for me.

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1 hour ago, Ed Rooney said:

The Duke is dead. Long live the Duke.

 

 

Yes I just saw that another bit of bad news to throw on top of all the misery of the last year :(

 

He was a brave man and always served his adopted country

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He was and he did, David.

 

The Duke was not a perfect person but who among us is? 99 is a very long life. Most of it he spent in service to The Crown.

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32 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

He was and he did, David.

 

The Duke was not a perfect person but who among us is? 99 is a very long life. Most of it he spent in service to The Crown.

Thanks, Ed. it's appreciated.

I've pinned a Union flag to the front door for the duration.

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I'm not a Royals follower, but I'll miss the Duke's one-liners. He always managed to inject some levity into what were often rather dour events.

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Another non believer, but you have to admire the pair of them. Not sure where the Royal family will be heading in future.

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1 hour ago, John Mitchell said:

I'm not a Royals follower, but I'll miss the Duke's one-liners. He always managed to inject some levity into what were often rather dour events.

 

This is my favourite Duke moment, when he injected a choice word for a photographer back in 2015.¬† Hopefully not too soon to post this.ūüôŹ

 

 

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8 hours ago, Michael Ventura said:

 

This is my favourite Duke moment, when he injected a choice word for a photographer back in 2015.¬† Hopefully not too soon to post this.ūüôŹ

 

 

 

Death shouldn't be all dour and miserable, it should also remember good and funny things in a person's life ūüėÜ

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19 hours ago, Sally R said:

 

I still use a soft ND grad filter and sometimes a circular polarising filter.

 

These days I almost totally only use limited filters only for personal photography, not for Alamy uploads. Then it would be hard and soft grads, a polariser and sometimes a 10 stop ND. The increased dynamic range of newer digital cameras makes handling an extended range of light easier, unlike when long ago shooting with E6 film. My heyday for using filters was when I used to regularly shoot with my Toyo 45A tripod mounted. I still have 4 tripods, all were suited to different purposes. Last time I dusted one off was to assist shooting some local HS2 workings with a long lens last year. My filters could get more use if I shot shot specifically for POD, but it would be very time consuming for potentially limited return.

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33 minutes ago, sb photos said:

My heyday for using filters was when I used to regularly shoot with my Toyo 45A tripod mounted. I still have 4 tripods, all were suited to different purposes. Last time I dusted one off was to assist shooting some local HS2 workings with a long lens last year. My filters could get more use if I shot shot specifically for POD, but it would be very time consuming for potentially limited return.

 

I had never heard of the Toyo 45A so I just googled it and it looks like a very interesting piece of camera equipment. I then came across this article https://www.alexburkephoto.com/blog/2018/2/13/choosing-a-4x5-camera-and-lenses which mentions a recent growth in interest in large format film cameras. It is like another whole craft in itself. The article has some nice sample images.

 

I think because I learned photography on a film camera, that might be why I am still inclined towards using filters in-camera now. I agree that images with filters may be best oriented towards POD sites, though two of my images licensed so far with Alamy were taken with an ND grad. I enjoy doing it so will keep on it with it. I go into a kind of meditation with landscape photography where I just feel at one with what I'm doing, so I don't mind the extra set-up with filters as it is all kind of automatic for me now.

 

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, Bryan said:

Another non believer, but you have to admire the pair of them. Not sure where the Royal family will be heading in future.

 

I don't think that it will will ever be the same after Liz. They don't make them like her any longer.

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16 hours ago, David Pimborough said:

 

Death shouldn't be all dour and miserable, it should also remember good and funny things in a person's life ūüėÜ

When my daughter-in-law died 2 years ago from breast cancer, instead of a sad memorial, we had a celebration of life event, with positive, happy and funny memories. People did not wear mourning clothes. That’s what she wanted.

A Royal death probably doesn’t have much latitude, but you all do.

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I would like to say thanks again to Vincent Lowe and the others who's suggestions about the proper way to deal with hot-cross buns has changed my breakfast habits. I split them and toast them in a dry frying pan face down until they begin to brown. Then I spread on a little butter and eat with my eggs and ham or as a mid-morning treat. 

 

I think we all have learned something positive from this pandemic: a big part of life involves simple pleasures. 

 

Good morning, all!

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4 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

I would like to say thanks again to Vincent Lowe and the others who's suggestions about the proper way to deal with hot-cross buns has changed my breakfast habits. I split them and toast them in a dry frying pan face down until they begin to brown. Then I spread on a little butter and eat with my eggs and ham or as a mid-morning treat. 

 

I think we all have learned something positive from this pandemic: a big part of life involves simple pleasures. 

 

Good morning, all!

 

Morning Edo. Like your breakfast menu. I used to have fried breakfast many years ago but have taken a healthier option since then.

 

My arm is aching and a bit stiff this morning after having the second covid vaccine jab yesterday. The appointment was brought forward by a week and a day by my surgery for which I am grateful.

Another seven days and I should be well protected. Not that I am easing off on taking the necessary precautions while I am out and about.

 

Allan

 

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3 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

I would like to say thanks again to Vincent Lowe and the others who's suggestions about the proper way to deal with hot-cross buns has changed my breakfast habits. I split them and toast them in a dry frying pan face down until they begin to brown. Then I spread on a little butter and eat with my eggs and ham or as a mid-morning treat. 

 

I think we all have learned something positive from this pandemic: a big part of life involves simple pleasures. 

 

Good morning, all!

You can do the same with english muffins Ed. Split them and toast in your pan. And I warm up crumpets in a dry frying pan before spreading on butter and honey. 

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Great you've had both jabs, Allan. I get my second one next week. 

 

It is a fact that making scrambled eggs in a pan with some oil or butter is frying. Without an oven or a grill or a toaster, I do some light frying. Cooked lean ham is the only processed meat I eat, and that's about one or two slices once a week. I hope you don't still believe that eggs are bad for us and cause cholesterol problems. They don't. My son tells me he eats about 21 eggs a week and has never had a cholesterol problem. I eat 6 eggs a week. On alternate mornings, I have a broken muffin with yogurt and berries. I used to eat oatmeal as a third alternative, but the problems in my tiny kitchen have ended oatmeal for me for now. 

 

Eleven years ago, I developed Diabetes 2 with a lot of additional problems. I talked to some people and did some research and decided to try intermittent fasting. I stopped eating dinner and also stopped eating bread and all simple carbohydrates. In the first year, I lost 30 kilograms and cured the diabetes and some other problems. 

 

I'm 86 years old. I'm not a guru and I follow no online health guru. But I do have my own set of diet and health ideas. A long time ago, I saw an interview with Joe Frazier where he said in passing that he only ate one meal a day. Just one meal . . . for Joe Frazier? Wow. The 16-8 fasting thing works for me. I've only broken it a few times for social reasons. I not only save calories but I save money too. Am I hungry at night. No, I'm not. 

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19 minutes ago, Ed Rooney said:

Eleven years ago, I developed Diabetes 2 with a lot of additional problems. I talked to some people and did some research and decided to try intermittent fasting. I stopped eating dinner and also stopped eating bread and all simple carbohydrates. In the first year, I lost 30 kilograms and cured the diabetes and some other problems. 

 

I'm 86 years old. I'm not a guru and I follow no online health guru. But I do have my own set of diet and health ideas. A long time ago, I saw an interview with Joe Frazier where he said in passing that he only ate one meal a day. Just one meal . . . for Joe Frazier? Wow. The 16-8 fasting thing works for me. I've only broken it a few times for social reasons. I not only save calories but I save money too. Am I hungry at night. No, I'm not. 

 

That's great to know you have found a solution to the Type 2 Diabetes Ed. These things are not always a one way street and it's great to be able to turn things around. It's often a case of trial and error combined with research to find out what works.

 

I have had chronic migraines since I was 13. In about September last year I went gluten free and I have gone from the regular migraines I've had all my life to almost none. The difference is dramatic. Instead of 2 or 3 a week I'm down to 1 or 2 a month. I've always had to worry about making sure I have pain killers with me when I go out in case I am struck down by one so I can nip it in the bud before I become incapacitated. But now I'm only rarely needing to medicate for them.

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That very good news, Sally. I used to be a migraine sufferer. In the week of my 50th birthday, I suffered from a cluster of them, three. For whatever reason, I've not had one since then. ??? It's as if I migrained myself out. 

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Hi Edo, no I do not believe in eggs and excessive cholesterol myth. In fact I have them on my shopping list for tomorrow. Have them either soft or hard boiled. My regular b/f consists of a mug of orange juice, (the real juice not reconstituted), bowl of cereal, fruit and fibre mostly but interspersed with the occasional other type plus plenty of milk in the bowl. Followed by a fresh orange (have to peel it) and mug of white tea (no milk) that is the name of it. Comes from harvesting just the very new growth at the top of the bush. No added milk or sugar.

 

Hi Sally I get the odd migraine but cannot put it down to any particular thing. Food, stress, whatever. It is not a headache though it manifests itself as loss of vision and flashing lights. Usually just closing my eyes and resting in a easy chair with my head back eases it within 30 minutes and I can carry on with whatever I am busy with. But Ido feel a bit woozy for a while. One of my doctors said he suspected it was an abdominal migraine.?????  I know alcohol particularly red wine and spirits can bring it on and that is why I do not drink alcohol now but still get the occasional migraine so must be stress.

 

Allan

 

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1 hour ago, Allan Bell said:

Hi Sally I get the odd migraine but cannot put it down to any particular thing. Food, stress, whatever. It is not a headache though it manifests itself as loss of vision and flashing lights. Usually just closing my eyes and resting in a easy chair with my head back eases it within 30 minutes and I can carry on with whatever I am busy with. But Ido feel a bit woozy for a while. One of my doctors said he suspected it was an abdominal migraine.?????  I know alcohol particularly red wine and spirits can bring it on and that is why I do not drink alcohol now but still get the occasional migraine so must be stress.

 

Allan

 

I get those aura migraines every so often. Usually brought on by bright light or looking at a computer screen. Two ibuprofen as soon as it starts and lots of water gets rid of it fairly quickly. 

 

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Your breakfast sounds spot on, Allan. Love live the egg! 

 

In America, I gave up on OJ, both the drink and the killer. I eat an orange sometimes, yes! 

 

I've not given up booze or sugar entirely but I've cut way back on sugar (and coffee) and my drinking is now back to what seems an acceptable level‚ÄĒ10 to 14 drinks a week. That's 1 or 2 a day. ¬†I drink only wine, beer, coffee, and water.¬†I stopped with the brandy after lunch.¬†ūü§®¬†Red wine is a known trigger¬†for migraine sufferers.¬†I do¬†Pinot Noir sometimes now, the 'healthiest' of reds. The America medical community sees 21 drinks a week as the start of problems.¬†

 

You sound like you had/have mild classic migraine. I had extreme common migraine‚ÄĒa headache that caused me to not be able to talk, throwing up, and diarrhea.¬†

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I had migraines for years. No longer have them. Allan, I never heard of an abdominal migraine.  !! But I worked for an ophthalmologist for 10 years and he diagnosed me with optical migraines. I’ve only had a handful of those. They are weird. Mine were jagged flashing lights, or grayed out half vision, or like looking through glass that water is streaming down. Everything wavy.

Optical migraines are those vision changes without the headache.

I do not eat breakfast except sometimes while camping or on vacation. The past year, I eat my heavier meal at lunch and something light at dinner. Seems a CT scan reveals I have something going on, so will be seeing a gastroenterologist this month.

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17 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

Great you've had both jabs, Allan. I get my second one next week. 

 

It is a fact that making scrambled eggs in a pan with some oil or butter is frying. Without an oven or a grill or a toaster, I do some light frying. Cooked lean ham is the only processed meat I eat, and that's about one or two slices once a week. I hope you don't still believe that eggs are bad for us and cause cholesterol problems. They don't. My son tells me he eats about 21 eggs a week and has never had a cholesterol problem. I eat 6 eggs a week. On alternate mornings, I have a broken muffin with yogurt and berries. I used to eat oatmeal as a third alternative, but the problems in my tiny kitchen have ended oatmeal for me for now. 

 

 

My missus is a great scrambled egg fan, but I don't get it. However the addition of a small chopped onion, fried in olive oil prior to the eggs, is transformative. Even better, add a few lightly grilled fresh summer tomatoes (not the tasteless supermarket variety) and some freshly chopped basil, (it grows on a south facing windowledge) and you have a some real taste. Accompanied by a thick slice of wholemeal bread and butter, and washed down with a mug of tea,  you've got a light but satisfying meal. 

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