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I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
This is an update of one of my older threads:

I guess I've moved past the purely 'amateur' photographer status, but only barely...

https://www.eng-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=418130

Since I started that thread in December 2016, I've sold an additional 15 images, for a total of 18 in three years. The sales have totaled just over $1,000 (I get half). So far 2019 has been a good year with five images sold so far, with the most recent, just a few days ago. It was a picture of an immature Pineapple I took at the Dole Plantation on Oahu when my wife and I were on our Hawaiian vacation this past September (this is the second photo from that trip that I’ve sold).


September 2018 (Sony a6000)

It sold for $99.18 (photos are priced in Pounds Sterling, so this is based on the current exchange rate) and I’ll get half of this amount when the stock photo house gets paid. All I know is that it was a medium-sized image (3375 x 2250 pixels) which was sold and it will be used in a ‘permanent’ exhibition. It can only be used once, but the license extends for the life of the exhibit.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

That's cool.

So you're selling thru an English stock-photo house?
Why that particular one?

They take 50%??

Do they handle all the licensing?

BTW That is a very visually pleasing shot of Pineapple Jr.

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Congratulations.
I'm happy that you are happy.

Bill
--------------------
"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
The English stock photo house was recommended by a friend who had dealt with them for years. He said that they had a good reputation and it was easy to work with them since it was all done online. It was very easy to set-up. Everything is done online and they deposit my fees directly into my bank whenever when the balance on my account reaches a minimum of $50 at the end of a month. Yes, they take 50% but they do all the work once you've submitted your photos and they've passed their QC criteria.

On a daily basis I can log into my account and see a status of my receivables as well as checking to see if there has been any activity in terms of having my photos seen by anyone. When you register your photos you have to provide a certain amount of mandatory and optional information. Mandatory information includes a one line description of the image and a set of keywords/phrases used when prospective buyers performs searches (minimum of five keywords/phrases, a maximum of 50). The optional data includes where the image was taken (if your images are geo-tagged they will derive the location automatically), the date (which is automatically extracted from the image's metadata), a primary and secondary category (from a list of predefined choices such as 'Wildlife', 'Landscape', 'Travel', etc.) as well as a longer description (up to about a 1,000 characters). All of the data, except for the longer description, is used when prospective buyers are doing searches. Now when searchers are done there are two levels of results. The first is just whether it was seen and the second is if it was 'zoomed', which means that a prospective customer looked at a full-size image rather than just a small thumbnail, which is the normal result of a search. This helps to give you an idea that there might be some serious interest in one of your images, although I've sold images which were never 'zoomed'. And for every image of yours that was seen as the result of a search, it will indicate how many 'zooms' were performed as a result of that search even if your image was not one that was 'zoomed', so this helps to show you where the interest might be for certain subject matter.

Now the biggest pain is getting through the QC process as every image is examined very carefully to make sure that it's in focus, there is little or no 'noise' and if the image is large enough. They also will not accept images taken with cell-phone cameras or any so-called 'point & shoot' camera even if they have a high MP count. It's based on the size of the camera's sensor. Their minimum is the so-called 'Four Thirds' size. The cameras that I use are all APS-C so they're OK. The bottom line is that an uncompressed image has to be 17MB or larger. Anyway, they are a stickler when it comes to their QC process and if you submit an image that fails, your entire submission is rejected and you have to wait in a 'penalty box' before you can make another submission. This can be for up to 10 days. Once you submit images (I generally do 10 at a time) you get the QC report back in 24 to 48 hours. Once you pass QC that's when you have to take the time to add the data to the images before they're actually put on sale.

Note that there is a 'cell phone' exception and that's if you submit what they call 'Live News' photos. This is a totally different way of selling images but they have to be something that the media would need immediately for breaking news stories. Their QC criteria and response times are totally different of course as images 'age' really fast (images submitted to the stock photo business stay on sale until you explicitly remove them).

Now you retain ownership of the images and their copyright, however, if you give them exclusive use of an image, and it's sold, you can get an additional 10% fee. Also note that when an image is sold, you're never told to whom, just the amount that was charged, the size of the image and whether it's a single-use license. Sometimes they'll say how the image is to used, like my most recent sale where they indicated that it was for an 'exhibition'.

Anyway, that's how it works. If you're interested and you might want to look into this further, let me know and I'll provide more information about how to contact them to see if you would like to become a 'contributor'.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Thanks John for the details!
Sounds pretty reasonable.

I was going to ask, "can you stick the same images on several of these 'stock sites'", but I suspect that's what the 'exclusivity' was you mentioned. (Yes, but it costs you 10%.)

Do they have a standard pricing to cover all the various uses; Exhibit, mass printer, book covers, acrylic painting converter, screen saver, use in a publication, etc.?

Do you set the prices?

BTW you're up kinda late aren't you? Sitting up waiting for the main shock? LOL


Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Good posting John,
Trust you don't mind but I forwarded some of you info. to a cousin of mine, he does a lot of travel in S E Asia, India and recently Egypt - he is a natural for candid photography and I have for years been trying to get him to get his photos'out there for others to see.
Your post might spur him along a bit to big and better things.

It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts. (Sherlock Holmes - A Scandal in Bohemia.)

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
To Kieth, no, they set the price and while I've seen their standard price sheet, at least the one based on the size of the image being sold, I've never looked into how they charge for things like how it's used or how many times that it can be used. I know that there are different rates if the image is used in a publication such as a magazine or a text book, versus a single use. I've sold images that went for as low as $3 or $4 and others that went for nearly $300. The average is around $50.

As for my staying up late, I'm on West Coast time and besides, the time stamp appears be based on GMT.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

I could jack up the size of an image's file with no visible change in the image very easily... minimum filesize is a horrible metric of quality.

Dan - Owner
http://www.Hi-TecDesigns.com

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Perhaps, but the minimum sensor size is the real limiting factor what with cellphone cameras getting better and many 'point & shoot' cameras supporting 20MP image sizes. My wife had a new Sony HX400V with a 50X optical zoom and a 20.4MP sensor, but because the actual sensor size is smaller than the 'Four Fifths' minimum, none of the photos taken with it can pass their QC criteria. The reason stated is they want to be able to provide the largest possible images with the least amount of 'noise' to their clients. This is what really drives their QC process.

When I first started to submit images three years ago, they were only using the uncompressed file size as the limiting factor, then about a year ago they added the sensor size criteria, probably because people were 'scamming' the system by editing the size of the images as you described (I did it myself a couple of times).

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Hi John,

Which Photohouse would that be? As a "bit more" than amateur Photographer I am also interested to have a look :)




Ronald van den Broek
Senior Application Engineer
Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd
NX9 / TC10.1.2

Building new PLM environment from Scratch using NX12 / TC11

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
The stock photo house that I work with is called 'Alamy', and they can be found at:

https://www.alamy.com/

Have fun...

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Cool!

Thanks!

Ronald van den Broek
Senior Application Engineer
Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd
NX9 / TC10.1.2

Building new PLM environment from Scratch using NX12 / TC11

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
I sold another picture. This one was of a memorial commemorating "The Night the Music Died". That is February 3, 1959, when a small plane carrying Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and JP Richardson (AKA 'The Big Bopper'), crashed in the middle of a corn field near Clear Lake, Iowa. While on a business trip to Forest City, Iowa (I was visiting Winnebago Industries, a customer of ours), I decided to drive over to Clear Lake, which was only about 25 miles away, where I stopped and took pictures of the Surf Ballroom, the last place these singers performed:


June 2002 (Canon IXUS V)

After getting directions as to how to find the crash site (there are no signs or markers on the road itself), I drove out there and walked the half-mile or so out into the corn field (the land owner does not object as long as no one puts up a sign on the road and if people only walk the fence line to the crash site), as seen below:


June 2002 (Canon IXUS V)

Here is the actual memorial (note that this is the photo that was purchased):


June 2002 (Canon IXUS V)

The stock photo house indicated that the image was going to used in a magazine published in Russia. It didn't give the name of the magazine nor the publication date (they never provide that sort of information). Anyway, this is the 19th image that I've sold since I started to work with this stock photo house. I'm not getting rich, but at least I have something to help justify to my wife when I need to buy a new tripod or an extra lens for my camera winky smile

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
I just passed a milestone on my digital camera, something the I had not given much thought about until now. When you set up a digital camera you're given an option, at least I was with my Sony, as to whether you want the image numbering scheme to reset back to zero each time you format the memory card or whether you wish to just keep incrementing the number. I chose the latter. Anyway, I just learned the maximum image number is 9999.

I discovered this earlier today when I downloaded about 80 images that I took at Disneyland, actually we were only in the newer section of the park, the Disney California Adventure. A friend of ours works at the park and she's allowed to host a certain number of guests per year and she saved a couple of tickets for us. So my wife and I, and our friend, visited the park yesterday afternoon and evening. We were there about five hours, long enough to go on a couple of rides and to have dinner, and to watch their new 'World of Color' light and water show that runs each evening after the sun goes down. It lasts about 30 minutes.

Anyway, back to the image numbers. What happened is that after I downloaded the images to my usual download folder, which is sorted by file name, it appeared that the images were out of order, with the last 20 images showing-up in the list ahead of the other images. It was then that I noticed that the last image in the file was named 'DSC09999.jpg'. Of course, as soon as I noticed this and the fact that first file in the folder was named 'DSC00001.jpg'. realized what had happened. It's no big deal since I have my own archive system and every file gets renamed using a custom naming scheme that's good for a lot more than 10K image. I'm currently at 48,793 and I estimate that the naming/numbering scheme that I've adopted should be good for another 40,000 images or so. Note that the camera involved is a Sony a6000 mirrorless, 24MP APS-C format.



I purchased it in February 2016. It's the fifth Sony Digital camera that I've had. My first digital camera was a small Canon pocket point-and- shoot, a Canon Powershot S10, 2.1MP, purchased back in December 2000.



I went through a couple of small Canon point-and shoot cameras until moving up to a Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi and while this was still technically a point-and-shoot camera, it had a lot of really nice features and was 5.2MP.



Unfortunately, there was a bad batch of 5.2MB sensors manufactured and virtually every camera using this sensor, which included many brands, not just Minolta, eventually died. Now Sony had just acquired the camera business from Minolta and I guess to keep those users happy with the acquisition, they agreed to replace, free of charge, ALL of the affected Minolta cameras with an equivalent Sony, which in this case was a Sony DSC-H2



Now I'm not a big fan of chrome-body cameras, but it was free and beside, it was 6.0 MP and while it was still a point-and-shoot, it was a 12X range whereas the Minolta it replaced was only 7X, so it was a move up, and a good move by Sony considering that a lot of Minolta buyers suddenly had a new Sony digital camera in their hands. And it worked, because I eventually moved-up to a Sony DSLR (I've owned two in fact) and am now on my second Sony mirrorless APS-C camera, which is the only way to go due to the compact size and the great performance in that small package. Besides, the lens are less expensive than the ones for a DSLR.

Anyway. I know it was long post and it drifted off the original topic, but hey...


John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

I remember the Power Shot. I had one and I gave a similar but not identical power shot to my 14 year old daughter.
I also gave her the matching photo printer.
She started a little business venture, taking pictures for her friends, for a fee.
That probably wouldn't fly in the US or Canada, but the culture and economics are much different in Central America.
It was a novelty that Wendy's friends were willing to pay for.
Of course, I bought and paid for the special printer paper. grin

Bill
--------------------
"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Given that you're the one hitting the shutter every single time, for a 3.5 year old camera 10K shots is pretty prolific! That's 10 photos every day.

My Canon 6D has clocked 28,212 shutter firings. It's about 5 years old so I'm managing the same average rate as you. But for totally different reasons -

When you get into astrophotography, you automate the shutter so that you can take dozens of shots of the same scene. A process called "stacking" allows the noise in the shots to be cancelled, on the order of 1/sqrt(N) meaning 9 pictures stacked reduce the noise by 1/3. The camera can do night shots with its own lenses, or coupled to my telescopes, so I often leave the camera out all night, the shutter clicking away while I sleep...

If it wasn't so close to full moon it might have been doing so tonight.

My wife has a Nikon D80 which is ~15 years old so it's probably up there, too.

www.sparweb.ca

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
I read an article the other day (link provided below) about a guy in New Jersey who is more than four years into a project to capture a 30 year time-lapse of New York City's Manhattan skyline. He's using a Sony mirrorless camera (less moving parts) hooked to an Apple MacBook Pro, which is capturing an image every 30 seconds. Each day his system creates an approximate one-minute loop of the last 24-hours of images and automatically publishes it on Instagram. It appears that at the end of 30 years, he plans to produce a single video which would run for something over 180 hours (based on my calculations).

https://petapixel.com/2019/08/23/this-guy-is-shoot...

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Wow. I have a Canon DSLR and take the occasional photo with it. From time to time I get a good one (at least it looks ok) but its luck as much as anything else.

I had a look at the QC requirements, fair to say I doubt I would ever pass.

Your photos need to be technically good, not just look alright.

https://www.alamy.com/contributors/alamy-how-to-pa...

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Cool to read your camera history John.
I went through a Practica 35mm, Canon Powershot and a Sony Cybershot before I ended up with the Nikon D5200.

Currently looking into buying an additional set because the D5200 with Nikon 18-55 and 70-300mm is not meeting my needs (Mostly Wildlife, Landscape and Urban) anymore.

I have set my choice at the;
Nikon D500
Tamron SP 24-70mm f/2.8 DI VC USD G2
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2

It's an expensive hobby ;) but I would like to try and get some money out of it...

Ronald van den Broek
Senior Application Engineer
Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd
NX9 / TC10.1.2

Building new PLM environment from Scratch using NX12 / TC11

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
The Nikon D500 is similar to my last DSLR, the Sony A65 (I still have it, just that I hardly use it anymore since I've gone mirrorless). I also have a couple of Tamron lens for it as well:

Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8 Di
Tamron SP 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5 DiII

Note that I really like the Tamron super-wide angle, but the 28-75mm has a bit of a soft focus that was not there with the normal kit lens, but the extra speed and mid-telephoto focal length is nice.

I also have the two kit lens:

Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6

Now these are all A-mount lens and therefore they can't be used with my Sony a6000 as it uses the new, more compact E-mount, and while I could buy an adapter, the whole idea of going to the mirrorless format was to have a smaller camera with the same basic specs, like APS-C 24.3MP sensor. The two things I miss from my A65 that's not in my a6000 was built in GPS to geotag your images and a 'level' in the viewfinder to help keep your images properly aligned, which is critical when shooting things like panoramic shots. I use the 'Rule of 3rds' grid-lines in the viewfinder of my a6000 which helps, but the level would be nice.

Now with my Sony a6000, I've only got Sony lens starting with the two kit lens:

Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6
Sony 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3

as well as a super-wide angle:

Sony 10-18mm f/4

I have no macro lens but I do have a set of automatic extension tubes which will lets me shoot good micro-photography (I had a set when I was still shooting 35mm film with my old Minolta SLR's).

I also have a 50 year old Tele-Astranar 400mm f/6.3 pre-set telephoto lens. Now this is a purely manual lens but since it uses a universal T-mount, I've been able to use this on all of my interchangeable lens cameras, since my first Minolta SR-1 35mm SLR up to my current Sony a6000 mirrorless camera. And it still takes great photos. I paid something like $40.00 for it back in the late 60's, but then $40 was a lot of money back then (almost two-days pay). Heres a shot of a partial lunar eclipse I took using it on my Sony A65 and since this is an APS-C senor, this would be equivalent to a 600mm lens used on a full-frame or 35mm camera:


April 2014 (Sony A65)

Here's a shot of the Sun using a Sun filter. If you look close, you can see a few Sun spots:


September 2016 (Sony a6000)

Here's what the lens looks like mounted on my old Sony A100 DSLR:


May 2012 (Sony DSC-H2)

And before you ask, I have no plans to purchase any high-speed (low f-stop) lens for the a6000. Sony has done such a good job with the sensors and the in-camera processing that I can shoot at relatively high ISO settings. With my older Sony DSLR's I normally set the ISO at either 100 or 200, but with the a6000 I never go less than 800 and the image quality is just as good or better. In fact, some of the newer Sony's, like the a6400 and the newest a6600 have even better low-light performance with normal lens. Granted, the low-f-stop lens can help you get some really great short-depth-of-field shots, but they aren't really needed for low-light shots anymore, at least that's my humble opinion.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

I have 3 Konica Auto Reflex bodies and a couple of thousand dollars in lenses.
Are there any retrofit sensors for the old film cameras?

Bill
--------------------
"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
I think Hasselblad offered a digital back for their 500C to replace the film back, but that's about the only conversion 'kit' that I've ever heard of.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

I think some of the other medium format cameras can be fitted with a digital back but I've never heard of a 35mm replacement.

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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Thanks for the information.

Bill
--------------------
"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Thanks for the information, fel3. I have sent an E-mail enquiry to Imback.eu in regards to Konica.

Bill
--------------------
"Why not the best?"
Jimmy Carter

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Waross…

B&H and Adorama both show the im-back on their websites.

Fred

==========
"Is it the only lesson of history that mankind is unteachable?"
--Winston S. Churchill

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Sold another photo, this one showed the incision and stitches which were the result of bunion surgery that my wife had performed on her Left foot:


November 2011 (Sony DSC-H2)

The above image was sold for use in either presentations or a newsletter. It's a worldwide license that's good for five years.

Note that her surgery was a bit of a failure. After about a month, it was determined that while the bones had healed, the Titanium 'appliances' had to be removed due to my wife suffering from something called 'foreign body syndrome'. Originally the Titanium plate and screws were intended to be permanent but with her problem, they had go back into her foot and remove all of the metal bits and pieces, as seen below (and before anybody says anything, NO the quarter was NOT part of the surgical procedure).


January 2012 (Sony A100)

Needless to say, my wife decided to NOT have this procedure done on her Right foot.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

A friend of mine had similar surgery on both feet. She was sitting on the swim platform on the back of an inboard boat. I said "Get your feet out of the water, I'm about to put it in gear. I wouldn't want you to get your feet caught in the prop . . . . . again." Cruel but she retells the joke.

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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
I sold another photo (this is the 3rd photo I've sold that was taken during last year's trip to Hawaii). The photo shows what's known as the 'Iao Needle', an outcropping of volcanic rock that is part of the Iao Valley State Monument, on the island of Maui.

The sale is for use in a magazine editorial, in both print and digital format. That's all the info that was provided. Note that this is the 21st photo that I've sold since I started to offer them for sale through this stock photo house.


September 2018 (Sony a6000)

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Here's my portfolio which I am offering. Started this just to try and see what result it brings.

Portfolio

Ronald van den Broek
Senior Application Engineer
Winterthur Gas & Diesel Ltd
NX9 / TC10.1.2

Building new PLM environment from Scratch using NX12 / TC11

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Very good. Hope it works out well for you.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Now this is strange, while I've been getting adverts from Adorama for years, and have bought a few things there, this is the first time that I've ever seen as advert for 'darkroom' supplies. I mean things like safelights, printing paper, chemicals. Now it's been at least 15 years since I've shot any negatives and at least 30 years since I did any developing myself and even that was confined to Ektachrome (slides) as you didn't really need a darkroom, just someplace where you can load a film tank. I hadn't done any actual darkroom printing since college when I ran our academic department's darkroom. Anyway, here's what today's advert looked like, a real blast from the past:

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
EX-Product 'Evangelist'
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Google ad metric algorithm run amok, John.

Datum: user signed up on >3 pro photography websites
Datum: social media profile indicates you are very old... like, over 35 (so really really old)
Customer: Kodak comes to Google with a list of products and services as long as your arm
Requirement: find target market for darkroom supplies
Method: eliminate all people born after print photography was made taboo
Conclusion: All old geezers (>35year old) who may be pro photographers meet the requirements for Kodak darkroom products
Action: plaster John Baker's ad banners with darkroom supplies.

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Once the old stock is cleared out, these products will no longer be available.

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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

There is of curse the possibility that they are targeting the Hobbyists which are still preforming this old Art.
it might be booming again.
Something similar like Record players are coming back again. There more and more stores providing them again. As a big fan myself I also see more and more adverts.

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Quote:

Something similar like Record players are coming back again.
But with a difference.
I have seen a few record players but the newer ones now have a USB connection.

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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Note that I've still got several film cameras, some expensive (the reason the camera is missing is because I used it to take the picture)...


September 2002 (Minolta X-700)

...and some not so expensive...


October 2018 (Sony a6000)]

...and some old, including a couple that are pre-WWII (the second one, a Kodak Vest Pocket Camera, Model B, my father carried with him during war when he served in the Persian Gulf)...


February 1971 (Minolta SRT-101]


February 1971 (Minolta SRT-101]

...and at least one that was pre-WWI (my grandmother, when she was a teenager, bought this Kodak Pocket Camera with the money she made selling frog legs to local hotels to serve in their dining rooms)...


February 1971 (Minolta SRT-101]

Granted, I haven't shot any film with them in years:

Kodak Pocket Camera = 1970

Kodak Brownie Starflash = 1970

Zeiss Ikonta 52 1/2 = 1975

Minolta X-700 = 2006

As for my father's Vest Pocket Kodak, I can't find any record of any photos that I took with it. Of course, we have lots of photos that my father took back before and during the war.

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Got another retro-advert from Adorama, this time for Kodak 35mm color negative film (actually, that's not a bad price):

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I used to take pics as an engineer mainly of weld cracks with film and never really enjoyed it, it was just a tool.

Then I had a job stuck in the north of Sweden and got into astro photography using digital. Kid came along and it became a hobby. Ended up with a Nikon D750 when they first came out. Main thing about digital is not having to wait a week to find out the pic is crap.





Also got into focus stacking and the like.

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Opposite, twice I wanted to change majors at school to photography. I was photo editor for the student paper, shot a bunch of concerts, basement shows, some demonstrations, models, industrial landscapes. I've got some 35mm, 6x6 cm and 4x5 kit that will eventually grow unuseable from being unused. Last I really shot a bunch was in china and in poland with my wife.

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moon161,

I have an Epson Perfection V550 scanner. It scans 120 negatives and slides.

My dad's Rolliflex still works, and I have his 4×5 Speedgraphic. I am tempted.

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Yes, I have that same flatbed scanner (the Epson Perfection V550), which I've use for large format negatives.

For 35mm slides and negatives, as well as the now all but extinct APS film cartridges, I have a CanoScan FS4000US scanner.

To show you how old this scanner is, the 'FS' designation stood for a 'Fast SCSI' interface, also known as SCSI-2. When I got this scanner back in 2001, and paid $995 for it (and those were 2001 dollars), I was running an Apple Power Mac G4 and I had to buy a PCI-SCSI interface card. Anyway, it was fast (for those days) and as I upgraded, first to a Power Mac G5 and eventually to the first Apple Intel-based Mac Pro, I was able to move the PCI-SCSI card along with the upgrades. However, that all came to screeching halt when I finally bought my MacBook Pro after I retired (I didn't really need a portable computer when I was working as my employer supplied me with laptops, albeit Windows-based, but beggars can't be choosy). Anyway, I was lucky as the 'US" in the name of the scanner stood for USB. Now it was only USB1, but then this scanner WAS built in 2001 so I was lucky it even had a USB port of any kind. That means that I can still use it today, albeit, not as fast as the old SCSI interface was, but my computer is faster now so in the end, it's basically a wash.

Over the years, my biggest problem was keeping the scanning software up-to-date. After Canon stopped making scanners around 2006, they only provided updates for a couple of years and by the time I got to my Power Mac G5 the software wouldn't run at all and I had to find 3rd-party software. For years I used SilverFast software, but since moving to my laptop, I switched to VueScan which works with all of my scanners, the CanoScan, the Epson V550 and even the automatic document-feeder option on my Epson WP-4540 all-in-one printer (Print/Copy/Scan/FAX), which works great for converting paper doc's into multi-page PDF's.

Note that I've managed to scan ALL of my slides and negatives so the only film scanning I've done over the last year or so has been for family and friends who, when they learn that I can pretty much scan any film format, have had me do some work for them. Since everything is already paid for and there are no expendables except the CD/DVD-ROM's I deliver the images on (if they want them on a memory stick, they have to provide one) I've never charged anyone.

So I guess the moral of the story is that if I do decide dust off any of my old film-based cameras, I'll have no problem getting the images into my digital archive.

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I sold another photo, this time a shot of the company where I used to work back in the 70's in Saginaw, MI. Most of the buildings have been closed and have sat empty for over 30 years. About five years ago, the city condemned much of the old factory portion of the facility as it had become a public hazard. We happened to be passing thru Saginaw on vacation after they had completed the first phase of the demolition of the most dilapidated parts of the site and I was able to get a bunch of shots of what was left. It was sad to see what had become of the place, where I had worked for over 14 years. The picture I sold (see below) shows where the main assembly floor had been located. The rail spur ran along the front of the building, next to the big roll-up doors through which we'd load the large pieces of machinery onto flatcars or into boxcars for shipment around the country or to a port for overseas shipment.

Anyway, I'm being paid $89 for the image and the only information that I was provided was that it was for multiple use in an editorial setting, meaning that it was not being used for commercial purposes, but rather for some media-based purpose, perhaps a magazine story or s newspaper article. Based on the amount that they charged and its intended use, it would seem that they sold what they call a 'Medium' image (1688 x 1125 pixels). As the size goes up, so does the cost. A full size (6000 x 4000 pixel) image would go for close to $160 (their published prices are in British £'s). Now I don't get paid until the customer is invoiced and they actually pay their bill.


August 2017 (Sony a6000)

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Nice photos everyone. Thanks for posting the web site John. My daughter does free lance photography and sells photos through a bunch of websites. So said she's going to look into the place you deal with.

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

One of my daughters was a professional photographer when she was about 14 years old.
The family was living in Central America and I was working in Canada.
I bought Wendy a small camera and a small dye sublimation printer.
Wendy was taking portraits of her friends, for a fee.
It was a novelty in that culture that the kids were willing to pay for.
It provided her with spending money.
(I kept her supplied with photo paper and dye packs.)
Something like this:

And not exactly but something like this:
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Yes, I also have one of those Canon 4 x 6 photo printer, a SELPHY CP900.



It uses dye-sublimation technology and requires special paper, but the cost is reasonable if you just need a couple of quick prints (I go to Costco for anything over about 5 or 6 copies). The quality of the dye-sublimation process is very good. Unfortunately, Canon no longer provides driver software for Mac's so I can't print direct from my MacBook Pro, therefore I 'sneaker-net' the images over on a memory stick.

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If anyone who had clear skies looked to the West this evening anywhere from one to two hours after sunset, they should have gotten a great look at Venus. Tonight it will be at about it's brightest for the entire year. Now if you missed it tonight, it'll still be almost as bright for the next few evenings. Anyway, I decided to try and get a picture. And since at the moment Venus is shown as a crescent I decide to see how good an image I could get, and below is my best shot of the evening (out of 44 total shots as I did a lot of bracketing):


April 2020 (Sony a6000)

Now this was shot using my mirrorless Sony a6000 (24.3MP) with a 400mm lens (35mm equivalent 600mm). It was shot at f16.0, 1/1000 sec, ISO400. And yes, this is NOT the full image, it was cropped to 1149 × 768 pixels at 72 pixels/inch.

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What a terrible shot of the moon, John.


... oh!! Just kidding of course. I've peeked myself recently. Venus been unbelievably bright this month.

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John,
I still have my film Nikon FG (30 years?). Can you still purchase/develop film anywhere here in OC, CA?

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If you're looking for someone local who can do professional level work, I would try this place in Irvine:

https://www.thegoodmanfilmlab.com/

If it's just to buy some film and take some snap-shoots, you can go to Amazon for the film and then use a mail-order film processor like:

https://processonephoto.com/mail-order-film-proces...

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Thank you. I'm only a hobbyist. I will check them out.

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I took this photo last Friday at Toronto City Hall. There were people there, but I waited a few seconds, to get the shot with no people.

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I trick I heard about, but haven't had a chance to try it yet, to 'eliminate' people from a picture is to set the camera on a tripod and using a really dark ND (Neutral Density) filter, shoot a long exposure, like several seconds. Now this only works if there's a few people and they are moving, but they will simply 'disappear'. Also work with cars and such. Of course your subject has to be stationary.

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I have tried it and I can get it to work. It takes luck and practice. Really weird when one person moves "just a little" leaving a ghost. Flags, and trees in the wind, cause problems too.

Another way to do it, if the people are moving and not crowding, is to take many normal shots on a tripod and use a tool in Photoshop to Script-Statistics-Median stack all of the pictures. If you are really advanced, you can even "patch" spots where the people crowded too much for "median" with a piece from one shot when they were clear with this method.

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Yes, I've used Photoshop to remove 'pedestrians' from photos, when it was just one or two people.

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Over the weekend, my photo archive surpassed 50,000 images. The photos in the archive were taken either by my wife or myself, and span a period of 60-years.

The oldest photo in the archive is this one, taken by my future wife when she was 14-years old. The picture is of her sister, Jeanette.


July 1960 (Kodak Brownie Starlet)

And this is the most recent, taken today of our youngest granddaughter, 6-year old Paloma, and her mother, Martha.


June 2020 (Sony a6000)

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What I like most, is how I have grown in this hobby.

Pictures I thought were pretty cool in 2014 (when I really started)...




I would not even choose to publish anywhere now. composition is wrong, overall colour is bad and I don't even start on the lighting.
At the time is was shooting in Jpeg.

By now I only shoot in Raw format and have learned to process the pictures afterwards. I also think my Photographers Eye has developed quite a bit.
For comparison.




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NutAce,
Very nice.
Curious, where is the location with the ships?

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Curious, where is the location with the ships?

That is Helsinki and Suomenlinna (Island of the shore of Helsinki)

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This is a photo of my doughter, taken and developed by me when she has two years now she has 46.




luis

“First of all, photographic revelation is nothing more than a chemical process, which transforms the imaging recorded in photographic film into visible image.

The process of revelation can be divided into five different steps.

Revelation – At this stage, a chemical called "developer" (alkaline solutions, usually based on hydroquinone or metol) is used, through the oxide-reduction reaction, the transformation of silver halides, contained in the photographic film, into metallic silver is used.

Interruption – If the process of revealing the previous stage is not interrupted, the developer continues to act until the photo is completely dark. Therefore, a product is used that interrupts the action of the developer. Compounds of acceptic acid (concentrated vinegar) or citric acid are generally used for this purpose.

Fixation – In the first stage, there may be some traces of silver halides left over the photograph, which over time can decompose and stain the photo. Therefore, at this stage is used a fixator (sodium thiosuophosphate) that has the ability to react with silver crystals and make them soluble in water.

Washing – Then the washing is done, to remove all the chemical residues and leave only the image of metallic silver, so the photograph becomes more durable. Washing is done under running water for a few minutes.

Drying – In the fifth and last stage is done drying, they can dry naturally or with the help of greenhouses, at temperatures that do not exceed 40ºC.”

Now, every thing is digitalized and the old film was transformed in pixels into a complex digital binary
system.

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And here's a picture I took of our oldest, which I also developed. He was eight months old (he's 50 now), and NO, he did grow-up to be an engineer, but rather a chef.


November 1970 (Minolta SRT-101)

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The great chef snoopy...I like it, God bless your son.

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Here is a juvenile Cooper's Hawk I photographed at Sam Smith Park in Toronto, yesterday at around 6:00pm. Nikon D7100 camera body with a 300-70mm zoom lens at 300mm, f/6.3 and 1/500sec. I try to photograph at ISO 100, but I had flipped on the Auto ISO Sensitivity Control, and it set itself to ISO 3600.

There are four of these things plus mom and dad, and everybody is photographing them. The following photo, not mine, was posted on the Friends of Sam Smith Facebook page. I was the only photographer when I took the shot above.

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Great photo!
A year ago I was on a bike ride on PCH going through Newport Beach when I watched a Hawk, very similar to the one in your photo, attack and kill a pigeon on top of a power pole. A lot of people were memorized watching it.

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There is an amusing film about this subject which deals about 3 guys of diferent origins who along the year try to discover the more rare birds through a photo camera even in the Alaska!

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Nice shot...

Here's a photo of a Cooper's Hawk that I took in our backyard (1/250 sec, f5.0, ISO 400, 200mm):


February 2019 (Sony DSC-HX400V)

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Speaking of rare birds, this is the rarest that we've seen in our backyard, a Pin-tailed Whydah (1/400 sec, f6.3, ISO 2500, 210mm). They're native to China but examples have been seen here in SoCal for some time. My wife said she saw an adult and what looked like a baby Whydah a couple of weeks ago.


August 2016 (Sony a6000)

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John, nice picture of the Coopers Hawk. A great visitor to catch in your backyard.

Also one of my favourite subjects. Birds.
These are quite common over here. The Red Kite.




I see them multiple times a day flying by my balcony.

There is also the Black Kite (less common) This one I still have to catch a good picture from. I only have them at a big distance.

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Kite's are one of my favorite birds to watch.
Great pic!

On another bike ride 3 years ago coming down from Mt. Baldy. I was tired.
Suddenly I saw a large shadow go over me.
It came back a couple more times. It was a vulture circling above me. Not an easy feeling when alone and tired. winky smile

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A couple of weeks ago, I was sitting on my front porch, when something dropped out of my tree and landed with a quite audible thump. I inspected it and it turned out to be a dead, mangled pigeon. I did not understand, but when I walked back to my porch, I learned the cause.


Coopers Hawk I believe.

Nikon D7100. 70-300mm zoom lens at 300mm. ISO 160. 1/1000sec exposure.

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In no way comparable to other photos here, but thought I would share.
It was relaxing on the wall.
I took this photo this morning in my backyard.

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This is the latest 'monster' that we've seen in our backyard, a very large Tomato Hornworm, which we found in my wife's COVID gaden:


September 2020 (Sony a6000)

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The magpies that live in infest my backyard would be on that in seconds.

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I took this in the SPring with my phone. I was driving and spotted the eagle in a tree.

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Another phone shot taken in the NYC subway. I wonder if this guy paid his fare?

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My best shot of a Bald Eagle was when my wife and I took a float trip down the Chilkat River through the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines, Alaska. I caught this one appearing to be asleep in a tree:


June 2000 (Minolta XG-M)

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Great pics of the eagles.
I was at the Colorado River maybe 10-12 years ago on SeaDoos. We went by some rocks where a couple Bald Eagles were sitting. I wish I had a waterproof camera.

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My daughter took this one in June. There was a pair of eagles nesting a few miles from our house.

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I took a little artistic license with the photo.

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Thank you, everyone, for all the great birdwatcher photos.

Here is a contribution I can make: Great Horned Owl.

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I heard an interview with the photographer who took the photo in a London tube stations. He kept returning for night upon night and lying on the floor to get the pic!

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Great pic! Two mice dancing or ... ?

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Yes, great shot. If it were the NYC subway, it would be two rats dancing cat2

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Blue heron, anyone?

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I was out bicycling this morning and came across SEVEN bears crossing the road. They were moving quickly; only got the last two. Until today, the most I've ever seen is a mother and three small cubs. These were pretty big. bear

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I sold another photo. This one was of main street in Old Town Sacramento, CA. We were visiting the California Railroad Museum which is about 100 feet to the right of where I was standing when I took this shot:


October 2017 (Sony a6000)

Here are the details which were reported to me as to what the license covered for the use of the image:

Country: Worldwide
Usage: Marketing package - Small business, Use in marketing materials, worldwide for 5 years (excludes advertising). This package is for marketing campaigns promoting businesses which have up to 10 employees.
69 MB
6000 x 4000 pixels
3 MB compressed
Start: 26 October 2020
End: 26 October 2025


Note that the image sold for $60, of which I'll get half, once the customer pays their invoice to the stock photo house. Not a lot, but it adds to my 'new camers' fund winky smile

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I got a nice shot of the Moon tonight:


November 2020 (Sony a6000)

Taken with my Sony a6000, Mirrorless APS-C 24.3 MP camera using a 400mm Tele-Astranar Lens (equivalent to a 600mm full frame), at 1/500 sec, f16, ISO 100. This is the full, uncropped image.

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I'm painting this blood moon but have not really decided if I should make it sharp as a photograph or make it more diffuse as if you saw it with just the eyes at a little distance?

Best Regards Anna

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Red Snake, I vote for the latter. What medium do you work in? I paint with oils but I'm planning to try acrylic again.

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I paint with acrylic paint, mostly because I have nowhere to paint so it is easier to remove spilled paint from the floor and other places where it should not be because it is water soluble at least until it dries .. smile

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Thanks for sharing, Anna and JRB.

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I saw a bumblebee on the allotment that I thought looked like a species Bombus Veteranus that has disappeared and is no longer common here three years ago.
So I borrowed the camera from work, a Canon IXUS 132 probably not expensive at all.
To take pictures of it so I could send it to an expert to let me know what kind of bumblebee species it was.
I was completely amazed at how good the pictures were when I got home and saw how sharp they became, you can see every little hair if you zoom in.
Of course I do not know if it appears after I uploaded the picture.



Buy the way it wasen't a Bombus Veteranus they wasn't shore what spieces it was.

Best regards Anna

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Maybe your bee wants company

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Yes it might. smile

It is not actually a bumblebee, it is a cuckoo bumblebee a subspecies called Psithyrus.
One can recognize them on that they often have less fur, so they look "thin haired"

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Redsnake gets the detail, Bridgebuster gets the vivid colour palette. Cheers to both

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Her comes a real bumblebee to the collection smile (also called fur bees)
Probably a Bombus lucorum (White-tailed bumblebee)




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This is my best Honey Bee photo, taken at our #2 son's house up in L.A. The plant is a Night Blooming Cereus Cactus, which, at least on that evening, was swarmed with bees as the sun was setting and the flowers of the cactus started to open-up:


July 2019 (Sony a6000)

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Nicely caught in the flight, it's hard smile
Maybe not the best of pictures but at least some nice cacti that I got to bloom smile
But I have no Queen of the night as I guess it would have been called here.





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I was taking a walk through Sam Smith park in Toronto, and the light was just right. Nikon D7100 camera, 230mm focus, f/5.6, 1/1250sec, ISO400.

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Well, if we're all enjoying the insects - Wild rose and honeybee.
(The brown mass on the right is a large seed pod, not a pregnant spider!)

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Not bees, but a few other interesting insects.

A Tawny Owl Butterfly taken in the Butterfly Pavilion at the Houston Museum of Natural History:


June 2016 (Sony a6000 - 50mm, f9.0 at 1/20 sec, ISO 800)

And a common Dragonfly in our backyard:


July 2020 (Sony a6000 - 210mm, f6.3 at 1/4000 sec, ISO 1600)

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Since we're into moths...

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here's a hummingbird moth who was in our yard...

Full disclosure, my daughter does the photography. I just paint them.


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Speaking of spiders. My daughter took this with her phone. Unfortunately, the spider's work was all for naught; not everyone work's from home.

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I sold another photo. This time it was of my wife's feet.


May 2011 (Sony A100)

The photo shows the bunions on her feet prior to surgery. She had her Left foot repaired but the surgery didn't go well and she refuses to have the Right foot fixed, which has gotten worse since this photo was taken. Anyway, the photo is to be used in a textbook and the buyer is licensed for 25 years and it can be used worldwide, so it might not have even been a US publisher. The license fee was $30.00, of which I'll get half (when they pay the invoice).

BTW, this is what the foot looked like after the surgery:


November 2011 (Sony DSC-H2)

Actually this was after they had to go in and remove all of the metal appliances that had been installed to hold the bones together after the original surgery. My wife suffers from something called 'foreign body syndrome' where her body tries to reject any object left inside her body. The original surgery was in May and they waited until November to allow the bones in her foot to heal as much as possible before they finally went in and removed the metal parts, as seen below:


November 2011 (Sony A100)

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I got another good shot of the crescent moon tonight:


December 2020 (Sony a6500)

This was taken with my new Sony a6500, Mirrorless APS-C 24.3 MP camera using a 400mm Tele-Astranar Lens (equivalent to a 600mm full frame), at 1/100 sec, f11, ISO 400. This is the full, uncropped image.

Here's a cropped image showing a bit more detail:


December 2020 (Sony a6500)

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Monday night will be the actual conjunction, but here's what Jupiter and Saturn looked like Saturday night from my back yard:


December 2020 (Sony a6500)

This was taken with my Sony a6500, Mirrorless APS-C 24.3 MP camera using a 400mm Tele-Astranar Lens (equivalent to a 600mm full frame), at 1/10 sec, f11, ISO 100. This is a very cropped image. The uncropped image is below:


December 2020 (Sony a6500)

I'm going to try and get some shots tomorrow night and again on Monday, during their closest approach.


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I was looking forward to seeing it but it's going to be very cloudy in northeast PA tonight and tomorrow. mad

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I had a 15-minute window to see them last night. Hoping for better tonight (sky is clear, for now... 2 hours to go...)

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I got some pics Saturday night with camera+lens (Olympus E-M1 Mk 3 + 40-150mm f/2.8 zoom @ 150mm + 2x teleconverter, for 600 mm equivalent focal length) and camera+telescope (Celestron CPC-800, 8" Schmidt-Cassegrain w/ 2032mm focal length @ f/10 and 1280mm focal length with telecompressor @ f/6.3).

Transparency was excellent, but seeing (atmospheric stability) was poor. My best Jupiter+Saturn images are not quite as good as John's and most of my images were much worse. In one image, Saturn's rings are a rectangle instead of a long ellipse. In another image, only three of Jupiter's four Galilean moons showed up, even though all four were visible. The poor seeing made these moons fade in and out of view and for that particular image it was Callisto's turn to hide.

On the other hand, I got a few pretty decent lunar images, which I can share later when I get home. In between the good ones, the poor seeing ruined quite a few of my Moon shots. Sometimes, images made just a few seconds apart showed different areas sharp or "muddy." But, even on the worst nights the air can be stable enough for a brief moment to allow for imaging.

Sunday was foggy all day here in Fresno and it's foggy now. However, some of the weather reports are indicating that it will clear this afternoon and evening and it's already mostly clear in the mountains. So, if I can get out of the office this afternoon, I may venture up uphill and try it again tonight.

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A friend of my daughter took these Friday night in northeast PA. The one on the bottom right is Jupiter and two moons.

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@BB, I'm sure I can see four moons there!

A.

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Here's my best shot tonight, and yes this is a cropped image:


December 2020 (Sony a6500)

The image was taken using my Sony a6500, Mirrorless APS-C 24.3 MP camera using a 400mm Tele-Astranar Lens (equivalent to a 600mm full frame), at 1/10 sec, f11, ISO 100. This is a very cropped image. The uncropped image is below:


December 2020 (Sony a6500)

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Someone asked me about the camera set-up I was using. It's a Sony a6500 APS-C 24.3 MP Mirrorless Camera with a 400mm Tele-Astranar Lens. The unit you see on top of the camera is a wireless shutter control. Note that the Sony comes with a built-in shutter control and I've got the remote unit, but it's infrared-based, which is fine if you're standing in FRONT of the camera, like when taking a group picture and you're a member of the group. But the set-up I prefer is radio-controlled, so I can stand anywhere, up to about 30 or 40 feet away, which is handy if you're shooting pictures of hummingbirds or other things that scare easy.


December 2020 (Sony a6000)

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Here is a pic of the Moon from Saturday evening.



Tonight I set up my telescope at a site well above the fog, at an elevation of about 4300 ft. Due to our oft occurring winter inversion layer, it was about 15 degrees warmer up there than it was down in Fresno. I still experienced some upper air turbulence, but it was mild compared to Saturday. After I was done imaging with my camera, I spent spent some time relearning how to use my webcam imaging system and doing regular eyepiece observing. So, I only got home about a half hour ago and I have barely looked at my images. Even so, it looks like the images of the Moon are really good and the images of Jupiter and Saturn are much better than Saturday's efforts. I will go through them more carefully and post something tomorrow evening.

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Here is a sampling of last night's efforts from above the fog.

Conjunction above my telescope just after sunset.


Conjunction through the telescope (cropped). I exposed this to get enough of Saturn without totally washing out Jupiter's bands. To get Jupiter's moons required more exposure, which turned Jupiter into a big white ball and made Saturn's rings lose definition. I realized too late that I should have tweaked the scope's collimation. Next time...in 2080. smile


Seeing was good but not great and this affected imaging Jupiter and Saturn, which were low in the SW. However, the skies were more than steady enough for the Moon, which was much higher in the sky. Looking through less atmosphere in a boon to astrophotography.
And so, the Moon.


After all the excitement, I made this 30s exposure to the east using a fisheye. Orion is just above the horizon. The bright streak of light is cars on Hwy 180 below my site.


Finally, I set up my main camera to do star trails. I had planned to let it go about 2 hours, but some idiot showed up around 8:00 p.m. to view the conjunction (too late, buddy) and he came in with lights-a-blazing and ruined my image. So after he left, I had to start over. This one is 1h15m (225 images x 20s, blended in camera using Olympus' Live Composite feature.)

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I sold another photo today. This one is a shot of the campus of my alma mater, Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, MI, as seen from the other side of Portage Lake:


August 2008 (Sony A100)

It sold for $30.00, of which I'll get half (when they get paid). It's a royalty-free, right-to-use license for any size up to the full image resolution. All that I know is that it's an editorial newspaper usage, covering both print and on-line, for a term of five years. They can also use it on social media sites.

Note that this is the second time that I've sold this particular image, the first time it was for $10.00 back in 2014.

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for an excellent photography website... look to uglyhedgehog.com

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This picture was taken 15 days ago, in these days of pandemics, at my mother's retirement home, at a glance where she seems to recognize me in the sense of wanting to tell me "get me out of here."

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Is everything okey with your mother?
It seems to me, that you miss your family.
Or maybe I should ask is everything okey with you?

It's my sisters birthday today, my mother called to remind me.
We work at the same place and she does not live far from here.
But when you have your family close it's like you know they are there, it's easy just to call or visit but it never gets done, time just fly bye and you really don't reflect over it until they are gone.

Best Regards Anna

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Anna it part and parcel with being an expat in this covid time to have to accept the fact that family and friends are going to die and that its impossible to see them again before they go or be at their funerals.

Sweden is different to other countries. One of my friends mates just spent the last 6 months in a hospice in Glasgow and died of breast cancer and the nearest she got to her 8 year old kid was 10 meters through a sealed double glassed window for 9 months from outside the building 1 floor down. never got to give her kid that final goodbye kiss. Just a kiss and blow of her hand.

Expat life has advantages but also has its down sides.

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It's not much different here right now with Covid.
Many old people have died alone in elderly homes and people at intensive care can't se there families if they have Covid, even when dying.
And visits in other hospital facilities are very restricted.
Even if it's a part of the parcel it's non the less sad.

Best Regard Anna

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Good pix... Take a gander at focus stacking for some really impressive macro photos:

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-449419-1.html

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Dik, Thanks for the link to the Ugly Hedgehog site winky smile

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It's a great site with real professional photographers... and a lot more photo tekkie info than I use... I used to be a keen amateur with 35 and 2-1/4... but now do a little with digital, but extremely little post processing.

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+1 on the tip for UHH, there's some very nice work there.

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Quote (Note that the camera involved is a Sony a6000 mirrorless, 24MP APS-C format.)


That's my favourite camera... used it for the few years... it's great; it replaced my Canon 7D which is a 'better?' camera. It's 1/2 the weight, 1/2 the size and 1/3 the price. If I do my job, it takes excellent photos and is really 'small'. I have 3 aftermarket batteries (it's a real pig for power) and an aftermarket strobe, a Godox V860 IIs. The strobe is nearly as large as the camera. The camera has been around for nearly 8 years... long time for digital cameras and going strong... The menu could be improved, but it has a lot of features. One of the combos has dual lenses... regular plus a small telephoto... both work well and there are better lenses that can be purchased, including a real good macro, not that the original is shabby.

A few of the really neat features... it does fairly good movies (not its strong point), but the movie button is not convenient... it can 'bracket' exposures for a better exposure and it does about a dozen frames a second in 'burst' mode... also the strobe interferes with the eyepiece a bit.

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I've still got my Sony a6000, but have moved up to a Sony a6500 for my mainline work (the a6000 is now part of my macro kit). Better and faster auto-focus, better movies (which I don't really use all that much), better menus, better exterior finish with more protection against the elements, like dust and moisture, the 'grip' is just bigger enough to make it easier to hang-on to, etc. However, it still eats batteries (if the camera is my hand, a fully charged battery is in my pocket). And the a6500 has in-camera, 5-axis stabilization, which works with ALL lens, including my 50 year old 400mm preset, T-mount, telephoto.

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I looked up the a6500 and there is now an a6600 (no built in flash, a deal killer)... lovely cameras and almost the same size as the a6000, and just a tad heavier. I take mine out to site... my cell phone (Huawei P30 Pro) takes excellent photos, but I'm a bit of a dinosaur... in that I still like a real camera... I really wouldn't take an a6500 to site, even though it takes better pictures; it is a lovely camera... and checked into the price; it's not too bad. I also add a clear filter to both lenses, and don't use a lens cap... I'm not into movies, but apparently the a6600 is better, and the in camera stabilisation is a super idea.

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From the 'hog...

https://static.uglyhedgehog.com/upload/2021/3/7/52...

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Really fantastic photographs smile
I like the koalas and the blackberries mouse winky smile
But the birds and there colors are also fantastic smile

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Quote (I still have my film Nikon FG (30 years?))


I still have my Nikon F2 Photomic (50 years?) and about 20 lenses for it... was big into photography in my 20's... outgrew it... spent half of my early lifetime in a darkroom.

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with a6000...

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and another...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

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My oldest camera is a Kodak, No 0 Brownie, in 127, made in Canada by Canadian Kodak. It's over 100 years old...

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Dik, this is the flash I use with my Sony a6500:



I usually use a diffuser over the strobe to soften the light:



And yes, I have a 'UV Filter' on every lens, but I still use lens caps (with a tether).

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This is my oldest camera (well over a 100 years old), a Kodak No. 1 Junior, which my grandmother gave me. She bought it when she was in high school, paid for it with the money she earned one summer catching and selling bullfrogs to the local hotel, where the served 'frog-legs'.



And this is a bit newer (not quite a 100 years old yet), a Kodak Vest Pocket Camera Model B, which my father gave me. He carried it all through WWII where he served in the Middle-East:



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My strobe is a little more clunkier... not as slick...and nearly the size of the camera...



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And this is my oldest camera don't really know when it was made or even how it works it was my grandfathers smile



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the Brownie...

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My sister has our father's old Roliecord that he bought in the 30's. This is an image I found on the internet but his camera is just like it.

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I was at a local community museum up in Prosser, WA a few years ago and I commented on the nice display of four or five old cameras. The manager heard me and invited us into the 'back room' where they had a collection that had not yet been fully documented:


October 2017 (Sony a6000)


October 2017 (Sony a6000)

If you look close, you'll see several Rollei's. I asked if they were willing to sell any of these and they explained that they were donated and that they had agreed to keep the collection intact.

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Is that an 8" x 10" view camera?
One summer I did some road tripping with a professional photographer.
He had a 4"x5" Linhof View camera.

I was fascinated by the possibilities to tilt the plane of focus and adjust perspective using tilts and swings.
I studied up on the technical aspects.
I fine tuned a couple of shots for him.
One shot was a mountain meadow above the tree line.
At our feet were tiny, colourful wild flowers and a mile or two away was the rocky peak of the mountain.
I tilted the plane of focus to intersect with the flowers at our feet and with the mountain top, miles away.
The meadow between the flowers and the mountain top were very close to the plane of focus and while not perfect at 10X were in very good focus.
When I was finished both the wild flowers and the mountain peak were in sharp focus as checked under 10X magnification on the 4" x 5" ground glass plate.
Then I turned the setup back to the photographer to handle F stop and shutter speed.
Another challenge was a little pop-up hill about 30 feet high with a very old, abandoned farm house on top of the hill.
The top of the hill was just large enough for the house.
Due to the nature of the surrounding terrain, the only spot to shoot from was close to the bottom of the hill with a wide angle lens.
The key-stoning was terrible.
With the swing of the lens I was able to adjust the perspective from unacceptable to very normal.
Both pictures were later published in a coffee table book.
It was a fun summer.

Bill
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(OP)
You can still buy lens for cameras which will do that. The best known is from a company called 'Lensbaby':

https://lensbaby.com/products/spark-2-0

But of course, you can do a lot of that inside Photoshop, correcting for prospective and such. I've done that a lot, taking the 'lean' out of tall buildings, for example.

Here's a before and after shot of the Texas School Book Depository building in Dallas, TX, where Lee Harvey Oswald shot JFK from the 6th floor window:


December 2003 (Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi)


December 2003 (Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi)

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JRB,
I'm not an artist by any stretch of the imagination, but do you every get puzzled of an extremely warm or cold cast to your photos?
I find the lighting in some rooms is impossible to work with. Since you're playing with Photoshop, this seemed to be an example of temperature imbalance that could be adjusted in the RAW editor.

If you compare your original, do you prefer this or not? If not then I'll respectfully butt out:


I have noticed that attempts to shift an extreme colour temperature bias can end up creating new artifacts, like blue fringes.

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Quote:

Texas School Book Depository building in Dallas, TX

Did you tour the 5th floor museum?

Please remember: we're not all rednecks!
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Yes, several times, but it's actually 'The 6th Floor Museum':


December 2003 (Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi)

In fact, I once attended a conference in downtown Dallas where they held a reception at the museum.

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John, you photoshopped in an extra floor, didn't you?

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more focus stacking...way to get incredible detail with macro...

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-688658-1.html

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

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Spar, I guess I could have tried a bit harder to correct the color, but this is the original, out-of-the=camera shot. The lights in that room were horrible, old incandescent bulbs that looked like they were on a dimmer set at about 75%:

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John, I just had to let you know the impact your post has had. My Mechanical Engineering wife read your thread last year when she realized that she'll soon have more time on her hands (our youngest child is going to Kindergarten in the fall). She has now submitted photographs to several stock sites and is loving the creative outlet! Thank you for sharing your story - it has now re-ignited a passion and a hobby.

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My advice is to create an archive where she can access all her images quickly and easily, and then have some sort of database to keep accurate records. After a few years you'll realize that this database, and the images, will become a sort of dairy of your family's life. My wife and I are constantly using the database as a place to look up such things as family events, travel experiences even such things as whenever we have any work done on the house, I document it with photos and they go into the database just like birthday and Christmas pictures. That way, we have a record of when we did this or that to the house. After awhile it becomes just part of everyday life, something interesting happens, take a few pictures, document them and later you're got a chronological record of your family's experiences.

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Welcome to the Hobbies Forum, BrentG

Bill
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It's the LAW!

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The street of umbrela´s in summer at Àgueda town

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The facades of new art houses at town of Aveiro



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My grandson touching rattles

luis

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What I have been up to this winter. A year and a half of roller skiing for excersize paid off with a decent snow year here around Seattle. This picture was taken at the Lake Wenatchee campground (which is closed to camping during the winter, but open to cross country skiers) about a week ago, the snow has been melting off and I had to walk the last hundred meters or so to the lake shore. Bluebird day. Taken with my cheap cell phone camera.

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Nice shot... thumbsup2

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Scrap of the abandoned mine of Lousal in Alentejo Portugal

luis

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JohnRBaker,

Here are the colour filters I used on my old film SLR.


The blue one was for incandescent light, the purple one for florescent. I recall that they both worked fairly well. I would like to try them out on my new DSLR when has the same lens threads, but most of my lights are compact florescent.

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Quote (JohnRBaker)


My advice is to create an archive where she can access all her images quickly and easily, and then have some sort of database to keep accurate records.


This is the folder in which I store my photos. I am running GNU/Linux here, but Mac and Windows should work perfectly with this. I move/copy my photos off my camera and into folders labelled with the current date in ISO format, and what I was shooting. I archive everything to DVD, and I store listings of the DVDs in a disk directory. If, ten years from now, I get curious about ice cream trucks, I can use grep to do a case insensitive search for lines containing "ice cream trucks", and it will identify the DVD and its folder.

In GNU/Linux...

$ grep -ri "ice cream truck" disks

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This is what my database format looks like:



I created it using 'FileMaker Pro Advanced' running on my MacBook Pro laptop. There are currently 50,507 records in the database. I can either do a general search or I do an explicit search using any of the fields in the entry form. The database opens in less than two seconds and a search takes less than a second.

The 'Item' is the name of the image file and the 'Archive' is the name of the folder where it's located, on my hard-drive, as well as the label on the DVD-ROM.

Note that I just bought a couple of 1TB USB3 memory sticks ($40 a piece from Amazon) as this way I can put copies of my back-ups in a fireproof records safe (it's to small to hold the DVD-ROM's).

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JRB

The time of the filters in black and white photos and WC´s transformed in dark camara´s has gone! Now everything is digitalized! Young guys rarely have the curiosity of the discover! Things tend to be easy, for to sleeple the young generation. I wish I would be wrong!

luis

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While I've got 'UV Filters' on most all of my lens, they're there to really protect the 'glass'. That being said, I do have Polarizing filers which I use for two basic situations. First for when you'd like the blue sky to be a bit bluer but you don't really want to change the rest of the colors. This works particularly well when there are some smaller white clouds as it makes them stand out really well. Also, a polarizing filter can help to reduce reflections off of glass surfaces, like windows and such.

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Quote (I can put copies of my back-ups in a fireproof records safe)


thanks John... I'll look into that. It's the only hole in my file security... storing off site... currently it only goes off site maybe once a month... weekly backups to port 2TB M.2, and 8 and 10 TB HDD... and daily to USB sticks. Safe sounds great. Currently can only find 1/2 hour resistance... that OK? I cannot find anything longer... guess a half-hour is better than nothing.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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0707,

The filters I posted were for colour film, shooting artificial light. I have my dad's old Rolliflex with a serious collection of black and white filters.

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drawoh

Rolleiflex good machine, Hsselblad even better! My first machine was a Kodak box, in which I to counted the time of film exposition in a fixed point to avoid unfocused photos. Long time ago I used the filters in black and white photos, sporadicaly I also have use them in coloured slides. Not with a Kodak box of course!

luis

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I sold another image, this one taken on one of my 'photo safaris' with my late classmate and friend, Dennis.


October 2009 (Sony A100)

This was an unusual sale in that it appears to be for some individual's personal use. This is how the usage was reported:

Country: Worldwide
Usage: Personal use, Personal prints, cards and gifts. Non-commercial use only, not for resale.
Media: Non-commercial, one time, personal/home use


It sold for $20.00, for five-years, royalty-free.

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smile Nice John.
This is the first day I have been able to sit on my balcony in a t-shirt without proper outdoor clothes.
No wind and sunny but in the air maybe 15 C.
And there is about as much snow as in that picture but not as clean..
And this bird was singing Love is in the air. smile
Could not see it, but it must just have arrived from the south.
I saw a wasp queen also today.
But I am waiting for the bumblebee queen, then spring is really here. smile

Best Regards A


“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
Albert Einstein

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Maybe someone from Wyoming is going to have a wedding or family reunion and wants to send a invitation around the world, with the picture on. ponder.

BR A

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
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Apricot blossom in my back yard.


More apricot blossoms. I am watching for bees.

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Ohh.. Do you have apricots in Canada it feels a bit strange. ponder
I like apricots. licklips
I know that you can have them in the south of Sweden.

Best Regards A

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
Albert Einstein

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Yup... not in Manitoba, but in Ontario and elsewhere? Rondeau Park in Ontario, where my parents used to live, is nearly as far south as the north part of the State of California.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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Is it a lot of snow there in the winter ?
How cold dose it get ?
I remembered that my mechanic told me that someone he knew planted a apricot stone, or actually he just threw it away and it grow into a tree, and they got apricots don't think it was so far south from here.
Maybe I should import some trees from Canada. ponder

Best Regards A

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
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RedSnake,

I live in Toronto. I bought the apricot tree about ten years ago from a garden store. I have since bought another one to pollinate the first one.

It is growing fine here.

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I spent a lot of my growing-up years in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.
Apricots
Peaches
Plumbs
Prunes
Cherries
Nectarines
Pears
Apples
Vineyards and wineries.
Not by chance, all commercial crops.

Bill
--------------------
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It's the LAW!

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

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I decided to go out and take some shots of the so-called 'Pink' Moon tonight. I was also experimenting with a new feature that I just discovered that my Sony camera has supported for years, something called 'Clear Image Zoom'. Now this is somewhat unique to Sony but other camera brands may have something similar, however the consensus seems to be that Sony does it the best of any of them. What it is is that Sony will allow you to digitally 'zoom' any lens (well almost any lens) up to X2 the normal focal length. It does this by performing a sort of pixel interpolation, inside the camera, resulting in an almost perfect image, simply at twice the magnification, and at no loss of image pixel size or the aperture of the lens. Now there is some loss of image quality, but it is so small that in most cases you may never notice the difference.

Now as to which lens it will work with, in the case of Sony lens, only those in which the zoom is done manually, that it it's not 'motor-driven'. Now only one of my lens, the 16-50mm 'kit' lens is motor-driven. All of my other lens work fine. Now of course, by definition, this works with no issues at all with non-zoom lens, including totally manual lens since all the work is being done INSIDE the camera. This brings me to tonight's shooting session.

I used my Sony a6500 mirror-less 24.5MP camera with my 400mm Tele-Astranar manual lens. Now since the a6500 is an APS-C camera, the 400mm lens has the same magnification as if it were 600mm on a full-frame camera. Here is the first image, shot without using the 'Clear Image Zoom' feature (not that both of these images are full-frame, that is they've not been cropped):


April 2021 (Sony a6500, 400mm, 1/250 second, at f16 - ISO 100)

Now this one was shot using the Sony 'Clear Image Zoom' feature, where it increases the effective magnification by X2, or 1,200mm, if it were a full-frame camera:


April 2021 (Sony a6500, 400mm, 1/250 second, at f16 - ISO 100)

Now I'll be the first to admit that this particular subject matter is NOT the best for a critical comparison of the image quality between a normal image and one that has been rendered using the Sony 'Clear Image Zoom' feature, but it does show how it works. I'll have to find a more appropriate subject to do some real testing, and if and when I do, I'll post my findings. Now if you've got a Sony camera (the models which supports this feature are mentioned in the article below) or another brand that has something similar, you may wish to look into this yourself. If you do, let us know what you think.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/t...

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Do you have the obverse? Lovely photos... I picked up the 6400. I was thrilled with the 6000 because of its size. It's replaced my Canon 7D because of the size and weight. I didn't realise that the 6400 was the same size, but better. Info to change came from this thread... thanks.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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What do you mean by the 'obverse'?

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...the other side. One of the effects of the moon's location is the effect on tides, causing greater coastal flooding.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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another topic of interest to some photographers...

https://www.uglyhedgehog.com/t-706257-1.html

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(OP)
I sold another photo, this of the building that once housed the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas, TX, and it was from a window on the 6th floor (the one that's slightly opened) that Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots the killed JFK in November 1963:


December 2003 (Minolta DiMAGE 7Hi)

This is how the usage was reported:

Single company, editorial magazine, print and or web, multiple use 5 years

It was sold royalty-free for $23.00 (of which I'll get half).

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more focus stacking...



https://www.treehugger.com/fungi-macro-photography...

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I guess it's dead and not just in winter hibernation. tongue ponder

/A

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Maybe just add water?

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I was thinking of suggesting that lol

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
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what and try to resuscitate it? Too small for frogs legs...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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Well it is a useful ingrediency in most witch brews, whit or whiteout water. witch

/A

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"Crunchy Froggy" with apologies to Monty Python...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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My day in the woods..
Some chanterelles






And some mourning cloaks



/A


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Neat...

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There's always nice countryside in RedSnake's swedish pictures.
They remind me of where I grew up in rural New York.
I went back near there last month to pick up my daughter in Brockport NY. While there we walked along a scenic walkway next to the Eerie canal. By coincidence I also got lucky enough capture a Monarch (or Viceroy?) butterfly on a flower that I think was about 10 feet away from me, using my phone's zoom lens and then digital zoom. The digital zoom makes it poor quality but I still thought it was neat:



Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the canal other than this one below (trying to capture a weird looking pontoon boat in the distance).



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(2B)+(2B)' ?

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It's days like these that makes me remember how fortunate I am after all.
It is just 10 minutes drive and a 1,5 km walk into the wood, and you can't hear a car or a plane or anything.
I was about to say it's just silent but it's not, but it's peaceful.
Just the wind blowing through the foliage and a bird or two singing. smile

/A

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It's a Monarch on a red clover. smile

https://journeynorth.org/tm/monarch/Viceroy1.html

There are a lot of big butterfly's flying here right now they are the ones that are going to hibernated over the winter and make new ones next spring.

But your Monarch have a long way to go Mexico.

/A

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New York has Monarch butterflies?

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When I did some reinforcing of the Chrysler plant in Windsor, the butterflies were attracted to the VOC stacks on the roof, and that was 80' +/- up... there were dozens of them.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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Yes they fly in generations, they even comes to Europe.



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(OP)
A website I follow reported that there was an increase in sun spot activity recently and since it was a perfectly clear day today, I went out and took some pictures of the sun.

Note that I still have my sun filters left over from when I took picture of the Solar Eclipse in 2017.



The picture was taken using my Sony a6500 APS-C mirrorless 24.5MP camera with the 400mm Tele-Astranar lens using that in-camera feature that Sony has called 'Clear Image Zoom', which allows you to extend the effective focal length, without effecting the speed of the lens, by up to a factor of TWO. In other words, 800mm, which would be equivalent to 1,200mm on the full-frame camera. The image was shot at 1/160 sec, at f11.0 and the ISO set to 100. Note that this is the full image with no cropping.

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Nice photo, John... and unrelated to the photo, nice camera and lens... it irritates me a bit when people comment on the camera as being responsible for the photo... and not the photographer.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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Sunspots taken over 60 years ago... likey with a Brownie Hawkeye... through my microscope. When I showed them to my Gr 6 teacher and told him the lines reminded me of 'magnetic lines' (aka flux) he told me it wasn't possible because the sun was too hot. The 'junk' is likely dust and lint on/in the microscope.



Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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(OP)
The sky was very clear tonight and the Moon looked great and it turns out that there was a conjunction of sorts with Jupiter close by (the upper left-hand corner).

The first photo is a un-cropped shot taken with my 400mm (equivalent to a 600mm full-frame) Tele-Astranar lens at f16.0, 1/8 second exposure, ISO 100:


November 2021 (Sony a6500)

This second shot is of just the crescent Moon, also un-cropped, but this time I used the Sony 'Clear Image Zoom' feature to double the effective focal length of my lens, so turning the 400mm into an effective 800mm (equivalent to a 1200mm full-frame) lens at f16.0, 1/30 second exposure, ISO 400:


November 2021 (Sony a6500)

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Hi John,

Great photos. Have you ever considered offering your services. I have a friend who is an amateur photographer. He offers his services on "fiverr" and gets mainly small/start up companies requiring profession photographs of new products their selling. They post you the products and most require a white background photo.

He says its mainly been an easy gig!

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I sell photos through a stock photo house. I won't get rich, but it allows me to make excuses for buying a new lens or upgrading a camera body. So far I've sold 27 images. And back when I was in college, I free lanced and took photos for the university as well as for students, like passport photos, senior pictures for the yearbook, groups who needed promotion photos, etc. I also developed film for people, including doing Black & White enlargements (as part of my work for the university I had access to one of the darkrooms on campus) as well as processing Ektachrome slide film. It was always interesting to see the sort of stuff people would ask me develop which they knew that the local drugstore would censor (this was back in the 60's).

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(OP)
Decided to get a shot of the half Moon tonight. Now this the same set-up as the other day, this is an un-cropped image taken using the Sony 'Clear Image Zoom' feature to double the effective focal length of my lens, so turning my 400mm Tele-Astranar into an effective 800mm (equivalent to a 1200mm full-frame) lens. The camera settings were f16.0, 1/50 second exposure, ISO 100:


November 2021 (Sony a6500)

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I did get at least one cactus flower this autumn. smile




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(OP)
Great pictures thumbsup2

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...an interesting photography article:

https://www.dpmag.com/how-to/tip-of-the-week/infra...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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John: You might think about opening up a Part II to this thread.

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Feel any better?

-Dik

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(OP)
The Sun is experiencing a period of increased Sun spot activity and I got a picture this afternoon:


April 2022 (Sony a6500)

This was shot using my 400mm lens and the Sony 'Clear Image Zoom' feature which doubles the effective focal length of the lens, making it act like an 800mm lens (or 1,200mm equivalent on a full-frame camera).

I shot this at f11.0, 1/60 second exposure, ISO 100.

Here's a cropped view showing the Sun spots:

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Nice smile

What makes the sky black. ponder
Or maybe I should say why can't you see the color that the photons create when they pass the atmosphere?
Have probably seen it in other pictures but have never thought about it though.

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
Albert Einstein

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

...the absence of colour? pipe

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Do you feel any better?

-Dik

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
The only way that you can take pictures of the Sun, and not ruin your camera, is to use a Sun filter, which filters out about 99% of the light. Now a 72mm Sun filter, that's the size I need for my 400mm lens...


September 2016 (Apple iPhone 6)

...would have cost me something around $125 back in 2016 when I was getting ready for the next summer's trip to Nebraska for the August 2017 total eclipse of the Sun, so I made my own by buying an inexpensive UV filter (about $20) and some Mylar filter material, which I just cut to fit inside the rim of the filter, tacking it in place with a bit of airplane glue around the edges, and for about $30 you have a pretty good Sun filter:


September 2016 (Sony a6000)

Here's a shot of the solar eclipse just before it reached total occlusion (with the filter on). Note that it was a bit cloudy that day, but it added something to my pictures:


August 2017 (Sony a6000)

and here's the best of my shots of the Sun at totality (taken WITHOUT the filter):


August 2017 (Sony a6000)

Note that pictures of the eclipse were taken before I discovered that Sony 'Clear Image Zoom' feature, which was even available on my old a6000 that I was using back then, as the image of the sun would have been twice as big.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Okey thanks for explaining.

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
Albert Einstein

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Quote (JohnRBaker)

August 2017 (Sony a6000)
and here's the best of my shots of the Sun at totality (taken WITHOUT the filter):

Looks like there's a dihydrogen oxide condensate filter installed.

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Don't forget the Oxygen and Nitrogen...

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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

JohnRBaker,

Here is my eclipse camera setup, from 2017/08/21 in Kitchener Ontario.


My solar filter is described as ND5, which means Neutral Density, which attenuates 105. The lens is a Tele‑Takumar 200mm F5.6, and I have a focal length doubler on it.


As you can see, the ND filter is not absolutely neutral density. The earlier time I saw a solar eclipse back in 1994/05/10, I used the same lens on my 35mm SLR and I think, two polarizers and some Scotch tape.


This is cropped quite a bit. I did not want to stick my eyeball behind the viewfinder. I watched the shadow on the ground behind the camera for an image.

Here is another partial eclipse, photographed from my back lane in south west Toronto 2021/06/10. This is my Takumar lens and ND5 filter again.


Note how I am shooting through a chain link fence about ten feet away. I got up very early in the morning to shoot this. Somebody else got up even earlier, and they hiked out to Sam Smith park, and they got the CN Tower into their shot.


--
JHG

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Is your camera a true DSLR with a mirror and an optical viewfinder? If so, you can get away without using a true Sun filter. I thought of going the ND filter route as well but when I looked into it I was warned that for a camera like mine, mirrorless where there is not optical viewfinder, that the full intensity of the Sun, even using some high index ND filters, could damage the camera's sensor.

BTW, this was my camera set-up on the day of the eclipse, that is the August 21, 2017 eclipse. We were in York, Nebraska. One of the cameras was my Sony A65 DSLR with a 210mm lens and the other was my Sony a6000 with a 400mm lens. The shrouds were to protect the black-body cameras from the heat of the Sun before the eclipse and to also provide a 'dark area' to help when I needed to focus and set the speed and f-stops.


August 2017 (Sony A100)

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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

JohnRBaker,

I have a true DSLR. There is no way I am sticking my eyeball behind an optical viewer while aimed at the sun. As noted above, aiming the film SLR was tricky. On the DSLR, I used the LCD.

--
JHG

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
I sold another image, a picture I took while on vacation back to Michigan last Summer.


July 2021 (Sony a6500)

This is the old Quincy Copper Mill in Ripley, across Portage Lake from Houghton, Michigan. The image sold for $49, of which I'll get half (when the invoice is paid). According to the info on the sale, the image had been licensed for use by a 'Travel Client' in a 'Marketing Package' in any media format (i.e. print, digital, etc). They never tell you the name of the buyer, just how the image will be used.

Note that over the last several years, the owners of the site where the Quincy Copper Mill is located, which I think is the Keneenaw Historical Society or at least they're managing the site, they've been cleaning-up the grounds and refurbishing some of the buildings, at least to the point where they wouldn't present a hazard to people visiting the area. The purported intention is to turn the facility into a sort of museum with the goal of getting it added to the National Register of Historical Sites, as they've managed to do for some of the other mining related sites that they manage in the area. Therefore, it's possible that they might have purchased the image or someone who's involved in promoting the museum as a tourist stop.

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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
This is my best shot of the Lunar eclipse tonight:


May 2022 (Sony a6500)

It was shot with my 400mm preset lens using the Sony 'Clear Image Zoom' which doubles the effective focal length of the lens. It was shot with a one second exposure, set at f8.0 with an ISO of 800.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
Irvine, CA
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The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Thanks John,
I was clouded out here through the whole thing.

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

In the same vein...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/art...

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Do you feel any better?

-Dik

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Here's a shot from back in my film days (Ektachrome to be exact):


July 1969 (Minolta SRT-101)

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

I came across an interesting site noted on TheUglyHedgehog...

https://www.aclusocal.org/en/photographers-rights

Rather than think climate change and the corona virus as science, think of it as the wrath of God. Do you feel any better?

-Dik

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
I just added the 53,000th image to my archive. My wife has been growing Sunflowers in out backyard and this afternoon she noticed some honey bees in the flowers. I took a couple of shots and this one ended-up being the 53,000th image loaded into my archive:


June 2022 (Sony a6500)

Now this was shot handheld with the 18-135mm 'kit lens' set at 135mm (full frame equivalent 202mm), 1/500 sec, f7.1, ISO 100. I have another camera with a true macro lens that I probably should try and see how it comes out.

But speaking of shooting a macro image, this was shot a few minutes earlier with my wife's new (she just got it yesterday) Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max:


June 2022 (Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max)

Apparently it has some sort of automatic macro mode where it uses the ultra wide-angle lens for shots that close. The specs for this image are 1.57mm (full frame equivalent 13mm), 1/160 sec, f1.8, ISO 32.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
Well, I went back and got out my macro setup and got this shot below:


June 2022 (Sony a6000)

This is my older Sony a6000 mirrorless camera which I used before I got my current a6500. There's nothing wrong with it, just that the newer camera had a much better/faster auto-focus system, 5-Axis in-camera stabilization, better low-light capabilities and is more resistant to the environment as the a6500 is dust and moisture 'proof', or at least much better than the a6000 was. Now none of these would be detrimental to the a6000 being used for macro work. Note that the shots I took today are really the first time I used this set-up to take a real picture, not just some test that I performed to see how it all worked. Anyway, the lens is a 60mm 7Artisans Macro Lens, maximum f2.8, manual focus, manual aperture. While it's not a Sony lens, it was manufacture for the Sony E-mount system (not a generic T-mount). The specs for the above image was 60mm (full frame equivalent 90mm), 1/15 sec, f16.0, ISO 100 and a magnification of about 1:3.

Here's what the macro setup looked like. The camera is mounted on a focusing rail for fine adjustment of the distance-to-subject and the item mounted on top is the remote shutter so that I can sit back and just wait for the bees to show-up:


June 2022 (Sony a6500)

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
Irvine, CA
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UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Today was a rare rainy day in Calgary. Greatly appreciated by the greenery.

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
I sold another photo, taken while on vacation last year (this is the second image that I've sold from our vacation):


August 2021 (Sony a6500)

The photo is of a statue titled 'Dignity', located in a rest area near Chamberlain, SD, where the I-90 crosses the Missouri River.

The image was sold to a private individual for non-commercial use. It's a one-time license for personal/home use, and the fee was $19.99 (the stock image house does business in British Pounds), of which I'll get half.

To give you an idea as to how large the statue is, here's a shot showing my wife taking a picture with her iPhone:


August 2021 (Sony a6500)

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
Irvine, CA
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The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
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RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

Isn't she on some coin too?

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
Albert Einstein

RE: I've moved a bit more into the ranks of being a 'professional photographer'...

(OP)
You're thinking of what was originally called the Sacagawea Dollar when it was introduced in 2000.




In 2009, while they did not change the obverse, except for moving the date and mint mark to the edge of the coin, it was reintroduced as the Native American Dollar.



Also note that the reverse of the original Sacagawea Dollar was the same for the nine years that it was minted.



However, starting in 2009 with the Native American Dollar, the reverse was changed each year to recognize some historical aspect of Native American history.

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