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  1. Sheila, one week later the FTP server is still down. Error message tonight (November 22) from FileZilla: Status: Waiting to retry... Status: Resolving address of ftp.shutterstock.com Status: Connecting to Status: Connection established, waiting for welcome message... Error: Connection closed by server Error: Could not connect to server
  2. Best Picture: "Black Panther" (won't win but it should) Best actor in a leading role: Willem Defoe (won't win but he should) Best actress in a leading role: Sorry, I haven't seen any of the Actress-in-a-Leading-Role movies, but Glenn Close will probably win because she's overdue (isn't she?). Have a wonderful party, Laurin. I hope you win some cash to make up a little for what SS keeps as profit -- I mean, really, 38 cents for a photo you spend hundreds or thousands of dollars to capture on a trip? Just saying . . . Anyway, be careful if you run over to the afterparties to capture som
  3. Another apparent scam in the photography world has been exposed. Two recent reports: https://fstoppers.com/legal/scam-competition-uses-names-photographers-judges-without-permission-232356 https://www.pdnonline.com/features/industry-updates/another-contest-scam-runs-monochrome-monovisions-awards/ Another reason to suspect contests that make you pay an entry fee . . . Glad I never enter them.
  4. That's awesome, Laurin. It may be a long time before Mason realizes how lucky he is to have you for a grandfather. But if he starts composing music by age 4, or masters depth of field by age 6, or makes his first feature-length film at age 8, we will know what you've been up to!
  5. On ABC national news this evening they showed the first five or six seconds of this, or of something similar. Then they ran a helicopter video where the camera was focused on a local inferno and then pulled away slowly to show the vast scope of that particular fire. I bet 20 years from now the guys who shot those sequences will say those fires the most spectacular thing they ever shot. Unfortunately, those scenes kept reminding me of a thought I've had a lot in recent years while watching Hollywood movies: It's a lot easier to show destruction and chaos than it is to show creation. Or so
  6. Probably between 50 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Might be rainy . . . Here was the weather in Carbondale in April 2017: https://weather.com/weather/monthly/l/62901:4:US https://www.accuweather.com/en/us/carbondale-il/62901/april-weather/328772 http://www.usclimatedata.com/climate/carbondale/illinois/united-states/usil0185 Good luck.
  7. Carbondale, Illinois - "Eclipse Crossroads of America" Traffic will be a nightmare if it's anything close to what it was on August 21. . . .
  8. Talk about consistency. Today I had a perplexing surprise -- this editorial image of mine was rejected on initial submission because I had no model releases for it: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/yellowstone-national-park-wyusa-may-21-648272053?src=3XYcfHYOIA_bN3Ob8HsTvA-1-0 Model releases for editorial content? Really?
  9. I uploaded an 82-MB video by FTP yesterday (once) and today (twice), but it still isn't listed on my contributor page, so I can't submit it.
  10. Indeed. A lot of us have had so many glitches like this in recent years it's getting harder and harder to escape the conclusion that, with well over 100 million images now and nearly another million getting added every week, SS databases and storage servers are collapsing. Much or all of the network is likely outsourced to multiple vendors. Many scheduled backups may be considerably outdated the moment they are created, so there is probably frequent confusion among the SS database admins (if any are still on staff) as to which sets of data are current. Laurin, your images that "Just sat th
  11. Lily, You could also try the Terminal app in your Mac OS. (http://www.macworld.co.uk/feature/mac-software/get-more-out-of-os-x-terminal-3608274/) To use Terminal you have to type Unix command lines in it one at a time. First, move to the folder that holds the files you want to submit. For example, if your files reside in a folder called Shutterstock in your Desktop folder, you would type this in Terminal: cd Desktop/Shutterstock ("cd" means "change directory" -- this command tells Terminal where to find the files you want to submit) Then, to see a list of those fil
  12. Wow. I got the same astonishing email 20 hours ago and replied soon thereafter by asking SS to identify which images of mine it is referring to. (I spend a lot of time writing captions for SS and would like to think that after 11 years at it I don't spam.) Talk about aggravation. But I don't expect a personal reply. . . . Is it possible a staffer sent out the wrong message by mistake? or the message got triggered automatically by a database glitch or conflict? Fingers crossed . . .
  13. Do it. Two hundred years from now you'll wish you had.
  14. Congratulations, Laurin. Is this something we will hear about on the evening news? Can we expect "rinderart" to become "rindermozart" or "rindermccartney"?
  15. Have a wonderful sixty-fifth year and many more, Dave, with lots of photo opps and sales everywhere you go.
  16. He's a contributor again, it seems. Interesting on a number of levels: http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/tribeca-film-festival-red-carpet Jon says he's going to keep his day job
  17. You can rent the 300mm f/4 from lensrentals.com (http://www.lensrentals.com/rent/nikon/lenses/supertelephoto). Recently I rented one, put it on my D7000, and tried it out at a local zoo. Got a couple of decent handheld shots with it: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-379078327/stock-photo-female-white-cheeked-gibbon-binomial-name-hylobates-concolor-leucogenys-in-a-seemingly-pensive.html?src=0uNUlLnW0_NxDmUgwjYHJg-1-35 http://www.shutterstock.com/cat.mhtml?lang=en&language=en&ref_site=photo&search_source=search_form&version=llv1&anyorall=all&safesearch=1&use_l
  18. Jeff, On March 21, SS posted a blog entry about open-road images (http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/ignite-wanderlust-100-images-open-road), and when I went to the lightbox -- http://www.shutterstock.com/public_lightbox.mhtml?lightbox_id=43154713&code=13ae02403f18c16bf03d41166df5ce74 -- I found one of your landscapes near the top: http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-2823330/stock-photo-straight-road-in-death-valley-heading-into-the-mountains-with-wispy-clouds-overhead.html?src=lb-43154713 Nice.
  19. This YouTube review will probably make you glad you chose the A7R II, which the reviewer calls the best camera in the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2SwyKITEVg&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs Jason Lanier, a Sony Artisan, seems to know what he's talking about. You're in luck if you have Canon lenses you want to use with the camera.
  20. Great concept image -- a keeper! http://angelawaye.com/images/photography/manipulations/photo_manipulation_02_big.jpg There's nothing wrong with addressing stereotypes in stock. Your image reminds me of a thirty-something former co-worker, a friend of mine, who appears to be going through life with her husband and two little kids in just that way, and it just so happens she's blonde too. . . . In time, with your wide-ranging imagination and artful manipulations, you might even do a series of lifestyle images based on this image (e.g., Mom at business meetings where her kids vie for her att
  21. Jeff, Today's volume of e-mail, photo and video uploads, social-media blitzes, advertisements, alerts and so forth will likely seem insignificant when the Internet of things is in full swing. Maybe 10 years from now, maybe sooner. Every new automobile will have its own website and portfolio, along with video cameras, voice recording, connections to car dealerships and supermarkets and hospitals. So will new refrigerators, coffee mugs, baseball caps, credit cards, weapons, underwear . . . Every dog. Every whale. Every drone. Every robot. And every human baby. It's coming. Each of us will be a s
  22. Unfortunately I do not, although I live in a suburb of the city where the President's former press secretary is mayor and where he is all about image, as you may have heard on national news broadcasts in the past few weeks. . . .
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