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  1. Does anybody know if Geese and (Muscovy) ducks mix? We have a semi wild Grey Goose in our backyard and she has been sitting on eggs. Her name is Bertha. (First it was Bernie, but then we found out it was a girl lol) We also have several ducks that are about her size, but no other Grey Goose.

    We also have a pair of Egyptian Geese - we call them "The Black Eye Geese" . They are sitting on eggs too, but I think they are legit....

  2. 22 minutes ago, Sari ONeal said:

    Ruudeeeh, yeah, I have a feeling that Hank doesn't know anything about it :P


    Luckily, he loves everyone equally. Except for Bob, he doesn't like Bob....

    Bob doesn't know how to paint horses. That's probably why. You can't paint Hank with a 2 inch brush and liquid white

  3. 33 minutes ago, Sari ONeal said:

    All right, Ruuudeeh, put your tough guy shirt on and classify this movie as "nature", watch it, and tell me if they had any of my bugs in there :P

    I don't have a "Tough guy" shirt. Can I borrow yours? You must have one. After all, you have Hank. :)


    25 minutes ago, Patrick Cooper said:

    That sounds like a good challenge!

    Yes, for you. Not for me. I am trying to survive this whole thing right now and I don't want to push my luck.............



  4. was it ever sold here or elsewhere and if so, could he be one of the buyers?

    If you are not sure, send him a message and tell him in a nice way you really love that image and you like to know where he got it. (not tell him yet it is yours)

    Other than that, the use itself is legit as long as he acknowledges the image is not his.

  5. 15 minutes ago, Sari ONeal said:

    LOL Patrick! :D


    We quit Netflix a few years back, anyway, so I couldn't watch it if I wanted to :P

    Besides, I don't do horror movies! 😮

    No horror movies for me either. The Exorcist was the last one I saw at the time (47 years ago) and I still have nightmares!

    I do watch Netflix though, but mainly nature stuff and documentaries.

  6. Yes Stieglitz was in an unhappy Marriage. To my knowledge, Ansel Adams never had anything romantically with Georgia O'Keeffe. They were friends and roamed around in the same circles. (Edward Weston on the other hand, had probably more girlfriends over the years than all of the others combined)

    That camera Dorothea Lange is holding is a 5 x7 Graflex series B, not a 4 x 5. I have, and use, a later Graflex RB (Revolving Back), which is virtually the same as hers, smaller, but the same design, an SLR with a chimney and a huge cloth vertical curtain shutter, She also used Zeiss Ikon 9 x 12 plate cameras (that I also use-with a 6 x 9  Suydan roll film back) This is one of my favorite cameras because the Zeiss lens is very very good and sharp. The kodak Ektar lens on the Graflex is also very good and sharp and was designed to compete with the Zeiss lenses (that were/are still better) You can still get  9 x 12 film, but is expensive

    btw, 35mm has been around since the early 1900dreds, but became practical and more popular in the 1920ties



    Part of the Stieglitz legacy is, photography was not considered art back then. He was out to prove that the medium was just as true of an art as painting or drawing.

    That was the reason of the Pictorialism movement, to be more artsy so that photography would get recognition as art and could compete with painters. This movement started around 1865-1870 in England and became popular shortly after that in western Europe and France in particular. Paris was Stieglitz's Art Mecca at the time. He discovered pictorialism there and brought it to the US. Back in the US, he became friends with Edward Steichen and started Gallery 291 at the initiative of Steichen who lived across the hall of the empty apartment, what would become the Gallery.  Photo- Secession was started later and was basically a select group of Photographers handpicked by Stieglitz. Kind of like what Magnum is today. One of those photographers was Clarence H. White who started later the first professional full time photography school in the US Maybe even world wide, not sure

  7. 31 minutes ago, R Scott James said:

    Alfred Stieglitz, I recall years ago in college finding a book of Stieglitz work and being blown away. When I fist started I spent time looking at images, thousands of images, hours at the library thumbing through book after book and Stieglitz's work was just different, it made me say "wow". 

    Also the work of the f/64 group impressive.

    He is on top of my list too. Stieglitz was a powerhouse and with his on/off relationship with Georgia O' Keeffe, they were a true power couple.

    Sieglitz also did a lot outside photography for the art world  like his introduction of Picasso, Cezanne and Matisse to the American art world

    Stieglitz "came from money" so he had the connections and didn't have to worry about making an income/living, which helped I am sure.

    Having said that, you should check out Leonard Misonne (Belgian Pictorialist)  https://monovisions.com/leonard-misonne-biography-pictorial-photographer/

  8. 4 hours ago, HodagMedia said:

    f/64 and the Zone System, no particular individual. But reminder I come from that days of black and white, processing my own photos, in my darkroom in the basement.

    That has changed to electronic images and processing my images on a computer, but the basic concept remains. And no I'm not all prissy and perfect about 11 zones and all that, just a basic way of seeing the images.

    Funny thing, expose for the shadows and develop for the highlights still works.


    f/64 (glad you wrote that the proper way and not like F64 or something). For people who don't know, f/64 was a club of west coast photographers who practiced and promoted "Straight Photography"  (Straight as in straight forward or "pure") in the first half of the 20th century. Straight Photography was the answer of Paul Strand somewhere between 1915-1920 to the then still popular "Pictorialism" movement, which was very painterly. Paul Stand showed his images to Alfred Stieglitz and he told Paul Strand that he started something new....and so it began. In Stieglitz and Steichen's Gallery 291 in NY City to be exact. From there it went to Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogene Cunningham, and others and became an actual "movement". Contrary to what some might believe, Ansel Adams wasn't all that involved until 1930 or so. Also thanks to Paul Strand btw . Edward Weston came up with that small aperture notion  way before the f/64 club. As a matter of fact, Edward Weston was known to modify his lenses with masks with a smaller aperture like f/135 or f/233 even so he could get his whole tabletop subjects into focus. The bell pepper series was done this way and since Weston only made 8 x 10 contact prints, diffraction problems with those small apertures were not much of an issue.

    f/64 was in principle a gallery club and  the west coast answer to those "art snobs" in New York. ("We show them" was their attitude). 

    Weston btw., also came up with this whole previsualization concept thing way before Adams.  Weston was the one who told Ansel Adams about it.  Adams did come up with the Zone System though as far as I know.

    It is funny in a way that Pictorialism has made a somewhat of a comeback now in digital with all the lighting, glowing and vignetting effects that are so popular now. (As some examples in this thread). Film has made a comeback too, but as Straight or Pure photography. (except for pinhole of course, which is by default painterly)


    so Pete... you HAD to bring up f/64 and get me going. Sorry about my long winding pointless expression of narcissism. :) Sometimes I can't help myself

  9. i have been using Photolab Elite for a few years now and i love it.

    For me it is all about output and when I was looking for a Lightroom replacement (wasn't happy with LR and Adobe) there were only 2 programs that fit the bill for me and that was Capture One and Photolab. I choose Photolab because the output was virtually the same, but photolab didn't have the steep learning curve (I am getting too old for that) and it had U-Point technology. Now you also get the whole NIK collection plug-in.

    I also bought DxO viewpoint and filmlab as plug-ins for Photolab and Affinity Photo 18.0 (That I also love) Viewpoint is very useful, Filmlab is more like a fun novelty.

    The only thing that could use some approvement is their DAM, but I work with very low quantities, so it is not a big deal for me. Although the DAM in Photolab 3 is already much better than in previous versions, so they are getting there.

    For me Photolab 3 Elite and Affinity Photo is the perfect combination.

    ON1 came in third btw.

  10. 33 minutes ago, geogif said:

    Because of the number .... I did not think about this. But all were Editorials, suitable for calendars?

    Don't remember reading they were editorials, but if so, the answer would be I don't think so.

    I just looked at Photoschmidt's portfolio and figured his work is so beautiful, who wouldn't want that on a postcard or calendar? Hence my thought of those kind of companies

  11. In the US, work based on existing work is called derivative work and the creator of this derivative work does not have copyright protection on the existing elements in the work, only on the new elements. So, in order to have full copyright on the works in question, they need to be different enough of the existing work for it to be called a "new work" and from what I saw and according to your own admission, they are not.

    In other words, you do not have full copyright on those submissions and owning full copyright on submissions is one of the requirements of Shutterstock. The same for work that was based on works already in Public Domain.



    disclaimer: not legal advice

  12. 1 hour ago, aluxum said:

    It is not redundant, as clearly explained by the Shutterstock support that wrote in this post. A special license for sensitive use will override those restrictions. Now your models can be in tobacco ads or endorse political parties if client pays for a sensitive use license. Nothing you can do about it now apart from removing your images.

    That's not how I read that post and there is nothing in the license agreement about that that I can find. There are no special circumstances in the ToS. Can you point it out to me?

    It sounds like that what Kate wrote contradicts item 1.2 and I rather go by what the agreement says in writing than by somebody's interpretation.  Even if it's a staff member.

    The only other option is that SS withholds information from us and if that's the case, that would be terrible indeed.

  13. Frankly, it escapes me what exactly the problem is, clause 1.2 concerning these restrictions is very broad and very inclusive in my opinion

    If I remember correctly, before the sensitive opt out option there was no clause pertaining to sensitive use of any kind. There was always a chance that a model could and would be used in a less desirable manner.  I remember many discussions on these forums about that

    Then a number of years later, SS came up with this Sensitive use opt out option that gave certain restrictions to the end-use of the image. These restrictions were in a separate clause and only applicable if a contributor opted out of the sensitive use.

    Today these restrictions (and then some) are no longer optional, but standard in the license agreement regardless, which seems to make the sensitive opt out option redundant.

    (Kate's post earlier might not have been the clearest post she ever wrote.  Sorry Kate.)





    1. Use Visual Content other than as expressly provided by the license you purchased with respect to such Visual Content.

    2. Portray any person depicted in Visual Content (a "Model") in a way that a reasonable person would find offensive, including but not limited to depicting a Model: a) in connection with pornography, "adult videos", adult entertainment venues, escort services, dating services, or the like; b) in connection with the advertisement or promotion of tobacco products; c) in a political context, such as the promotion, advertisement or endorsement of any party, candidate, or elected official, or in connection with any political policy or viewpoint; d) as suffering from, or medicating for, a physical or mental ailment; or e) engaging in immoral or criminal activities.

    3. Use any Visual Content in a pornographic, defamatory, or deceptive context, or in a manner that could be considered libelous, obscene, or illegal.


  14. 4 hours ago, iris wright said:

    Apparently, so.  Any of your models can now be on billboards for strip clubs or escort services, no matter what they originally agreed too.  How can you change a legal contract after the fact?

    A- no they cannot be on billboards for strip clubs etc.  Clause 1.2 is very clear

    B- They can change a legal contract after the fact because you (we) gave them permission to unilaterally make changes when you signed up.


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