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  1. A week ago Sunday we were awaken at about 3:00 AM by the most horrific thunderstorm, that light up the sky and shook the house. I've never experienced anything so intense. We were in the midst of a heat wave with 100 degree temperatures and experienced one of those freak "dry lightning" events. That morning, my wife and I commented on how lucky we were that there wasn't a fire. Well that turned out to be premature. We drove to the beach for a walk with the dog and then hunkered down at home to avoid the afternoon heat. At around 4:20, I stepped outside for a break, and that's when I looked up and saw a huge cloud of smoke billowing from over the hills to the south. This was the view from the roof of my house: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/california-river-fire-salinas-monterey-county-1801300195 The neighborhood was abuzz with activity but the authorities hadn't yet called for an evacuation. Here is a shot from that evening: The next morning, the field workers were working as usual as the fire burned nearby: That afternoon, Cal Fire arrived with a fleet of helicopters. They collected water from the local pond to douse the flames. I took these shots from next to the pond: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/helicopters-collect-water-buckets-local-pond-1801313815 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/helicopter-pilot-collects-bucket-water-pond-1801392601 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/salinas-california-august-17-2020-cal-1803493255 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/salinas-california-august-17-2020-cal-1802697325 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/salinas-california-august-17-2020-cal-1802855740 Then I went back to the house and took some shots from my roof as they passed by: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/salinas-california-august-17-2020-cal-1803465634 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/salinas-california-august-17-2020-cal-1803501433 https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/salinas-california-august-17-2020-cal-1802880979 By Tuesday the fire started getting close to houses just up the street and we were given evacuation orders, first advisory then mandatory on Wednesday: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/california-river-fire-salinas-monterey-county-1803496585 We ended up staying at a (dog friendly) hotel for 6 nights. In addition to the helicopters, they used a large 747 jet to douse the flames with retardant. They also used bulldozers to make firebreaks and lit backfires to protect the houses. In the end, only one nearby house suffered damage to its deck. Cal Fire saved the day and we were allowed back home on Monday! THANK YOU CAL FIRE!
  2. Is Shutterstock still the most cost-effective for photo and footage sales among other image stocks? Which stocks are between your leaders in sales figures?
  3. Lately, I've been thinking of using my own stock photos on Instagram to promote myself as a photographer (I'm still a newbie ). However, I am concerned that this might affect my stock photo business in a negative way since using my photos on a social media platform might create opportunities for theft. Does anybody have experience with this?, I would highly appreciate any kind of advice.
  4. For your entertainment - https://www.reddit.com/r/wtfstockphotos Indulge.... the comments are the best, as always...
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