Like most of the microstock sites, 123RF has a selection of free photos. Difference is, You can actually find some of mine in here…. Here my favorite from among todays “recently ending” freebies, but the free part expires in 14 minutes....
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
My son and I made a quick visit to the Watershed Nature Center the other day, while waiting for the wife/mom to do a little shopping. We had a nice walk, even though the water is WAY down, and there weren’t many as birds in evidence as usual. Just the dog-days of summer, I suppose.
3:40 in the morning and I’m posting to my blog. Now That’s pathetic. Sometimes ya just can’t sleep, for no real reason at all. Twenty-Thirty years ago, I’d read a book. Now, I can really waste the hours, browsing the internet. Sigh. Anyway, this is an image from "The Homeplace", a “living history” farm at Kentucky’s Land-Between-The-Lakes.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
OK, every once in a while, y’all have to put up with a geeky power-system shot. Deal with it. This is a transmission tower along one of our local bike trails. Rendered in High-contrast. I’ve always liked these “line-drawing” renditions, but could never ever figure out how to do it in my “wet darkroom” days. It’s not too hard to do in the digital darkroom, as long as you’re not trying for microstock quality!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Leaving Chicago yesterday, I drove into, and through one of the rather dramatic thunderstorms that blew through the area. This photo was taken at 3:20 in the afternoon, just bit north of Bolingbrook. When we got to Bolingbrook, the 4 lanes each direction were bump-to-bumper creeping, in driving rain, with tornado sirens blowing nearby… yuck.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
A few examples of song titles starting with "Rock & Roll", from my digital collection... with YouTube links, where available.... check 'em out!!
Rock & Roll – Led Zeppelin
Rock & Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – AC/DC
Rock & Roll All Night – Kiss
Rock & Roll Band - Boston
Rock & Roll Band – Wet Willie
Rock & Roll Boogie Woogie Blues – Edgar Winter Group
Rock & Roll Doctor – Black Sabbath
Rock & Roll Doctor – Little Feat
Rock & Roll Fantasy – Bad Company
Rock & Roll Feeling - Styx
Rock & Roll High School - Ramones
Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo – Rick Derringer
Rock & Roll N***r – Patti Smith
Rock & Roll Part 2 – Gary Glitter
Rock & Roll Queen – Subways
Rock & Roll Records - JJ Cale
Rock & Roll Runaway - Ace
Rock & Roll Soul – Grand Funk Railroad
Rock & Roll Stew – Traffic
Rock & Roll Suicide – David Bowie
Rock & Roll Woman – Buffalo Springfield
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Most Charted Records?? Elvis is King, with 107 Top-40 hits (The Beatles are a distant second, with 48.
Most Top 10 Hits?? Elvis is King, with 38 (The beatles are a closer second, at 33).
Most weeks at #1?? Elvis is King, at 80 weeks (18 chart toppers). Again, the Beatles are second, at 59 weeks (but 20 chart toppers).
As Springsteen said: "That Elvis, man, he is all there is. There ain't no more. Everything starts and ends with him"
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
We lost our landmark this week. Yep, in humble little Glen Carbon, IL, the covered bridge is gone. Not much of a landmark, but it's the best we had.... They tore it down Monday. Four months from now, we'll hae a new (and presumably better) bridge. Supposedly, they’ll put a new cover on the new bridge. I guess that’ll be alright, since it’s not like it was a “real” covered bridge before…..
My family moved to Pittsburgh when I was 10, I lived there until heading south for college. I've spent the last 18 years in SW Illinois (outskirts of St. Louis), but the 'Burgh will always hold a big chunk of my soul....
I found a these 2 Pittsburgh related photos in my blog-archives, thought I’d post them. Pretty humble stuff, overall...
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
During our recent vacation to Ky’s Land-Between-The-Lakes, we found a great little joint called Belew’s Dairy Bar. It is easy to imagine little has changed since 1951. With curbside service, or outdoor picnic tables, and great all-American food…. We opted for the patio service, since we had 7 of us… I was really struck by the menu-boards, with “Sanka” coffee, and the "Dan Quayle" spelling of potatoe (and tomatoe). But if you prefer the “other” spellings (potato and tomato), just move down to the next sign!
And what exactly does it mean by “Closed Tuesdays (except Holidays)”. If the 4th of July falls on Tuesday, will they be open?? Never mind… just remember. if you’re ever in Aurora, KY, you owe it to yourself to check out Belew’s!! GOOD Stuff.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
This is a chart of overall sales, a rolling 4-week sum over the past 21 weeks, complete with trend lines. The top line is an overall total, and you can see that the overall trend is up. At least a little bit. The green and blue lines are iStock (IS) and Shutterstock (SS), which account for 89% of my sales. SS is very steady, but not growing like I'd prefer. IS, on the other hand, bounces around more, but is trending up nicely. Especially noteworthy, sine my IS portfolio is about ½ the size of my SS portfolio. I’ve been trying to focus more on IS, since it is performing better…. All the others (Fotolia, Dreamstime, Lucky Oliver, ImageCatalog, SnapVillage and 123RF) are down in the mud, and staying there.
So now you know! All y’all photographers out there should give it a shot, and be sure to tell ‘em I sent you! Try these links, which include my referral codes:
Friday, August 10, 2007
During my recent side-trip to Indiana Dunes… As I was headed back to my car, I noticed this family playing along a hillside (duneside?). The youngest child and father had just plowed down the dune, and were looking at something. I thought it would be a cool shot. Right as I snapped, the dad noticed me. I should’ve gone over and struck up a conversation, maybe got some better shots and possibly even a model release. But no, I just lowered my camera and continued to the car, and home to SW Illinois. What a wimp.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
Portraits of the pups. We’ve had Stu (left) and Chuckie (right) for 8 weeks, they’re fully integrated into the family. As it turns out, I’m no better at puppy pictures than people pictures. They don't like to sit still, and always want to investigate the camera. And they tend to bark at the flash after the first shot... The pictures don’t show it, but they’re essentially the same size (Chuckie was 0.5lb more last time we weighed them, but seems to have way more loose skin). Silly mutts, they are….
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Married Man – Neil Young
We Got Married – Paul McCartney
Wedding Bell Blues – 5Th Dimension
Marai’s Wedding – Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express
It’s Your Wedding Day – Original Cast Recording (an iTunes freebee)
Of course, we should probably add
My Wife – The Who
Saturday, August 04, 2007
During a recent business trip to NW Indiana, I snuck a short visit to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Just about a hour, early morning, before heading for home… The photo above shows the view of the steel mill, were I had been the day before. Not a perfect day, but when traveling, you take what you get. I was actually raining when I left Valparaiso, but clearing when I arrived at the park. And the sun was just beginning to burst through when I was headed out. Below are some images I took during my short wanderings. It was pretty serene, but a few people were starting to show up by the time I moved on… And quite a contrast to the atmosphere at Kentucky Lake, seen in yesterday's post.
Friday, August 03, 2007
More vacation photos!! Just a short drive from our hotel, we found a nice spot along the shore of Kentucky Lake. A great base to hang out. The younger kids were able to swim in the lake (see below, and yes, they did wear life vests!). The older kids were able to catch some rays. And the boat could pull up for loading/unloading.
Most importantly (to me), I was able to wander the shoreline, looking for “artsy” photo ops…. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the guts to take my DLSR near the water, so all of these are from my little Nikon L2.
Rocks with Dried Seaweed (or “lakeweed”, I suppose...)
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Some "art" shots from our vacation, taken in . I’m a sucker for old, dilapidated buildings. No idea why, but I surely am. This old gas station was across Rt. 68 from our hotel, in Aurora, KY. I couldn't resist wandering over for a few images. I like this version (above), converted to B&W, with a slight sepia tone… A longer shot (below) shows where the pumps were, which is now all blocked off.
The pumps had been removed, but the marquee is still there… If the price was really $2.319, then it’s probably been closed less than 2 years…. What do y’all think?