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I have actually lost my enthusiasm for stock over time. For the time involved along with changes at different levels and Agencies, it is not right for me anymore. I have already started the process at SS and next months payout will be my last there. Once this next Alamy payment clears and gets to my bank, I will pull out there. That leaves me DT. been waiting forever for the trickle of sales to reach $100 so I could drop them. I have read that they will not pay out without reaching that, even if you are closing your account... unless they changed somewhere. Just simplifying taxes by not having these around.

On the bright side, I have been experimenting with another money making project. Learning all I can and testing waters. It is working out well enough that possibly in 2 - 4 months, I will be working it as a legit small business.

I will probably still pop in to read but my involvement will probably not be much at all though. I did learn a lot here and appreciate a majority of the members. 

Good luck everyone.  8)


"Seeking free family photographs, Adriana emailed a contact at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency responsible for the Affordable Care Act's rollout, about having photos of her and her family taken in exchange for allowing the photos to be used to market the new health care law. She was never paid. "

Because I know that when I want some good family photography done, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid is who I would call.

Yea, that part did not make sense to me either.


Now there is a name and nationality to the face. Adriana from Columbia. A permanent resident applying for citizenship who was looking for free family photos.

Shutterstock.com / Re: How are sales going?- Shutterstock
« on: October 09, 2013, 09:24 »
My sales with SS has slowed since I decided to concentrate on other areas. I have not uploaded to them in a long while. The sales have not stopped though. I got a nice SOD for $68 2 days ago. Almost disbelief when your used to all the normal license amounts.

Off Topic / Re: For all you COMPLAINERS
« on: March 23, 2013, 18:51 »
I don't know what's funnier; the story or all the analysis of the story.  :o


Off Topic / For all you COMPLAINERS
« on: March 23, 2013, 11:58 »
Lawrence, Kansas, December 12, 2012

A Kansas farm wife called the local phone company to report her telephone
failed to ring when her friends called - and that on the few occasions, when
it did ring, her dog always moaned right before the phone rang.

The telephone repairman proceeded to the scene, curious to see this psychic
dog or senile lady. He climbed a telephone pole, hooked in his test set, and
dialed the subscriber's house.

The phone didn't ring right away, but then the dog moaned and the telephone
began to ring.

Climbing down from the pole, the telephone repairman found:

1. The dog was tied to the telephone system's ground wire with a steel chain
and collar.

2. The wire connection to the ground rod was loose.

3. The dog was receiving 90 volts of signaling current when the number was

4. After a couple of jolts, the dog would start moaning and then urinate.

5. The wet ground would complete the circuit, thus causing the phone to

Which demonstrates that some problems CAN be fixed by pissing and moaning.

Off Topic / Re: Artsey Welding
« on: March 01, 2013, 15:03 »
Thats cool Mike. I tried a Silicon Bronze filler with tig (I know.. use a flame torch...lol), I don't know why but as soon as I put the filler rod under the arc POP, there went half of the nail head.

I had to preflow like 3 seconds of Argon because when I hit the foot peddle over my work, the initial blast of gas moved my nails. I had to preflow then move the tig torch over the work. 10 amps on the machine then back off the foot peddle, cover the nail points with the filler rod and a quick little whip action... and I get the nail points welded nicely.

I got a bunch of the punch out plugs from the shearer. Trying to figure out what to do with them instead of bases for something.

Off Topic / Re: Artsey Welding
« on: March 01, 2013, 14:20 »
Spider on the wall.

Off Topic / Re: Artsey Welding
« on: March 01, 2013, 13:44 »
Sorry to say... Waste of nails. Useless. In a short while you will even be bored with it yourself.
Make something usefull instead.

I know this sounds negative, But its really not. I have done exactly the same.

Your comment, a waste of time reading. In time, with some luck, you will also see that your remark was unnecessary, derogatory and devoid of any decency.   I know this sounds negative, because it is. Most of us refrain from making such useless and self opinionated remarks.

Ehh. Don't worry about it. It's only useless to someone who thinks it is. Like, I could say Horseshoe nails are useless to me because I don't have a horse...lol. I like it so I will do it with whatever I can find. I do this while my pipe is cooling, in between passes. Just welded up a Spider (pic soon) and my Teacher wants me to do another Fishbone to present to the President of the School. I think some of the other students are going to be trying this too since 5 or 6 of them asked me about the nails, where to get them and the cost. One welder also does Powder coating on the side so he may do one of them up for me.

Getting a new Hood soon and while at the supply shop, going to get some silver solder and try some pieces that way with a Mapp gas torch.

To answer some of the other questions. I am in Welding for a College Cert. plus the A.W.S. Certifications. Got 8 Certifications with about 5 more to go for me. I want to go into Airframes (Planes) and such. Got one place local to get my foot in the door then I will move when it is time to step up to the bigger places.

What are some settings for shooting someone while welding.. and capturing the bare arc in the process? TIG is pretty dang bright.

Off Topic / Artsey Welding
« on: February 28, 2013, 14:41 »
So in one of my welding classes, I finished all the projects for the class last week. I got bored and grabbed a box of Horseshoe nails (City Heads #6) and started doing some fine control practice on the T.I.G. process. When I had to weld the nail points, that was not easy to do without burning away the tips. TIGed with very small ER70S2 filler rod. Cell Phone pics are kinda crappy.

My Tribal Tropical fish (or on it's side - a face with glasses and a mustache)

The Tribal Fish, A Fish Bone Skeleton and a mock up for a spider. Ran out of Argon Gas before I could weld up the spider.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: sjlocke was just booted from iStock
« on: February 11, 2013, 14:56 »
This should have been filed under "it was coming". Sean asked questions that they were either afraid to answer or just plain out did not want to. This is a sign of worse things to come for the crowns. My opinion, no sympathy for those who stay there exclusively. Plenty of other places to go that do not operate that way. It would just take some time to move images over.

It is so nice when a Company responds promptly and courteously. Admitting something got mixed up on their end. Not banning people from voicing complaints. Even coming here to explain it.   8)

Shutterstock.com / Re: Hows your Editorial shots doing on SS?
« on: January 28, 2013, 12:13 »
I can get shots of Representative Phil Roe pretty much anytime because he is based in our City. Might try some shots of him pushing or supporting some Washington bill. That might get newsworthy. Our local flooding might be something too. Like you Race, I was only thinking like 10 - 15 shots.  Just trying for a bump.

Some people are just a few flippers shy of a pinball machine.

Shutterstock.com / Re: Hows your Editorial shots doing on SS?
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:54 »
Be ready to tear your hair out, though, over their stupid caption requirements.

I have not even looked at what they require. So now that you mention that...lol. I might try it out here soon to see if it will give me a boost.

Shutterstock.com / Hows your Editorial shots doing on SS?
« on: January 28, 2013, 10:43 »
I have pretty much only been shooting editorial for a while and only throwing them to Alamy. I still pop in on SS forums and I see some people are showing off some of their Editorial shots in the forum. I am wondering if I should start putting some editorial over there (not doubling up what I have on Alamy) to maybe boost up sale a little. It took a good bit of time since I only concentrated on "A" but sales are starting to get a little slow on SS for me.

iStockPhoto.com / Re: Banned from Istock club
« on: January 25, 2013, 21:59 »

Lobo  : nor cause my hammer finger to start flying all over the place.)

What a guy Lobo is. Talks a great game behind a screen. I gave him my finger a long while back. I am sure there are plenty of fingers saluting him to this day.

Photoshop Discussion / Photoshop CS2 for free... possibly
« on: January 07, 2013, 11:50 »
Just seen this on my Facebook from PetaPixel.


Adobe might be releasing the entire CS2 Suite for free.

General Stock Discussion / Re: To Quit or Not to Quit
« on: January 04, 2013, 07:57 »
With seeing the monthly threads in Alamy, then looking at my sales... it might be discouraging but it is not to me. I run my own race without worrying about what others do. I have never made the money to support myself full time with it but I did not look at it (even MS included) to be a full time thing. If it happens, GREAT! It gives me some real nice bonuses sometimes though. I keep doing my own thing though and that is good enough for me. I have cut back to a total of 3 Agencies with one on the chopping block when I hit payout. That gives me 1 RF outlet and then a RM outlet.

Got this one last Semester to go through for school then hope to get a job welding. If I work on the road... then there is the bonus of working and having new areas too shoot at each job which satisfies my personal photography and stock.

General Stock Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
« on: December 23, 2012, 09:31 »
Happy Saturnalia  ;D

123RF / Re: 2013 is here - how about the promisses?
« on: December 19, 2012, 09:50 »
Hi everyone,

We have made some changes to the calculations, here is a list of the changes:

1) 100MB TIFF - now 150, from 20
2) 200 MB TIFF - now 300, from 40
3) 300 MB TIFF - now 450, from 60
4) If the Contributor also submits content to the Footage or EVO collections, 123RF will recognize the credit count that we charge to our clients for the purpose of calculating Contributors' Levels.

Thank you very much,


And the delete button, Alex? Where's the delete button...?

+ 1

I'd like a button too.  If I have to I'll go through the current painstaking deletion process but as a courtesy, since you're really forcing the issue on us, you should provide us with a button that wipes everything and ends with a popup that says "nice knowing you" :D

The button would be nice. Ehhh... when I got time, I will just start deleting manually if I can. Got money sitting there but maybe 123rf needs it more than I.

Alamy.com / Re: just got accepted
« on: December 05, 2012, 13:32 »
At one time a had a few Pseudos but I just cut it back to 2. 1 for RM and 1 for RF. I have an idea which might bring me up to 3 but waiting to see if I really want to do that.

Tip... Shoot, Shoot, Shoot... if your doing RM. Go somewhere... take a camera and shoot. Even if it is to a Store or going to get gas (Petrol).

General Stock Discussion / Re: What are your goals for 2013?
« on: November 30, 2012, 20:57 »
Finish my Welding courses, get a job, gain experience then hopefully move out to Colorado to work and live. Shoot when I can or when the urge hits.

Site Related / Re: Firefox v18
« on: November 28, 2012, 16:32 »
I just updated and I am on V17.0. Everything looks fine to me.

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