A walk down All Saints Street, Hastings

Well, it took me over an hour to walk the few hundred yards that is All Saints Street in Hastings. It was resplendent under the mid afternoon sun – not the best time to take photos but sometimes you have to before everything disappears into shadow.

At least, this time,¬†I managed to stop myself for a while before being drawn over the road and onto the beach. But that’s another post.

 

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The Priscilla MacBean (C1920) is one of the two old life boats currently on display in Hastings
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The Stag Inn is the reputedly the most haunted pub in Hastings.
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Example of Tudor architecture in Hastings
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The flagstones of All Saints Street pavements.
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Pretty flowers decorated the street.
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Looking a little spaghetti western in places adds to the eclectic atmosphere of Hastings Old Town
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People making a real effort with their potted plants And, when the decisive moment is the sudden appearance of a babies’ buggy.
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Maybe not the oldest architecture, but I love these little cottages.
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These slab steps are a fond memory of my youth – sitting there with my then besties ūüôā
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More early architecture – once inhabited by fishermen and tradesmen, many have now been priced out by holiday let landlords.
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Love zinc pots
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Postcard perfect scene.
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The second of the lifeboats on display with All Saints church in the background.

 

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Hastings Carnival 2017

Unfortunately, due to reasons I can only imagine – rising costs, austerity, people working¬†harder for their buck – the amount of people putting¬†time and effort into Hastings Carnival seems to diminish year on year. Or, maybe, there are so many dress up events in the town’s social calendar (bonfire night, Mayday, pirates day….) that this event, that predates all of them, is no longer ‘trendy’.

Thankfully, there are still those that value it and here are some of them:

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Douggie Dog

I REALLY thought I’d published this post a couple of weeks ago. Oh well, it just means there are more photos to put up.

Yes, losing Poppy knocked us backward quite badly.¬†Despite her age, she was still so fit and active¬†that when the complication came¬†along,¬†neither of us¬†was prepared. I know everyone’s pet is super special but, really, she was.

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Knowing we had a house move coming up was a very convenient excuse to not to have to think about what we were going to do with neither kids or dogs in the house. It was very calm and strange. Going for a walk was a bit of a hollow experience. After a few months, it was time to talk about ‘the void’ and what we should do about it. We decided, being quite experienced dog owners, there was no reason why we shouldn’t take a rescue dog this time. I’m so glad we did. His name is Doug and he is 10 months old. When we first bought him home, he was very manic; lots of lunging and BIG barks. So, for the first couple of weeks we walked him, everyday, along the river where he could run back and forward but not left or right because of waterways on each side. Like a typical puppy, he could go from 100% to nothing in seconds. There was a lot of sleeping.DSC_5243

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Yes, as you can see, as well as a very unusual coat, seen mostly on Collies, he’s a stumpy dog – vertically challenged – a big dog with short legs. But, I say again, a BIG bark. We’ve been told he’s collie, corgi and basset hound – who cares. He’s lovely.

Anyway, once we’d done some work with recall, it was over the road to the beach. Timid at first, it didn’t take him long to love getting in that water. And, discovering smelly seaweed is great for a roll.

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A few days on and we were feeling confident enough to take him on the hill where lots of dogs get walked. We learned he plays very nicely with other dogs. This was also combined with learning that, although the walk through the streets a little stressful with lots of attempted lunging and successful barking, once we got to a caf√©, life was very good. He loves to lay under the table and watch the world go up and down the street. Not sure what we’ll do in winter when we have to go inside.

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Hopefully, by then, the training will be really paying off and any remnants of previous undesirable behaviour will be non-existent. Maybe?

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In the meantime, whilst the sun shines, we shall take full advantage, have as many adventures as possible,¬†and get as many photos as I can. It looks like we’re going to be lucky dog slaves again ūüôā

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My Shutterstock activity

Well it has been just over two years since I opened my account with Shutterstock and by the end of today, I should have just over 500 images uploaded. This number, although seeming huge to me, is apparently, just a tiny handful for those contributors who seem to be most active.

This is one from the batch I shall upload later today. I can’t even imagine if it has a commercial value and if it will sell as a stock photo. It may do better on a site that sells contributors images as canvases – I have yet to look at that properly. I barely spend enough time doing what social media¬†I already do (and that is another discussion).

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I can’t say stock photography seems to be all glamour – my most sold photo (and my hardest working because it usually sells for minimum return) is a photo I’m not particularly proud of being the author of. But, it has made a fair contribution to my sales, and¬†it does seem to fulfil a commercial need for users all over the world:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/romney-marsh-sheep-on-marshland-408242065

And the photo with the best average returns (least sold for most money) is another non-glamourous image that I snapped quickly on the quayside in Folkestone:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/fresh-plaice-wet-fish-on-dockside-473630443

This was an early photo that I thought might have some value to show the gender differences between boys and girls but it has never sold. And now, I wonder if it is not such a good photo:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/hastings-england-27-july-2015-children-331029362

 

There are a couple of early photos that I do like, and I thought they might have a commercial use but they have never sold. Maybe I need to review the keywording and titles of these images as I feel they should still have potential:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/spaniel-wearing-pink-elizabethan-medical-collar-332049143

 

 

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/pumpkin-patch-333401099

 

I’m pleased to say I think the quality of my photos is vastly improving as time rolls on. It doesn’t necessarily mean the most recent photos outsell ones that have been there longer – yet. I hope this one does well:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/free-range-chicken-on-tropical-beach-674880838

 

It is a very mysterious game but it is a game I quite enjoy… checking everyday to see what has sold. Having the occasional jolt because nothing sold that day or, the euphoria because a single¬†image sold for a good sum of money. I shall never make my fortune with it but, yes, it’s a good game.

After reading this, if anyone is tempted to get involved in the challenge that is stock photography, there is a reasonable referral scheme. Why not message me and we could talk about how that works.