Articles by Ian Mcdonald

Beautiful photos

A photographer is invited to a dinner party.When he arrives the hostess says, "I've seen your beautiful photos.You must have a very good camera."After the meal she says to the photographer, "How did you like your dinner?"He responds, "It was delicious, you must have a very good stove."  continue reading

I Can't Believe I took That Picture...

Has it ever happened to you?You take a look at your photos and think, that's not mine, I couldn't have taken that... Then you realize you had to because you remember holding the camera, but you still shake your head in wonder.It happens to me all the time.Here are some of my 'Holy Smoke' moments.        I have to admit, when I look at these photos, I'm shocked Also amazed and just a little proud of myself. continue reading

While You Are Waiting For Your Alaska Cruise Ship

Welcome to beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia.Gateway to your Alaska cruise.While you are waiting to board your ship you will find yourself "under the sails" at Canada Place.    Canada Place was opened in 1986 as the Canada Pavilion for the World Exposition, Expo '86.After Expo it became Vancouver's Trade and Convention Centre, cruise ship terminal and also the site of the Pan Pacific Hotel.    There is a lovely promenade around the pier called the Canada Trail.There are signs... continue reading

My first repeat sale

WOO HOO!!!It finally happened, just like the law of averages said it would.My first repeat sale.It is exciting the first time a photo sells but for some reason, the second time is sweeter.Anyone else experience that special ZING the second time a photo sold? Turns out the virus that took me to the doctor's office was the Money Bug... continue reading

I Should Have Used A FLASH (Beatles Parody)

I Should Have Used A Flash(To the tune of I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles)Oh yeah I, take stock pictures,But they are all so dark,When I, take stock pictures,I should have used a FLASHI should have used a FLASHI should have used a FLASHOh please, pose for me,Wear this stylish sash.And don't, say to me,"You gonna use your flash?"I should have used a FLASHI should have used a FLASHAnd when My pics rejected I'm crying inside.It was rejected 'cuz I used,natural... continue reading

What are you doing with that picture?

I have almost completed my first year with Dreamstime and have, so far, 24 sales which I am thrilled about.But some of the pictures I have sold really make me say, "What are you doing with that picture?"Like this one... Sitting at the side of the road with the kids in the car and there is a tractor coming down the road.*SNAP* goes the camera, *CLICK* goes the buyer and *SCRATCH* goes my fingers on top of my head...  What are they going to do with that?Sometimes it's pretty obvious,... continue reading

The Best Part of Being a Parent

As we approach Mother's Day, and soon after Father's Day, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on parenting.I have been fortunate enough to be a Daddy four times and soon expect my first grandchild.For me the most special moment in being a parent is the wonder in a child's eyes. That moment when they gaze into a unknown world for the first time."What's that?", they exclaim in awe.And in that moment we are given an amazing gift, the gift of sharing our knowledge and wisdom.... continue reading

Twenty Minutes With A Drug Addict

When I am not running around taking pictures of everything in site, I drive a transit bus.When we are out on the road we meet all kinds of people from all walks of life.This is the story of one of those encounters in November 2014  I was driving into a beautiful fall sunset, the sky was a stunning mixture of winter-like blues and grays with a bright splash of yellow on the horizon. I pulled my bus into the stop. She was wearing a bulky plaid jacket, bulky because there were several sweaters... continue reading

The Sinking of the Lusitania

May 7th, 1915 just 11 miles off the coast of Ireland a German Submarine, U-20, lay in wait.RMS Lusitania was nearing the end of her 202nd voyage.One torpedo was fired striking the ship on the starboard side.Soon after there was a second explosion and in just 18 minutes the Lusitania was gone.1,191 passengers and crew were lost.The Germans issued a medal to commemorate the sinking, the Lusitania Medal.The mystery is in the explosions and two cargo manifests filed with the New York City... continue reading

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