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"God help me."

Flickr can be a great place to grow in photography.

About my photostream. All shots are offered in an "original size" that is equal to the largest file size I have plus smaller size options and there are no physical download restrictions. I like to share.

If you do download, I use Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 copyright setting. It has some restriction but it is still a type of Public Copyright License in the Creative Commons group allowing redistribution.

Their Offical Summary for Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0
"This license is the most restrictive of our six main (Creative Commons) licenses, allowing redistribution. This license is often called the “free advertising” license because it allows others to download your works and share them with others as long as they mention you and link back to you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially."{END official summary}

Flickr now greatly simplified DOWNLOADING PHOTOS yay!
At least I know it is so for laptops and desktops, things may vary for a tablet. First be sure you are on the right kind of page. If you are on a page of many small images, first click the one you want in order to arrive at a page where the photo you want sits alone, the page will also show comments or comment options though you don't need to comment.
To download, click the downward pointing arrow on the right side of the photo. A balloon opens with choices to download various sizes or to View All Sizes. If you want to see the size first then go to View All Sizes. Pick "Original" if you want the best resolution, for possible printing, resizing or archiving. Alternatively, "Large" sizes are nice to view on your monitor, better than blog photo quality but not huge. "Medium" sizes are good for email and most blog needs. If you immediately pick a size and do not view first, then your download manager opens immediately.

The creator of the photo (myself) can make unique copyright changes. Here are clarifications about dispensing photos regarding the Creative Commons rules. Or are these exceptions? I'm not sure. Anyway. Minor edits such as these would be fine; you may want to crop it slightly for a frame size, sharpen it for emailing etc. Do not worry about minor edits like that even if you share it widely. Alternatively, if it's only on your wall at home or in your personal photo album, and you don't distribute the image, then you can do whatever you like to it. In public, try to link to the original or refer to its location somehow so others can get what they want. To include a credit, my user name of "Mike_tn" is adequate when the flickr site is also referenced. And it is OK to print anything for personal use. No credit need be showing for your 4x6 or 20x30 wall prints. And if you'd like extra privileges please ask. I'm generous in general but not likely to offer much more if people are in the shot. There are no special permissions from myself nor from any of the subject matter of my photos allowing anyone to make a living from my photos, this protects the private persons and private property shown.

Enjoy and hope to see you on flickr.


My single life - The bulk of the time I sleep, shower, work, grocery shop, cook, eat, do laundry, dust, walk, watch a movie, drive, listen to music, run errands, get online to find information about everything, order stuff, pay bills, pretty ordinary. When things get exciting...on 2nd thought things don't get very exciting. I'm also a practicing Catholic and a recovered alcoholic. After quitting drinking and quitting falling off my stool for women, at 37 years of age, faith and morals got a grip on me. It was more the whole scene that needed to go, not just the drink. Today I'm past 50 and sober by responding to grace.....so far.
Flickr mail gets noticed if you want to contact me that way. Feel free to comment anytime.

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.

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    camera chic says:

    "Mike has an amazing way of capturing the things around him ... things we take for granted and would never think twice about because of all the business of life. I am thankful everytime I look at his stream - his photos help me see things in a new perspective. Not only is he an amazing photographer, but he is truly an awesome person. I am so proud of you for being who you are today! God Bless You and I pray that you keep blessing us with your photos!"

    October 10th, 2009

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    simis says:

    "Alll I can say is I look forward to the next photo he will post. His Nature stuff totally rocks and yes, he is the master of composition from several photos... a lot of the time I do not know until he states that the photo is a comp.

    I am glad I met Mike on flickr and looking forward to seeing more of his work."

    February 9th, 2010

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    rosy outlook photography says:

    "Mike_tn is an incredible photographer, who also uses masterful post processing skills to create unforgettable artwork. His images are always a visual feast, whether he is weaving a zany tale to make his flickr fans laugh or, as a good and faithful servant, giving glory to God. Mike is also a terrific teacher, generous with sharing his technical knowledge and offering encouragement. He's a great flickr pal, too and I feel honored to call him my BFF (best flickr friend). If you've just arrived on this page, you'd be wise to make him your friend, too. Your photography, and your outlook on life will never be the same!
    Keep shooting... and sharing Mike. You're the heart and soul of the flickr experience."

    April 8th, 2009

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    Child of the King Photography says:

    "This should have been written long ago and I apologize for being so remiss!!

    Mike's photography is exceptional and covers a wide range of subjects. He is extremely creative in the composition of his photos and displays great thought in any post processing. It's always a pleasure to see what he has to offer.

    He is also a great encourager in his commenting. None of that paste-the-same-thing-in-everybodies-comment-box thing that so many people do. He is thoughtful and has a wonderful wit and sense of humor.

    I am proud to have Mike as a Flickr friend and even more proud to have him as a brother in Christ. Thank you, Mike!!!!"

    January 23rd, 2009

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    Red Snapper9 says:

    "Mike is one of the loveliest men I have never met!
    ... waving!!!"

    July 14th, 2008

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    sonsation says:

    "How fortunate I am to have Mike as my flickr friend! Whenever I visit his photostream, I am treated to his wonderful talent as a photographer. Mike has a gift for capturing commonly overlooked beauty, for seeing colour in what may at first seem drab, and for bringing excitement to the mundane. Mike has a refreshing sense of humour, and he has a way of making me smile at his wit and his photographic riddles. I appreciate his depth of character and spirituality, which he so candidly shares through his visual metaphors and his meditations on life, faith. and his walk with God. His kindness reflects in the comments he makes, which are always encouraging and in good taste. Photos, friendship, faith, fun ... it's all in Mike's fabulous photostream!"

    May 18th, 2008

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    Mary and her camera says:

    "Mike has to have one of the most under-rated photostreams that I have seen on Flickr in quite a while.
    He has so many incredible landscape shots, showcasing the beauty of Tennessee nature and wildlife. Take the time to browse his photostream and enjoy his presentation of this beautiful area in which we live - I can promise that you will not be disappointed!"

    December 22nd, 2006

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    T.e.r.e.s.a says:

    "If you're reading this, you've come across one of the most talented, brightest, & friendliest personalities of Flickr.

    As we are practically neighbors, Mike's photostream got my attention as I viewed areas that I'd seen before, yet hadn't noticed the beauty and interest, as he'd captured them with his perspectives, compositions, patience & creativity. What an inspiration you are to me!

    In addition, his great sense of humor is uplifting and found through out his photostream and comments!! :D

    What a great Flickr friend to have found in 2006 and I so look forward to more from Mike in 2007 !


    January 3rd, 2007

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    paulhitz says:

    "Mike is the one that gave me the inspiration to further persue photography, his ability to capture and interpret various parts of life is encouraging and inspiring, thanks"

    October 31st, 2006

July 2006
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
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