Stone,

I'm not sure what to think anymore about your problems. You joined a group with certain rules that was established long before you joined. Including myself, some of us suggested how you can possibly meet the rule and still post your image. I'm sorry it's costly for you and not convenient for you. What I suggested (light table and take a macro shot) really works, and I know, because I've done it. If that's too much work for just an APUG gallery, then please don't do it. Maybe these limitations are not fair to you and your current situations but this site isn't about you... it's about using analog methods - and what you suggest fall right outside of that.

There are plenty of places that will welcome you and your type of images. Maybe you want to take that route rather than trying to change a long established (and by the site owner) rule.

Have some coffee, maybe?