August 29, 2007
My capture of this sunrise does not show at all what I saw when I was there. I have made this a composite with two different exposures as best I can with what I recorded that morning.
August 28, 2007
August 27, 2007
27. Spirograph - In Lights
Leanne and I went to the CNE last weekend. I didn't shoot as much as I expected. This is one of the rides there.
August 21, 2007
21. Big Sky
August 20, 2007
20. Coil of Rope
A coil of rope tied to a boat. You can always tell the captains who take more pride in their vessels in the way they treat everything, right down to the mooring lines.
August 19, 2007
19. A Man and his Family
August 18, 2007
18. Reflection of the Beacon
This is a reflection of the Beacon in Jordan.
I received an email the other day from Chapters book store (now Indigo). They are selling photo books. These look like they may be the same books sold by Wal-Mart and Costco but I am not sure yet.
Leanne and I want to put our wedding photos into a book like these so I have been looking around for something that would suit our tastes, or I guess more specifically, my tastes!
As I was looking at the terms and conditions for the Chapters PhotoBooks, I quickly made the decision that they would not get the book business from me. Point 1 of their license and warranties section of their Terms of Service irrevocably gives them full rights to your photos. By using their service to create a photo book, for which you pay for, they will retain rights to use your images in advertising and promotion, without paying you a cent for them. This simply is not right.
There is a lot of discussion on the Internet between photographers about Royalty Free stock photography which is the business model where a stock agency will on your behalf sell a photo of yours for a fee (sometimes as low as $1.00) and then give you a portion of that sale, maybe only $0.20. As part of this sale, the buyer then gets to use your image in whatever application and distribution size or media they want. Just think of a company buying your image for $1.00 and using it in an international advertising campaign that targets 20 million viewers and makes them tens of millions of dollars.
And Chapters wants you to PAY them to give away your images like that.
John Harrington (Photo Business News and Forum) has written a lot on the subject of royalty free photos as has Stanley Rowin (Pro Photo Business Blog). Even if you are not a professional photographer, you should avoid establishments that take part in this practice. You certainly wouldn't give anything else away for free. Also, by participating in practices like this, you are propagating the idea that building in wide ranging releases into a TOS contract for a service you are using is okay. It simply is not. The retailers need to know this.
UPDATE: I checked the TOS for both Walmart Photobooks and Costco and neither one retain rights to your images the way that Chapters would like to. What a better way to tell Chapters than to buy your photobooks from other retailers.
Walmart Photo Center
Costco Photo Center
August 17, 2007
17. Orchid and Shadow
I had been looking to buy one of this orchids for a while but just couldn't bring myself to spending $20-$40 on a plant that in all likelihood I will kill. A few months back a local grocery store had one for $2.00. It was badly in need of some TLC but I thought I'd take it anyway!
I placed it in my front window, called a friend who has spent a lot of time growing these and though she told me they do not really like direct light, suggested that I leave it where it was as it did bloom after I got it.
I then burned the leaves of the plant in the front sunlit window.
I've moved it to another location where it receives filtered light, Leanne fed it with some fertilizer we had around and even though the leave are very badly damaged, it threw another spike that you now see here.
I shot this with direct light from my Canon strobe specifically to capture the hard shadow on the wall. This is unlike most of the other flowers (like this and this) I have shot at home where I try to use large, diffuse light.
I used this technique once in the past to photograph a rose.
August 16, 2007
16. Get Your Ducks in a Row
A while back I posted some photos of fireworks from a long fireworks display in Niagara Falls. I have created a gallery for those photos.
You can view the gallery here
August 15, 2007
August 14, 2007
14. Pirate Ship #2
I don't know if this was ever used in and type of pirate activities, but if you ask someone from the Niagara Area if they know where the pirate ship is they will know what you are talking about.
For this photo I made use of several (8) adjustment layers to bring out the colours in the photo.
August 13, 2007
13. Pirate Ship
This is the third of five of these images. (I added another!)
August 12, 2007
12. Morning and the Ship #2
The is the second of four photos featuring this grounded sailing ship at Jordan Harbour.
August 11, 2007
11. Morning and the Ship
If you have traveled along the Queen Elizabeth Way between Niagara Falls and Hamilton, you will have noticed an old apparently abandoned sailing ship sitting in the Jordan Harbour outside of St. Catharines. The ship was torched by vandals several years ago and will likely sit where it is now until it rots completely into the harbour.
I have a few shots from that morning. This is the first and is an HDR composite of 8 different exposures.
August 10, 2007
August 9, 2007
A quick portrait of Leanne. I shot this last weekend while we were camping. I used the sun and an off camera flash for light. Using the flash on a high power setting allowed me to overpower the existing ambient light and in turn darken the background.
August 8, 2007
August 7, 2007
07. Wind Charmer
One of the boats at the marina.
August 6, 2007
06. Bench and Vines
A bench covered with overgrown vines. I think they may even be wild grape vines.
August 5, 2007
05. Oranges and Blues
For this photograph, I used my flash, triggered wireless off camera, to throw some light back into the rocks. As in the photos from yesterday and the day before, this was taken before sunrise and the light in the sky was just not enough to light up the rocks of this breakwall.
August 4, 2007
04. Morning at the Marina #2
This is a similar shot to yesterday's only with a different orientation.
August 3, 2007
03. Morning at the Marina
Before sunrise photo of the Beacon Marina in Jordon, ON.
August 2, 2007
02. Reflections at the Marina
We started our morning off at a local marina hoping to get some decent reflections and a nice sunrise. This photo is of a boat and it's reflection that morning.
August 1, 2007
01. Hollyhock - Again
This is the last Hollyhock photo I am posting, for now anyway. John and I had been driving down the road when I saw this stand of hollyhock being back lit from the sun. My original image of how I wanted to capture them flowers was not working out, so I settled for some macro photos of the flowers with the dew on them.