Category Archives: Photography

Photography related posts.

Christmas Season 2010

It seems that even though I have the good intentions of posting more ofter, I don’t seem to get here.? Maybe more next year.

This post contains some video taken during the Christmas Season. It will probably not be of much interest to anyone but family.? That doesn’t matter, Here is the video.

The above video shows some fun we had with the kids ice skating and at the speedway in lights.

This video is of Christmas.

Lastly, an Animoto video created from pictures of the new babies in the Ward family.? Lelia is especially proud of her grand-nephews.

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and will have a Happy New Year.

2010 Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk

Last Saturday (24 July) was the 2010 Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk.?? This was the third annual walk.? I walked with about 40 others in Jonesborough, TN.? It was a hot Saturday morning but I had a blast.? Last year I walked in Abingdon, VA.

The Lolipop Shop

This year there were over 1100 walks with more than 33,000 people walking.? A real day of documenting what was happening around the world.

Desks in a One Room School

I really enjoy photo walks.? It’s as much about meeting new people as it is about the photography.? I had some great conversations including one with a girl who is getting married in about a month.? We discussed her experience hiring a wedding photographer.? How knowing about photography made the experience different.? This may be the subject of a future post.

Keep the room warm

Did I come away with any great images, probably not.? Did I come away with images that I like, certainly.? BTW, let me know if you want to buy any.

Lighting the Scene

After looking at my images, and thinking about Jonesborough, I processed several images with an old style.

The Old School

The above image makes me thing of the long walk to school.

Bird Nest

What a way to make a nest for birds.

Been Here a While

Hang Around

Lighten Up

I hear the Train

In the Window

I would really like to encourage everyone to go on a photo walk.? It’s lots of fun and you can learn something from your fellow photographers.? Thanks to Scott Kelby for organizing the walk and to Richard Siggins for organizing the local walk.? Below is the group photo taken by Richard.

I’m ready for next year.

Copyright vs Orphaned Works

Copyright vs Orphaned Works

I am a photographer and occasional writer so I am concerned with copyright. I use various copyrights with different works ranging from ?all rights reserved? to a creative commons license.

Congress is working on orphaned works legislation to make it easier for people to use material still under copyright when the owner cannot be found. This is a good idea but they will get it wrong. Of course, what have they gotten right lately?

I believe in copyright. The constitution allows the government to issue copyrights and patents for a limited amount of time. The time is not specified and has changed over the years. Patent times have been decreasing in some areas while copyrights have increased. Mostly to protect the mouse. Yes, copyrights have increased as Mickey Mouse nears the limit of its copyright. I am not saying that this is a bad thing. Many people feel copyright should last forever and allow descendants to benefit. If property can be handed down from generation to generation, why not copyright.

Now for the problem. To use copyrighted material, you need permission and may need to pay royalties or fees. That’s fair. What if you want to use a work and cannot find the copyright owner? You could use the material and hope for the best but if caught, the penalty can be large.

It is often difficult is not impossible to track down copyright holders. Many have died without leaving anyone to inherit the work. Other times, multiple persons hold the rights. This is especially true with movies. The music and soundtracks may be held by persons other than the studios. Everyone needs to be contacted for permission.

What about written work. In the 1930’s and 40’s there were dime novels and anthologies of short stories. Many of the publishers are no longer in business. Who was the author, the listed author may be Jeff Smith. How many Jeff Smiths are around? What if that was a pseudonym? It could have been a staff writer doing work for hire. I hope you see the problem.

Some will say: What’s the problem, just don’t use the work. Fair enough, but by some accounts that I’ve read, over 50% of movies ever produced do not have a complete copy in existence. Over 90% of silent movies have been lost. Why would a someone try to restore and sell the remaining copies if they could be sued and loose large sums of money? Of course, if there is no incentive to the studios to restore those properties, more will be lost. This illustrates some of the difficulty that we are facing.

The best argument against the orphan works act is it takes the teeth out of copyright. Someone uses a copyrighted work, gets caught and argues that they could not find the copyright holder. How do we judge weather a good faith effort was made to find the owner. My electronic copies of my photos have contact info embedded in the EXIF data. I can bee found. Please someone ask to use my work. I will happily license their use. Of course, someone could change that data and say they got the photos from somewhere else and that is how they found the photos.

For this reason, the orphaned works act should deal with the age of a work. The newer the work, the harder to use the act. Be sure to allow for sufficient damages for violations of the act. With the all of the stock photography sights selling images for very low prices, how do we determine that a Scott Bourne of Steve Simmon photo is work hundreds or thousands of dollars (they are) while mine may only be worth $10. I think mine should be worth more of course.

Being fair with the legislation will be difficult if not impossible. I don’t think that Congress can do it right. I don’t think judges and juries understand the value of some of these works.

I would love to see a solution that would save many of the old movies and out of print stories and books. With electronic publishing and print on demand books, we can open a whole new world of material.