This sky dragon surprised me by dancing across the sky one day at about 8:30 in the morning, as we were heading to church. It is stitched together from seven frames shot in a diagonal pattern. After some minor clean up, I decided that keeping the stair-step pattern accentuated the "climbing look" of the dragon. Processing tools:

  • Frames processed with Bibble5 (bought by Corel, renamed to AfterShot Pro)
  • Frames stitched together into a panorama using Hugin
  • Title/copyright overlay made in Inkscape
  • Panorama converted from 16-bit/48-bit TIFF to 8-bit TIFF using RawTherapee
  • Combined the converted panorama and title/copyright overlay using the GIMP graphics program
The full sized image is 27"x25", so I'm thinking of selling prints. What do you think?

[2016.2.21: Edited to add link to the pictorial poem mentioned below.]

My writing and creativity (and this blog) haven’t gotten much of anywhere lately.

“Why’s that?” maybe you ask. (Or maybe you’re still thinking about your worst enemy?)

A few things:

  • The quote “Life happens while you have other plans.”
    I’m currently employed full time doing other things elsewhere. So there’s the usual problem of (1) a hunk of time spent each week and (2) the resulting lack of available energy once (1) has been completed.
  • I’m the resident tech support person. So in the last few months:
    • Had to replace my wonderful wife’s netbook after it finally became intolerably slow, old and parts of the keyboard stopped working.
    • Said netbook replacement included learning enough Windows 10 (filthy piece of spyware!) to:
      • Upgrade its factory-installed Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 (that took four days, thanks for finally getting around to offering the upgrade, Microsoft!)
      • Add Ubuntu Linux to it (which is what she uses – she hasn’t fired up Windows 10 even once!!!)
    • Migrated my laptop from a nice-but-gone-dormant Linux distribution to a more current one, so I could upgrade some creative programs I use.
    • Dealt with running out of drive space on the household server (What, 4 terabytes isn’t enough???!!!!).
    • Dealt with said server deciding to overheat and keel over when the both case fans both decided to quit working simultaneously.
    • Replace a dead amplifier for my music work.
  • Make digital versions of hymns for my church, St. Nicholas’s Episcopal Church, Kapolei. That’s been a big change for my church, since in its nine years of life, we’ve almost never once done a traditional hymn.
  • Taken, processed and posted photos for said church. Lately, mostly processed, since I’m trying to cut back on my photography effort there. Today I just posted the past four weeks worth of pictures, check them out. Most are by my friend Kevin, who has been enjoying his Christmas present, a shiny new Olympus DSLR.
  • And various other sundries just to keep things interesting.

Now some of those things needed to be done, so there was some justification for doing them.

But the times when I didn’t have other things to do, and had some energy available, I have to honestly say that I’ve rarely done any creating:

  • I have one pictorial poem, hope to put it up here. That one originated on the tablet, so it’s always been available to work on.
  • Prepared and printed a couple of good-sized (22″x10″) panoramas from a trip we made a couple of years ago to Napa, California.
  • Prepared a large panorama of the Honolulu-Diamond Head shoreline. If printed, it would be 17′ long!!!

One good thing from the last few months’ effort: I’ve finally caught up on ALL OF MY UNPROCESSED PHOTOS! 🙂

But I still have a storm of stories and ideas for stories, music and pictures. When I look at doing one of them:

  • Lazy Me decides he’d rather look at email, or read something on the web or Twitter, or read a book. (I’ve read a lot more books than I’ve usually done.)
  • Sensitive Me would also rather not do the stories that hurt. 😦
  • Indecisive Me can’t decide which one to work on, anyway.

So I added a new item to my To Do list, something to help me decide which of the hundreds of stories/ideas to do.

So let’s see how long it takes me to complete that item. 😉

Some thoughts about this:

  • I think some of the photos (such as the Kennedy one used in the BBC article) should have been free to use. Little thing called historical value. That’s just me.
  • They could have considered a Creative Commons license that disallows commercial use while allowing others to use the image. But maybe they don’t agree with CC licensing.
  • Who in their right mind is going to use a photo on their site by embedding an iframe linking to it? Isn’t Getty aware that a number of browser-based adblockers and malware filters, plus some corporate firewall/web-filtering systems, block iframe sources by default?
  • And – photos cannot be resized? What do they think websites are – pieces of printed paper waved in peoples’ faces? Print media has been resizing photos for ages to fit their layouts.
  • Or flipping them because they want people in the photo facing toward the text. Is that allowed? If so, the neat little “Getty” tag will be mirror writing. But, I guess if you need to do such things to the photo – you just grab the photo itself and not even bother with their embedding code. Sure, give credit. But that should be routine practice for any site or business. You want to get credit for the things you put out there? Give credit for the things out there that you use!
  • I doubt that many sites want Getty making money from their page by serving ads on the embedded link. Maybe Getty will offer a Google-style affiliate program and share some of the revenue with the linking site (should there ever be any revenue).
  • Finally, just how many photographers are making any money from most of those photos, anyway? If they were shot by a US photographer employed by a US company, they’re all works-for-hire and any usage fees are probably going to the company, not the photographer. (IANAL, so don’t be surprised if I’m wrong about that.) Some of those photos date back to the era when musicians didn’t own their own recordings – the record companies did and could do anything they wanted with it, regardless of what the musician wanted, and didn’t necessarily have to pay the musician a dime for it. Were photographers treated any better back then?