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At my day job, a bunch of us did a fundraiser for Hawaii Foodbank on Friday. I brought 14 photos in various sizes (8″x8″, 8″x12″, 9″x25″ and a pair of 57″x10″ panoramas).

A coworker did an awesome job of matting 10 of them. We couldn’t matt the big panos, they were bigger than the matt boards.

We sold 10 of them. Including BOTH of the big panoramas.

Do something for charity this holiday season: you’ll both do good and feel good.

So stoked! 🙂

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Another year further from the high school freshman who had discovered writing the summer before and bravely started sending out his poetry and stories. Didn’t sell any stories, but won a couple of cash-paying poetry contests, so he managed a $400 profit that first year.

Yay me.

Advice to musicians, writers, artists and creative people everywhere: Pursue your dreams when you’re young. It’s much easier!

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?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26463886

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?

I work for HMSA, Hawai`i’s Blue Cross Blue Shield affiliate. HMSA’s blog about exercise, health and nutrition is Being808. (808 is the area code for the state of Hawaii.) Lots of good information, recipes, healthy activities in the islands there.

My first blog post went up today, which is kind of cool. Here’s a direct link:

Lactose intolerance takes planning, but shouldn’t mean a bland diet

Words and photos by me, editing by the awesome Mary Vorsino.