Beautiful and Classic Savannah
Image by Stuck in Customs
Every day Photo – Beautiful and Traditional Savannah
Once I drove through Savannah, I met up with my good good friend Scott Kublin who showed me a number of the sights. This gem of a place was one of the first locations we visited. I walked up and down the road a number of instances to find the most attention-grabbing place to take a photo. This one was taken with the 14-24 lens — although the other interesting shot was the 200mm shot from a lot additional away. I made a decision to go with this one because I really liked the position of the sun.
Why I don’t use Watermarks
I get this question a lot, and it often comes up in interviews. I know my opinion is different than many other photographers, and that is okay.
As you know, my work is all Creative Commons Non-Commercial. That means people, as long as they give credit and link back here to www.StuckInCustoms.com can use my images on their blogs, wallpaper, personal use – anything – as long as it is not used commercially. Every day, I upload a HUGE max-resolution image to the Internet. I do not have any fear at all… Believe me, it’s quite liberating living in a world without internet-stealth-fear.
People that want to license our images regularly contact licensing at stuckincustoms.com – we get many of these every day of the week.
So why don’t I use watermarks? It’s a multi-part philosophy –
1) Legitimate companies do not steal images to use commercially. So I don’t have any logical fear there.
2) There are other services, like Tineye (and Google) that can help me easily find evil-doers.
3) If there are evil-doers, they will have already used my image wrongly, setting up a slam-dunk legal case.
4) We do register our images with the copyright office, so if someone uses an image commercially without a proper license, it is an easy law suit.
5) Watermarks look ugly. Whenever I look at a photo with a watermark, often times, ALL I can think about is that watermark! It is so distracting. Maybe this is just me.
6) I don’t have to maintain two versions of each image – one with a watermark and one without.
7) NOT using watermarks and using creative commons helps more and more people to use your image freely for fun, which increases traffic and builds something I call “internet-trust”.
8) As image search and image recognition get better and better, there will be no need to watermark things. For example, there is no need for me to “watermark” my text-article on “Being An Artist Sucks; Being an Artist is Awesome“. I can easily do a Google text search and find everywhere on the internet that article exists! The same thing is happening for images.
What are your opinions on the matter?
New Tweetboard Widget
I added a new Tweetboard widget at stuckincustoms.com. It’s a quick way for you to check in on the latest tweets and conversations on Twitter.
Wormsloe, the Endless Forest of Savannah – 16,000 pixels wide!
Image by Stuck in Customs
My Biggest Photo Ever and Flickr can’t handle it
The TIFF of the photo below is 984 megs, and the JPG is 124 megs! It’s about 16,000 pixels across and very fun to zoom in on as you go down the lane. I dropped it to 12,000 pixels so I could upload, but, I feel a little short-changed!
You can see the Original Size below…
I wish Flickr would offer a premium subscription where I could post huge photos. I’d gladly pay 0 a year for a premium subscription that gets me all sorts of extra features, like big photos, high quality videos like my Vimeo sub, tier 1 tech support, and all sorts of other goodies.
Another Forest Photo, Hanging at HQ of Flickr Competitor
The fine people at Smugmug (see my port there at stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/) have chosen my Bamboo Forest photo to hang inside their headquarters in California. They are actually building a 60″ lightbox behind it. I’ll see it in person in a few weeks when I go visit the crew there. I’m looking forward to it!
Daily Photo – Wormsloe, the Endless Forest of Savannah
My friend Scott Kublin (who made it to my Favorites page on my iPhone… he was at the bottom, but I just moved him up above the babysitter) lives in Savannah, so it was good to visit him on my little road trip. He commented that regular visitors to Stuck In Customs would probably like to see current shots while I am traveling around! So, here it is! However, this one took about 3-4 hours to edit, five cups of coffee, and several pieces of pie. Did you see my little “Buy Trey Chocolate For Energy” there in the right column? Yes, I burn through copious calories to create these things. This one almost broke my back, but I am very happy with it.
Some of you may remember this place from Forest Gump… A lot of it was shot down in Savannah. Besides Wormsloe, I also visited some amazingly moody cemeteries, draped in mossy trees. I’ll get to editing those photos another time… maybe when I get back home to Texas!
from Trey Ratcliff at www.stuckincustoms.com