Tuesday, March 16, 2010


Hey Folks, I gotta get down off my nice guy toolbox for a minute and discuss something that is really hurting me these days..  If you see any sort of watermark composed of diagonal lines across an image, in my galleries or elsewhere, it means that I did NOT sell the pictures to that or any person:

That image will look like this when someone screen captures the image an posts it in Facebook:
 Please don't do this to me. I know you all have braved the cold and snow this season, but so have I, for all of the rides! No photographer you see at any show this year deserves to have their pictures stolen, and yes, screen capturing photos is not legal.

What I do when I run across this behavior is to:
1. Report each image to Facebook, and I have a direct phone relationship on the subject (sad, eh!)
2. Take a screen capture of the Facebook gallery of each captured image in the gallery, as proof, as Facebook will take them down.
3. Send a bill to the person who stole them for $120, which is the price of a single-rider show disc, for each gallery I see represented. (After all, that's what they would have paid purchase what they took. Any eventual legal action would be filed for five times that, which is what copyright law provides for.)
4. Showcase the person who stole them in the very top line of the show that was stolen. I leave it up there until payment is received..

I ask that if you see this type of watermark in any Facebook gallery, please report it to the photographer who took the pictures!

C'mon folks!!

Here is what it may look like if the images are purchased fairly and squarely:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

A Snowy Pine Top

Well, on the eve of Feb 12 at Pine Top, there weren't the usual cast of characters on the grounds as one expects at a horse trial, but those who were there were running around throwing snowballs and have a good time with what was coming down. We knew before turning in that it was to be a delayed start the next day. I did all I could to get to be so that I could rise and have coffee early enough to go out on the landscape photographer's trek.  Half the battle on landscape photography is to just show up! The other half is mostly something about narrow apertures and tripods... That was muscle memory...
It was an interesting enough trapse, but what was the weirdest of all is that it was the only time I can ever remember walking the Pine Top xc course and not seeing anyone! Really quiet and peaceful, and the air was spectacular.

I knew that it would be a chance of a lifetime and that it would mostly be gone by 3PM that same day. Glad I was there.  Look at more of it HERE.