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Wells, BC, Canada
Richard is a working photographer and writer in B.C. His camera focuses on natural history. archeology, travel, and documentary photography. His photography blog may be found at: http://richardtwright.blogspot.com/

Friday, November 9, 2012

Canadian Photographers win Copyright

St. Savior's Church in British Columbia's Barkerville Historic Town.
D800, after nightfall, August,  24mm F2.8, 4sec,
The only light is from a 100 watt porch light 100 feet away.
Copyright 2012 Richard T. Wright
Great news has just been announced by The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) - Canadian photographers are finally the copyright holders of the work they produce under contract.
We have always held the copyright to self-produced images, but not images produced under contract. This is a big step.
Now, it will not clear up all the misinterpretations of what copyright is, but it will go a long way to protecting work. (If we could just convince Facebook users that our photos are not theirs to use on covers and profiles that would be another step - sorry, a pet peeve of mine.) Now we have to get the word out to our contractors that we own our images.
Make sure that you have your copyright information in your metadata and EXIF data on your camera and your production software.  If you have not you can do batch changes to those fields.
Here is the news release from CAPIC:

OTTAWA, November 7, 2012: At last, Canadian photographers own their copyright.

The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators (CAPIC) would like to congratulate all Canadian photographers in Canada on this important date and pivotal achievement in the photographic industry. As of today, Canadian photographers now officially own the copyright to all of their work whether the photograph is commissioned or not, thanks to the new Copyright law. 

The principle of protecting photographers' ownership rights started 65 years ago by Henri Cartier-Bresson, who founded Magnum with Robert Capa and David Seymour. Magnum assured that a photographer's image belonged to the photographer and not to the commissioner of the work. 

In Canada, all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, now have all legal rights to their images. 

CAPIC has been working towards this monumental achievement in Canada for more than 20 years through lobbying efforts and could not have achieved this truly important mission without the support of its members, who have contributed financially, morally and offered countless volunteer hours towards this major effort led by CAPIC National Copyright Chair, Andre Cornellier. 

The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) were a valuable partner in this achievement as well as the lobbying firm Temple Scott Associates for their work in Ottawa.

''I would like to thank the team that worked so patiently and for so long,'' commented Cornellier. ''Finally we have won a right due to us as artists. Thank you to Canadian photographers across the country for your support and patience and to AndrĂ© Amyot and Brian Boyle of PPOC for your work. It has been worth it.'' 

CAPIC will be providing more information on the direct effects of the law for Canadian photographers in the week to come as we celebrate this important Canadian achievement.

For more information:
André Cornellier
Copyright Chair
CAPIC, The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators
tel.: 514.933.4000

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Hong Kong Village Photography

Lei Yue Mun village

As I have said before in terms of a variety of subjects nothing much can beat Hong Kong. One of my favorite places to spend a few hours was the village of Lei Yue Mun, across the harbour from Hong Kong city and east of Kowloon. The village is stretched along the shore, beginning at a typhoon harbour and ending near an ancient temple with old cannons.

The harbour itself is a great place to people watch as many folks live on the junks in the protected shelter.  Over the space of a few hours you can watch the comings and goings as they fish, transfer goods from ferries to shops, deliver fish to the many seafood restaurants and mend nets and traps ready for another day's fishing.

This village was about the first place I took Amy on my second trip to Hong Kong, and overall I have spent a good many hours there and taken close to 1000 photos. It is easily to pass the hours on the docks, and fortunately was a short cab ride from my son's home, which meant it was easy to pack Manfrotto tripod and gimbal and 200-400mm lens, which was not always the case on the subway.

When we had tired of the harbour life the seashore and harbour narrows beckoned, and then the stroll through the village to the temple.

There are many large seafood restaurants scattered along the shoreline, some reasonable, some not, some serviced by locals, all aggressive in trying to get you to choose the fish of your choice from one of the large tanks and then have it prepared in the restaurant which they service.

Finally there is the wealth of bird life in the harbour and along the shore. But that is material for another blog.

Hong Kong - a city of many faces.

All photos taken with a Nikon D7000 and a variety of lenses.

All photos c 2012 Richard Wright

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

D800 night shooting - HDR

Night lights, D 800 HDR and Spot News

Every year I have the opportunity to stay at the Hills Health Ranch at 108 Mile in B.C.'s Cariboo country while I work as a locum editor for the local paper. Time for shooting is limited but I knew there would be some opportunities, in this case right from my porch.
The first evening I shot this photo of the 1871 Lodge, the dining and pub area. D800 24mm f2.8 with auto exposure.  Not bad, but not quite what I wanted. I did not like the black hole on the upper segment and the upper right.

So, the next night I went onto the porch a little earlier and set the camera to HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, where the camera takes two shots at two different exposures and blends them. I tried 1 EV, 2 EV and decided on 3EV range, so we get the building, lights and the sky. Now, if we just had some Northern Lights!

This has minimal post production, just a little vibrancy.
An interesting note is how the exposure shows the shadow of the railing in the bottom right and the snow covered area on middle right. The tree is better defined on left. There was a little light in the sky for this shot. I shot a several over half an hour but the best was this one, just before full darkness set in. Overall a smoother exposure.
No doubt the D800 is superb for night time shooting and the HDR mode adds a whole new way of visualizing.

Two weeks goes by with my butt pasted to the editor's chair, sending others out to do what I like best, reporting and shooting.  I love the rush of spot news.
On this Friday I literally had my jacket out, ready to call it a week and head home.
30 minutes before my two-week shift ends the scanner crackles to life. There is a report of a vehicle traveling at high rate of speed. Seconds later an unmarked police car has him in sight. It passes 108 Mile Ranch at 171 kph in a 100 kph zone. Passing on double line. He won't pull over. The RCMP back off - too fast and too dangerous for the sake of a speeding ticket. Out of sight. Other cars come on radio. They will set out a spike belt. 
MVA at the entrance to town! He has caused an accident. I dispatch the only available reporter with camera as it is only 3 minutes from our office.
"Smoke", squawks the scanner!  "Will need the rescue squad and fire brigade." Where has the speeder gone? Driver has been ejected."
That's it - I'm out of here. I grab my D7000 and head for my truck.
Two minutes later I am on scene.

 A vehicle has missed the turn entering 100 Mile House - goes through a fence, takes out a power pole and carries it 300m to Bridge Creek, goes through a second fence and flips into the creek. When I get there I am elated to see that it is the speeder that has flipped, not someone he has forced off the road. 

When I seen that the rescue crew is about to move him I backtrack to the ambulance area. An RCMP officer has asked who I am with, as if it matters, and tells me to stay back of the fallen wire - which in fact is a hunk of wire that has been carried 300m and is no longer live or even connected. I position myself against a telephone pole, blending in to avoid anyone else questioning me, as the gurney seems to be draped with a blanket. In fact, he is alive, his neck is braced and they load him up.
He is taken to hospital. No one else hurt. 
Half an hour later my photos are downloaded and I am on my way home, though driving a little slower than normal.
The end of two weeks.

An update - Wed Nov. 7th - 2012
According to the 100 Mile Free Press the driver crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic coming down the hill into 100 Mile House, causing northbound drivers to take evasive actions.

The driver lost control after crossing the raised meridian and careened through two lanes of southbound traffic. He was not ejected from the vehicle.

Police and emergency crews arrived on scene within five minutes. The driver was transported to 100 Mile Hospital for treatment of a scalp wound, and then he was released.

“The driver was extremely fortunate to have survived that crash,” said RCMP Sgt. Colwell, adding police believe he was wearing a seatbelt, which contributed to his lack of injuries.

One count of dangerous driving under the Criminal Code is being recommended to the Crown against the driver, a 31-year-old male resident of Prince George.