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The Amsterdam Photography Club sponsored a photo-walk in downtown Albany, New York on Saturday, June 6, 2015. It was a perfect day for photography, sunny, clear skies and temperatures in the low 70’s. Club members photographed for about two hours and then enjoyed a nice dinner at the Albany Pump Station.
These photos represent this blogger’s perspective of downtown Albany. They were taken with both a FujiFilm X-T1 and a Canon EOS-M3.
Three members of the Amsterdam Photography Club went on a snowshoeing photo adventure today in a gated land preserve near Johnstown, New York. The beautiful preserve provided many photo ops and the weather was perfect for our four-hour hike. My legs reminded me that I should be doing this kind of thing more often! Our gracious host provided the land and some pizzas and coconut water to recover from the strenuous hike. It was well worth the trip!
Today is December 21, 2012, the day the world was to end but didn’t. I thought it would be right today to post photos from another significant date this month, the twelfth day of the twelfth month of the year two thousand twelve.
The Photo Center at 404 River Street in Troy, New York 12180, is sponsoring a juried photography show From January 18 to February 17, 2013. The show will feature a slice of life from submitted photographs taken on 12/12/12. The show is open to all photographers and digital submissions are due by 6PM on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. You may submit up to four photos along with a $30 fee payable to the Photo Center.
With that in mind and my new Canon EOS-M camera, I took some photos. The camera is smaller than my iPhone 4S in length and height but packs a powerful APS-C sensor. It is very good in low light and all the following photos were taken with existing light. My day took me from Church Street to Price Chopper, Schenectady library, Morette’s King Steak House and then to a meeting of the Schenectady Photographic Society. This group is one of the oldest continuously running camera clubs in the United States. It has been in existence for over eighty years!
The first photo taken at 12 midnight from my house on Grove is followed by the Church Street photos taken at noon.
Nestled on the banks of the Kennyetto Creek in Broadalbin, NY is the Eagle Mills Cider Company. This picturesque farm, only 22 minutes from downtown Amsterdam, is hosting an Arts & Craft Show this weekend and next. Eagle Mills is also a family fun place with activities for kids. I thought it would be a great way to enjoy a fall-like weekend with some friends who also share my love of photography. The event was free of charge although we were surprised with a $5.00 parking fee. The venue provided great subjects for photographing, baked goods and cider to take home.
Essential Art is the title of the Cooperstown Art Association 21st Annual Regional Juried Art Exhibition on display through June 1st, 2012. The Art Associations Galleries are located at 22 Main Street Cooperstown, across the street from the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Jurors Leila Durkin and Susan Benedict Hand had the difficult task of whittling down the 189 entries to just 88 they felt were worthy enough to take part in this year’s exhibition of New York State artists. Among those chosen this year were three Amsterdam artists; Lucy Suhr, Jessica Murray and Jerry Skrocki.
Lucy Suhr’s mixed media work titled, Eagle and Pine
Jessica Murray’s block print and acrylic work titled, Your Face – My Feelings
Jerry Skrocki’s digitally enhanced fine art photographic print titled, Phoenix
The unusually warm spring this year brought out the blossoms on Cooperstown’s Main Street.
The weather was so nice we just wanted to stay outside.
The opening reception for Essential Art was held Friday evening, May 4, 2012, in Gallery A.
Museum Director Janet G. Erway greeted the artists and guests at the sign in desk.
This was the grand price winner of a solo exhibition
Members of the World Peace and Health Organization (and fellow artists) were kind enough to show their support of the Amsterdam artists by attending the exhibition opening.
This is a great experience and I am honored to have my work displayed among New York State’s best artists. I am very humbled by the overwhelming show of support I received from my friends in the WPHO and on Facebook when I announced my work was selected to take part in Essential Art.
There is some really great artwork on display in Gallery A in Cooperstown and it available for purchase. If you get the chance, please stop by and take a look. The gallery is open daily from 11-4pm, Sunday 1-4pm, Closed Tuesdays through Memorial Day. If you have questions, call the Cooperstown Art Association at (607) 547-9777.
I have not received any campaign related material in the mail this year. However, it was recently brought to my attention that one of my photos was used in election campaign material without my knowledge, permission or license.
I was first made aware of this by Ann Thane’s blog entry where she described the image of her as “unbecoming”. Owning a rather large collection of unbecoming images of the Mayor, I looked into the matter and confirmed it was, in fact my image.
The photo in question was a photo of Mayor Ann Thane that I took during a public meeting at the Riverfront Center on May 16, 2011, where the proposed increase in water fee and elimination of the 3% tax cap was being “discussed” by outraged Amsterdamians.
My intellectual property was illegally obtained from my blog and can be found here.
The Emanuele camp maintains that they legally used the photo because there was no Copyright notice on my blog. WRONG!
The posting of Copyright notice is not required, though often used by people in an attempt to ward off thieves. Copyright is automatic and inherent when a photographer snaps that shutter and takes the photo. The registration of images with the US Copyright Office is also not required to enact Copyright law. It is helpful for tort action against violators.
The Emanuele camp is also not aware that all of my images contain owner information including Copyright notice embedded with each electronic image that can be seen with any photo editor.
These photos are someone’s work product. You wouldn’t think of stealing from a bank or department store, but somehow think it is OK to steal from the internet. It is NOT OK to use images from the internet for your own purposes. It is against Federal Copyright law. Those images are the intellectual property of the photographer (yes even unbecoming images are intellectual property).
A link to the US Copyright Office can be found here.
I will be sending Joe Emanuele a cease and desist and letter along with a demand for payment (temporary license) for using my intellectual property in his campaign literature. Consider this public notice.
Reporter Jarrett Carroll covered this story in todays edition of the Recorder. His story can be found here.
In his story, Sparks Fly Over City Mailer, Carroll identifies Vince Casale, Emanuele’s campaign manager as responsible for using my photograph to create the flyer.
Vince Casale, Emanuele’s campaign manager, said the photograph was taken from the Internet and falls under public domain, claiming permission was not necessary.
This is a common misnomer that is totally false. Public domain does not equate to “the Internet”. Public domain refers to items produced prior to 1923 or those who Copyrights have expired (Copyright has an initial lifespan of 70 years). Public Domain may also refer to works created by the government, like published laws.
But Vince Casale said the image was found online and is fair game.
There was no copyright on the photo. I checked for one because I deal with this sort of thing all the time,” he said. “There’s nothing there, there is no reserved rights or anything like that.
Thanks to the Berne Convention of 1988 a Copyright statement is not required. At the moment of creation, when the artwork is “fixed” in some tangible form, copyright applies automatically. For a photographer, when you press the shutter release you are making a photo and gaining copyright to that photo at the same time. You don’t have to declare copyright or file any paperwork.
My camera provides additional protection by embedding a Copyright statement in each photo I take, including my name and year.
It looks like Vince Casale also needs a lesson. Maybe Joe Emanuele should deduct the fee I am imposing from his salary.