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An Interesting Copyright Question

Published on Jan. 21, 2010 at midnight by XC

I found these shots from someone who buys unexposed rolls and plates and then attempts to process them. I found those after following up on another awesome find. An interesting question entered my mind while I was viewing the photos:

Some of the best stuff (I think) I have ever done lives on unprocessed rolls of TMAX from 20 years ago. If someone found and processed them, who owns the copyright therein of anything worth arguing or laughing over?
Why unprocessed? I completely lost track of the rolls in an effort to hide them from my mother who was at the time a photography student. It was the late 80′s and early 90′s, I was involved with some strange cultures, I didn’t wish to be grounded due to her accidentally processing the rolls. I’m not sure what scared me the most, the fear of what she’d see in the pictures or the fact that she’d know that I sneaked her Minolta SR-T 201 (pretty sure it was CLC) out for numerous joy rides. If I had asked her to borrow it, she’d want to see the film, which was obviously out of the question.

The cool thing was, I had to shoot a whole roll in a short amount of time, which is why I’m sure those rolls contain some of the best shots I’ve ever taken.

Point? Oh, yes, I’m terribly sorry, but that’s not the point.

Since I’m obviously the one behind the camera and unseen, how could I hope to assert any kind of copyright should those pictures find the light of an enlarger and later the light of day?

Perhaps, eventually those rolls will meet a fate much kinder than a Kodak Kiosk outside of a grocery store. I’d be happy just to see the pictures.

The Anthrolight

Published on Jan. 7, 2010 at midnight by XC

Meet the Anthrolight, which is just a SB-600 mounted on its plastic shoe and attached to a flexible tripod. If you have been putting off getting one of these tripods, I would suggest breaking down a buying one now. They are great. You can wrap them around tree branches, fences, sign posts, body parts or just about anything else you can think of.

This one is an off brand, but identical to the Gorilla’s I’ve seen other people using. It holds a lot more weight than I imagined, it has no problems with a D-90 (or D-40 with attached battery pack grip), 200 MM lens and on camera strobe as long as you spread the legs out evenly.

I’ve seen them come with cheapy/plastic ball head mounts, avoid that one. It usually results in all of the weight going on one leg, which in turn causes it to collapse the minute you walk away.
Inspired a little by the guys at Lighten Up And Shoot, I’ve been slowly building a semi portable pack of lights, but with the idea of being the only set of hands available.

I ordered some LumiQuest on flash softboxes that I hope arrive soon (the bigger ones) , as well as some reflectors and additional colored diffusers. All total about 50 bucks, which isn’t bad.

We’re going to Hong Kong this weekend for our honeymoon, I hope to find some radio poppers rather cheap there (I really don’t need TTL for the kind of off camera work I do) and (hopefully) a small pack of off brand strobes.

Should be able to do some interesting night / low light scenes once I get back, which is really the kind of stuff I enjoy doing.

My Flickr Stream

Published on Dec. 8, 2009 at midnight by XC

For other shutter bugs, I’ve created a flickr stream and have been slowly uploading stuff that I find interesting that I’ve shot over the past few months.

Most of the images were taken with a Nikon D-40, using the standard / stock 18-55 MM lens.

When time permits, I’ll set up a flickr gallery on a separate page here.