Weekly Post Challenge: “Oops!”

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Listen, public transportation doesn’t mean that cars are allowed on buses!

Yeah, that’s a big Oops!

TheMOFMan’s Answer to B&W Sunday: Landmark

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Delta Block

After spending a few months battling some health concerns, Paula Borkovic is getting back into blogging and has posted a new challenge on her blog Lost in Translation. So, I want to take this opportunity to welcome her back with my contribution to her challenge.

Click the bold white text, and head on over to take on Paula’s challenge too.

The Delta Block is a landmark in the eastern part of my home town of Hamilton. I’ve shot NYC’s Flatiron Building before – the Fuller Building. The Delta Block doesn’t compare but it’s interesting nevertheless.

This wedge shaped landmark indicates the scissor-like intersection of King and Main Streets, and the border between the neighbourhoods of Delta West and Crown Point West. It’s just a shame that it’s so difficult to obtain any history on the edifice.

Every city should have a Flatiron Building.

Weekly Post Challenge: “Eye Spy”

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This was a double eye spy moment for the latest WordPress photo challenge.

I don’t usually shoot cats in my street photography but I couldn’t resist this little prowler.

Late at night, I was walking about shooting in the Stipley area of Hamilton, and this little nocturnal character and I briefly crossed each other’s paths. We stopped on either side of a park bench and looked each other up and down. I took the shot, and then we continued on our separate ways.

I see you there in the night.
You see me in the night.

I see you, see me in the night.
You see me, see you in the night.

I know what you’re up to;

You know what I’m up to;

I’ve got your picture.
I’ll remember you.

You’ve looked me up and down.
I know you’ll remember me.

Stay out of trouble,
And so will I.

I imagine cats in the streets to have some of the greatest adventures ever.

To Watermark or To Not Watermark – Again! & Again! & Again!

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That’s right! The very next day after I posted Part 2, if you will, of this series I had to send another of my cease and desist demands to another local company for using the same skyline shot of the City of Hamilton. This time it was to a music production and recording company. That one actually hurt me the most at first because it seemed like the proverbial artists stealing from another artist scenario. The sting was only tempered by the fact the old adage, “When you’re good, you’re good!” is appropriate.

Within an hour of receiving my letter, they cordially notified me that they removed the picture from their website, and they certainly did.

December 1, 2015, I had to send a cease and desist letter to another local real estate agent who had used the shot on her website. In this instance, the bottom of my shot had been cropped to eliminate my watermark. There’s no way I could say that I didn’t see it comin’ (back on November 15, 2015, someone claiming to be American and going by the online name of EstaVeritas also used the same cropped version in their seemingly non-commercial post on reddit to salute Canadian cities – how nice)!

As with the previous faction to use that specific image, the recording studio and the latest real estate agent put blame squarely on some unidentified expletive web designer for using the picture to represent the city – being that these are local enterprises.

I know, I know, some of you might be rolling your eyes to the heavens right about now or saying, “Pfff! Yeah . . . right!”

Well, just in case, this post is directed primarily at anyone who intends to use a graphic designer or web designer for producing anything with an image. Secondly, it’s aimed at artists who may be providing graphic design or web design services. Thirdly, this post is a caveat to other artists who produce good work, and leave it out there on the World Wide Web for all to see for whatever reason.

When you need images or graphics to illustrate or decorate something, a reputable designer will not put you at risk of having the pants sued off of you by ripping-off photography, illustration and design elements from other sources. They ought to know better. It is your responsibility as the client to either provide those elements to your designer or verify that the ones being used aren’t infringing on someone else’s copyrights, even under the “fair use” provisions of copyright law in your land.

During a consultation – there really ought to be one, your designer should inform you that to generate such work ethically and legally, requires X amount of additional graphic design work, photography, modeling, painting drawing, image licensing options, subcontracting if the artist is incapable of producing such work, and so on, and so on that will expectedly drive up your costs of launching something as common as a website or what have you. That’s just the face-to-face discussion of a consultation process, then there’s a written agreement that should come into play.

In the MOF Commissioned Web Site Design Agreement, I have a section titled “Standard Web Site Package Elements”. One of the sub-clauses states:

Photos and other miscellaneous graphic images supplied by the client (up to an average of 1.3 included per page in standard Web sites and “regular” online store packages, in addition to masthead and top-of-page-graphic). Colour originals larger than 5” x 8” are extra.

Notice the very last two words there.

Further down, I include the section “Copyrights and Trademarks”. It says:

The Client represents to the Artist and unconditionally guarantees that any elements of text, graphics, photos, design, trademarks, or other Artwork furnished to Modes of Flight for inclusion in the Web pages are owned and by the Client, or that the Client has permission from the rightful owner to use each of these elements, and will hold harmless, protect, and defend Modes of Flight and its subcontractors from any claim or suit arising from the use of such elements furnished by the Client.

If stipulations to this effect are not in your agreement with a designer, you need to ask about them. Keep them honest.

Art purchases – even of these kinds, are typically major investments. Don’t take them lightly. Don’t be in a hurry to launch something and just pay up. Plan ahead, educate yourself and ask questions. Don’t put yourself at risk!

Make sense?


TheMOFMan Exhibits Again at the Atrium | AWP

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Lioness & Lion (Graphite-Wash Drawing [20 x 30”, 20.5 x 32.25” Framed])

Third times the charm! I am quite pleased to announce that I will have wildlife art showing in the 19th Art in the Workplace (AWP) Exhibition in The Atrium @ McMaster Innovation Park (MIP).

This time around, the neo-Salon style show will feature 145 tremendously creative visual artists. It is one of the largest group exhibitions in the region.

So, if you’re in Hamilton or in the vicinity of Hamilton come to the Atrium and meet us, the AWP Board, MIP Staff and tenants.

It’s all happening on:

Thursday, December 3rd 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

for the gala opening at:

175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton

The 19th AWP Exhibition will be available for viewing 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday (excluding holidays). I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

atrium MIP art exhibition pictures

Arboretum Virtualis | VI

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First on the Field

I love the look of this mature American elm standing tall, broad and strong by a soccer pitch on a misty morning. It’s the champion that has arrived early to prepare for the big regional game. It’s practically a personification of pride; I just had to photograph it like this.

I’m quite glad that I shot this image when I did because in reality, the poor tree has taken quite a beating. Two months before I composed this piece, it survived an intense windstorm that destroyed many other trees around it. Its own damage was relatively minor but you had to wonder if it could survive another bout of inclement weather, pollution or disease. Sure enough, three months after making the picture an ice storm tore most of its branches off. What was left couldn’t be saved. The remains had to be chopped right down to the ground.

This picture is a history record that a beautiful tree once stood at that spot. In its time, it was always the first one on the field.

TheMOFMan Speaks to the St. Catherines Photographic Club

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Now There’s Something You Don’t See Everyday

Just taking this brief opportunity to thank Leah Parker, Cathy Swain and all the members of the St. Catherines Photographic Club for inviting me to speak about street photography at their Tuesday November 10, 2015 meeting. It was certainly a pleasure to be your guest, and I’d be glad to keep in touch!

For club members, and anyone else checking out MOF for the first time, just below I’ve provided some hyperlinks in bright text to the recommended online reading I mentioned at the end of my presentation.

The Unrepentant Flâneur’s Guide to Street Photography – a 12-part online MOF treatise on street photography for beginners and the experienced:

  • The best place to start with the guide is at its preface – a page on the Hammer Home Street Photography Project blog (the above hyperlink will take you right there).
  • Hyperlinks in the Preface lead to all 12 parts and the postface on the main MOF blog.

Street Photography Workshops – a fantastic online resource for new and experienced contemporary street photographers with its impressive aesthetic layout, easy flow of use, straightforwardness of content and effort to reach out globally; it only makes sense when using the Worldwide Web.

Eric Kim Blog – practically everything you want to know about street photography from a contemporary photographer who has created a world renowned name for himself in the genre.

Markus Hartel Street Photography – pretty much the same as Eric Kim but with a focus mainly on New York City, plus many quick but quite valuable tips.

There are also many other contemporary street photographers around the world whose work I love following. Some are well known; many are not. They’re all outstanding and worth acknowledging. As there really are too many of them to mention here, I’ve decided to list just ten of their sites in numerical/alphabetical order that you can link to:

Notice the subtle to wide variances in style despite similar subject matter within a single genre. Individual perspectives are revealed through the differences in seeing and shooting.

I wish everyone the very best in your street photography pursuits.


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