If you’ve ever craved a print of one of my storm photos, head on over to G+ for your chance at one!
This is a photo I took during the 2009 World Wide Photowalk, and at the time I wasn’t terribly happy with the original. Between the time I took that shot and today, I have probably shot around 18,000 photographs, upgraded from a kit lens to much better gear, and moved from a Canon 40D to the 50D with an eye to eventually going full frame with at least a 5D.
I really wish I’d understood the power of raw when I was out last year! Even without a raw file to start from though, what I’ve learned about post-processing (like better cropping, the rule of thirds and so on) has made a big difference. What was an ok shot last year, is a lot better now that I’ve learned more.
Cute. Yellow. Fluffy. Yep, it’s spring time in Calgary!
Sunset in the Badlands
Long exposure of white water rapids in Kananaskis
It’s an unfortunate reality in any urban center that there are homeless. People end up homeless for a wide variety of reasons… loss of employment, underemployment, mental illness, family breakdown. And the amount of thought the average citizen gives ‘the homeless’ is negligible. Aside from the occasional donation to a food drive or some over administrated charity, little is done. They live on the edges of society, frequently a subject of scorn and derision, or misplaced and misspent pity.
And Bob forbid they be a minority, especially native.
I recently blogged about surveillance in Calgary and my concerns, finishing with
I want to know I can take a walk with my wife, and stop and kiss her in a doorway or under a tree, without some bureaucrat leering over our shoulder.
It appears I’m already far too late. I was taking some shots of the Langevin Bridge, and had spotted a native couple on the bridge.
They were holding hands, and making frequent stops to whisper to one another and kiss against the railing. I moved to a different spot to shoot something else and leave them some privacy, when a male voice came loud and clear over a loudspeaker…
“You are under live video surveillance! Take your activity off the bridge!”
Uhm, what? No kissing on the bridge? Or just no kissing for homeless natives…
To add to the conundrum, they are in a poor position to challenge the intrusion. Even assuming they had the inclination to flip off the anonymous State voyeur, it would have resulted in a Calgary Police officer being dispatched to the bridge. Being homeless, they don’t have the resources to fight being hustled off the bridge or spuriously arrested on something unrelated.
This is just the surface though. It’s a rare moment when a homeless person can spare a moment from day to day survival and getting by to carry on something so basic as a relationship. That they are homeless denies them the privacy and dignity to carry on their romance anywhere but in public, whether in plain view or hiding in some out of the way spot.
That the State, acting on our behalf, chooses to deny them even these simple acts of humanity is barbarous. It’s bad enough they are chased out of businesses for wanting to use their washrooms, forced to duck behind bushes and dumpsters in broad daylight and freezing blizzards. To deny them even a chance at a quiet walk on a bridge is inhuman.
This particular couple moved off the bridge to sit on one of the abutments at the rivers edge to enjoy each others company.
You’re likely to be seeing more than a few food posts from me in the near future covering a few different East Indian dishes I’m fond of. Tonight was chicken tikka butter masala and black rice. Very tasty.
1 can (14oz) crushed or whole tomatoes (crush the whole by hand for bonus points)
1/2 litre whipping cream
1/4 lb unsalted butter
1 tsp white pepper
3 tsp sugar
4 tsp Karoori Methi (Fenugreek leaves) crushed in your hand
2 tbsp garam masala
salt to taste
Add all of the above to a pot and simmer on low heat.
Two whole skinless boneless chicken breasts cut into small pieces
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp ginger powder
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 white onion
2 tbsp garam masala
4 green cardamom seeds (shelled), crushed
Toss and coat the chicken pieces in the ginger, garam masala and green cardamom – put aside.
Heat the oil in a pan. Stir fry the minced garlic for about 30 seconds, then add the onion and cook til golden brown. Add the chicken and saute until cooked. Depending on the size of your sauce pan or frying pan, combine the sauce and chicken in the larger of the two and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.
I’ll leave the black rice up to the reader!
In what in legal *and* technical terms is a blindingly fast turnaround, Answerbag.com followed up with me on Twitter
@tremaine We are now linking our Flickr attributions. Thanks to you and @mikeschinkel for bringing this issue to our attention.
Originally published January 24 2010:
If you want to see if Answerbag.com has been swiping your images against your copyright on Flickr, try this google search
In the search box
"flickr name" flickr site:answerbag.com
Replace “flickr name” with the name/handle you use on Flickr.
Below is (lightly redacted) document just sent to Answerbag.com and Flickr
January 24, 2010
Notice of Claims of Copyright Infringement
Sent via: EMAIL
DMCA Notice of Copyright Infringement
There are multiple violations of copyright, the above are a representative sample
I, Tremaine, certify under penalty of perjury, that I am an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner of certain intellectual property rights.
I have a good faith belief that the items or materials listed are not authorized by law for use by the above named domain name owner or their agents and therefore infringes the copyright owner’s rights. I hereby demand that you act expeditiously to remove or disable access to the material or items claimed to be infringing.
My contact information is as follows:
Allegedly Infringing items or materials:
Infringing material that I demand be disabled or removed in consideration of the above:
Location of ORIGINAL WORKS:
These images are also in use on my blog at http://blog.ddiction.com/
Flickr/Yahoo! specifies that if you post a Flickr photo on an external website, the photo must link back to its photo page. The five (5) examples of infringement do not link back to the photo page, and in fact link to answerbag.com.
This document is cryptographically signed.
Photographer & Network Security Consultant
“Paranoia for hire”