On Creative Commons licensing and SeaBus photos

One of the nice things about releasing photos on Flickr with a Creative Commons license is that once in a while there’s a nice surprise when you see your photo used on another website.

Last week, Vancity Buzz posted an article summarizing a bit of Seabus history with photographs which included some of my SeaBus photos.  Many of the photos that were used from my collection were taken during the APTA conference here in Vancouver in 2010.  I was able to take a tour of the SeaBus operations and maintenance centre and get a unique glimpse to the areas of the Burrard Pacific Breeze that regular passengers don’t get to see.

Many transit enthusiasts are very protective of their photography and add watermarks and strict rules on how the photo can(not) be used by others.  On the other hand, I’m all right with others using my photos so long as they give appropriate credit (for those with eagle eyes, yes there are a couple other stipulations in the specific license I use).  The Creative Commons licenses allow me to retain ownership of my photos and at the same time allow others to use my photos.  Others are free to use the photos as they wish (mostly) as long as attribution is given, usually in the form of a link.

If you are interested in learning more about Creative Commons licensing, PCWorld has an informative article on protecting artistic works with Creative Commons licensing.  The article goes over common questions and concerns when using the license.

If you have any experiences with Creative Commons licensing, feel free to leave a comment.

Schmap Vancouver: Photo Short-Listed

I just got this email today:

:: Schmap: Vancouver Photo Short-list

Hi Dennis,

I am writing to let you know that one of your photos has been short-listed for inclusion in the fourth edition of our Schmap Vancouver Guide, to be published mid-November 2007.

http://www.schmap.com/ (URL snipped)

Clicking this link will take you to a page where you can:
i) See which of your photos has been short-listed.
ii) Submit or withdraw your photo from our final selection phase.
iii) Learn how we credit photos in our Schmap Guides.
iv) Browse online or download the second edition of our Schmap Vancouver Guide.

While we offer no payment for publication, many photographers are pleased to submit their photos, as Schmap Guides give their work recognition and wide exposure, and are free of charge to readers. Photos are published at a maximum width of 150 pixels, are clearly attributed, and link to high-resolution originals at Flickr.

Our submission deadline is Sunday, November 11. If you happen to be reading this message after this date, please still click on the link above (our Schmap Guides are updated frequently – photos submitted after this deadline will be considered for later releases).

Best regards,

Emma Williams,
Managing Editor, Schmap Guides

The photo that was short-listed was one of the SeaBus:
Seabus at Waterfront
I don’t think it’s one of my best photos, but I guess it does look decent.

Maybe I will start to post more of my photos on Flickr 😛

Canada Day

Well for the latter half of Canada Day I went out to Canada Place to check out what kind of stuff was happening. I ended up taking more time outside than inside. The weather was wonderful–cloud-less, rain-less, and lots of sun. The view of the North Shore mountains was thusly amazing, to say the least. I wish I had a camera with higher resolution :(.
Downtown Vancouver Stanley Park - East Triangle West Downtown Canada Place Expansion North Shore Sapphire Princess North Shore North Shore - Grouse Mountain Seabus and Sapphire Princess North Shore - Grouse Mountain

At the end of the day, when this CTV camera was lowering, a bunch of kids started crowding around the camera and waving at it heh.

CTV Camera

And I couldn’t resist taking a photo of the container port 😛 Ah good memories of IBSS10.


Grad photos

I had my grad photo session yesterday. It was actually a fun experience. The photographer’s equipment was so cool – computers hanging from the ceiling, hanging lights, fake rooms. I think my glasses were an inconvenience to the photographers…and they didn’t take out the lenses as they were supposed to.

Well anyway it was interesting seeing everyone in suits and dresses.