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Christmas Morning Family Photo

Christmas Morning Family Photo

SMJBK Yeo Family Photo Christmas Morning 2018

Christmas Morning Family Photo 

Even though our eldest son, Josh, is almost 19, he’s still with us and able to continue our tradition of a family photo on Christmas morning.  We started taking our family group photo in-front of the Christmas tree in 2010, when our youngest, Karla, was still an infant.  Back then, the boys were frustrated with the process (“hurry up Dad, we want to open the presents”), but now everyone knows we have to get dressed and take the family photo before any gifts are exchanged.  

I’ve even started filming the process.  As you can see in the Behind-The-Scenes video I made this year, we actually have a lot of fun posing in front of the tree, and getting our family photo just right.

Once the photo is taken, and the presents have been opened, I try to get the RAW picture edited and onto social media as soon as possible.  This year we were running a little late for a Christmas breakfast, so rather than importing the RAW file onto the computer and processing through Lightroom, I wirelessly brought the photos across to my phone and opened Instagram, applied a filter and uploaded to Insta and Facebook straight away.  I thought I would have had to re-edit the photo in Lightroom when we got home last night, but the Instagram photo turned out so well I didn’t need to do anything else.  Instagram re-saves a high resolution copy of the photo, with the filter applied, that I’ve since been able to also publish on Flickr and this blog.  The filters and performance of Instagram have certainly improved a lot over the past few years.

I’m not sure if Josh will still be living with us in 12 months time, so this may have been our last ever Christmas morning photo with all five of us together… and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

You might also be interested in this earlier blog post – simonyeo.id.au/2016-christmas-family-photos

My stolen photo

My stolen photo

Last weekend we decided to have a look at a house being sold a few doors up from us.  During the “Open For Inspection” the realestate agent, Craig Currie, invited prospective purchasers to visit his website for a floor plan and more information.  We are 12 or 18 months away from being in a position to purchase a house, but decided to look at the website anyway to see the floor plan.  I went to craigcurrie.com.au and clicked on “Properties” and was shocked to see one of my own photos had been stolen and used without permission.

Realestate website screenshot with my stolen photo

Screenshot

I immediately recognised the photo as one I had taken in 2011 with my first DSLR camera.  I was experimenting with long exposure shots of the Lakeside fountains, Pakenham, at dusk.  I wrote a blog post at the time about shooting long exposures, but back in 2011 I was publishing photos to my Flickr account.  Checking the photo I’d uploaded to Flickr in 2011 against the picture I was able to copy from the realestate webpage confirmed they were exactly the same.

Fountains at Lakeside, Pakenham.

My original photo on Flickr

Realestate website photo

Photo taken from the realestate website

The “Properties” link on Craig Currie’s website actually linked to his realestate.com.au page, which is where my photo was appearing, so I wasn’t exactly sure who had infringed my copyright.  A search of other realestate.com.au profiles of Pakenham agents didn’t show any similar photos, so I was suspecting Mr. Currie.

When Craig Currie contacted me by text message to enquire if we would like to make an offer on the property, I responded by informing him that he had used a photo that was copyright to me.  I asked him to either remove the picture or compensate me for its continued use.  His response was to claim the photo was supplied by someone called “Photojenik” and to ask how much it would cost to continue to use the photo.  I told him $200 would be a reasonable amount, but he instead promised to have the photo removed.

Craig Currie reiterated several times that he had never heard of Flickr and that the photo was supplied by Photojenik, who he said was a local photographer who specialised in realestate photos.  Mr. Currie said he would pass on my phone number for her to contact me.

To Craig Currie’s credit, my copyright photo was removed, but I haven’t heard from Photojenik.  I know photos are stolen and copyright infringed all the time, but that doesn’t make it right.  If Photojenik is a real person or photography business, then stealing another photographers image is pretty low!  But is Photojenik real?  I cant imagine a photographer without any online presence, however Google and WhitePages searches for that name come up with nothing.

Star Trails from Arthurs Seat

Star Trails from Arthurs Seat

Yesterday I said I was going to try and do more long exposure star trail photography.  Well, the opportunity arose shortly afterwards.

My son needed to be picked up from Hastings at 6AM.  It was a clear night, so I decided to head out a few hours earlier for some night photography.  I went to Arthurs Seat on the Mornington Peninsula, which was only around 25 minutes from where I had to be at 6AM.

I’ve already written about it over on Vic Pics, but suffice to say I’m really happy with how it turned out.  Especially the light trails from the vessels heading to Melbourne along the main shipping channel.

Read my Vic Pics post here – www.vic.pics/peninsula-star-trails-from-arthurs-seat 

Peninsula Star Trails from Arthurs Seat by Simon Yeo on Flickr

People with Cameras event in Melbourne

People with Cameras event in the Fitzroy Gardens

People with Cameras event in Melbourne

Fujifilm hosted a photography event in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon called “People with Cameras”, it was open to anyone with any type or brand of camera and any skill level.  All you needed was an interest in taking photos and be able to work within a group to take on a photography theme challenge and present a picture to the judges an hour later.

I attended the “People with Cameras” Sydney event in February (mentioned in my “Busy Couple of Weeks” blog post), which was a lot of fun, so I was keen to do it again in Melbourne.  Thankfully this time I only had a 45 minute drive in to the city, rather than 9 hours on the Hume Highway to Sydney!

The 300 or so attendees met up in the Fitzroy Gardens at 4:30pm.  After some introductions, a group photo and other formalities we were asked to form groups of five or six.  I got together with four people I’d never met before, Corey, Lana, Steven and Josh.  We were then given a theme of “Light and Shadows” and told to be back a 6pm with one image from the group to be presented to the judges.  That gave us around an hour to find our locations and subjects, but only around half an our of sunlight.

Our group headed towards the city and were soon joined by Wilson, Lana’s friend who was running late.  As we chased the light, we ended up in a multi-storey car park where the setting sun produced lots of light and shadows.  We tried a few different ideas, but ended up mostly taking portraits of each other.

It turns out that Corey is a pro wedding photographer, his skill and creativity really helped us out.  Some pros would have taken over, but he was great and encouraged everyone in the group to have a go.  He even handed over his speedlight remote flash for others to try.

Our group took lots of photos in the short time we had, but we all agreed to submit Corey’s photo of Lana standing in a lift doorway to the judges.  Our group was one of the final five.  In the end we didn’t win, but it was fun.

#PeopleWithCameras is well underway here in Melbourne!

A photo posted by Think Tank Photo (@thinktankphoto) on

The Winning Photos

So what about the winners of “People with Cameras”.  There was one winning photo, and one runner-up.  They each received prizes from Fujifilm and other sponsors, and their groups were invited to dinner with the organisers.

The winning photo was an amazing shot of a shadow pointing to the stars.  I have no idea how you could achieve the shadow on a building with it’s arm extending into the sky, but it’s well done.  I knew it would take something very different to get the judges attention!

The runner-up photo, on the other had, was really simple.  A leaf with the veins and details highlighted with the light from behind.

Well done to the winners, the organisers and everyone who attended.

After the “People with Cameras” winners and organisers headed off to dinner, the photographers who stayed a little longer in the Fitzroy Gardens were treated to a spinning fire display.  This presented another challenge to photographers, using a longer exposure to capture the movement of the fire balls as they spun around.

I’m not sure when or where the next “People with Cameras” event will be, but I’d love to do it again.

spinning fire light trails