Printing & Framing

As the old saying goes, “it’s not a photograph until it’s printed“.  Though many people subscribe to this philosophy, it is not necessarily true if you examine the true meaning of the word photograph.

The word photograph is derived from two Greek words, phos and graphe.

Phos is Greek for light and graphe is Greek for drawing or writing.  Combine the two together and you get the word photograph.  Now that we are in the digital age, we do our “light writing” on CMOS or CCD sensors.  The few people that want to stay “pure” or have lot’s of time on their hands, still do their “light writing” on film.

With all that being said, the old saying of, “it’s not a photograph until it’s printed“, does not hold much water, since once you press that shutter button, you already have a photograph.


But i digress.  I’m not going to get into the big debate of what a “real” photograph is; that is, printed vs on-screen.  Which ever on you decide on,  let it work for you.

For me personally, it is a bit of both.  If you are going to be passionate about photography and taking photos, why hide your passion from the eyes of the world, on a hard-drive?  Not sharing your talent or passion for something, is selfish.  That is the reason why i started my blog: so that i can share my “gift” with everyone else.

Now that i have been sharing my photos with the big wide world (44,000 people from every continent on the planet according to my 2014 statistics), i am thinking about another way to share my photos: making prints.

Don’t get me wrong, i am not going to start investing in professional printing equipment.  That is why there is online printing services, from professional printing companies.

I have already made some 8 x 11 prints of some of my aircraft photos, that i have had hung up the wall for some time now.  I did those on my little HP ink-jet printer, which eats through ink when you are printing photos of any size.

Selling my first photo; however, prompted me to think about printing in a more serious manner.  Again, as i said before, i am not going go sink tons of money into a “pro” printer, truck loads of ink and all kinds of specialty photo paper.  Rather, i am becoming more inclined to print the photos that i either sell or think that are worthy of hanging on the wall.

In the last couple of years, i have brought my photos out of hiding from my hard drive to my blog and now, i will be bringing them to “life” by printing them out – not all of them of course.

With my very first photo sold, i thought it was only appropriate to have it printed out, framed and hung on the wall.

I had the photo printed out to 16 x 24.  It did come out a bit soft, but that had nothing to do with the printer.  It had more to do with it only being a 72dpi JPEG and the fact that i may have had it printed out slightly to big.

I was able to find an old frame that was not being used, so i mounted the photo in that frame.

The process of having this photo printed out, has made me far more knowledgeable about printing and what format (JPEG, TIFF, etc.) i should use for my photos to get the best results – TIFF is the preferred file format for printing by the way.

A photograph does not have to be printed out to be considered a “photograph”.  It’s already a photograph once you have depressed the shutter button. On the other hand, don’t hide your photos from other peoples eyes.

Thanks for looking.

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Some Color Renditions

The nice thing about shooting RAF files with the Fuji, is that you can process them in-camera after shooting the photo.  Furthermore, you are able to change the film simulation.

For some time, i have been using the Velvia/Vivid film simulation because i like somewhat “contrasty” photos.

However, what i have noticed in low light, is that Velvia/Vivid seems to paint the darker colors, darker.  So, i have switched over to Provia/Standard, which seems much more suitable for every shooting condition.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Here are some photos from my outing at St. Josephs a few weeks ago that i converted into color, using the Provia/Standard film simulation.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

I think i am sold on Provia/Standard as my new film simulation.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Thanks for looking.

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My Photos Being Used Without Permission


As mentioned in a previous post, here is the wall of shame.  This space will be reserved for those people who think it’s “okay” to steal photographs from my website.

In some instances, the matter is resolved quite amicably and you will see a few cases of this.

I have found that in the cases where the issue is resolved diplomatically, it only took a few emails and my photo was either taken down or i was given credit for it on the site.

If you want to dispute anything i put here (i don’t see many people being able to), you are free to use the “Contact Me” form at the bottom of the post.

First case:

The first case has to do with the following photo i took of the doors at the front of the Edifice Ernest-Cormier: (

For whatever reason, i did a Google search on it one day and found it residing here (  It is the 19th photo down on this persons post.

I carefully inspected the photo and there is no doubt, this is my photo from my website.  At the time i first found it, the Exif data was still intact and it matched up perfectly with the original (mine).

I sent a message to the person about it, but i have never heard back from them.

This does not seem to be the first instance that this person has stolen photos from another website.  If you look at the statue of the person holding the Pug, those photos seem to be from another website as well.

Question for Tamara:  have you ever been to Montreal?

So, would the author of ( like to step forward and explain themselves?  If you do, use the “contact me” form below.

Second case: 

This second case actually ended quite well; therefore, i am not going to mention anyone’s name.

It all started out a few days ago, when someone dropped by my blog to ask me to use one of my photos.  Funny enough, it was a photo from the same group of photos in which one of my other photos (First Case) was stolen.

After some back & forth with the “client”, i decided to Google search the photo that they were asking to use.  Surprise, surprise!  It was being used on a website down in Tennessee of all places.

Here is the photo that was being used without permission:


Here is my photo as it appeared on the website down in Tennessee:


It’s not very hard to see that it’s the same photo.

I searched the website for contact information of someone who worked at this company and while searching for that information, i was brought to the bottom of the website where i saw the name of the webdesign company who put together this company’s site.  Here is the company: (

Therefore, i thought it best to contact the webdesign company first, since the people who work for the company probably would not be able to do anything.

I sent off an email to the webdesign company through their “contact us” form.  I was very polite and diplomatic about the matter and asked them to contact me to discuss how we can solve the issue.

A day goes by and i don’t hear anything back.  I even try to call them, but get nothing but voice mail.

I send a second email to them the next day and finally hear back from them.  This is the email i get back:

Mr. Xxxxxx,

The file in question was removed from the website, public server & our internal drives yesterday around 2pm CST. Our records indicate it was originally obtained through a “royalty free stock photography” website but unfortunately they do not list which one. I would suggest doing a Google search for your image to find the original infringing website and have it removed. 

We are sorry for the mixup but you can rest assured the situation has been resolved. 
Thank you,
So, in the end, the situation ended well and they took my photo off of the website.

However, the only matter that still linger’s in my mind, is the fact that they told ME to Google my photo in order to find the “offending” website that supplied the photo to them.  Why would i go looking for the site when they obviously know what website it is?Anyhow, i’m not going to loose sleep over it.  The matter was dealt with and that is what matters to me.

Third case:

I have come to the conclusion that i am going to find one of my photos being used without permission at least once a week.What i have started to do now, is look at the photos people have clicked on and then do a Google search for said photo.  I did this last week and once again, i have found someone using my photo without permission or giving me credit.Here is my photo that i found being used without my permission or credit on


The URL is: (

Here is the link to the original file: (  Funny enough, if you right click on my photo that appears on the sodahead website and click on “copy image URL”, it will actually take you straight to my website.

The user who posted my photo on the website does not outright say that the photo is his or that he took it, but he is still using it without my permission and gives no credit to me.

Here is his user profile: (

So, Mr. Sean, would you care to explain why you are stealing photos off of other peoples websites?  If you wanted to use it for non-commercial purposes, you could have simply asked me and given me credit.

Use the contact me form below if you would like to clear up this matter.

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Do Not Steal My Photos!


Short and to the point, DO NOT STEAL MY PHOTOS!

Once again, i have found one of my photos being used on a website without my permission or any credit to me, the photographer.

The website in question is down in the USA and i have already contacted the web designer so that he can explain himself.  If he does not respond in a timely manner, i will go directly to his client (who are lawyers by the way) and let them know what has transpired.

Enough is enough.

If there is anyone out there who would like to use my photo on their blog or personal website for non-commercial purposes, just ask me.  If you don’t want to ask and are more inclined to just right click and save my image, at least give me some credit for the photograph that i took.

Every once in a while, i do a search on one of my photos to see where it has ended up.  From this day on, if i find one of my photos on a website without my permission or credit to me, that persons website will end up on the wall of shame.

My photography is free to look at, not free to steal.

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Selling My First Photograph

In the last couple of years, i have had a few people stop by my blog to ask me if they could use one of my photos and i have been more then happy to negotiate an arrangement.  The important part here is, that they actually asked to use the photo.  I have no issues with that.

At times, i have taken the opportunity to search for my photos online.  You can simply do this by right clicking on a photo and selecting, “Search Google for this image”.   Unfortunately, i have found my photos being used by other people, without giving me any credit.  This is very disrespectful, but i cannot do much about it.

Therefore, after having people politely ask me to use my photos and having some rudely steal them, my 2015 was made when someone asked me to actually purchase one of my photos.  I certainly did not hesitate to say, “YES”.

It began over a week ago, with a simple comment on my blog.

I could not really believe what i was reading, but as i got into exchanging emails with the client, it all started to become more real.

To stay “professional”, i will not be revealing who the client is or how much was paid for the photograph.  Though, i can say that the client is in northern Canada and the photo will be used in some local publications.

In the end, the transaction went smoothly and i kept the rights to my photo; therefore, i am able to sell it again if the opportunity arises.

Below is the photograph that i sold:


It was a good experience all around and a very welcome moment to begin the year with.

I’m not sure if this is the beginning of something, but it has motivated me to think about the possibilities of making some extra money by making my blog and photos stand out more in the world wide web.

Thanks for looking.

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Odds And Ends

Here are a few leftover photographs from 2014 that i did not post.

A rest stop on the way down to Plattsburgh.



Inside of the old Montreal Forum just before Christmas.



Transparent, colored building blocks on top of a illuminated table.



Road leading into the rest stop on our way down to Plattsburgh.



Apparently, squirrels recycle as well.




The border.


Thanks for looking.

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After a good snowfall, Mother Nature decided to give us freezing rain.  Fun.

So far, we have been lucky and have not lost power as some 17,000 other homes have.  Though, it is no where near as bad as it was back in 1998.

After i noticed that the trees were covered in ice, i decided to take a few photos.


For these photos, i used my 50-230mm and an umbrella.  Since it was still raining while i took these photos, i had to hold up my umbrella with one hand and my camera with the other.

I was able to support the lens with my other hand somewhat, but it’s a good job that the 50-230 has OIS.



I shot in RAW and converted the files in-camera.  I applied some sharpening in NX2 after i imported the files to my laptop.  In regards to the film simulation, i used Provia/Standard.



It would have been nice if all we got was the snow.  Being my last day of vacation, it would have been nice to go outside and play in the snow with my daughter.


Thanks for looking.

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First Actuation’s Of 2015

We always go to church on the first or second day of the new year and this year was no different.

Today, Mother Nature decided that she would give us a taste of winter, finally.  It was around -9 degrees Celsius; but with the wind, it felt more like -17.  Despite the cold, the sun was out, which made for a beautiful day.

Standing on the upper deck of St. Josephs to take this panorama was very cold.  The wind was very strong and it was hard to keep steady.

I took 8 vertical shots and stitched them together.  I had to cut off more then i wanted to at the bottom because i caught the tops of some people standing on the lower deck.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

I chose to do these photos in greyscale because i have photographed St. Joseph’s in color many times before.  I used the monochrome film simulation with red filter and shot in RAW.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

I processed all the files in-camera and as needed, i pushed or pulled the exposure.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

One thing that i did differently while taking these photos, is that i used spot metering instead of the usual multi metering that i use.  This, however, did present a problem when i was focusing on a very brightly lite subject.  Though, i was able to compensate somewhat by using my exposure compensation dial.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Even though it was cold outside, my camera case kept my camera warm and protected from the harsh wind.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

We were able to get to the chapel just as the mass was finishing.  It never ceases to amaze me how far people come to visit St. Josephs.  You see license plates from all over Canada and the US.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

The organs in St. Josephs are both very impressive and two of the most beautiful that you can find in Montreal.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

St. Josephs is an impressive structure.  If you take the full interior tour of the oratory, you will come across some photos of St. Josephs in various stages of construction.

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

Saint Joseph's Oratory

It was fun trying something new.  It was also nice to be able to go out and enjoy some nice weather, even if it was a bit cold.

Thanks for looking.

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Happy 2015!

Happy 2015 to everyone!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year’s celebration.  May joy, prosperity and health be with you this year.

We always have a nice spread on new years eve and here it is:

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Don’t worry, we did not eat it all.  There is plenty left over for the days and weeks to come.

I used my X-Pro1 and the 35mm for the two photos here.  I shot the first one at f/2.8 and the one below was done at f/1.4.

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I’m looking forward to adding more content to my blog in 2015 and most importantly, i am looking forward to taking more photos and learning as i go along.

Thanks for looking.

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