Maintaining a Photoblog for 10 Years

I consider Sam Javanrouh one of the original photo bloggers and a friend whom I’ve never met. Back in the old days when a blog was still considered a Web Log, and the general public looked at you funny when you mentioned the word, the Toronto-based creative director launched a small website in 2003 to share his images with friends and family. Appropriately titled the Daily Dose of Imagery (ddoi). But the popularity of this website grew, achieving a life of it’s own, and I believe, helped define of the term photoblog.

Sam also gets credit (although he doesn’t know it) for indirectly helping me select my first camera and lens because the first SLR camera I bought was because that was what he was using. And I also suppose Sam receives some credit for my decision to rebrand my own weblog (at the time, very random) to a much more focused photoblog starting in January 2006.

Fast forward to 2013 and this past July 4th marked the Daily Dose of Imagery’s 10 year anniversary completing a decade of photography! With such an incredible dedication that is unmatched from any other website I know, I wanted to quickly talk with Sam about the past 10 years, his motivation to continue, and if we can expect to see more images in the future.

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Basin Head Beach - Clear Water Sand

The Best Beach in Canada

Vacay.ca believes that answer is Basin Head, located (N 46 22.853 W 62 06.590) on the eastern end of Prince Edward Island, roughly a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Charlottetown. This title of #1 has had the local media buzzing. Here is what Vacay had to say:

For reasons scientists are still trying to figure out, this beach makes a strange swishing sound whenever the wind swirls or when a visitor walks on it. Tourism officials on Prince Edward Island suggest the reason may be because of the texture and consistency of the quartz sand. Nevertheless, the sound is a unique feature of a beach that has some of the warmest waters north of Florida. In summer, the water temperature will top 21 Celsius degrees (70 Fahrenheit) at Singing Sands and other sandy spots on PEI, which has more than 800 kilometres of beaches to explore.

Why This Beach Rocks: Some of the warmest waters in the northern hemisphere. The supervised beach is in a day-use (summer) park that has a play area, food, washroom, shower facilities, and the Basin Head Fisheries Museum.

- Vacay.ca

Basin Head Beach - Clear Water Sand

Today’s Image – Singing Sands at Basin Head Beach

I have not yet made the drive to Basin Head this summer, but here is an image from the archives of this clear water beach on a foggy day.

Mid July Update

It has been a busy July of early mornings and late evenings which leaves little time for organizing and sharing new photos. The summer is quickly disappearing and the most I’ve done in the past couple weeks, has been to clear off the memory cards to make room for more.

It has been a warmer than usual July with several record breaking days of 30+ degrees, and often with a humidex of close to 40°C. We’re quick to complain but the weather reports jokingly remind us of the -30 degree temperatures in February.

Anchored Boat off Charlottetown, PEI

Today’s Image – Anchored Down

A calm and colourful (but bug filled) evening across the harbour (N 46 12.470 W 63 08.795) from Charlottetown showing a little bit of contrasting elements with the powered rowboat and the more luxurious yacht in the background.

Sources of Inspiration

After reading a few comments by an upset photographer who was infuriated at a painter for recreating his image, my first though was, no big deal, the landscape isn’t going anywhere. Before reading these comments, I had also given permission to a friend of a friend (who I’ve never met) to recreated some of my own images as their own paintings. For personal and non commercial practices, it’s harmless and flattering.

But when does it cross the fair use line because after the first few paintings, it became complicated when a local print lab requested permission to print the files from my website. While this still doesn’t bother me in theory, and feel free to print web files at home, I decided to decline permission to a professional print lab.

Damen

Today’s Image – Damen

But what if the tables are turned? Photographers copy photographers all the time. Long before I owned a camera and for lack of better terms, Bert Monroy has been a long time hero of mine and the reason I started using Photoshop and a Wacom tablet. Bert is a digital painter who creates realistic digital paintings with more details than most printers can handle. In my copycat mindset, the last time I was in Chicago, I made an effort to take the blue line out to the Daemon stop to experience one of Berts paintings in person. This painting completed in 2006 made photoshop news around the world for the shear volume of numbers. 120 inches long, 1.7GB when flattened, 11 months and 2,000 hours to create, 15,000 photoshop layers, 500 alpha channels and 250,000 paths. It was incredible.

However, while sitting there at the station, I took my own photo. Whether it was to compare later or simply to say “I was here”, the complete composition of the image I made that day was the direct result of Bert’s interpretation of the scene. I’ll never hide this fact but is that copyright infringement?

An interesting debate.