Thursday, August 21, 2014
Greetings One and All!
Many of you have no doubt seen the “Monkey Selfie” that’s been going around the internet.
What you may not know is that it’s from one of our photographers, David Slater! There’s been a lot of attention given to this image, mostly because Wikimedia is claiming that there is no copyright and it can be used without any licensing because it was the monkey that took the photo. Please read on and let us know what you think!
We represent many dedicated nature and wildlife photographers who traverse the globe in pursuit of extraordinary images that document our world and the species within it. David is one of them. They schlep their gear all over the planet, sleep in unnatural settings, always looking for that special light just at the right time, often positioned in remote locations, sitting and waiting for the animals to appear, in order to document their behavior in whatever season it is. It’s not a comfortable life and nobody’s getting rich, that’s for sure! Still they do this because they have a passion that cannot be quenched until they’ve taken the risks and gotten the shots.
David Slater is a serious wildlife photographer and he spent considerable time in the field with a local guide tracking the location of this troop of Crested Black Macaque monkeys in the rainforests of Sulawesi, Indonesia. He has shared his story of how this photo came to be and we thought you might enjoy reading about it. Click Here to Read Story
I’m bringing this to your attention for several reasons. Copyright these days is a very serious issue and using someone’s photo without licensing it properly is a detriment to our entire industry. As industry professionals, we need to support a photographer’s copyright of an image and the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) is doing just that, in their response to Wikimedia, who is claiming that the image is available to all in the Public Domain. Click Here to Read iLPC Response.
Lastly, David has partnered with a print/canvas company, Picanova, that is giving away canvas framed prints of the Monkey Selfie. They are donating to the Macaque preservation fund in this Indonesian location for every print they offer. If you want your own print, here’s your chance: Click Here for Press Release with link to free print
That’s it from Seattle. We hope you’ve found this story of interest and would love to hear your take on it!
Danita and Team
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
At last Dave and I made it to Antarctica including South Georgia and the South Shetland islands. For those of you that have been there, now I understand! It was amazing really! Three weeks on a Zegrahm Expeditions’ adventure/expedition cruise ship, 90 passengers, 8 lecturers of the highest level and experience in Antarctica—most of them having been there for over 25 years…. We learned everything from the differences in seal’s teeth structure, to Plate Tectonics and geological formations, to feather design/functionality of different species of penguins and what they’re used for, the difference in pack ices, sea ice, blue ice, ice flows, bergy bits, etc. , oh and let’s not forget the amazing historic early expeditions by Shackleton (amazing man), Amundsen, and Byrd in their race for the South Pole in the early 1900’s. We felt like we were in a graduate level college program for 3 weeks, usually 3 lectures a day, none of which you wanted to miss because they were all so fascinating and informative! All this, in-between landing at penguin colonies of 50,000+ birds, giant elephant seals with stinking breath belching 4 feet from us, little fur seal pups playing tag with each other for dominance, and coming over to us with little “grrrs” like they’re really tough….wanting to nip at is like they do their buddies. Every day was equally astounding! We made about 3 landings a day in-between “days at sea”, here and there between the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsula. We cruised around in zodiac rubber boats and landed on ice floes and everywhere there were sea birds like giant wandering albatrosses, petrels, and beautiful magic light and double rainbows! Believe me, I have looked at photos from these areas for years, but being in the middle of it was an entirely different thing! To top this off, it turned out to be our“7th Continent”, which was a great and unexpected surprise because we hadn’t really been counting! Make it a priority and put it on your Bucket List for down the road!
Cheers and best wishes for a great 2014! I know ours couldn’t have started out any better!
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A recent business trip throughout Germany brought us to Hamburg for the annual PICTAday event. We were thrilled that new publishing clients sought us out, knowing that we have content different than what they have available through the German stock agency websites. Having studied German for 11 years, I’m always looking for opportunities to use it. Accompanying me was my son Davis Herbig, a recent UW graduate, who also speaks German, spent time as an exchange student in Hamburg, and studied abroad in Berlin. We met with publishing clients and image partners in Munich, Leipzig, Berlin, and Hamburg. He’s currently working with us and I’ve got him working with our German clients.
So many of us have spent entire careers going through images from around the world and we came up with a kind of game show quiz. In the past, while exhibiting at Visual Connections in both New York and Chicago, we’ve offered prizes for winning our Banner Quiz. We offered it in German at PICTAday and that was interesting! Like many of our American colleagues, the German researchers and editors were equally excited for the challenge. Naturally, we really make it tough but there are always a few editors who truly know their stuff!
Friday, April 6, 2012
Easter time is here, we perused our site looking for what Easter means around the world and came up with quite a few traditional Easter images. From daffodils in Oregon, to Irish chocolate bunnies. The ceremonial procession of Holy Week in Spain to the colorful chicks for sale in Morocco. Guatemalan holiday boasts traditional Semana Santa purple robes with incense burning during the procession of Holy Week. While in Ecuador, ‘Cucuruchos’ during the Good Friday Procession commemorating the death of Jesus Christ, a man carries a cactus crucifix on his back. Wherever you are in the world, have a Happy Easter.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Truly a tropical paradise, Fiji offers everything from invigorating water sports to days spent doing nothing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. From diving at several of the world’s top dive sites to lounging on your private bungalow, sunbathing on pristine beaches or enjoying the Fijian culture, this small slice of paradise has much to offer. – by David Wall
Friday, April 6, 2012
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, February 2, 2012
As educational publishers continue to evolve to e-book formats, it’s important for image providers to pay attention to the evolving licensing needs. In most cases they will be requiring variation on image use within the context of the e-books—especially when you take into account that one can “customize” books with their own preferred images within the book’s offerings, including covers. Here’s an interesting link to a marketing piece on Apple’s new textbook technology.
Thanks to Rob Sheppard for sharing this!
Monday, November 14, 2011
A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to be a Guest Lecturer at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, Montana. What a great program they have going there! It was fun to also review the student’s portfolios and spend some time in this University town. They even had an incredible Ansel Adams exhibit going on at the Museum of Modern Art there—with 130 original prints displayed! The Founder of the RMSP, Neil Chaput de Saintonge, who had studied under Ansel Adams, gave an inspiring lecture to a standing only crowd! Thanks to all the staff who welcomed me and made me feel so comfortable. The link below is an interview I gave after my return:
Thursday, August 25, 2011
I just wanted to share with everyone that one of our images will be on the MTV Music Awards show on Sunday, August 28th. Bing.com is sponsoring the awards this year and this guitar shot by Walter Bibikow will be featured on a static “billboard” as a backdrop somewhere during the broadcast. Award winner’s names will be listed “search bar.” It was originally used as a Bing.com homepage shot (Microsoft).
Very colorful and apropos! Congrats Walter!
See more of our images that were featured on Bing.com in our Bing Gallery.