Three Hours in Balboa Park

Makes 21 in dog-hours.

Went to Balboa Park (in San Diego) ostensibly to visit the Museum of Photographic Arts there. They had some nice photos inside and, naturally, you’re not allowed to take any photographs yourself while there. Hypocrites.

I don’t think I’d ever been to Balboa Park before, though, aside from going to the zoo. Here are some pictures because I haven’t posted anything in a long time:

The top of some building + sky.

Stupid Balboa, thinks he's better than me just because he has a horse. Hate Balboa.

The Measure of a Museum of a Man -- it looks taller than that from a distance.

View of the park through a colonnade.

I noted names of a couple of photographers I want to look up some day into my Blackberry. Haven’t looked at it again since. Meh.

Then I went home.

bkd

Additional Photographic Glory

Another email from freshgoat:

———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 10:50:01 -0600 (MDT)
From: Freshgoat
To: xxx@maruzen.co.jp
Subject: Re: [rt.endpoint.com #6084] endpoint.com website email: Reproduction

On Tue, 10 Mar 2009, sales@endpoint.com via RT wrote:

Allow me to introduce myself that I am [name], Rights Controller of Maruzen Planet Co., Ltd., a publisher of Japan. It is a great pleasure to work with you on this occasion.

In this winter we will publish a title“ Nara of Times Now Past from 710 to 2010”

In this title, under your permission, we would like to reproduce your picture “NY Stock Exchange ”

Please show your terms of reproduction by return.

—–

Hello. Thanks for your email.

The terms for distribution of photos at http://www.epnewyork.com/ are as follows (in Japanese):

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.ja

If you agree with those terms, you have our approval to distribute the photo.

If you would like to arrange any different agreement, please let us know what you’d like to do and we can discuss an appropriate fee.

Thanks,
Freshgoat

Anyway. The photo they’re referencing is one I took of the New York Stock Exchange:

New York Stock Exchange

Viva America!

I kind of like the photo, at least from the standpoint that it’s very much what it is. ‘Course, I’m guessing I’ll never see what they do with it.

More impressive, I guess, is that this is the second time that some publisher has (a) found the EPNewYork website  and (b) found thereon a photo of mine that they wanted to use in a book. What are the odds, right? It really is a pretty well SEO’d website I guess, so that’s cool. Inasmuch as I like having people find and want to use photos I took, I should probably be grateful to Endpoint for paying me to develop this little site way back when. (And to the ‘goat for responding to the inquiries and letting me know about ‘em.) It does make me wonder whether I should start putting together *other* city-themed websites in an effort to get *other* publishers to want to use my photos.

Anyway. Good times.

My (Near) Achievement of Photographic Greatness Adequacy

Got this email from Fresh Goat today:

Fresh Goat to Catherine, sales, me

show details 8:34 AM (10 hours ago)

 

Reply

 

On Thu, 24 Jan 2008, Catherine wrote:

> I’m writing to ask if you would grant Oxford University Press permission
> to print the picture below, which appears on your web site on a book
> that we are publishing later this year. If yes, would you be able to
> provide me with a high-resolution version of the image?

Sure, we’d be happy to have you use the photo. The website specifies that
it’s available for use under a Creative Commons license:

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/

For attribution, please note the photo is “Copyright 2005 Brian K. Dunn,
from http://www.epnewyork.com/“.


The original unedited (full-size) photo is also right there on the site:

http://www.epnewyork.com/landscape/little_italy_full.jpg

We’d love to be sent a link to the book’s website, or be sent a copy of
the book when it’s published, but that’s not a requirement.

Thanks,
Fresh Goat

!

So there’s some chance that a photo I took of NYC’s Little Italy in 2005 (06?) and incorporated into EPNewYork is going to end up on the cover of some Oxford University Press publication at some point in the future. ‘Course, with the Creative Commons license I’ll get paid nothing for it and there’s no requirement that they ever actually tell me that they’ve used it, but whatever. It’s flattering.

That’s really not my favorite photo I’ve ever taken. Of course. It’s crooked for one thing and there’s nothing to focus on — even the Empire State Building seems washed out. OTOH, it shows up at #1 on Google Images if you search for “little italy new york” and #3 if you search for “new york little italy”. I think I’m prouder of this moment as a Search Engine Optimization achievement than I am of it as a photographic one. *Much* prouder, come to think of it.

bkd