After a period of indecision about the image for April, I was looking through overflowing folders when I came across this one, thus deciding it was *the* photo.
If you’ve been following for a while, you may recognize it from the post “Under the spell of Paris 2012 – the penultimate sunset of the year”.
I’d wanted to catch the last of the sun for 2013 and as rain was predicted for the 31st December, I headed up to the top of the Arc de triomphe to stake out sunbeams, thinking I’d get in a day early. It wasn’t quite the sunset I’d anticipated yet the colour of the sky against the glow of the tower as the lights came on, more than made up for it.
Many find images of the Tour Eiffel cliché, and it can be so, but it is never not magical. It doesn’t matter how many times I see it, whether driving home at night as the lights sparkle on the hour, whilst walking across the Seine heading from the Left Bank to the Right, or from the distance of Montmartre, I never tire of catching a glimpse out of the corner of my eye. And so it seemed like a good fit for the monthly giveaway. (Click the image for a larger view)
Along the lines of the previous giveaways, at the end of the April, I’ll email a copy of this photo to all who participate. The resolution is high enough to print poster size up to 60cm x 90cms and is for personal, not-for-profit, non-commercial use. It cannot be resold or used for business. If it is used on a personal blog, please be sure to credit and link back to me. Frame it, use it as a screensaver, or keep it somewhere to inspire your Paris dreams.
How to participate:
1. Share the Facebook post about the April giveaway. You’ll find it here. (the photo giveaway will run 16-29 April).
2. Leave a comment here on this post. This is VERY important. In order for me to be able to email the image, leave a comment below so I have a means to email you the image.
That’s it. At the beginning of May, I’ll send out the email.
Whilst we’re on the topic of sharing, it is honestly a pleasure for me to provide an image each month. In doing so, I also hope it is building a relationship between me (lucky enough to count France as home) and those of you who love this Gallic land from afar. It’s wonderful to be able to send a little dose of Paris out across the world each month.
One of the biggest sources of *sharing* these days is Pinterest and there are divided camps when it comes to the social media website. Many of you perhaps have accounts and pin your inspirations on a regular basis. Sadly, there are some adding photos to their boards without (a) asking the photographer for permission, (b) crediting the copyright owner of the image, or (c) using images to drive traffic to their own income generating pages and not to whom the image belongs.
From the moment that a photographer creates an image, they own the copyright to that image, regardless of whether or not it is a public street, an empty glass of wine, the Pyramids of Giza. The person who held the camera and pressed their finger on the button making the shutter move is the owner of the image. The photograph cannot be used without the permission of that person, and whilst many are perfectly happy for their work to be shared online, others are not.
Pinterest TOC’s remove the company from any claims of copyright abuse leaving the individual pinner legally responsible for what they pin, or as is often the case, repin. If you don’t know who took the photo, look. Drag and drop the image into the Google images search function, it works a treat. If you find the origins of the image, contact the photographer and ask if you can use the image. If you can’t find the origins, don’t use the photo. (And, Tumblr isn’t a credible source, it is a can of copyright infringement and photo theft.)
I initially created a Pinterest account to place the occassional image myself and prevent them from being lifted, pinned and credited to others without my knowing. It hasn’t worked this way and images are all over the place, watermarks cropped, not credited etc. Images then move from site to site, and in some cases have been reproduced over one thousand times with no mention of who took the image. I take this moment to ask, please don’t place images of mine on Pinterest.
Tara Bradford of ‘Paris Parfait’ has, out of frustration for copyright violation, written several posts that outline why she, and a growing number of us, don’t want our images all over Pinterest. Tara has been battling defiant pinners who question her copyright, some repeat offenders, and now a corporation who used an image pinned without permission and placed it in a marketing campaign for commercial use. You can read Tara’s posts:
The continuing sage of keeping my photos off Pinterest
An open letter to my readers
Nikken EU and copyright infringement
And this very interesting article on Greekgeek:
Is Pinterest a Haven for Copyright Violations
Please, use caution and don’t lift images off websites to place on Pinterest unless you can be one thousand percent sure it is OK with the photographer.