Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #869- Feeling blue

141104rainday_7102Dream, when you’re feeling blue
Dream, that’s the thing to do
Just watch the smoke rings rise in the air
You’ll find your share of memories there

So dream when the day is through
Dream, and they might come true
Things never are as bad as they seem
So dream, dream, dream…Ella Fitzgerald

4 thoughts on “Shades of Gray from Grayson Co, TX #869- Feeling blue

  1. J, may I offer one tiny suggestion? You can use it or ignore it, of course. I say this in total respect for all artists and photographers who deal with their work being used or taken illegally. I’ve wandered through your blog going from most current to back in time and I notice you have several variations of a logo of ownership. The thing is…it’s distracting to the viewer. I get its purpose. I am simply distracted by it. I think this photo is very touching, very lovely in its blue coloration but the white triangle suddenly breaks my focus. I know in later blog postings you’ve put your name in different colors, but that too is distracting at times. May a small watermark or symbol of you and your copyright could be used. I often ask photographers for permission to use a picture for a poem and in all those cases they don’t have their name on it. The issue of copyright is a sensitive and important one. I don’t want to infringe upon that. Just wanted you to know that your photographs are so lovely that nothing should break your viewer’s focus when looking at them. Your work is excellent!

    1. Mary……..sorry for my delay in a response. I just needed some time to digest it and formulate a response that will hopefully add some clarity.
      I too have a dislike for the © addition. I don’t like it and realize the visual disruption it causes my viewers. I go back and forth putting a watermark on and then not. Unfortunately, there are a number of people and even businesses that do steal images and even resell them as their own. That is most often what drives me back to putting a watermark on my images.

      If I do not put some sort of © symbol on it, I am left with little defense to get these types to stop the stealing and am left with no defense to show their intent to steal my image. With a © symbol they must remove it to use it and then intent of theft is shown in their action.

      I do work hard (well sometimes harder than others) to produce my images. They have been the means to feed and house my family for many years. I am most always willing to allow use of my images, but I do desire that I at least be asked for permission so as to at least control the usage and to not allow it to be used for commercial gain without compensation. It galls me to do a google search and find a company selling my images in the form of cards or of any use. It is my work and I at least must feel I am doing something to protect my work.

      Sorry for the long response, but I am old and this is a touchy subject for all images makers………..en theos……jas L

      1. Thank you such a informative reply. I totally get it now. I’m so ignorant about what photographers face. My apology for suggesting anything that would compromise your excellent work. Just so you know–I love your work. All good wishes, Mary

  2. Mary……..no apology needed, I totally understand your feelings. It is just sad that everyone just can’t be respectful of each other’s work. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts…..en theos….jas L

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