Today was a day in which I felt impelled by circumstances to make some fairly far-reaching decisions in the realm of my photography. All week I’ve been watching people steal and reuse some photographer’s photo on Facebook without giving credit. It’s a rather nice night shot of Monument Circle all outfitted for the Super Bowl. Since it bears no watermark it has just quietly made its way from one profile to the next with no indication whatsoever of origin. Watching this rather annoyed me on the original photographer’s behalf. That annoyance made me realize that I’d be supremely perturbed if someone promulgated my photo without proper credit. I don’t expect to be paid, but if some photo I took is going to go viral then I’d prefer it to bear my name. After all, anonymous narcissism is no fun at all.
As a result, I’ve started watermarking my photos and only providing lower resolution versions for public download. Anyone wanting a higher resolution copy can ask for it but they’ll at least have to ask for it. I also started moving photos over to Flickr. I’m not 100% in tune with the opportunities for interaction on that service but I’m certain they’re better than those on Picasa. Anyway, on to the photos for the day.
The crowds weren’t terribly obnoxious downtown but there were plenty of people to run into:
Typically I don’t like heights but parking garages don’t usually bother me. Admittedly, I did get a bit creeped out when a gentleman approached me to muse about how his wife refused to come up to the roof of the garage because of her own fear. It sure is a long drop.
It was impossible for me to get much of a shot around the circle because the crowds were obnoxious. I’ll have to go back some time later this week. These Indy cars are painted to look like footballs bearing team logos.
And these things may be one of the few reasons we still know Roman numerals.
Lucas Oil Stadium is made up for the occasion of course.
…as is the Marriott. This is the only time I’ve met another photographer on top of a parking garage let alone three.
Yup. That’s one BIG trophy!
The sun threatened to come out at several points. Here it is over the white river.
The city also sported the largest temporary zip line ever. It was clearly enjoyed by all.
But amid all this plenty and people spending thousands to attend one football game, there were still those who had to beg for the kindness of strangers. This homeless gentleman seems especially pensive.
The weather wasn’t especially friendly at 38 degrees and blustery winds that threatened to blow people into the street. Some were lucky enough to have a warm mom to snuggle up to.
Tomorrow I’ll traipse downtown and do the night version of the city.