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May 9th, 2011 was a stormy day along the southern Utah/northern Arizona border, but especially in Monument Valley. The weather front produced massive cloud systems and strong winds. For a few brief minutes during sunrise a hole opened for the suns rays to pour through and I was lucky enough to be there.
Nikon D2x body, 24-120mm lens at 28mm, F16 at 1/80 second, ISO 100, tripod. Raw image processed in ACR.
Fantastic mittens shot. I think toning down the signature would make it a lot less distracting while still providing protection.
We all know the signature and copyright symbol provide no protection at all. It is simply their to advertise my website. A few years ago I had a 3"x4" by 72dpi image (45kb) copied off my website (bull elk silhouette) that had my copyright imbedded, and a visual signature stamp similar to this - and saw it on a huge billboard along I-15 in Salt Lake City. They scaled it up to about 8 feet by 12 feet to advertise a mountain building development. Nice. There comes a time when you realize that if people want to steal your images they will - and there is nothing you can do to stop them. However, you can make them pay when caught. A letter from my lawyer threatening a copyright lawsuit in federal court was all it took for them to pay me 10x what I would have charged them legally. My philosophy now is I'd rather share my images and advertise my business - and not worry about the bottom feeders of society.
But ya, a lighter gray signature would have been less distracting.