Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Sunday, 31 January 2021

Creativity in January

 

photo Britta Hügel 

Snow can be fun! 


Photo Britta Hügel 


                         Then I didn't trust my eyes: such a beauty! With a veritable camellia! 


photo Britta Hügel 

photo Britta Hügel 


...he even put another real camellia on the box border:

photo Britta Hügel



... but I enjoy the simplicity of the "Bauhaus"-version too
 

photo Britta Hügel 




PS: It is a bit unnerving to put "photo Britta Hügel" every time by the side of a photo (and I do not even know if it protects against photo-thieving). I have forgotten what I formerly knew: how to put a copyright-sign into the photo. 
And it isn't vanity: I wouldn't be so prim if I hadn't found one photo of mine (a really beautiful peacock-photo) on a Russian website - and it WAS mine, I can prove that. It just annoyed me. 
What do you do to protect your copyright? 
(The copyright for the term "Bauhaus-version" for these snowmen belongs to Klaus W., a friend of mine)









31 comments:

  1. One snowman says to his friend, "Can you smell carrot?" Getty images once stole a photo of mine, then charged people money to use it. That DID irritate me. I asked for money from them and they refused.

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    1. Haha - if the carrot cannot smell carrot it is a sign for possible Covid.. :-)
      Stealing your photo makes one so angry - and the feeling of not being able "to do" something even more. I am absolutely not sure whether Google and Huawei etc do not also own photos of us - there were discussions in the beginning.

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  2. German snowman building style looks different to English style. We tend to go for two tiers. I don't think you can stop photos being copied and pasted.

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  3. Interesting, Rachel - we have a sturdy version too (sort of conic) - but that is absolutely rare. These snowmen (and -women, I should write) were not that big.
    Yeah - really annoying when they copy it - but I differentiate between personal use and commercial, and maybe there one can get them.

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  4. The love the snowman with the droopy nose and beautiful pink camellia, he is fun. There are several sites where you can mark your photos for free if you google it. I mark my photos on PicMonkey but you have to pay an annual fee.

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    1. I was so surprised, Rosemary, when I came nearer to that snowman to discover that the camellia was real -- and a few steps further I saw the second one, also artistically draped on the boxwood. And - for Berlin a little wonder - nobody took it away - so we could all enjoy it!
      I will google for the marks, thank you.

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  5. My children had never seen snow before and I wondered how they respond to the cold climate we would meet overseas.

    Once the snow was no longer falling and getting them wet, both boys thoroughly enjoyed making snow men.

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    1. I can imagine their surprise - and then their joy to make snowmen!
      And to me it seems a joy that holds on for a lifetime: the snowmen on the photos are made - so I think - by grown ups, they are too regular and too artistic. :-)

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  6. It is creative to use leaves to give me the feeling of eyelashes. Ingenious! To steal from a famous saying "when life gives you snow, make a snowman."

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    1. Yes, Emma: I too was especially impressed by those eyelashes - the creator used oak-leaves, and that is an idea you must think of hard in the first place.
      And I love your version of the lemon-quote - it makes me smile, thank you!

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  7. I know how to print on pictures with programs you must buy. When PicMonkey quit being free, I quit signing my photos.

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    1. Thank you, Joanne - I will think about buying it (and will inform myself before if it is a way to really protect the copyright).

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  8. Very nice snow sculptures. Looks like you and Klaus had fun designing and accessorizing your snow people... They make me smile. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you, Susan - but I have to pass the praise on to "artists unknown" - I was only taking those photographs when I did a snowy morning walk: they all stood on the (white) Victoria-Luise-Platz near which I live.
      Klaus, who lives in Hannover, gave the Bauhaus-comment when he got the picture via WhatsApp.
      I smiled too when I saw this diversity in creativity (though I think: that is a condition for creativity: seeing the possibilities)

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  9. Oh, they are all adorable! I've not seen a snowman in the flesh, umm, ... ice? These are small, like garden gnomes? Each so expressive in their way.

    I'm not sure how or where to even go looking for my photos being in someone else's space, but I don't use many and they are in the main just happy-snaps from my phone, so I don't know if I'd be annoyed or bemused to see them out of their natural habitat. Most images I use I take direct from the web so I would have to guess it'd be a fair trade. Although, I try to give credit where I can.

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    1. Thank you, Pipistrello! I adore the term "snowman in flesh" - the one's I photographed are no gnomes, oh no: about 1 m high, I think (the 'Bauhaus', true to its minimalistic concept, are a little bit smaller).
      I agree partially with your view on snatching photographs - those I took at random they might take, but if I walk a mile in bitter winter I like to be asked if someone can take it. And yes: when credit is given (and there might the copy sign help) it is most often ok. (But not for stealing my Britta-photo here to be used by scammers :-) Why do I hear Carly Simon - and Mick Jagger - in the back of my head, singing "You're So Vain" ???)

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  10. Those are such cute snowmen, and I like the camellia touch. My camellias are in bloom now. I don't know about protecting photos; some people put their names right on their photos, I don't know how they do that.

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    1. Thank you, Terra - the "camellia touch" is what I also love in life: giving a bit of consideration to make something special, beautiful - or, maybe better: doing it as good as one can. ("The best" would be too stressful :-)

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  11. I thought you didn't need to put copyright signs on things because you own it automatically. I'm currently in the middle of a copyright issue with a WordPress site that has ripped off 1300 words verbatim and two original images from one of my posts.

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    1. Thank you, Tasker - I heartily join in your annoyance and hope that you win the copyright issue with WordPress (I always thought they were especially 'safe'?).
      1300 words verbatim is no peccadillo - the only consolation I see: it must be a good text, otherwise they wouldn't have taken it. But that is no consolation, when somebody picks perfect strawberries from your garden and then tags them as "delicious" ...

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  12. Add 'Character Map' to your icons, you'll be amazed what symbols are there; including ©.

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    1. Thank you, Cro: I will dip into that this afternoon - some time ago I knew how to add the copyright sign into a photo - but forgot when not writing for a while. Will try!

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  13. I love the photo of the camelia flowers in the snow. Fantastic shots.
    Rosehugs Marijke

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    1. I rememberd a lady who wrote blogs and she stole photo's from a lot of bloggers and made her own wonderful blogposts. And I think a copyright sign does'nt help. I think it's much worse for professional photographers.

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  14. Thank you, Marijkje! the camellia itself is such a beautiful (though a bit waxen) flower, so I think the snow is the ultimate soft yet fitting cold ground for her.

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  15. En een vrouw zoals deze blogger - waarom doet ze dat? Wil ze misschien meer aanzien hebben - op zo een scheef manier? Ik denk dat mensen kunnen wel voelen of iets echt is of niet.
    En ja: echt verschrikkelijk is het voor professionals (je kun dat ook in de mode-industrie zien - 3 maanden naar een collectie je kun bijna hetzelfde in Zara of H&M kopen - voor de helft of minder.)

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  16. Oak leaves for eyes. That really does impress me. True creativity! looks so good.

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    1. Yes. Jenny - I have never seen that before - and it looked so beautiful and convincing! Somebody had the magic touch.

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  17. I've blogged for 14 years - that's an awful lot of photos and I've no idea if anyone has 'stolen' them! I don't mind sharing any photo if they make a polite request - have had that occur a few times. I just don't want to mar my photos with copyright symbols - just call me finicky!

    Not enough snow here to make a snowman/woman yet this this winter! Do have some lovely camellias blooming though so will be ready!

    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Thank you, Mary: I am with you, if someone asks I wouldn't mind but think: great that it pleases him. But to find one on a commercial Russian website is different. But I agree: I do not know if I want to toil for a chance of one to thousand - while overlooking what Google does by "owning" them.

      I am looking forward to see your camellias in bloom - here in our street one huge bush stands on the starting block: hundreds of dark-red beauties will appear in time.
      Normally I go with the underground to the Botanical garden where the have a whole hothouse filled with camellias - but since last February I did not use the underground - so this year I will be looking at the one in our street - well, that teaches me to look thoroughly and cherish what I "have".
      Hugs - Britta

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