I take pictures.
I do it because I love it. I always imagine that the feeling of being in the right place at the right time with all the settings spot on is akin to the feeling a hunter must get when he/she shoots a big buck, or that a collector must have when they find the sought after rare piece to complete a collection.
It's a rush.
In the four years that I've been balloon crewing, I've invested quite literally hundreds of hours into taking pictures, proofing and sorting my ballooning photos, and it never gets old.
But it almost did yesterday.
Here I was at my computer going through the near thousand photos I took over the weekend, only to take a facebook break and find one of the images that I had posted here on my blog in my own newsfeed. I love and appreciate when my photos are liked and shared - it's part of why I do what I do. The only problem was that this particular photo had my watermark cropped out, no credit given and no permission asked.
That devalues everything that I do.
I instantly blocked my balloonfest album that I'd been so anxious to share, and I chose to sleep on how I'd handle it.
This is part of how I'm handling it. Hopefully, I'm educating.
I've increased the size and placement of my watermark and put a reminder on the album itself.
It's about courtesy.
That being said - I put my album back up, and it is complete. I made it public so that photos can be tagged and shared, because that's what I enjoy and it's why I do what I do. (Click here to see album)