In the past two weeks, Getty Images made its images available for free on a limited use basis to anyone on the Internet. The move represents a measured gesture to capture some of that social photo and content marketplace. But it’s not enough.
As an amateur photographer nothing makes me happier than giving my photos away so people can use them. This holiday season I reedited 24 of my photos, cropping them to fit your Twitter header image.
None of the photos have watermarks, none of them require attribution. If you like any of them, click on the link located below these images to download on Flickr.
If you are looking for my sweet Patagonia pics, find them towards the end of the post.
Thank you for spending time on this blog. I really appreciate your time. Happy holidays!
I love social photography.
Yes, it’s arguably the social web trend of 2012. But beyond the punditry, I just love taking, sharing and discussing pictures.
Seeing so many places and great things as I go about my life, it’s hard not to be stunned at least once daily. There’s a sense of presence that comes with appreciating the beauty that surrounds us.
Some globally respected photographers and critics think Instagram destroys the integrity of quality images.
Others feel the rise of Instagram pollutes traditional social network streams.
Critics decry the mobile photo network because it filters most images with a vintage Poloroid look, the resulting widespread proliferation of Instaphotos across social networks, and/or the additional doctoring that occurs through a variety of apps like Snapseed and Camera+.
Overall, critics feel that consumer access to cheap imaging technologies makes the general state of photography stale, repetitive, and watered down.
At some point today, I will pass 400,000 views on my photography blog. Not bad for an amateur hack who has never been formally trained as a photographer!
I hope you don’t mind, but I’d like to celebrate by sharing my 10 favorite pictures from the past five years. Given it’s a Friday wrapping up a long holiday week, I figured, “Why not?” Here we go!
1) The Eiffel Tower
I took this beauty in late November of 2009. It was drizzling, and I had to take a slow capture to get the light to glow like this. Fortunately the rain didn’t mess up lens too badly, and the shot turned out quite nicely! Taken with a Nikon D-90.
2) The First Presidential Tweet
I had the honor of attending the first presidential town hall, which was moderated by Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey. Somehow, I ended up in the first row on the side, and took this shot of Obama typing out the first presidential tweet. Taken with my Nikon, this shot has Jack reflected in the computer screen. It still gets used frequently in Obama blog posts across the web!
3) The Devil’s Horns
The centerpiece of the W Trail in Chilean Patagonia, the Devil’s Horns are viewed here from across Lake Pehoe at sunrise. This trail kicked my ass and is legendary for trying experienced hikers who attempt its courses in three or five days. Taken with the Nikon.