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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Preparing for Winter

The snow's falling on the higher areas of the Cairngorms and my thoughts turn to winter. Some of the tribal people on the continent of North America live by the seasons and naturally work with them. Winter is the time to sow the seeds that you want to germinate in your life path the next year, having considered the previous year's journey in your soul. Autumn is the time we reflect and consider how the year went. Thinking about what we want to change, create or perhaps expand upon in our journey of life.

We then sow the seeds of those changes in our dreams, plans and other forms of preperation to try to make them occur. Before the years of artificial lighting, these are the months that we would spend more time in our caves, dens, huts or log houses. Perhaps spending more time with our loved ones and neighbours, re-enforcing those connections based on love and trust, making changes to our dens or creating things of beauty, tangible or oral within the cocoon of darkness. Ever wonder why a real fire in the dark feels secure, warm and comforting in the winter days?

So think about your journey and dream good dreams and do the other things that you want to do. Spend more time with loved ones and make those bonds stronger.

Sew those seeds for next spring...that's when we start making them a reality.

Season's blessings.


Multi coloured rain...

I like the dark winter mornings and afternoons. Today's is darker than most. It started off a bit brighter this morning but then darkened over the last five minutes and the rain started again. Higher humidity in this country makes the winter rain feel colder. There's a main road near the house that's screened by the trees of my garden and the ones on the road beyond. During the darker hours the traffic and street lights mutate a dull stretch of tarmac into a kaleidoscope of moving colour as the cars stream by in both directions with the odd streak of blue responding to someone's call for help.

The rain water flows down the slight hill creating a moving canvas of light, taking the colours on a journey where they merge with other layers of water, changing colours like chameleons might do at a rave fest.

The sky lightens a little more and and the canvas fades into dull tarmac, moving hunks of metal, gas and noise...a bit like Robocop on beans I guess.


Thursday, 26 November 2009

Royalty Free images from competitions...

How many of you have submitted an image to a competition in a magazine or on a website? Have you ever read the small print? In essence they tend to say that they can do what they want with your image once you've submitted it and that you won't get paid anything for it. A lot of those images then end up in general collections as royalty free images.

The digital era has seen an enormous increase in the numbers of photographers on the planet (most of them shooting on auto settings) and every now and then someone just happens to be in the right place at the right time to come up with a cracking shot. There is a lot of luck in phototgraphy, any professional that says otherwise is probably capable of rolling down huge hills at high speeds on account of having his head stuck up his jacksy, so if you're an amateur that gets that cracking shot - I say good luck to you and I hope you earn something from it. BUT, I'd ask you to NOT enter any magazine or website competitions that use your images to build royalty free collections because it's killing off trade for a lot of professional photographers. Instead, read the terms and conditions of the competition - the credible competitions always state that the copyright will remain with the photographer and that the submitted images will only be used in connection with publicity etc pertaining to that competition.

Here's a list of some companies that will do what they want with your images:


Note (from a BBC website): By submitting a design and your name to the BBC, you grant the BBC a perpetual, royalty-free licence to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute, and otherwise exercise all copyright and publicity rights with respect to that photo at its sole discretion, including storing it on the BBC's servers and incorporating it in other works in any media now known or later developed including without limitation published books. If you do not wish to grant the BBC these rights, it is suggested that you do not submit a photo to this website.

British Airways Highlife magazine are running a competition but state:

Copyright clearance and permission of subjects are the responsibility of the entrant.

British Airways and Cedar Communications reserve the rights for future use of the images. (note that they don't state what that usage will be or whether you'll be paid in any way for the use of your image)

Now for a couple of positive examples:

Burrard Lucas Photography had this competition running and were very clear and fair about how an entrants images would be treated.

•You must be the photographer and owner of the copyright for any image entered.
•You will retain copyright of your entries at all times and will always be credited alongside your picture.
•By entering this competition, you grant us a non-exclusive licence to display your photograph in connection with this contest. This may include syndication of the 12 winning photographs by the media (but only in connection with this contest). Winners will always be informed if their photographs are syndicated and will always be credited next to their image.
•Under no-circumstance will we use submitted images for commercial gain unless it has been agreed on a case by case basis with the photographer.

Amateur Photographer are currently running this competition. They had this to say on their terms and conditions:

7.Copyright of all entries remains with the photographer but Amateur Photographer and Old Pulteney reserve the right to use entries, without payment to promote the competition.
8.By entering this competition you agree to participate in any publicity that the “Wish Your Were Here” competition may generate.

so please think before entering any competitions...READ THE SMALL PRINT?



Monday, 23 November 2009

Images from Nepal

Exploring Parts of Nepal

Does anything specific come to mind when you think of Nepal? What images does it conjure up? Perhaps one of the birth places of Buddhism...or the top of the world where thousands of people travel to get near or climb Mount Everest? The Northern part of Mount Everest is in Tibet while the souther part is in Nepal. The Nepalese name for Mount Everest is Sagarmatha which means 'Mother of the Universe'.

Read about the journey on my blog

I started a new blog at the beginning of this journey at: http://wolfphotograpy.blogspot.com/. I wanted to write in the moment or as near as possible about my feelings on parts of the journey. Please feel free to go and have a look or follow the blog by logging in to or creating a free blogger account. It came in useful for venting some of my emotions about some of the things that I was seeing. You'll need to scroll down to the bottom and click on older posts and go back to 02 Oct 09 to see the relevant entries or just click here: http://wolfphotograpy.blogspot.com/2009_10_01_archive.html.

Viewing the images from Nepal

Come and journey with me now and view beautiful landscapes and beautiful people. A life that, while seeming basic and even primitive to us, seems a happier one as you mingle amongst the people and places of Nepal. There are 5 albums:

Kathmandu explores the area as well as various Buddhist and Hindu temples of in the region.

Kathmandu to Pokhara. Pokhara is an area of great beauty, you'll see images of cascading rice paddies and the people working them, as well as other forms of industry in the area.

Lukla to Namche Bazaar. This album contains images of local people and some of the stunning scenery along the gruelling trek from Lukla (which houses the highest commercial airport in the area) to Namche Bazaar (which tends to be the starting point of all the treks further afield including Mount Everest).

Namche Bazaar to Shyangboche - Mount Everest Region. Shyangboche is the first location for some decent mountain photography of Mount Everest and the surrounding peaks. You can see Everest from one other area on your way to Namche Bazaar but you need to get to this location for any semi decent images.

Views from Sarangkot. If you journey to Pokhara I strongly recommend spending a week in the area. Sarngkot is very popular and there can easily be 200 plus people in the viewing place waiting for the first rays of the sun to touch the Annapurna mountain range. You need to get there very early to get your tripod setup!

I hope you enjoy viewing the images. They are available for sale directly off the website. The purchasing options are above the images: A4 size unmounted = £12.99, A3 size unmounted = £22.99 and 36inch x 24 inch framed canvas = £89.99. Delivery to UK addresses is free. If you would like a print delivered to a country outside of the UK, please email me first at the_wolf1964@hotmail.com so that I can find the cheapest way of getting the print to you.

Please pass this newsletter on to others that you think might be interested.

all the best

Villayat Wolf Sunkmanitu

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Sunday, 22 November 2009

The exceptions.....

One of the best things about travelling, apart from seeing a different country and experiencing it's food and culture is the fellow travellers that you meet.

They seem like kindred spirits. A mish mash of age, experience and life paths. Like any mixed bag, some can a pain in the arse but I'm lucky enough to have not met many of that ilk.

They're people that are generally open and very giving and maybe that's the thing that binds you in that moment...you've met a stranger that's said, 'Hi how are you? Take a seat and join us? Share with us.'

Sometimes these people feel like family. There's a closeness that's intense and very real and it's like you're meeting those missing jigsaw pieces of your life. I still get emails now and then from some of the people that I've met on these travels and it's nice to hear from them. The contact rekindles the memory of the warmth and humour shared on the journey.

Happy journeys to you all, wherever you are.


Saturday, 21 November 2009

The editing continues...

I feel like I'm floating in between different zones at the moment. The editing is going well and I'm catching up nicely. 3 of the albums from Nepal are done and I hope to complete the last 2 today before beginning work on the shots from India.

I was smiling at the memories attached as I was watching some of the completed shots yesterday. Mainly shots of young children. They reminded me of my own children when they were younger. I took so many shots of Josh and Laila as they were growing up and didn't stop until I left the area. They'll make a nice archive of memories to leave for them. Their world is so different to ours. They're unfettered by the limitations of society, or worse, those that are self imposed. Discrimination, in the negative sense, doesn't exist in their minds until they become infected by adults.

When I think back to the images and faces of children in Nepal and India, I remember a difference: the children of Nepal, in the areas that I visited, still seemed children, innocent. The children that I saw in some of the cities of India were in a different situation. So many were orphans and beggars, wise little heads that already seen so much suffering and experienced a reality that only the poor can.

Part of the delay on these shots is down to going in for a week's therapy at one of the Combat Stress homes. The staff there are very gentle and know how to treat us. There was the usual mix there of guys from different campaigns; the earliest one at this meeting was Korea from the 1950s. It's the one place that I feel understood and accepted without question. I had a great laugh with some of the 'inmates' which always helps balance out the reason you're there..to work on your traumas. Coming away is always difficult because of the mates you make. It's very easy to fall back into that mode of friendship. It's completely different to the general sorts of friends you make in civvy street. A lot of civillian friendships in this country seem to be about what the person can gain from your friendship whereas in the forces you were ready to put your life down for your friends. I find civillian friendships difficult, apart from two, my friendships with Derek, Sue, Heather and Edna. Derek's a 45 year old author and comedian that'd make a good toupee model, as well as a poster boy for tofu. Edna's an 87 year old widow. Sue and Heather are former colleagues from the CAB Service. They're all very open people and accepting. They leap the hurdles that life puts in their way and always do something for others. That's what I love about my mates that are ex-mob, we'll do something for the greater good. I know that as veterans we're not all like that. you get good and bad in every barrel. Richie's involved in a charity called 'Combat Surf'. He helps veterans learn how to surf in the oceans around Cornwall. I was watching Richie's DVD of one of the events and it was great seeing those people enjoying themselves on the ocean.

I did do some autumn photography of the woods while at the home. A couple of the guys wanted tips on using their cameras and advice about editing etc. That helped me as it meant that I could divert my mind and have a gentler time of it, particulary as it was the week of 'Rememberance' with the parade on sunday and the one on the 11th followed by the two minutes silence. It was good getting out in the woods and sharing that time and space with them. I'll post those in due course.

Time for a hot soak.



Sunday, 1 November 2009

Email contact problems

The last round of microsoft's automatic updates have screwed up my outlook software. All of the business email accounts are now forwarding to the_wolf1964@hotmail.com. It would be advisable to use this email address for the foorseeable future as I can't see Microsoft getting off their arses and addressing the issues caused.

I did notice that they were sending out vista related updates to XP machines. I guess it's their way of forcing customers to upgrade to current software. If that's so it'd be interesting if anyone interested in the issue could investigate whether they've breached any UK laws by doing so. I always thought that if you broke something through being reckless, you committed criminal damage under UK law. Could trying to generate more sales become 'criminal intent' in some way? Who knows. Microsoft, you're responsible though. Get your arses in gear and fix the problem ya lazy feckers.


PS for techies: the system was working fine before the last trip. Came home and started the system - autoupdates started off. Installed and then ran outlook - as soon as you check new email the system resources leap up to 50% usage. Incoming email is extremely slow. Tried taking off the updates and unisntalling and re-installing outlook after a reboot. No change. Turned off all add ins. No change. Tried setting up a new mail profile. No change. Any help would be appreciated.

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