Various & Sundry, Easter Edition

Egg Moon I
“Egg Moon I”, Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend — here, the Easter bunny did indeed make a visit to my 6 year-old. I do remember last year around Easter weekend when I photographed the March full moon (shown above), known sometimes as the Egg Moon. I’m working on the photographs from the last two full moons from this year, too, but they aren’t quite ready for prime-time as of yet, so stay tuned.

I do have a few things around the web I’d like to bring to everyone’s attention. First up, if you are interested in filters & software for Lightroom/Photoshop/Aperture, the software suite from Nik has been significantly reduced in price by their new Google overlords. Using the discount codes floating around out there, you can get the whole package for about $126 – B&W conversions with Silver Efex Pro, programs for HDR, sharpening, noise reduction, etc. are all included. The discounted pricing made me finally make the plunge, and so far I quite like Silver Efex Pro (I haven’t yet tried the others). There is also a free 15-day demo available, too. Their prices were extremely high previously but the new package seems to be a very good deal as the programs tend to be highly recommended.

One of my favorite online art sites, 20×200, continues to struggle according to this article from ArtInfo. This site has basically been offline since the end of January, and, if the allegations in the article are true, many vendors (and perhaps artists) are unpaid and customers without prints for which they paid. I’ve bought prints from them before and I hope they get through this, but things don’t look good from the outside, and if the stories are true, I don’t think it reflects well on the parties behind it.

And in the biggest news in the fine art photography world, William Eggleston has won the first round in the lawsuit brought by one of his collectors. The short version is this: Eggleston had a sold-out limited edition of 16×20″ dye transfer prints that the collector purchases; later on Eggleston comes out with a new edition of much larger (and more expensive) digital prints. The collector of dye transfer prints is not happy and sues. The trial court ruled in favor of the photographer, basically saying that the new prints were not part of the edition as they were a different size and/or medium. I do think that this new batch of prints does seem to be a separate edition from a legal perspective, but the ethical side of things is a bit more complicated.

Everything in this area seems murky in terms of the law and the actual practice in the industry, so my mantra is to be overly restrictive in terms of my limited editions to respect the collectors who have purchased limited edition prints. It will be very interesting to follow this case and others sure to come to see how the limited edition limitations develop.

Lastly, the artist website provider PhotoShelter just released their newest free handbook, this time on copyright — I haven’t yet read this, but I’m sure it will be useful based on their previous offerings.

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