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Giovanna Tucker midnight in NZ

Midnight in NZ, Lake Tekapo

ah Winter is here and its been snowing the last few days, I am so glad to be inside with the heater going ūüôā it’s not settling though so thats a shame, but its still freezing!

This photo is midnight on a full moon, and a long exposure making the moon turn into a big sunflare on Lake Tekapo, New Zealand, normally when taking pictures of the moon you need to take a separate shot of the moon as well with different settings and then put them together on the computer.

Have a good week everyone ūüôā

Finally Winter is over ūüôā and the weather is starting to get better (and I hope I’m not saying that too soon!)

and the count down to moving out is nearing the end, in just¬†3 days we move and I lose my fab view from the 20th story¬†over london and I have to say Goodbye to Angel and the lovely restaurants and shops here, and I may be without internet for a bit too while we set up a new provider so that will be a pain! but i’m going to use this time to write more articles for my Blog ūüôā

With all the horrible stuff that was going on with the stealing of my photos I found one person who really took the cake (or is it biscuit?!) Mark Jenkins from Ikon Canvas Art hadn’t just stolen my photos to use on his website, he had stolen my photos to sell on Ebay, Amazon and on his own Website!

This had been going on for a Year before I found out, after trying to get some compensation Mark Jenkins just went into hiding, So I had no option but to tell Amazon, Ebay and finally all of his sites have been shut down.

So I am finally at peace with it, but I do suggest to all photographers out there to use the new Google search to find your photos on the internet and stop people like Mark from making a living off stealing and selling your photos.

Just go to Google then to Images, and in the search box there is a little pic of a camera, just click on the camera and upload your photo from your hard drive or add the URL from where it is on the Web, it’s very interesting to see the results!

Oh and since I figured its good enough for him to steal my pics and sell them on Ebay and Amazon that I should get in on the Action too! so I now have my photos selling on Ebay under Tuckergg starting at 99p and soon to be on Amazon (trying to set that up today!) or as always from my website www.exploretravelphotography.com

So todays Photo is only fitting that it is a view from the Balcony that I am about to say goodbye too!

view over london

Not a happy post today I’m afraid, it has come to my attention that my photos are being stolen and used around the web without my knowledge or approval.¬†¬† The most obvious one is:

london eye photo stolen

Where my London Eye picture is being used twice on the same page…

I have found my London Eye picture is being used all over the web as well as here for TNT Magazine.

But more of a worry are the Mexico Tour company who are using my Rochester, England photo on their front page:

and the company that have taken my Tower Bridge light trails and cropped my photo so my signature is missing and are giving it away as free wallpaper for your phone ūüė¶

Another photographer has¬†stolen my Rochester photo and have turned it black and white and are claiming it as there’s, also¬†someone has taken my self-portrait and¬†is saying it is¬†them!

My London Eye photo and my Istanbul photo have both been used in numerous articles where I am not credited but to make matters worse other companies have put their signature on my photos claiming them as theres, at one point my London Eye has two different peoples signatures on it, neither of them being mine.

Whats more of a worry is I have contacted everyone asking for the photos to be taken down and no one is geting back to me or has bothered to take my photos down.

I don’t mind that my photos be shared as long as I am credited, but I have not been credited or told about any of the above, it was only because of googles new image search that I even knew about them all, and there are far too many more for me to mention here, pretty much every photo I own I have found someone is using it without crediting me or my knowledge.

So photographers out there, go to Google, Images and then in the search box click on the camera and upload your photo or the URL of your photo and it will search the web for you image, my London Eye photo came up with 8 google search pages of its usage being stolen!

So I now need to rethink what i’m doing, and whether to keep doing the blog, or using Flickr or Facebook, since putting a signature of them is not working!

Any thoughts on the matter would be appreciated.

Wow the weather is going crazy in London today, a couple of hours ago we had a crazy hail storm that blew in, followed by snow and now a hour later its sunny and no clouds in the sky! Weird!

and this was the sunset from our balcony last night:

Sunset over London

You can just see the London eye in the left hand corner, heres a close up of the red cloud:

Sunset in London

Happy New Years Everyone!!!

Hope 2012 brings everyone everything they desire!

I hope you all don’t have as sore heads as I do today! Had a little bit of a house party for New Years and my head is still hurting from it!

So I’m not going to say much today because it hurts to do so ūüėČ so on to the photo instead:

HDR of the Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament

 

Getting to know G better days are normally Fridays but I was still in Bruges mode yesterday so uploaded a photo of Bruges instead! and with today being the last day of the year, it’s probably a little more appropriate to be about me today as we look back and reflect on the year 2011!

and what a crazy year it has been!

For me the biggest thing this year has to be the earthquakes back home in Christchurch, New Zealand and watching all my friends and family lose everything.

and of course there was the Japan Earthquakes and Turkey’s earthquakes, the flooding and mudslides in Brazil, flooding in Thailand, Pakistan, and the Philippines all resulting in loss of life’s and considerable damage.

Osama Bin Laden was killed, as well as Muammar Gaddafi.

There were lots of bombings and loss of life’s, and the Royal Marriage which I managed to avoid!

and lastly the US formally declares an end to the Iraq War…

The positive part of 2011 for me was leaving my full-time employment  and working full-time on my Photography, and I was lucky enough to get a book published on to Amazon Kindle before the year was out, and of course all the places I travelled to this year as mentioned yesterday.

So of 2011 my most popular photo has to be Istanbul a Moment as it made it into¬†Picture¬†Correct’s Top 10 Photos of 2011

Istanbul a moment

My most popular photo on Flickr and Facebook this year has to be Tower Bridge Light Trails

Tower Bridge Light Trails

Here is my first self-portrait I did in my hallway this year which was a success, though probably more thanks to the bottle of wine I was drinking at the time than anything else!

giovanna tucker

Well Cheers to the End of 2011 and Lets Bring on 2012!

Good luck to Everyone..

May 2012 be everything you hope it will be and bring you everything you wish and¬†desire….

Thank you for your support in 2011 and lets see what we can achieve in 2012!

Happy New Years!

Today’s photo is a fun technique called Zoom Burst.

(If you want to learn how to do this technique you can find out in my eBook How To… Night Photography on Amazon, my Website or Smashwords, it can be done to anything, and only takes 30 seconds to learn)

Houses of Parliament Zoom Burst

How is everyone after the excitement of Christmas?

(Did anyone get a Ereader for xmas? don’t forget I have my eBook How To… Night Photography for sale over at Amazon for Kindle or on Smashwords, Author Giovanna Tucker if you want to learn how to take great Photos at night, twilight, golden hour and sunset!)

I’m full, tired, hung over¬†and now have¬†a million things to do but it was nice to just stop and eat, drink, open presents, play games and just sit around and chat for a few days, now that is over its back to work for me so…

Here is a photo of Canary Wharf at Twilight… Hope you like it ūüôā

Canary Wharf Twilight

Had a bit of a scare last night when I realised Christmas is this week! I know I’ve been living in my own little bubble, but this week!¬† I need to go xmas shopping!

Now you have all seen Positano¬†by night in one of my earlier post, so today is Positano by day, what a gorgeous little village, would definitely recommend it to people, though watch out for the inflated tourist prices and the cover charges, but if you did what we did and buy a drink from a diary/corner store and just sit on the rocks, you can enjoy a lovely view as the sun goes down for next to nothing ūüôā

Positano, Italy

 

It’s a cold, rainy day in London today and I’m feeling a little under the weather, this week is the busiest week I have had this year, so i’m dreaming of sitting in the sun in Santorini, Greece with a cold beer in my hand and a beautiful view.

Oia, Santorini, Greece