Dear Digit: Is saying “Photo by Google” good enough?

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“Dear Digit, I am not an artist or photographer, but I need attractive images for my communications. Since there are lots of images on the internet, I can usually find what I need. I want to do the right thing, so I usually write “photo by Google.” That’s good enough, right?”

Considering how many images are available on the internet today, we have a wealth of options one right-click away. But, there’s a catch.

All images are owned by someone, and it is legally and ethically important to verify you have their permission to use the image prior to using it. In some cases, reproducing and modifying images without the right to do so can actually have serious financial and legal consequences.

So, what’s a communicator to do? Continue reading Dear Digit: Is saying “Photo by Google” good enough?

Spring Prescribed Burns: Prince Albert National Park

Watching aspens burn_colour_BG Merkle (05.2013)

Here are a few shots from two spring prescribed burns I recently documented for Prince Albert National Park’s fire management team.  Read a blog post about the project here, and visit my online gallery for an in-depth look at the burns.

Bison charcoal_BG Merkle (05.2013)

Row of bison_BG Merkle (05.2013)

Smoke over blackened earth_BG Merkle (05.2013)

Willows burning 3_BG Merkle (05.2013)

Aldo et ses amis/ Aldo and Friends

Aldo calendar_poster

Meet Aldo.  He’s an urban donkey, at least half of every year.  He winters in the Bishop’s garden at the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.  Along with his companion goat, Alli, Aldo has made quite a splash in this historic district. Continue reading Aldo et ses amis/ Aldo and Friends

Verger Trottier/Trottier's Orchard

 VERGER TROTTIER  Website and print publicity materials (design, photography, text & translation)
Website (design, photography, text & French–>English translation)

Réjean Trottier is pur laine Québeçois, whose family has lived on the chemin du roy (the King’s Highway) between Quebec City and Montreal for generations.  Several years ago, on a bit of a whim, Trottier and his uncle hand built two stone wood-fired ovens on the edge of the property adjacent to the highway.   Continue reading Verger Trottier/Trottier's Orchard