Originally Posted by MolsonExport
I've been wondering why my web logs show so many serves on this little photo. Now I know.
I realize MolsonExport's initial use of my picture was some time ago (2004 in fact), and likely before the new policy statement about giving photo attribution was posted. Be aware that when an image is "pulled" like this, every view of the page causes the source site to serve it -- and that each time, a web log record is generated. The log record leads directly to the page requesting the image -- in this case, to this forum.
I'm not bringing this up to make waves or to insist on payment; rather, to help reinforce good etiquette. I'm flattered if you think my photo is worth using to illustrate a point, but I do expect credit for it.
In any case, for those interested in the subject of this image, I took it in 2000 while visiting Mai Po
bird sanctuary. At the time I was very discouraged about how the wall of skyscrapers would apparently destroy the wetlands.
When I returned again in January 2009, I made a point of returning. Not only had the encroachment stopped, but now the extremely well-designed Hong Kong Wetlands Park
forms an "information barrier" between the buildings and the real wetlands. As the picture below shows, it is very popular.
The image is a composite of several shots I took on a very hazy day. I then rendered the images to get higher dynamic range to overcome the haze.
The image below is an updated view of the Tin Shui apartment complex that was being built when I visited in 2000. The wetlands are still there, and now many more Hong Kong residents have a sense of why the wetlands are beneficial to everyone.