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Postby Biggy » Sun Mar 25, 2007 6:56 pm


Now, Gary, you know I know you stray quite a bit. That was just my way of saying I was thankful nothing terrible had happened to you.

And by the way, next time you make a stop in Greenland, I want to hop the flight with you. (Now I'm being a wise guy! LOL)

And hey, all you folks in Portland! Throw a block party! Gary's finally coming up there to visit Portland Head, Cape Elizabeth and The Bug! 8O
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Postby Pharoslvr » Mon Mar 26, 2007 1:28 pm


Nice shot, Gary! BTW....between the Depot and LHD mag covers, how many does that make for you? A dozen? :)

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Postby Biggy » Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:35 pm


Brent... Having spoken with Gary quite a bit the past couple of years, I'd say he has several dozen covers. He has a whole bunch with Great Laker magazine as well. I wouldn't be surprised if Gary has 30 or more covers to his credit. That's because he's the man! ^:)^
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Postby Kevin vk2ce » Tue Mar 27, 2007 12:00 am


I wonder if someone would be good enough to scan the cover and post it here so those of us outside the US who don't subscribe to the magazine could see what all the comments are about. :roll:
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Postby beachbum1616 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:07 am


I'm guessing beacuse I haven't seen it yet either, but it is probably something along the lines of the first two.

http://www.coastalbeacons.com/atlanticc ... acoke2.htm
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Postby vacastle » Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:28 am


It is Stephen. I believe it's the first thumbnail top left.
And Gary is so right about the reproduction on the cover. It's very washed out.
http://www.coastalbeacons.com/atlanticcoastgallery/Ocracoke2/ocracoke2.htm

Congrats, Gary, on yet another cover!

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Postby Gary Martin » Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:42 pm


This is what it ought to look like.

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What they produced is pretty anemic looking in comparison, at least IMO as the photographer.

Here's more or less what they cropped to:

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They cropped a portrait image out of this landscape image. I quit advertising with LH Digest because I wasn't happy with their inability to get the color right for my ads despite providing them with a guide print. For this one, they would have had the print that was submitted to a photo contest years ago, which should have served as a guide. Given that my prints are done with archival pigment ink, there's little excuse for not getting the color right IMO, because the print sure wouldn't have faded in a couple of years.

I'll scan the cover tomorrow and will post it for comparison.
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Postby Rob143 » Tue Mar 27, 2007 4:49 pm


Leah Loar-Mays wrote:Shirin, I haven't ordered from Lighthouse Depot for years but they still send me a catalog! lol

That is one of my favorite photos of Ocracoke--before the new walkway removed the possibility of such shots.


I haven't been to Ocracoke myself since June 2002. I know I'm long overdue to get back there, but what new walkway are we talking about that removed the possibility of such shots? It was already a hard enough light to shoot. Are you telling me it's even worse now?

I haven't gotten a LD catalog in quite awhile myself now that you mention it.
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Postby WisKeeper » Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:41 pm


What they put on the cover has much less color, less green, the sky and clouds look gray, and the white tower doesn't stand out like it does in your photo.

Your photo looks much better than the cover.
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Postby Biggy » Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:41 pm


Since I was there last year, I can post a fairly recent shot of Ocracoke. The two walkways definitely don't look alike.

This was last April ...

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Postby Biggy » Tue Mar 27, 2007 5:43 pm


I personally would have liked to shoot Ocracoke with the old walkway, simply because it doesn't create the shadows like the newer one does.
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Postby vacastle » Tue Mar 27, 2007 7:47 pm


Here's one I took of Ross taking that shot. This was late October, 2005.

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Postby beachbum1616 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 5:47 am


I think they should have built the walkway more to the left in Gary's photo, closer to the edge of the property.
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Postby Seasentinel » Wed Mar 28, 2007 12:27 pm


I have to say how ironic at how Tim and I were there at the same time as a couple other posters.. October 2005 and April 2006 :D. I too don't like the walkway. At least its not as unsightly as it could've been and looks natural. It was much better though without that walkway :( Here's a shot I took last October

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Postby Gary Martin » Wed Mar 28, 2007 4:50 pm


Kevin,
Here's a scan of the cover unaltered. This is as close as I could get it to what I visually had in front of me to compare to.

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Hope this gives you an idea of what folks who have seen the cover are talking about vs. the image as submitted that I posted above.

Don't get me wrong, I'm happy to have another cover to the collection (BTW, Brent, I don't know what the actual total is but I think its somewhere in the range of 15-20) but I really do wish they would be more careful in preserving the photographic integrity of what was submitted when they publish using any photographer's work. You don't get a copy to proof and you hence can't comment and ask them to get it right and what they eventually publish does reflect back on the person whose name is in the photo credit be the result good or bad. This goes with the LH Digest's photo contest rules and them asserting that they can use contest images as they see fit, which is why I DON'T submit anything to that photo contest any more if you would like to know the truth.

As for the new walkway, if the NPS happens to read this, in my opinion, keeping the tourist's feet dry has significantly detracted from the appeal of photographing Ocracoke in this photographer's opinion. Give me back the soggy boardwalk ANY TIME :!:
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