This is the companion piece to the image I posted last week, this time with two sailboats and the spectacular white cloud reflection in the ocean off Dana Point, California.
I thought I had posted this image last week but this morning I realized that I hadn't because I didn't like how the automatic watermark looked since it covered an important element of the photo. No time to make up a new watermark right now if I want to get one more post out before October is over.
So why bother watermarking at all when so many people vehemently despise watermarks? I'm not silly enough to think that watermarking is going to prevent someone from illegally downloading/copying my images, anyone with a basic knowledge of image editing can easily remove a watermark, but since I do post large high resolution images on my website (which are embedded in my blog) I'm not going to make it too easy for them. The most important reason is that Section 1202 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) makes it illegal to remove Copyright Management Information from an image to conceal infringement and each violation is subject to statutory damages of no less than $2,500 up to $25,000...whether or not the image was previously registered with the copyright office. Given that the protection afforded me under the DMCA is my primary reason for watermarking I have been rethinking the size and placement and believe that I will start using something a bit more discrete going forward.