Optical Harmonics: Blog http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog en-us (C) Optical Harmonics jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:32:00 GMT Sun, 28 Aug 2016 23:32:00 GMT http://www.opticalharmonics.com/img/s9/v2/u562568627-o841654625-50.jpg Optical Harmonics: Blog http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog 120 68 QSL Card and Derivative Work http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/8/qsl-card-and-derivative-work My first hobbies of amateur radio and chemistry were probably due to my propensity to take apart my sisters' transistor radios and then wanting to completely destroy any evidence.  Eventually photography replaced chemistry and those around me are now much safer.  My hobbies of RF electronics and photography often take me in vastly different directions but occasionally the two intersect.  So it was when it came to making a QSL card for my wife.


QSL?  Q codes were developed circa 1909 for commercial radiotelegraph and later adopted by amateur radio operators.  QSL means 'acknowledge receipt of transmission.'  QSL cards such as this one dated 1925 from Bill Corsham, G2UV, became popular as a written confirmation of contact between two amateur radio stations.

Most of the paper cards have now been replaced with electronic confirmations.  While this is far more efficient it supplants the personal nature of the hobby.  Perhaps it's just me but an acknowledgment entry in a logbook database is not the same as receiving a card in the mail.  Since there are far fewer QSL cards being mailed, my thought is that Cheryl's card needs to reflect something personal about her.  Here is where my two interests finally cross.

Cheryl on Ojala with Mattie in saddleCheryl on Ojala with Mattie in saddle(c) Jim Edmondson 940-648-3343


Cheryl has always been more comfortable on a horse than I am, or ever will be.  Her trail buddies are equally relaxed and accustom to "brush popping" across the LBJ Grasslands on deer or cow paths.  Her QSL card needed to reflect a love of horseback riding across the prairie that we are blessed to live near. I have a photo of her returning to ride camp before an event, very relaxed on her horse with dog in hand but I needed a way to make it look more personal. Lone OakLone OakLBJ Grasslands Unit 4, Summer 2010

As you might imagine QSL cards are not a growth area of graphic design. Finding a graphic designer is difficult, finding an artist so qualified is dang near impossible.  Or so I thought.  While looking for QSL card printers I happened across the site of Jeff Murray K1NSS, dashtoons.com.  I sent the image file to him and after a few revisions, including changing the background, the result was a card that reflected Cheryl and her trail buddies at home on the trail.




While her card while new and unique it is based on two copyrighted photographs.  Since I took the photos there was no problem.  But what if I had used an image taken by someone else, would I need permission?  Absolutely!  It does not matter if the photo was purchased as a print or an image file, derivative work require the release from the photographer.

At Optical Harmonics we will normally release image files for derivative work under a few simple of conditions.
    The subject (or parent) of the photo is requesting the release.
    The resulting work is for personal use and not for sale.
    The image print or file has, or will be, been purchased from the photo gallery.
    A photo of the resultant is sent to us so we can enjoy it too.
If requested by the artist we may also release a high resolution version of the file for their use.  It's a simple process so be sure you ask before using an Optical Harmonics image.

If you ever find yourself in need of amateur radio related graphics I highly recommend that you contact Jeff, K1NSS and discuss the project.

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Amateur Radio Derivative Work QSL card http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/8/qsl-card-and-derivative-work Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:10:19 GMT
Competing in the Rain http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/competing-in-the-rain CCTR09-J0770Competing in the RainNATRC Competitor crossing a creek on a rainy day at Parrie Haynes Ranch during the Christmas CTR 2009.


NATRC CTRs continue in the rain or shine.  This competitor is crossing a normally small creek on a cold rainy day during the Christmas CTR held at Parrie Haynes Ranch 2009.

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) CTR Favorite NATRC Parrie Haynes Ranch http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/competing-in-the-rain Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Taking the Corner http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/taking-the-corner DTC09-J058Taking the CornerDriving Trail Challenge

Driving Trail Challenge at the Final Follies TTC 2009

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/taking-the-corner Thu, 18 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Morning Meeting http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/morning-meeting FF09-J022Morning MeetingTexas Trail Challenge, Final Follies Texas Trail Challenge Final Follies 2009

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite TTC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/morning-meeting Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Sunrise Rideout http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/sunrise-rideout HM09-D2448Sunrise RideoutHorsemasters 2009


I am at a loss to explain why some events produce a multitude of excellent images, seemingly without any effort, while at others it is a struggle to make just a few very good images. This ride had so many good images that isolating my favorite was quite difficult. Eventually I settled on this image by Debby Keen-Star. See all the images taken at the Horsemasters Benefit CTR 2009.

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) CTR Favorite NATRC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/sunrise-rideout Tue, 16 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Sunset at Cottonwood Lake http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/sunset-at-cottonwood-lake RFS09-M177RFS09-M177Cottonwood Lake at Sunset, Ride for Strides 2009

Cottonwood Lake at sunset during the Spirit Horse Ride for Strides 2009.  Photo by Mike Collins

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite LBJ Grasslands http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/sunset-at-cottonwood-lake Mon, 15 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Water Break http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/water-break RFTC09-101RFTC09-101

Safety rider preparing to depart at the Ride for the Cure 2009 held at LBJ Grasslands.

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite LBJ Grasslands http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/water-break Sun, 14 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Late Checkin http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/late-checkin R4B09-J0316R4B09-J0316Late Check-in

Checkin by headlights at the NATRC Region 4 Benefit CTR 2009.

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) CTR Favorite LBJ Grasslands NATRC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/late-checkin Sat, 13 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Swinging' Event Staff http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/swinging-event-staff RR09-J0051RR09-J0051(c) Jim Edmondson 940-648-3343


A happy ride managers make a happy staff.  A happy staff tend to make happy riders and that will make good photos. Robbers Route CTR 2009.


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite NATRC Staff http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/swinging-event-staff Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Labor of Love STC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/labor-of-love-stc LoL09-065LoL09-065Labor of Love STC


On the trail at the Labor of Love STC in 2009.  Images no longer online at external site.


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite LBJ Grasslands STC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/labor-of-love-stc Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:30:00 GMT
Heading to Water http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/heading-to-water TOH09-228TOH09-228Heading to water at the Other Half Clinic and CTR.


Crossing the hay field and heading to water at Lake Carl Blackwell during the Other Half CTR and Clinic 2009.

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) CTR Favorite NATRC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/heading-to-water Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Are They Real? http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/are-they-real SF609034SF609034Natural Horsemanship Accociation of Texas, Starfire Arean.


Natural Horsemanship Accociation of Texas, Starfire Arena, June 2009


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite NHAT http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/are-they-real Tue, 09 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Go Through What? http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/go-through-what Go Through What?Go Through What?Texas Trail Challenge at C-Bar Ranch, June 2009


Obstacle at the Texas Trail Challenge held at C-Bar Ranch, June 2009.  Photo by Mike Collins


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite TTC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/go-through-what Mon, 08 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Released To Liberty http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/released-to-liberty LL09-A126LL09-A126Natural Horsemanship Association of Texas, Loy Lake Arena


Natural Horsemanship Association of Texas, Loy Lake Arena April 2009.  Photo by AJ Edmondson


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite NHAT http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/released-to-liberty Sun, 07 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Ready To Go http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/ready-to-go TBC09-J0339TBC09-J0339Texas Bluebonnet Classic 2009


Early morning ride out for the 50 mile riders at the Texas Bluebonnet Classic 2009.


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) AERC Favorite http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/ready-to-go Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
A Break In The Ride http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/a-break-in-the-ride DHT09-0473DHT09-0473Deep in the Heart of Texas 2009


Pausing to take care of her partner at Deep in the Heart of Texas 2009


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) CTR Favorite NATRC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/a-break-in-the-ride Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Redbuds http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/redbuds RedbudsRedbuds


Often times in trail photography the things that change a good photo into a very good one are completely out of the photographers control.  So it is with this rider wearing red passing under a blooming redbud tree. Thank you Dolly.  NATRC Oklahoma Land Run 2009


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) CTR Favorite NATRC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/redbuds Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Morning Warmup http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/morning-warmup JE7_6576 - Version 4JE7_6576 - Version 4Saturday morning sunrise at Girl Scout Scamper 2009

At the 7-IL ranch primitive camping is down the hill from the spots with electricity.  While it's a bit of a hike to the activities that is more than offset by the morning shots from a downhill position.  This was taken Saturday morning at the Girl Scout Scamper 2009. Images are no longer online at external site. Contact me for more information.

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) 7-IL Ranch CTR Favorite NATRC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/morning-warmup Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:27:53 GMT
Drag Rider on Foot http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/drag-rider TTC09-1_232TTC09-1_232Drag Rider

The terrain drops off behind the riders so this ride-out spot can produce good images.  On this day however the riders came up the hill in "blobs" of horses. The results were terrible and I was giving up when the safety riders walked up the hill behind the participants.  Drag Rider at the Rocky Road Texas Trail Challenge at Parrie Haynes Ranch 2009.

jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) Favorite Parrie Haynes Ranch TTC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/drag-rider Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT
On the Trail http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/on-the-trail LR09J_0079LR09J_0079Ride Out


Hank is one of the horses that seemed to pose on the trail for photos. Ride out at the Oklahoma Land Run CTR held at Lake Carl Blackwell 2009


jimed@mac.com (Optical Harmonics) CTR Favorite Lake Carl Blackwell NATRC http://www.opticalharmonics.com/blog/2016/2/on-the-trail Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:00:00 GMT