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A quick update here on my V&A pictures. I have been wending my way through the hurdles associated with posting my images publicly, and this is where I now stand. I have been told that first off I need to not post the pictures on Picasa, and secondly I need to post smaller images. Apparently if I have my own webpage set up they will consider allowing me permission to post them, and I have to make the largest element of the images to be no greater than 500 pixels. I think now it is at 1600, so this is a substantial reduction, but one I that I am willing to make if it means getting the pics up.

I have the images up on a private webpage that currently nobody can view without a private authorization key because I wanted to set up the page so that the V&A people could see what I was doing and intended. I have the privacy settings such that nobody can capture any of the images, but apparently that is not enough. I also have to reduce the size, which of course I can do, but I think that some of the validity of the images may be lost by doing so. Regardless, I will do whatever they require to get the pics up.

The whole point of this is that I took the pictures for myself. I told other people about them, people on my list, and others want to see what I saw, up close and personal. They want to be able to study that exact borage, or the rose, or see how that coiling vine was done. These images are very close for the most part, and clearly show techniques and materials used. I have done extensive searches in the V&A image database and most of these items are not even listed. The few that are do not have any close images that show the stitches. I feel that having these images available for study will greatly help those who want to be able to know, as close to first hand as possible, how these stitches were employed, which stitches were in fact used, what materials, and not have to look at a distant image and give it a good guess.

I feel that the settings I have used on Picasa will prohibit anyone from being able to take the pictures and use them commercially, which is the concern of the V&A, but will gladly move them to a personal webpage. My problem is that I have never set up a webpage of my own, and have no clue of how to even go about doing so. Any hints or suggestions would be most appreciated.

I have the licensing agreement from the V&A. They were kind enough to send it to me, so now I just need to get my ducks in a row and I can have pics up for others to study. This makes me a very happy camper.

Date: 2009-06-29 12:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] myladyswardrobe.livejournal.com
Um - if something is on the web, it can be copied which is why they want the images to reduced drastically.

I have come across many a website which has "things" on it to prevent a viewer from copying the pictures. I have easily without conscious thought, been able to copy the images every time! Even from a Flash player.

In terms of website - you could have it on mine but it will be in August before I can work on it. It can be part of my "study" pages. Do you think they would be happy with that? Mine is not a commercial page. And it will look very nice soon (the layout is being completely revamped).

I would need the full size images initially - the web page can be programmed to reduce them properly without losing too much of the quality.

May I mention hornbook?

Date: 2009-06-30 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chindora.livejournal.com
Well, here is the deal. In theory nobody should be able to copy my images on the Picasa page because of the web protocols that I have set. Now, by all means, I am sure people will try to copy them, but I do not believe they can. I cannot try myself because the website will know it is me and will let me in. I need to try it from another computer and see what happens.

Regardless, the V&A has put the kabosh on the pics going up on Picasa anyway, so I need to move forward with something different.

I have found a web hosting site that is less than $5 per month. I do not mind at all paying this money if it means I can put the images up with no ad banners. I am going to further explore this option and see how I like it. Shevaun is a web sizard, so I will coerce her into doing this for me, or at least helping me substantially.

There are over 100 photographs that I am going to have to re-edit so that they are no larger than 500x500 pixels. I am not impressed about this, but not a lot I can do if the V&A insists on this size. I have to get the web page up, get the pics ready and then go through this process again. I am confident that this time I will get their approval.

Thanks so much for offering to put them on your page. That is not a bad idea, actually, and I may take you up on it. Shevy could do my html and then we could give it to you to host. Please let me know and I will be happy to help pay the site fees. It is very generous of you to want to help me to get these up for others to use in their research. And no, don't worry I will just run the images through CS3 and size them properly. I am just wanking about the work because you know how busy I am now. August time fram would be perfect for me, because I will be in Nashville with no furniture and nothing to do until my stuff arrives in September or October. Probably October with my luck.

Date: 2009-06-30 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elmsley-rose.livejournal.com
*that's great*

tho I hope 500 (x500?) is still big enough for us to see the details, as you are concerned about.


Thank you for going to so much effort to make these photos available to the rest of us.

Date: 2009-06-30 09:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chindora.livejournal.com
Well, 500x500 is not great, but it is better than not seeing the images at all, right? I reduced a few down and they are not too bad, just definitely not as big as I would prefer. Oh well, I try to stay focused on the positive and believe that this will all work out soon. I am glad to do it as I realize what a privilege it was to even be able to visit the V&A, much less have this private appointment to see items that are not commonly on display. Huge honor, one I am still aglow from.

I did not realize that all that many people would be so interested in seeing the pics, but i have had so many requests to see the images that i realized I needed to try to put them up. I know how frustrating it is to not be able to see this stuff closely, to not be able to detect stitches or materials and have to guess or rely on somebody elses opinion. I hope that these pics will help the little group of stitchers who love this style of embroidery and want to carry it forward to another generation. In the end, that is what it is all about.

:)

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