Category Archives: Photo News

Big on Instagram

I actually like Instagram. Despite the small display size it’s all about the photos. …less txt, more pix! I post a lot more of my ongoing work and the journey doing it there than here. One of the nice things Instagram coughs up at the end of the year is your top nine most popular photos as judged by the likes and comments. They may not be what you consider your best shots but they are certainly the “readers choice awards”.  It also gives you a nice insight to what communities and interest groups are at play or most active on Instagram in relations to you style, brand or subject of photography. 2017, like 2016, its pretty obvious that the climbing community loves Instagram and heavily engaged. So, #2017bestnine from #Instagram. Not following us on Instagram? Well, follow along! our feed. …there is a lot more than climbing photos!


Explore Newfoundland Project 2015


Ice climbing in Lance Cove on Southern Shore of the Avalon Peninsula. © 2014 GREG LOCKE #exploreNL

#EXPLORE NEWFOUNDLAND ….adventures in the Newfoundland outdoors is our new project for 2015 where we will be pursuing the spirit of travel, exploration, adventure and the testing of ones physical limits looking for great stories, powerful photos and engaging video of the people who take on the challenges of the land, sea and environment.

In the past couple of years I have been getting re-acquainted with the outdoors and the opportunities for adventure it offers. Hiking, climbing, skiing and any number of human powered endeavors are only minutes out your door in Canada’s most eastern province. We have gathered of a few photos from last year to get our project website up and running and throughout the year we will be adding more photos, video and stories as we seek out the best Newfoundland has to offer in outdoor adventure.

So far this year we have been ice climbing on Cape Broyle and snow shoe racing on Three Pond Barrens. In the next few weeks we’ll be back with new cross-country skiing. Stay tuned for trail running, rock climbing, mountain biking, kayaking and to close out the summer a back country hiking and camping trip through Gros Morne National Park.

visit the #Explore Newfoundland site!

You can follow along the #exploreNL category here on the blog, subscribe to email updates and follow us on FaceBookTwitter and Tumblr.

You can’t do projects like this on your own so we are grateful for the assistance of The Outfitters and Wallnuts Climbing Center in helping us make pictures happen.

Daniel Morel wins $1.2M lawsuit against AFP-Getty

Haitian photographer Daniel Morel has been award $1.2 Million by a US judge in a nasty copyright infringement lawsuit against Getty Images and Agence France Presse. This decision is not only a major win for Morel and serious slap for the two international news agencies for what the judge called, willful copyright infringement, it also will be a precedent setting ruling that defines the use and distribution of copyrighted images on the internet and social media websites with their Term of Use agreements that lays claims to photos that people post to their accounts. The case is one of the first to address how images that individuals make available to the public through social media can be used by third parties for commercial purposes and suggests that such “Terms of Use Agreements” cannot override federal and international copyright laws.


Daniel Morel, 2nd from left, after court. PHOTO: © Jeremy Nicholl 2013

Joseph Baio, who represents Morel, said the ruling proves that images taken from Twitter without permission cannot be used for commercial purposes.

This story started when Morel, 62, a well known photographer for his years of work in Haiti posted the first photos of the 2010 Haiti earthquake to his Twitter account for his clients to see. An editor at AFP discovered Morel’s photos through another Twitter user’s account, downloaded them, striped the identifying metadata and gave them to Getty, a partner agency, for distribution. The photos were then widely disseminated to Getty’s clients worldwide. AFP also distributed a number of the images on their network.

When Morel complained about the copyright infringement AFP filed the lawsuit in 2010 against

Morel, seeking a declaration that it had not infringed on his copyrights. Morel then filed his own counter-suit.

In the Jan 2013 preliminary hearing AFP had initially argued that Twitter’s terms of service permitted the use of the photos but Judge Alison Nathan found that Twitter’s policies that allowed posting and retweeting of images but did not grant the right to others to use them commercially and that AFP and Getty committed a willful violation of the Copyright Act and ordered the case go to trail to award damages. The jury also found AFP and Getty guilty of violating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act: specifically for altering Copyright Management Information and for adding false and misleading CMI. AFP had credited the photos to another photographer. For this they awarded Morel a further $20,000. to enlarge.

At trial, AFP lawyer Joshua Kaufman, blamed the infringement on an innocent mistake and said the Twitter user who posted Morel’s photos without attribution bore responsibility for the error. The AFP editor, Kaufman said, believed the pictures were posted for public distribution.

The $1.2 million was the maximum statutory penalty available under the US Copyright Act. AFP had asked for the award to be set at $120,000. Several news outlets that published Morel’s images previously settled with the photographer for undisclosed amounts, including the Washington Post, CBS, ABC and CNN.

Twitter was not a party in the case. “As has always been our policy, Twitter users own their photos,” a Twitter spokesman said.

You can get the blow-by-blow account of the trail at Editorial Photographers UK

Reuters coverage of the Jan 2013 Hearing
Reuters coverage of the November trial.



Telegram coverage of NSO

Sinfonia receives resounding applause

By Jean Snook
Published on October 15, 2013

Saturday evening’s Sinfonia concert of 18th-century music had the D.F. Cook Recital Hall filled to near capacity.

Violist Clayton Leung, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Photo by Greg Locke for the NSO. © 2013 –

The audience was greeted in the lobby by life-size silk-screen panels of three of the orchestra members: yet another application of Greg Locke’s inspired photographs that were featured in The Telegram in the summer, that grace the program booklets for the 2013/2014 season, and that won Locke The Telegram’s Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Volunteer.

Locke’s idea of photographing the musicians with their instruments outside the concert hall, in colour, in the community and by the sea, helps put the faces to the names of individual players, while emphasizing that Newfoundland now has a symphony orchestra of which we can be very proud. …more





Launch of Facts & Opinions website

GULU, UGANDA. 09DEC04: –HUMANITARIAN CRISIS NORTH UGANDA — Musicians and dancers rehearse for a visit by Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni to their refugee village of Awere in northern Uganda. 1.6 Million people have been displaced from their homes and farms in the provinces of northern Uganda and relocated to “protected villages” since 1996 due to the conflict between the Uganda governments UPDF army and The Lord’s Resistance Army. An extremist Christian rebel group led by Joseph Kony who gets arms and supplies from the fundamentalist Muslim government in Sudan. Photo by Greg Locke © 2004. (041209-097GSL.jpg)


For a long time I have lacked an outlet for my editorial photography and documentary work. With the collapse of news magazines, newspapers and just about every other consumer publication, clients and budgets disappeared. Quality journalism cost money to produce and few are willing to pay  in the media business these days.

Well, I’m happy to say that I am a part of a new journalism website that is being launched tonight. It’s original, insightful, quality journalism by experienced and professional journalists, editors and producers from around the world. It will be a subscriber access and pay-per-view on October 1. Until then, it’s free for you to have a look around to see if you like it.

If journalism is to survive it has to be created and purchased as a valuable product by people who care and understand the role of journalism and reporting in our society. The “retail media” business model of using journalism in a bait and switch shell game to sell your eyeballs to advertisers is over. It failed. Welcome to the new journalism.

If you have read this far, Thank You! and if you like good journalism please check out Facts & 

Mike Cassese dies at age 53

Photographer Mike Cassese with singer Chantal Kraviazuk at the MuchMusic Video Awards in 2000, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at the age of 53. (Toronto Sun file photo)

Mike Casses (Photo courtesy of Dick Loek)

Mike Cassese at Blue Jays spring training in Florida. (Photo courtesy of Dick Loek)


Back in the mid 80’s while freelancing at the Toronto Sun I met another young photographer just out of school. He turned into a great sports photographer and went on to work for Reuters like many of the Sun alumni. You probably never heard of Mike Cassese if you’re not in the news biz but you’ve seen his pictures. In a profession where having a healthy ego is considered a prerequisite he was a gentleman. Generous and easy going, he let his pictures do the talking.  …more








Nikon D800 – Loose in the real world.

Nikon D800

I have not been excited about a new camera since I traded a bag full of Olympus OM1’s and a bunch of lenses for a couple of new Nikon F3’s, an 80-200mm and a 20mm back in 1985. The first digital camera I considered worth buying was the Nikon D100. I had used the NC2000 and the D1’s and they were total crap. Sorry, it’s the truth and we all know it. Since the D100 I’ve only bought a couple of D2x and a D700.

I wasn’t really planning on buying a Nikon D800.  However, when I saw the specs and it coincided with a need for a new HD video setup I figured it was as good a time as any to make the credit card say ouch.

I don’t think anyone expected a 36 megapixel “full frame” monster with new expanded video features.

I got my order in to  Nikon Canada Pro Services preferred purchase program and Jeff Chevrier at Photocreative, I was able to get one of the first D800s to come into the country.

Cameras, as cool as the technology can be, are still just work tools for professional photographers. They have to have features that are useful and functional in my “real world” shooting and production environment.

With that in mind, this review of the D800 is going to be more about things that matter to working photographers in the field. It’s not a tech “test” or a spec review or, God forbid, a Nikon vs Canon discussion.

Every camera and tech geek on the web has their own version of that and you’ll find the best at and DXO labs websites. Which, by the way, calls the D800 the best DSLR to date. Continue reading »

Kids Who Can by Photosensitive

Next week some of my photos are going on display at the Allen Lambert Galleria on Bay Street in Toronto. No, they are not oil rig shots or business portraits, they are photographs of kids with disabilities enjoying themselves.

In partnership with Easter Seals foundation, the photographers collective, Photosensitive, is about to launch its latest project, Kids Who Can and I’m honoured to have been a part of it. These are a few of the pictures I shot last summer for the project.

This project saw 25 photographers and film makers visit Easter Seals camps across Canada to capture insights into the world of children with disabilities and the energy, enthusiasm and courage they and their families bring to daily life. You can see more of the photos from the exhibition at the Toronto Star.

Early my career I was lucky to have met a great group of photographers when I worked in Toronto and Ottawa in the 1980’s. They were best of the best in the wire, newspaper and magazine photo business.  As many of them progressed in their careers they set out to do more  with their cameras than the daily routine of news photography and use their photojournalism skills for something bigger and lasting.

Founded in 1990 by legendary Toronto Star photographer Andrew Stawicki, Photosensitive set out on a mission to make a difference, one documentary photography project at a time. Their ambition; harnessing the power of the camera to achieve social goals.

They believed an excellent photograph has the potential to effect change by expanding a viewer’s field of vision. And they wanted Canadian photographers to have an opportunity to take the time, to get to know their subjects, to reveal stories, together, in a way that might make the world a better place.

Since then Photosensitive has completed more than 20 projects, some large some small, about social issues in our time. They range from poverty in Toronto and HIV/AIDS in Rwanda to big picture concepts like water, which I also contributed and energy. Their massive Cancer Connection project took more than two years and involved hundreds of photographers across Canada.

Through this group’s photographs one is able to see beyond the headline and examine the reality that lies beneath the surface.

If you are in Toronto between Mar 6 – 16, 2012 please take the time to visit this exhibition in the Allen Lambert Galleria, Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street. The exhibition consists of 60 large-format photos and a touch screen unit showing 12 short films of camps from across the country. The space is open 24/7 and is free to the public.

If not, make sure to visit and see the power of the image and the work, away from work, of Canada’s best photojournalists.

Photoshop is for wimps.

Ocean racing legend Alex Thomson does a " keel walk " for Hugo Boss ad

This is how great photos get made. Not with Photoshop but with a creative vision, some good planning and solid coordination. When Hugo Boss wanted a memorable ad shot they turned to sailing legend Alex Thomson and his 8 tonne 60 foot carbon fibre yacht, a 255 horsepower jet ski, 45 combined years of sailing experience ….and a production team with nerves of steel.

Check out the video below for how they did it and visit Alex Thomson Racing website for more spetacular (And REAL) photos.

The photographers Valentine

Another great piece from Aaron Johnson at What The Duck

Happy Valentine’s Day to all those poor souls in a relationship with a photographer.