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A shortcut to my Flickr photostream is flickr.bairdphotos.com
My Photo Gateway bairdphotos.com
Our Photomorobay Gateway to the photomorrobay Yahoo! Group and photomorrobay Flickr Group/pool
My personal site mikebaird.com
A business incubator firstonline.com
Morro Bay, CA pro-bono community site morro-bay.com
Some of my favorite photos DigitalChocolate.org
My book "Engineering Your Start-up" eysu.org
A Yahoo! Group for Morro Bay, CA photographers photomorrobay.com

mike [at} mikebaird d o t com
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Michael "Mike" L. Baird is an avid amateur photographer, and a retired Silicon Valley Internet Entrepreneur, now living in Morro Bay on the Central Coast of California, where he edits the community service site morro-bay.com. Mike has a PhD in Computer Science, and an MBA, and was the first VP of Engineering of the successful $7 billion ask.com start-up, and is author of the 16-year best-selling entrepreneurship book entitled “"Engineering Your Start-up: A Guide for the High-Tech Entrepreneur" ( eysu.org ). As a volunteer docent for CA State Parks slodocents.org since 2001, he has specialized in nature and wildlife photography along the California Central Coast.

Several hundred of my Flickr photos have been added to Wikimedia and Wikipedia by researchers at

bairdphotos.com is his gateway to over a dozen of his various photo-related sites. Mike is a Canon equipment enthusiast, and specializes in mastering technical aspects of nature photography, including long-focal-length telephotography, and optimization of imagery using post-processing environments such as Lightroom and Photoshop CS3, etc. Howto.dchoc.org contains Mike’s online version of his Lulu booklet LuLu.com/mikebaird entitled “San Luis Obispo County California Nature Photographers -- Their Works and Techniques: Interviews with local nature photographers about how they take such great photos.” Mike enjoys interacting with his readers – e-mail Mike Baird via mike [at} mikebaird d o t com
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Brief bio for 2010 Morro Bay Annual Winter Bird Festival (rev. 23 July 2009a): MIKE BAIRD, Morro Bay, CA, State Park Docent since 2001, leads Digital Photowalks photomorrobay.com. A PhD Computer Scientist with MBA , retired from ask.com, and author of Engineering Your Start-up eysu.org. Editor of morro-bay.com. Prolific local photographer, publishes at bairdphotos.com, birdsofmorrobay.com, and flickr.com/people/mikebaird/, where his images have been viewed 2 million times, and he is an active social network leader.

Please excuse the long "boilerplate" response below to your request to use one of my images. I'm fortunate to get several image use requests every day, but that requires me to be efficient in my replies granting permission. Almost every response I construct regarding a request to use one of my images contains the following message, posted here at
www.flickr.com/people/mikebaird/#credit - for reference.
This paragraph answers every question ever asked about using one of my photos under Creative Commons (CC) Attribution: How to attribute ("Mike" Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com), access full-resolution versions, how to link back to the image page, and how to please comment on the image used linking to your use.
Please be sure the photo you want to use is not restricted because a few of my best images are marketed by Getty Images and I can't give you the rights to use those. Each image at Flickr has to the right of it under "additional information" information about its license status. You can use mine if it says "Some rights reserved" and links to the
CC Attribution 2.0 Generic page.
The CC license says, amongst other things, that "You must attribute the work in the manner specified by [me] the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they [I] endorse you or your use of the work)."
If you are using one of my photos under a Creative Common license (most are licensed for use with attribution), please attribute the photo in one of the ways as follows (listed in order of preference):
"Mike" Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com {link to the respective image landing page on Flickr} or
Michael L. Baird, flickr.bairdphotos.com or if you have very limited space
Michael L. Baird,
and if purposed online, please link your text and image to my related Flickr image comment and overview page - I want viewers to know exactly where the source image you are using is located, not just the domain within which it is housed. This is the biggest failing of people who use my images.
Except for clearly identified derivative works, removal of my copyright notice or watermark by manipulation or cropping is not permitted. Exception requests for cropping for legitimate formatting purposes are almost always approved.
* If your legitimate publication needs require a particular attribution style or format that is not accomplished by the above guidelines, simply make an exception request to me and it is almost always approved. I can also sign digitally release forms that may be required by your organization.
I would appreciate a note via Flickr mail or directly to mike [at} mikebaird d o t com indicating which image was used (please include the URL to the framed image comment page - not just "your otter" or a link to a static farm .jpg). If appropriate I will add to the image description a link to your project.
Also, Please add that same comment to my photo with links to its use by you, and add tags (labels) to further enhance its visibility. If you use my image(s) in a printed publication or video production, I'd love to get via postal mail a copy of the publication or tear sheets for my portfolio if practicable. Mail to Michael L. Baird, 2756 Indigo Circle, Morro Bay, CA 93442. USA. If you use my image(s) in a kiosk or panel design, etc., I'd love to get .pdf or other e-copies of the design to link and refer to.

I get multiple use requests daily, and need to use my limited free time efficiently. If, beyond normal Creative Commons use questions, you require additional postal mail release signatures, etc., please consider sending me SASE or overnight return packages or paying a nominal fee to facilitate your needs.

Life is short, and I get a kick out of seeing others enjoy my images in a responsible way. My motivation for freely sharing almost all of my photographs without compensation, and for almost any purpose, comes from my interest in contributing to my legacy, which I define as the bits I'll leave behind on the Internet. This can only be done by having a fair number of my images with attribution persist in perpetuity, through inclusion in a wide number of educational, wiki, archival, governmental, NGO, private, and corporate websites. This follows the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) philosophy for preservation of intellectual property.
mike [at} mikebaird d o t com
Be sure to use the full-resolution versions available under "Actions: View all sizes" for best reproduction (note: you have to log in with a free Yahoo or Flickr ID to see all these options). If you are using my image(s) in a composite such as a slideshow, screen-saver, flash package, etc., it must be clearly evident which images are mine via watermarks and/or embedded/attached list of sources. It is not adequate to have a credits page elsewhere that states "some images are used from bairdphotos.com etc." This last point is especially relevant for for-profit uses of my images that are not purely non-profit, charitable, or educational in nature.
Paintings/Drawings: Artists are welcome to use my Creative Commons Attribution photos as well as a basis for a drawing or painting in exchange for attribution. If an image of your artwork based on my photo is displayed online, attribution should be as specified above and state for example, "partially based on a photo from Michael "Mike" L. Baird." The same note should be used in any printed description of the work. If you also post your paintings on Flickr it would be cool if you add a comment at my source photo to your version, and at your painting, linking the two together.
Advertising use (publicity rights): Unless otherwise noted, my Flickr photos of people do not have signed model releases. Advertising usage of my photos (e.g., in brochures, catalogs, print ads) is very different from editorial usage (e.g., in newspaper, magazines, books). Neither you, nor even I, can use my people photos in any form of advertising, especially if any people in the photo are recognizable and might be interpreted as endorsing a product, service, cause, candidate, etc.
For more information on Privacy and Publicity Rights (also called personality rights) see memory.loc.gov/ammem/copothr.html

People often ask how they can acquire a gallery quality print of one of my photos. Prints can be ordered in a variety of formats and framing options by clicking the "Order Prints" button above any image so licensed, to go to fulfillment at Imagekind, Snapfish, or whatever third-party Flickr is dealing with at present. I earn no commissions there. If you want to make a donation, you can click the PayPal donate button at bairdphotos.com/ for "Photo usage rights - photo by Michael "Mike" L. Baird bairdphotos.com" to mike [@} mikebaird d o t com -- For an amount you deem suitable.
Of course you can also download the original and print it yourself or have it printed.

0 Fixed payment link for reference

My clients can make easy payments to me using
PayPal to make one or more $100 US payments at the
0 Fixed payment link

or simply make one PayPal payment
to me at user mike [at}mikebaird d ot com

or Mail a check to Michael L. Baird, 2756 Indigo Circle, Morro Bay, CA 93442. USA

View my most interesting photos here via Flickriver

My test Imagekind sales gallery is mikebaird.imagekind.com/

Equipment recommendation: I recommend a Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS USM Super Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras on a Wimberley Head II from tripodhead.com on a Gitzo GZGT5540LS Gitzo Series 5 tripod, Systematic Tele Studex 6 X Carbon Fiber 4 Section Tripod Legs with G-Lock, Maximum Load 55.0 lbs. Maximum Height 59.4 from adorama.com - I would not recommend anything less with the 600mm f/4 IS lens. mike [at] mikebaird d o t com bairdphotos.com flickr.bairdphotos.com
Q: What lightweight tripod can you recommend?
A: Gitzo GT1540 6X Carbon Fiber Series 1 G-Lock Mountaineer Tripod
Q: What heavy-duty highly portable monopod can you recommend?
A: Gitzo GM5561T 6X Carbon Fiber 6 Section Series 5 Traveler Monopod

How to vastly improve your Flickr browsing experience (reduce number of clicks by 10X) using Firefox (the only browser I use), Firefox Add-ons, and Greasemonkey Scripts. Download and install the Firefox Browser (which is much better than Internet Explorer) from www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/?from=getfirefox .
Add the Greasemonkey Firefox Add-on addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/748 . (Add-ons extend Firefox, letting you personalize your browsing experience.) Go to userscripts.org/ - search there for "Flickr" or say "Flickr Exif" - sort by number of "installs" and you will find the most popular and useful scripts. Here are some I like to use currently... these are managed in Firefox under Tools > Greasemonkey > Manage User Scripts.
Experiment with what works for you. New and updated scripts are constantly being added. This list is current as of May 2008. Better Flickr 0.3, Flickr Groups Organiser,
Flickr Exif Info, Flickr Exif Decorator, Flickr image unblocker, Flickr Buddy Icon Reply, Flickr - Multi Group Sender, Flickr Rich Edit, Flickr Auto Page, Flickr Group Page Enhancer, Flickr Refer Comment, FlickrPM, Flickr Photostream Graphr, Flickr Contacts Organiser, Flickr MultiMailer.
FlickrDown (untested?) (download Groups...)
Flickr Original (untested?) (download original from thumbnail)
Saleen Flickr Downloader (rec'd by Kevin Cole)
Steeev's Flickr Projects contain the most valuable and comprehensive scripts of all - no contest!
Also make sure you have Exif Viewer by Alan Raskin

Check out my Flickr Galleries. Morro Bay Sunsets, etc.

Forgive me if I delete your comment - it is my practice to delete comments that have flashing, multiple, or large images that distract from my image and serve primarily to promote your interests. If you'd like me to add my image to your group's pool please use the "Ok Add Me" option. Save your effort and please don't invite my images to groups with mandatory "post 1 invite x with code" schemes for increasing traffic with little concern for quality or theme... those groups only serve to lower one's score on the Flickr scale of "interestingness."

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    RyanKinnett says:

    "I initially found Mike Baird's photography sites after seeing him at Morro Rock and checking if he had taken any photos of me or my friends surfing. After marveling at his surf, nature, and landscape photos, and poring through his discussions on technique, I finally saved up and bought a real camera. His explanations break the art down into something tangible for aspiring newcomers, yet not any less magical.

    Thanks so much for sharing, Mike!"

    November 16th, 2009

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    Ingrid Taylar says:

    "Mike was the first person I met through Flickr -- and how fortunate a meeting that was. His wildlife photos are among the most beautiful I've seen on Flickr. But his generosity of spirit exceeds even his great talent. He is quick to encourage other photographers, to offer comments and suggestions, and to share his enthusiasm for the craft. I owe so much of my photographic passion to Mike. Seeing his stellar images of birds and other wild animals triggered my own dormant interest in the same. I can safely say that it's because of Mike Baird that I have a Flickr Photostream at all, and that I'm now often up at sunrise with my cup of coffee and camera in hand."

    October 16th, 2009

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    waiting giraffe says:

    "Mike can often be found walking a trail in search of wildlife to photograph, or helping another photo enthusiast with his or her camera. It is easy to spot Mike in his signature red sweatshirt, Tilley hat and a camera hung over his shoulder with a large white lens attached. Mike has been a California State Park volunteer docent for many years donating his time in sharing his knowledge and experiences with others. If you meet Mike on the street don’t be surprised if you get a personal invite to join one or all of the photography groups that he has started in hopes of inspiring others to take those photos and share them with others. You will quickly find that Mike’s passion for photography goes far beyond personal gains to include helping others expand their photographic skills and technical knowledge. Friends like Mike don’t come along every day and I am happy to have him as a friend and a fellow photog. Keep up the good work Mike!"

    July 6th, 2009

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    stammberger13 says:

    "he's one of my favorite photographers here on flickr-all his wildlife pictures are amazing!"

    December 12th, 2008

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    Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith says:

    "Mike took it upon himself to set up a forum for local photographers and to help educate those that wanted to learn. His comments are always constructive, his research into links that provide help to the group and his willingness to set up "shoots" for anyone interested are just a few of the things he provides as administrator/moderator for the Photo Morro Bay group. I have learned new techniques from Mike and his links and consider him a friend and an asset to photographers of the area!"

    December 1st, 2008

Mike Baird
January 2005
Morro Bay, USA
I am:
Male and Taken
first engineering vp of ask.com
Mike Michael L. Baird Personal Web Presence