|Posted by H5O 1.0 FOREVER on January 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM|
As some of you know, the challenge to find pictures for RJL has been a long and hair-pulling one. It all began when several of us purchased pictures of Jack on Ebay, thinking our purchase gave us the right to use those pictures online. Oh, no. The listings began to include the statement "ownership does not convey." Sadly, we learned that "ownership does not convey" meant we had purchased no more than expensive scrapbook material. The options were no more affordable when I tried to find pictures for which I could obtain permission to reuse. From Getty Images to the New York Times, the photographs were out there, but, again, the problem was price.
What was a webmaster to do? As you've seen, not much. Huge blocks of text could not be broken up with pictures. Pages opened to nothing more enticing than a quotation. To this day, I have only two pictures of Jack. Thank Dave Watson's heart for letting me use one, the home page picture! Thank the Coast Guard Auxiliary for allowing me to use the picture of Jack advocating the boat inspection program that Steve's Girl sent to me. Dave Ryan even told me to feel free to use his photographs of the Hudson Valley (Don't you just love the white swan!). Yes, some people tried to help.
Sadly, other people did not. Pictures of Jack's work at Tripler Hospital surely were in the public domain; all government documents are, aren't they? Once upon a time, that was true, but no more. Tripler said, "That's a government document. It never should have been sold!" With that went a whole plethora of pictures, including a fairly good shot of Jack stepping from his white 1969 Sedan DeVille.
Now, the situation seems to be easing a bit. Some of those purveyors of photographs are starting to offer free images. Now, granted, the free pictures almost always lack the quality of the more expensive ones. Even so, I've managed to find several very good ones that work very nicely for this site. Check them out on these pages:
Actor / Stoney Burke
Actor / Stoney Burke / Quality
Actor / Stoney Burke / Team
Actor / Stoney Burke / Episodes
Actor / Hawaii Five-0 / Cadillacs Seen on Hawaii Five-0
Now, nearly every page has some form of artwork to lighten and brighten it and to help set the mood of the content. I still haven't found a picture to illustrate Jack's car, except for one of a different color, but I'm still working on it. There's a white 1969 Sedan DeVille with a white halo roof out there, somewhere, whose owner will let me use its picture. Cross your fingers.