My post about Montreal's stealth police cars prompted an article in the National Post in Wednesday's paper (an article written by a former colleague of mine at the hippie university paper).
I mention this in its separate post not just because of the fact that the article quotes me and the Post used one of my photos on Page 3, but ... uhh ... [insert better reason here later].
They used this photo (though heavily cropped on the sides - I'd be outraged, but I've done it enough times as an editor):
Of course, I took this photo not thinking that a national newspaper would want to use it. I spent little effort composing the shot, took it at a low resolution (the lowest my camera goes is 1728 x 1152, fortunately that was enough to make it printable) and didn't bother getting names or other information.
On the flip side, it's something that happened randomly as I was out shopping. If it wasn't for the fact that I almost always have my camera with me, I'd have never gotten the shot. Instead, I stopped, pulled the camera out of my backpack, and took a few shots before continuing on my way.
Let that be a lesson to you freelance photographers and bloggers out there: always have your camera ready, and don't assume you know how a photo might be used later.