The Royal Connaught – The Moderne
Late 2021, The Royal Connaught (located in Downtown, Hamilton, Ontario) started promoting their newest addition called the Moderne. In that promotional piece it contains a graphic illustration of the purposed Tower, and in that, it contains an image that I took and they have used without compensation.
This post I will go into the details of how it is my image that they used.
Above is the image that I took a top my Apartment Complex in July 2019. It was a combination of Serval images stitched together to make a Panoramic Image of the Royal Connaught and Gore Park in Downtown Hamilton, Ontario.
Comparing Both Images
Comparing both photos at face value, we can see that the Perspective of both images are off, which can easily be adjusted in photo editing software. However in The Royal Connaught image has additional lights edited in.
After using the Photoshop’s Auto-Align feature to align both My photo and the one used by Royal Connaught, you can see the images are suddenly identical. Lights from my photo are carried over and present in their photo. They did add some lights to show some effort into making the image look different
With Both Images switching back and forth in a GIF animation we can see they are identical with the only additional changes are post processing done by the Graphical Designer from the Royal Connaught.
The RAW file of my Image
The Photo above is the Image how it looked after merging them together, No Processing or Editing Done. The take away here is 4th (from the left) Light Beam on the Building. It is not the same as the others. While editing, I cloned an existing beam to replace that one to make the image more uniformed.
In the photo the Royal Connaught used, you can see the the Light beam has also been corrected, however to this day, the actual Light beams are still not working for the 4th (and 6th) light beam
This is only covering some examples of how I believe the Royal Connaught used my image. I can go on and on with more examples, such as how the sunset reflections in the windows are too identical to be taken anywhere else but atop my apartment complex at the exact same time and date that mine was taken.
The Royal Connaught does know I took the Photo, as back in August 2021 (a few months before their new promotion started) They’ve posted the photo with credits to me, which I was Fine with -Social Media use is acceptable as long as Credit is provided and tagged.