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Bottom feeders need love too

March 9, 2009 38 comments

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I was recently notified that someone has been offering a couple of my photos for sale on eBay.  After I contacted eBay the seller did remove one of the two images  (The one that they had neglected to remove my copyright statement from) but so far the last one remains for sale.

There are a few things that really chap my ass about this situation:

  • The seller was so stupid that they left my copyright statement on one of the images.  I’d call the seller an idiot, but that would be a put down to all us idiots out there.  I’d also like to call the seller a  “slug” but that would be giving garden slugs  a bad name.  After all, slugs do serve some valuable purposes: They provide  many people in the chemical pesticide industry with an honest living, and they also do an amusing little jigg when you sprinkle salt on them.  (Kind of like seeiggn a politician dance his way around a  direct question, with the added beenfit of seeing them die at the end of it)
  • The photos themselves were stolen from my website, so they are only 72dpi in resolution, thus any prints made from them will look like utter crap.  The only photos I upload at full resolution are the ones that I place on my smugmug page, and that is why that is the only place where valid prints can be ordered.  The fact that my name will be on an image that looks like crap really pisses me off.  It does not bother me in the least when someone does not like my photos.  It’s art after all, and totally subjective.  But even if someone thinks my photographs are crap, I want them to be finely printed crap.
  • The seller is asking bargain basement prices for the photos.   This is an insult to artists everywhere.
  • I only had two o my phtoso stolen.  From looking  at the sellers eBay page it is obvious that a lot of other people have been ripped off as well, and a lot worse than me.
  • Mel Brooks hasn’t released any new movies recently.

OK, maybe that last one is a bit off topic, but is has  been a while since Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, arguably two of the finest films to ever grace the silver screen.

But I guess I should feel sorry for such a no-talent hack (The person who stole my photos, not Mel Brooks).  I can’t imagine going though life stealing other peoples work and trying to turn a  profit from it.  Heck, that sounds a lot like being a rapper; stealing real musicians riffs and hooks and polluting it with their own words.

I have recently discovered the new lenses that Cosina/Voigtlander has produced for both Nikon and Pentax mount cameras.  SO far I have the 58mm f1.4 Nokton, and 40mm f2 Ultron, and I absolutely love them.   You can see the results in today’s photos as most of them were taken with my new Voigtlander lenses.

I’m not sure if I will go for the new 20mm f3.5 Color Skopar since I don’t do a whole lot of super side angle shooting, and my current Nikkor 20mm f2.8 adequately handles any wide work I currently shoot.