Brian Hubbs wrote:
People steal pics all the time and put them on websites and do other stuff with them. I don't put watermarks on my pics, but I try to lock them up...
I know. I saw my olive and blue bellied aberrant Sierra garter on some website one time Lol I went to the Sacramento reptile show and saw one of my first treefrog photos being sold (without me knowing) by Chad Lane and Natalie's booth
I totally wanted to buy it Lol What could be cooler than buying your own photo that was pirated off the internet and made into a print with no credit to the photographer. That's like the greatest story of all time
They probably woulda let me have it if I asked for it, but it only would have been cool if I would have bought it.
When I wrote, "I'd post the pic here for reference, but some jerk won't allow people to copy and paste his BBcodes" it was in reference to something you said on a 2015 post (not sure if you remember or not) I drew that cartoon of you selling your books to the Native Indians on the reservation, to ease over the tension that post subject was getting. I think someone suggested to you that you should add the cartoon as your facebook profile pic or something and you responded, "I would, but some jerk won't allow his photos to be downloaded."
I opened my download option availability after that
So, that was just a spin off of that convo I remembered
The watermark thing is ridiculous I think. You have to save two copies of the photo...one watermarked, one sellable. I do the watermark thing because it looks cool to have my little ensatina on there and makes me look professional.
I think it's the coolest signature of all time. Ties the photos to the cause. It was fun to color coordinate and hide them in places they were hard to find in some photos (like a wheres waldo thing. See if you can find the ensatina in the 2nd egret under the bridge pic) and the watermark helps to counterbalance empty negative space when needed. I don't have backup copies of the watermarked pics. So, they will always look that way. It's more of a artistic add on and a reminder of my field herping experience and what I was about. All just artistic expression and creation. The only thing I ever really wanted to accomplish out of it was finding a cool weird nature enthused girlfriend. However I did get 6 photos included in an Apple IPhone app and one of my greatest rare gartersnake finds in a field guide by the coolest author I know
So, that was pretty cool
Donating my pics to a couple of elementary schools was also a high point for me