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Oh Hey, New Blog

April 19, 2020  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you might’ve noticed that sometimes, on the rare occasions that I do post, I don’t strictly post about photography.

Instead, I post code or lamentations over lost family members or other random things.

Since this is a photoblog, I’ve decided that I should stick with photography here and start collecting this other stuff somewhere else.

So, consider this the official announcement of [RobotSprocket], my new blog where I share everything else.

I’ve just started it, so bear with me while I work out some of the kinks and get into my groove with writing and sharing, but if you like random things, then by all means, bookmark it.


Typeset in the Future

December 7, 2018  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere

Beyond photography, I enjoy other pursuits. Such as design. And science fiction. So I was pleased a few years ago when I came across Dave Addey’s awesome site Typeset in the Future. It’s an exploration of the use of typefaces in iconic science fiction movies that’s completely-engrossing.


So I’m somewhat pleased to know he’s releasing a book! It’s on my Christmas wishlist, assuming I don’t go ahead and buy it myself.


Bonus: If you’re a fan of the film Moon, check out production designer Gavin Rothery’s BTS post on his site: They Never Went to the Moon

A Difficult Question of Copyright

June 5, 2013  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere Legal Rights

I, like many photographers, routinely use Google’s Image Search in order to find people that have stolen my photos in order to issue DMCA takedown notices.  Recently, I came across a weird situation.

Several years ago, I took this photo depicting some “found” artwork at the site of the then-soon-to-be-demolished Good-Latimer tunnel in Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood:

Demon Face

I photoblogged it in October of 2007 (and note that I don’t sell prints of it) and kind of forgot about it (that was almost six years and ~2,000 photos ago!).

So, imagine my surprise when Google Image Search returned a hit that showed some charlatan had taken my image, cleaned it up and made a (admittedly cool-looking) t-shirt from it:


And here’s an imperfect overlay of both.  The oblique angle that I took the photo at is apparent in the t-shirt…the other variations are obviously from cleaning up the photo a bit and vectorizing it.


Normally, I would’ve fired off a DMCA notice to Redbubble and had the t-shirt removed, but in this case, my photo is of another’s artwork, so it’s a grey-area.  The original work doesn’t exist anymore, having been demolished in late 2007 along with the rest of the graffiti-covered Good-Latimer Tunnel and determining the original artist would be nigh-impossible. And, since I don’t own the copyright to the original work, going after this image thief would be a pointless endeavour.  So, instead it looks like I get to sit back and watch someone else make money off a derivative of my work that was originally a derivative work to begin with.

And it makes me damn angry.

And if I make my own t-shirt of this design, what’re my rights?


What the Hell, 500px?

December 6, 2012  |     2 comments  |  Elsewhere

Trying to figure out why this photo has such a high score on 500px.  It’s a pretty damn good photo, until you start looking at it and notice that the photographer has ruined it by Photoshopping a shark into it.

Full photo:

Stupid ‘shopped in addition close-up:

It’s shit like this, 500px, that makes it hard to take your community seriously.  You’re starting to go down the Flickr rabbit hole of blind praise without critical thinking, circle-jerking and, eventually, irrelevance.  How long before “Award” comments become a common sight?


Pixoto, Why Do You Destroy Photos?

September 21, 2012  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere

I routinely submit my photos to both 500px and Pixoto, mainly for my own smug satisfaction of racking up high image scores on both sites.  Earlier today, I uploaded my recent “Merge” photo to both sites.  Afterwards, while viewing their scoring progress, I noticed that while the 500px copy of the image is as crisp as it was on my own site, the Pixoto version was apparently down-rezzed.  What’s going on, Pixoto?

Here are screencaps:





Wherein Lefty Does A Good Deed

April 24, 2012  |    0 comments  |  Apps Elsewhere

I regularly peruse the photography subreddit on Reddit.Com and earlier tonight, while taking a break from day job-related stuff that overflowed into my non day-job timeframe, I came across a post from a fellow Redditor asking for help reconstructing a RAW file.  Specifically, he asked posted the following:

Being in a generous mood, I decided to help him.  Of course, as he stated, Photoshop was going to be difficult, so I wasn’t about to give that a shot.  (I’m not that altrustic!)

So I gave it a shot in Lightroom 4.  No dice.  Then I remember that I’d played around a bit with an app called Raw Photo Processor.  So I loaded it up, imported the file and…



I converted the file to a jpg, uploaded to imgur and posted the link.

Sadly, my fellow Redditor didn’t recognize the subject of the photo, so who knows what or where it came from…it’s just some random kid:

And while it didn’t really help this guy, it was fun doing some detective work, if only for a few minutes.


Update! It might be the father’s ex-girlfriend’s kid!

The Jerkiest Comment I’ve Seen on 500px

September 20, 2011  |    0 comments  |  Elsewhere

Remember when your mom told you “if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all?” Well, apparently some small-minded guy with a holier-than-thou smug attitude that goes by matahpi on 500px didn’t listen to his mom, because he felt the need to post this jerky comment on Ricardo Bevilaqua’s photo:





Here’s the photo he was trashing commenting on:


Ashi Lake, Japan by Ricardo Bevilaqua (DrDick)) on
Ashi Lake, Japan by Ricardo Bevilaqua



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