Luna at dusk.


ordpress has beaten it out of me. After yesterday’s fiasco I think I’ll go back to simple things because WordPress really doesn’t like photographers.

Instead of fostering community growth and spirit by suggesting we work together on projects, they want writers to use Upsplash if they need photographs.

Upsplash is a portal. Photographers upload their work. If a user needs a picture, they find it, use it with no payment or credit line.

Even worse, if the user makes modification to the image, the copyright flows to them.

It’s licensed robbery.

Young photographers are so anxious to get noticed that they see this as a way to build up clients and tear sheets.


If your name isn’t seen, you don’t get noticed.

In fact, it would be very easy to go to Upsplash, cull the best pictures, download them, modify them ever so slightly and stick my copyright information on the images.

Hmmm…. I’d never have to leave my house again.

But, that would be boring.


hat little quarter moon is what caught my attention. It was really hard to photograph, which is why some of the trees look a little soft.

But, the moon is sharp and that’s what matters to me.

For sure, there was some editing going on here. I did what I often do. Instead of adding colors, I remove the mid tones to reveal the colors hiding in the gray fog.

That’s what you are looking at.


was done writing, thinking less is more.

Apparently, WordPress is watching or scanning Storyteller.

They fixed the problem of the jumping cursor.

I complained here, not directly to WordPress.



13 responses to “Luna”

  1. rothpoetry Avatar

    Seems as though once something is posted on the internet it is fair game for any one who wants to use it , copy it, claim it, or otherwise plagiarize it!


  2. rothpoetry Avatar

    I really like the moon shot!


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Yes, and when that happens I seek injunctive relief for violating my copyright. I actually register my work even though legally when you make it, it is copywritten. Then, I can collect money damages, which likely will put the offender out of business.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Oops. Software glitch. Thank you. That’s a fine example of photographers luck. No tripod. I just braced myself.


      2. rothpoetry Avatar

        Have you actually been able to do that?

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        Yes. Many times. There are copyright attorneys who specialize in just that. I’ve been doing this a very long time.

        Liked by 1 person

      4. rothpoetry Avatar

        Good for you!

        Liked by 1 person

      5. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        I have no choice. It’s my job that someone is stealing from. I will say this, there was one year that i made more money from recaptured fees than from actually taking pictures.

        Liked by 2 people

      6. rothpoetry Avatar

        That is amazing!

        Liked by 1 person

      7. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

        It’s amazing but terrible. That’s just how much theft there is online.

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Judi Castille Avatar

    FB is watching me. I feel I need a secret persona. Silly really, we voice innocently here, but are being watched. But I stand by everything I say.
    We had to tackle someone who took a chunk out of our website for their own and also a image design we had. Cheeky lot.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      FB is not the only one. Google and Amazon do too. I can comment in one place and see references to what I said every place else. A lot of advertising too. We mess with them. We say things that produce the wrong ads.


      1. Judi Castille Avatar

        Lol…Good idea.

        Liked by 1 person

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