If you get a chance check out the wonderful photography on Harvey Potts website. He’s got some truly beautiful photography. Gorgeous nature photography, beautiful landscape shots, photos of old bridges and barns…he has a really diverse set of photos. I’m particularly amazed by the quality of some of the nature photos.
I’m amazed that he was able to PERFECTLY replicate, down to the pixel level, shots taken by other photographers!! IMAGINE the patience and determination it must take, to find someone else’s photo online and try to recreate it! Traveling to the location, finding a bird that is EXACTLY the same, positioning it EXACTLY the same, waiting for EXACTLY the same lighting conditions…what amazing devotion to his “art”!! What an INCREDIBLE photographer!!
For example, look at this “Pygmy Owl” photo above, supposedly taken in Green Valley, Arizona. Now compare to this ELF OWL photo that I TOOK near Tucson Arizona. Note the attention to detail!! Note the PERFECT replication of nearly every detail from my photo!! In fact, the ONLY difference between the photos is that Mr. Potts digitally removed my name and copyright symbol from the photo!!! AMAZING WORK, Mr. Potts!!!
Pretty “ballsy”, Mr. Potts!! If you have a public website with displayed photos, those photos WILL be used by others without your permission. It’s a fact of life, and something any photographer with a website should expect. I’ve been absolutely amazed at how often I run across my own photos. Usually, it’s something like a blog where somebody wanted a bird photo for a blog post, but even in my work at the U.S. Geological Survey, there have been a number of times where I’ve gone to a conference, and seen my photos pop up in other scientists’ presentations and on their posters of their work.
It’s damned annoying when people use your photos without permission, particularly when you clearly define usage limits on your website, but Mr. Harvey Potts has taken it to an entirely new level! A supposed PHOTOGRAPHER, displaying photos from OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS on his own personal website and claiming they are his own!! This Elf Owl is NOT the only stolen image. Another photographer noted their images stolen, and Mr. Potts even had the nerve to put his OWN NAME AND COPYRIGHT symbol on the stolen photo.
Mr. Potts, you are TRULY a piece of $hit. Displaying and marketing photos from other photographers as your own? That goes WELL beyond simply using someone else’s photo for a blog post.
Did you take ANY of the photos on your site? Do you even KNOW how to use a camera?
Fortunately, I am QUITE sure my website gets much more traffic than yours, Mr. Potts. I sincerely hope anyone searching for the “WONDERFUL” photography of Mr. Harvey Potts ends up finding this blog post. You, Mr. Potts, are one despicable piece of crap.