Solitude! Where Have I Heard That Before?


This weeks challenge is easy, or so I thought. I was almost certain we had covered Solitude before, several years back, but could I find a post referring to Solitude in any of my blogs. So instead I’m going to indulge in a bit of nostalgia and hopefully get Solitude across in the process…and I’ve missed the deadline, which is now Wednesday to Tuesday.

I took this photograph way back in 2007, it shows “Bah Humbug” and “Mr Grumpy” on the beach on a quiet summers evening.

Bah Humbug

Now “Bah Humbug” had a hatred of cats that can be best described as homicidal. Needless to say the neighbours cats never sh*t in our garden. He once caught one under the car, it was hissing and spitting, if he had got to it I dread to think what would have happened. Yet he was the quietest of dogs otherwise and it really was as shame that he developed epilepsy at a very early age. Now living on the coast, we have a lot of gulls around. To “Bah Humbug” they were just funny flying cats.

On the other hand “Mr Grumpy” was such a patient dog, loving, friendly, my pal. He lived to a ripe old age for a Cavalier, although in later years he slowed and became a right “Grumpy Old Man”, just like me.

Grumpy Old Man

Oh! I suppose I should mention “She Who Must Be Obeyed” tagged along as well.

She Who Must Be Obeyed

It’s a  great beach for walking on, especially in the evening once the tourists have gone. The tide has just gone out so all of the excess rubbish had been swept out to sea.

Now you might have noticed that I’ve introduced a watermark again. My policy is that photographs I publish on Say It With A Camera and Flickr are free to use as long as it’s not for commercial purposes and also that you credit me as the photographer. That’s not too much to ask for, after all, I’ve done all the hard work.

So it really annoys me when I see scraper sites just offering my photographs to be downloaded without accrediting me as the photographer.

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The photograph you are about to see featured in my post about Cilla Black, a much-loved 60’s British pop-star who died recently and has had a statue erected in her honour near The Cavern Club in Liverpool.

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Now whilst a watermark will not deter a determined thief, it’s all too easy to remove them in Photoshop, it does screw up these scraper sites, because they just take the photographs as is.

So that’s it this week, a bit of nostalgia, a rant about misuse of my photographs and hopefully I’ve covered Solitude as well.

As usual, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge;

Eiwawar The Great Dipper Show
My Quiet Place – Nes Felicio Photography
PhotosbyGoldie Solitude- A Winter’s Day
Georgia Adventures with Pauliana Weekly Photo Challenge- Solitude
@ The West Gate On my own
Simply Photos Standing Out in Solitude
Indira’s Blog Solitude- Weekly Photo Challenge
Solitude Found At Penmon Point – Tish Farrell
Instant Human…just add coffee. The Art of Solitude
Julie Powell – Photographer & Graphic Artist Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitutde

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8 comments

    • Mike Hardisty

      That’s one thing we do get here, some amazing sunsets, although at the moment we are shivering under cold and snowy weather blowing in from continental Europe, Yvonne. They’re predicting heavy snow for tomorrow, but living on the coast we don’t usually see much. However, Snowdonia will get it. so maybe some good photo opportunities next week for me

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  1. Graham

    Good post! Can I ask you, how did you know about/find your photo on a scraper site? I hadn’t heard of them before but it does make me wonder if someone might be profiting from me and I should be doing watermarking too.

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    • Mike Hardisty

      Very simple Graham. Google have an extension which you can install in your web browser. I don’t know if it’s available for every browser but I’ve used it with Chrome and Firefox. Google Search By Image

      There’s also an extension called Tin-Eye which does a similar thing. If you decide to use the Google one make sure you get it direct from Google, There are a lot of people adding image search extensions who have nothing to do with Google.

      Hope that helps

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