Hummingbird Drinks From Straw

July 17th, 2008

I hesitate to post this picture, as a bit of controversy has erupted around it.  But, the photographer got a really amazing shot…so I couldn’t resist!

First the controversy:  Apparently, this photographer knows a lot more about photography than he does about the Internet.  His photograph became popular on a social networking site, digg.com.  This is one of the most popular social networking sites, so getting “dug” is considered quite an honor.  There are millions of websites that would kill for the type of free publicity that this photographer received.  While this says something special about his picture, the photographer didn’t seem to understand what was happening.  He recognized that he was getting a lot of traffic, and then accused digg of stealing his picture, which was copyrighted.  Of course, all digg did was to link to a picture that was publicly available on the Internet.  I’m about to do the same thing…hence my hesitation to make this post.  Anyway, after accusing digg and its users of copyright infringement, the digg community got understandably upset, and overreacted to the situation, just as the photographer had done earlier.  Their comments started to get a little nasty.  The photographer removed the photo, but eventually realized that linking is not copyright infringement.  He apologized and put the photo back up.  Anyway…quite the drama!  :)

But, that doesn’t negate the fact that this is quite a shot.  Check it out and read about how he took it.  Fun stuff!

Click Here to See a Hummingbird Drink From a Straw!

Pretty fun, eh?  :)

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