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Stories by Alex Wild

An Aphid Gets Egged

Can I feel Schadenfreude for an insect? The blobs on stalks are eggs of a fierce aphid predator, the green lacewing. Lacewings typically attach eggs to vegetation, but the overzealous insect that laid these was frisky enough to oviposit directly on the back of a milkweed aphid...

August 21, 2013 — Alex Wild
The unseen cost of the internet sharing culture

The unseen cost of the internet sharing culture

“If you don’t want people to share your photo, don’t put it on the internet.” -vast numbers of people on the internet, 1995-2013 This refrain is among the most common threads in the great internet copyright wars...

August 18, 2013 — Alex Wild

Photographing Prairie: An Eye for Detail

Few natural habitats are as challenging to photograph as tallgrass prairie. This mostly extinct habitat once covered much of central North America, before the discovery that prairie soils were especially productive for agriculture...

August 13, 2013 — Alex Wild

Infringement, or Fair Use? Part II: the Opinioning.

Earlier, I presented four artworks derived from my photographs and asked your opinion as to whether each case could be defended as Fair Use. Without lawsuits to force courts into a decision, there are no unambiguously correct answers...

July 23, 2013 — Alex Wild

Infringement, or Fair Use? Have a look.

As regular readers of this blog know, I contend with a great deal of unwanted commercial copying of my photographs. Most are unambiguous infringements: pest control companies pasting my photos onto their coupons, for example.But the copyright line gets fuzzier when artists trace my photographs into various derivatives...

July 22, 2013 — Alex Wild

An interview with Bug Dreams' Rick Lieder

In an age where insect photographers seem engaged in an arms race to produce the sharpest, most detailed, and most magnified images, Rick Lieder of Bug Dreams stands against the crowd as a uniquely impressionistic artist...

July 19, 2013 — Alex Wild

Drosophila pseudoobscura: a model fruit fly for the real world

And now, an entry about why I photographed this small brown fly.Students of introductory biology will recognize Drosophila melanogaster (see photo below) as the famous laboratory fruit fly whose mutations taught early geneticists about genes and chromosomes...

July 3, 2013 — Alex Wild

The Desert is not "Nowhere"

Scientific American' s frontpage carries the following story about bringing solar power to the deserts: The vast and glittering Ivanpah solar facility in California will soon start sending electrons to the grid, likely by the end of the summer...

July 1, 2013 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: The Mighty Cupcake

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [iPhone 4S - $330]Yeah, I know what you're thinking. Alex is phoning it in today and posting a cat.

June 27, 2013 — Alex Wild

Who owns photographs taken by scientists?

Suppose you are a university researcher and, in the course of a government-funded project using a university-owned camera, you snap a marvelous photograph of your intrepid study subject...

June 26, 2013 — Alex Wild

Buzzfeed's viral sharing prompts a necessary stunt

A photographer is suing Buzzfeed for $3.6 million.The infringement itself is so standard for Buzzfeed as to barely be worth reporting. Kai Eiselein's photo of a soccer player was included, without his permission, in a Buzzfeed list...

June 19, 2013 — Alex Wild

Recipe for a Photograph #2: Bee in Flight

Few insects so conspicuously mark the arrival of late spring in North America as Xylocopa virginica carpenter bees. Males are especially visible as they raucously guard territories around females' wooden burrows...

May 22, 2013 — Alex Wild

Thrifty Thursday: The Digital Herbarium

Thrifty Thursdays feature photographs taken with equipment costing less than $500. [HP deskjet F4280 printer/scanner - $150]This week's inexpensive photo project makes use of a desktop scanner to translate a living plant into a digital specimen...

May 16, 2013 — Alex Wild
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