A birder AND a geek (well maybe that's redundant?).


One of my most favorite things is to turn people onto birding. One of my most favorite times is when my mentor, Bob Power, giggles when one of his newbie students falls in love with a new bird. I don't giggle, I smile, but the appreciation is the same. If I can be of any help with birding, bird photography, or bird conservation, I'd love to hear from you. Drop me note on flickr mail, and unless I'm in the wilderness, I generally respond within a day.

Please respect my intellectual property. In 2007, on a visit to Carmel, California's numerous art galleries, I saw some interesting poster-sized bird photos that had been processed using a Photoshop "pointilist" filter. Slowly it dawned on me that the photos were mine! The thief had downloaded my pictures from flickr, photoshop'ed them, signed them with his own name, and put them up for sale as his own work. Fortunately, the art gallery owner was understanding and immediately took the pictures down and out of sale. After that incident, and with all the legal repercussions, I VERY reluctantly decided to speak out. So here goes:

I donate all the licensing fees I get to non-profit conservation groups - like Audubon (as an example). If a thief uses my work for their own commercial benefit without permission, they are stealing from contributions to the hard-working staff of Audubon. In those circumstances, unfortunately, I am morally forced to prosecute. The resulting compensatory damages are of course donated to Audubon. So please, make a difference that matters. If you would like to use one of my photos (and I sure hope you like at least one!) get a license, donate to Audubon, and sleep well at night, knowing you've helped to conserve and protect wild habitat. Thanks!

I hope these photos inspire you to connect with nature, today, and everyday. As birders say, "good birding" :-)

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    Nounou 12 Maryse says:

    "Flickr enabled me to meet photographers sympathetic nerves and all gifted, I am happy in spite of the barrier of the language to count my friends to you (lives the translators)!! Our years of school are a little far to remember us me my English and you of your French but one even while not speaking one communicates correctly is able to include oneself/understand! ! Thank you to have taken time to have to write to me Thank you with new friends for the end of the world!

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    metaphors says:

    "Ashok is an amazingly talented and passionate bird photographer. His photos speaks for themselves and I don't have to say more on that. What I like especially about him is his genuine interest in helping and guiding other new fellow photographers and he does so with a pure heart without expecting anything back in return. I admire that quality in him very much. He also is one of the very few who really cares and believes about protecting the wildlife and not just photographing them. You inspire me a lot Ashok, and Flickr members are fortunate to see your photos here."

    December 14th, 2007

Name:
Ashok Khosla
Joined:
February 2005
Hometown:
Planet earth
Currently:
Mendocino, CA, USA
Occupation:
Getting into as much trouble as possible
Website:
Seeing Birds