What is so special about this photo.. itzikgur.deviantart.com/art/Fu…
Excuse me for being facetious, I'm referencing his own post: forum.deviantart.com/devart/ge…
Initially, I had commented on his piece only because it seemed apparent, the image in question was a composite. In brining to attention to the user, that it really belonged in manipulations, and not photography, he then began to deny this fact. Upon further inspection of the image, it became quite apparent that he used other people's works in his composite, not just without reference, but is also selling them on dA.
I used some extra dA points I had so I could download his larger, full size image, and matched the moon to external source file(s) [ see:
and even some of the birds to third party sites. One of them, comes from a user on the dA site itself, taken from her stock gallery.
I don't normally harp on things like this, these kinds of things run rampant on the site, to each their own, but when such brazen lies are told and it seemed intentional to try and discredit the findings when called out, one has a few choices. Report it, which I did not, (although I guess this is outing him), ignore it(hell no), or, let the community see it, and they can decide.
We've all done some work at some time using other images to create a new piece, I am sure. I always try to cite the sources, ask permissions or notify when possible, and when not, will link where I found them. I do not to sell anything I didn't create on my own, or have permission to use partial files in supporting my final pieces, but I tell you, it rubs me the wrong way when people blatantly steal, then try to pass off as their own to make a profit. It's also copyright infringement when you do so, and I've had a number of my own things in the past stolen and sold on shirts and such, so I know first hand how this effects your creative flow. It's wrong on a number of levels, but the flippant disrespect for the original creators is one that always annoys me.
If you create something that uses other peoples works, don't sell it without their permission. Period. Don't pass something off, as yours, and then try to create lies to explain how you did it, when you clearly stole someone else's work to combine with your own.