Cheers and Jeers

Today I have two things to share…one that deserves cheers and one that deserves a big ol’ raspberry, you know when you stick your tongue out and make a horrible noise.

First the good news.  We’ve found another place to stick (literally) our new logo!  A race car.  Yes, I know that’s not very romantic and doesn’t scream “wedding” but for Robert and I it fits.  We met at a racetrack, our honeymoon was at Phoenix International Speedway (hmmm…now that’s romance!  :) ).  We fielded a car that Robert drove for a season before diapers, etc… became our main priority.  I cannot count the number of Sunday afternoons we’ve spent watching NASCAR.  My first “real” photo gigs were at Tucson Raceway Park.  Talk about “trial by fire” I was placed on the turn 1 wall with no barrier between myself and the cars and had to capture them as they sped towards, by and past me at full speed.  In retrospect that turned out to be great practice for capturing the action at weddings.  I prefer weddings now…I don’t have to worry about protecting myself or my gear from a car careening out of control.  Plus Brides are much prettier not to mention I’ve never seen a driver having a tender moment with his pitcrew that I could capture.  :)

So, cheers to us and our friends at Boz Racing who will be “flying” our logo this season.  The logo was put on the car today.  Here are some pics of the big event:

Drive it like you stole it David!

Now for the Jeers…Spammers!  Getting a few spam comments a week hasn’t bothered me but today in a matter of 2 minutes I was spammed 16 times!!!  Here’s a screen capture of my admin panel showing a portion of today’s spam attack.  AARGH!!!!!!!!!!

Individually deleting each spam message is time consuming and very irritating especially since I am not in the market for vitamins, online gambling or needing to find a date.  In an effort to stop the spam I have installed a captcha filter in the comment form.   If you want to leave me a comment or a shout out to a friend I have photographed, that you see on my blog, please don’t let the captcha stop you because I love comments.  :) 

Have a great evening!

***Update…got a tip from Luke (see comments) he tipped me off to another program that will filter spammers for me.  No more captchas.  Cheers to you Luke!***  :)

March 25, 2009 - 9:20 am Andy - I've used Bad Behavior and Captcha and love them both. It won't change anything..except the amount of spam, that is. No shot of the whole car? =0)

March 24, 2009 - 10:12 am Cheryl - Wow, how awesome that your logo is on a car - you are really big time now. I second Askimet, that is all I use and it catches spam like nobody's business.

March 24, 2009 - 1:55 am angela - Maria that is so exciting! How fun and awesome exposure for your business. The logo looks great on that blue car.

March 24, 2009 - 12:06 am Rafie - For fighting the spam, you might want to use the Bad Behaviour plug in together with Akismet. So far, it has been working very well for me. Cheers!

March 23, 2009 - 10:24 pm BOZ Racing - Maria and Robert - we're glad to be a part of the Butterfield Photography family!!! Especially since we've been racing against each other before but I know we'll have more fun racing with you guys!!! Can't wait for opening night on April 25th!! David (the driver for those who don't know) says you helped bring the passion back into his racing and he is proud to race your colors!! :)

March 23, 2009 - 10:10 pm Luke - Sweet! Hope you're going to post some shots of the car moving too ;) Re: the spam, have you tried the Akismet plugin for Wordpress? Works wonders for me :) Anyway, greetings from another tog united by the same logo designer (mine is still in the concept phase).

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