I see now in the Rick Conti Website that it was an error to publish it but not because the picture was owning by another person but because it could not be the right color.
What makes sense is to avoid to pick-up every picture at any place to follow it to plenty of web pages, specially when some additional personal job have been done on it.
I too love and appreciate your photoshopping abilities, and hope this situation does not stop you from posting future renditions....it is much appreciated by many of us and invaluable to see a POTENTIAL new color on an existing car....I love the "what if" scenarios.
It is also human nature to want to come in first....to be the guy who first discovered something among the public or your group of friends. It provides some level of bragging rights....and...when you are the first in a group of enthusiasts (such as Corvette fans), it's an added bonus.
I am personal friends with Mr. Conti - and I know well of his integrity and devotion to the Corvette Community. His intent is to share things with the community as he finds them...to spread the news, as it were. He will typically give credit to authors, photographers, etc. If he didn't initially in this instance, it was most likely due to his not knowing the source of the photo; rather than an intentional act.
I also want to add that this has been a tough week for Rick - he lives about 3 hours from his job, and found out late last week his 11 year old was having seizures and was going to the hospital. Rick rushed to be at his son's side, and spent the next few days with him. Any of us who are parents can appreciate what he must have been going through.....
This put Rick in "catch-up mode" at work, including getting caught up in happenings in the Corvette world, which also most likely contributed to his posting your picture without performing his usual due diligence.
Again, I believe no bad intentions here....just a case of circumstances conspiring against him.