Some images at Flickr are weakly protected with an image overlay called spaceball.gif. Whenever you right-click the image to save it you do save spaceball.gif instead which is a 1x1 pixel image showing nothing at all. The same happens if you try to drag the image to your desktop or hard drive.
However, if a photo is shown on the screen it can be saved. The easiest way to achieve this is by blocking spaceball.gif from being loaded when visiting Flickr. You can do this in Firefox if you have the Adblock extension installed. When you are viewing an image at Flickr that you can't save because of the spaceball.gif overlay you do the following to block the overlay.
Hit CTRL + SHIFT + B to open the list of blockable items. Navigate to the entry with spaceball.gif at the end and choose to block this item by right-clicking it. This prevents that spaceball.gif is loaded so that you can save any items at Flickr by right-clicking it.
Opera has a similar function. Just go to Tools > Advanced > Blocked Content and click Add in the menu. Paste the url *flickr.com/images/spaceball.gif into the new entry and close the menu. (via Cybernetnews)
There are other options, and one that I'd like to show you in addition is to simply browse your browser cache to find the image. As you know, images and other website elements get saved to the local system by the browser to speed up the loading of them. This is for instance the case for a logo of a website that does not need to get loaded from the Internet on every page you visit on it.
Flickr images that you view on the Internet are also automatically saved to the local system. They are in fact automatically downloaded, so that you only need to browse your browser cache to find them and copy them to another location on your system. Keep in mind that only the images that you see will be saved.
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