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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Code of Ethics (Rules) for Nature Photography

Code of Ethics for Nature Photographers

Above all...DO NO HARM

Nestlings seriously disturbed (FB thread)

This type of behavior is completely unacceptable to a nature photographer and is typical of the type of behavior of the weekend wanna-be nature photographer who goes out willy-nilly into the forest and doesn't think about what he or she is doing.

The first basic law of human stupidity asserts without ambiguity that:
Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation.

Naturally, there will always be one or two individuals who will screw up and cause harm to the birds that they are trying to locate by disturbing their nest, or getting too damned close to the birds for their own good. There is a good reason as to why nature photographers shoot with 400mm lenses and better in terms of range. That's so that you don't agitate the birds by having to get in really close.

A friend, Darwin Wiggett penned this treatise on Nature Photographer's Online Magazine - My Nature Photography Pet Peeves
Do We Need Rules of Etiquette When Shooting on Public Land?
It's very enlightening and we should all take heed.

If you don't want IDIOTS to copy your behavior, don't put up stuff that would incite IDIOTS to copy your behavior...unless you use that as moral lesson and be scathingly damning in the post of behavior such as thus exhibited.

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