Open Photography Forums  
HOME FORUMS NEWS FAQ SEARCH

Go Back   Open Photography Forums > OPF Welcome Hall > OPF Look, Feel, and Vibe

OPF Look, Feel, and Vibe Comments & suggestions to the site.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old June 27th, 2010, 02:45 AM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 34,770
Default Responsibility and Wildlife pictures!

Taking great pictures of wildlife is exciting. It's a thrill to be able to come home with the view of an animal that we'll always treasure. Likewise, it's great to find a rare plant of flower and show everyone the trophy.

Before you go out on any such venture, ask if yourself if you should be checking up on whether or not the activity harms the wild we want to celebrate.

Here's a case in point. When I was with Mike Spinak he shared with me a secret place where he'd discovered a rare plant that had flowered. I was impressed that Mike destroyed nothing around the plant and was careful not to leave anything that spoiled the place.

Do you take such care?

Asher
__________________
Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old June 28th, 2010, 11:03 AM
Ruben Alfu Ruben Alfu is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Panama
Posts: 790
Default

Just wanted to pass along an advice I received from a bird specialist, when looking for help to id some baby birds I had shot (I mean photographed!).

Quote: "nest photos and other activities that may lead to the bird either leaving the nest or being predated is actively discouraged".
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old June 28th, 2010, 12:56 PM
Winston Mitchell Winston Mitchell is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Boise, Idaho
Posts: 449
Default

Lots of info...
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old June 28th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 34,770
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Winston Mitchell View Post
Winston,

This is so helpful!

I ready the PDF guidelines for the ABA. It warns against putting the birds at risk through disturbing them, getting too close or attracting them to an area of predators. If you feed them, continue to feed them in harsh weather.

So now, how does this apply to photographing other wild life and plants? Where are the guidelines?

Asher
__________________
Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old July 6th, 2010, 10:59 PM
Mike Spinak Mike Spinak is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Western United States
Posts: 476
Default

Primum non nocere.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old July 7th, 2010, 12:11 AM
Asher Kelman Asher Kelman is offline
OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 34,770
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Spinak View Post
Primum non nocere.
Mike,

That's the first thing I learned in Medical School. Primum non nocere: The Latin words for medical admonition "First do no harm," of Hippocrates (ca. 460-ca.377 B.C.E).

Even as a physician, this precept is hard to obey as we learned that 50% of what we will be told should be therapeutic is going to need be corrected within our lifetime. It tuns out that most of what we were taught has held up but the delivery systems and options are far more elegant.

With nature, it's always the same issue: our involvement can endanger wildlife: plants, insects, animals and birds. Funny, each of us thinks we're so special that our own foot steps and approach will not of itself harm nature in any measurable way. However we do put tteir lives at risk in such simple ways.

In Krueger National park, baby monkeys, used to handouts all summer, can starve in the winter with a forrest of edible roots around them. Animals used to man, come too close and someone shoots them!

Asher
__________________
Follow us on Twitter at @opfweb

Our purpose is getting to an impressive photograph. So we encourage browsing and then feedback. Consider a link to your galleries annotated, C&C welcomed. Images posted within OPF are assumed to be for Comment & Critique, unless otherwise designated.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:20 PM.


Posting images or text grants license to OPF, yet of such remain with its creator. Still, all assembled discussion 2006-2017 Asher Kelman (all rights reserved) Posts with new theme or unusual image might be moved/copied to a new thread!