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Donna Macauley
(@dmacauley)
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 63
July 28, 2020 1:22 pm  

I'm not quite sure where this should go. It didn't seem to fit reviews for books and videos. Anyway, I'm a member of Nature First Photography. Their goal is to conserve the places we photograph. I'm sure you've read about the irresponsible photography taking place at delicate landscapes, for example the poppy fields in California. 

Their guiding principles are:

THE NATURE FIRST PRINCIPLES

  1. Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

  2. Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

  3. Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

  4. Use discretion if sharing locations.

  5. Know and follow rules and regulations.

  6. Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

  7. Actively promote and educate others about these principles.

 

If you are interested in learning more: https://www.naturefirstphotography.org


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Raaj
 Raaj
(@rshinde)
Joined: 4 years ago
Posts: 940
July 28, 2020 3:24 pm  

@dmacauley

Thanks for sharing this, Donna.   I too feel this is very important and I’m a member as well.

The ”leave no trace” idea is an important concept that resonates at many levels.

Cheers!


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Donna Macauley
(@dmacauley)
Joined: 2 years ago
Posts: 63
July 28, 2020 3:52 pm  

@rshinde

Absolutely! There have been two occasions locally that I know where people learned of the locations of wildlife (both happen to be owls. One anEastern Screech and the other a Barred Owl) where they disturbed the birds for a photograph and thus making the birds abandon their chicks. 

I know it's a big debate about geotagging your photos. I've chosen to strip that data and not share. Not to be elite, but to protect the delicate wildlife and flora of the areas. I actually turned off the GPS in my camera because of this problem. 


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