Respecting other photographers

August 24, 2017

Now let me start by saying, I'm not perfect.  I'm also not the best photographer in the world and possibly the photographer in question was getting paid an astronomical fee.  But, as I arrived at Lerderderg State Park recently to capture a last minute winter sunset, there happened to be a photographer taking shots of a couple, presumably some sort of pre-wedding shoot, but right in the vicinity of where I'd planned to look for a composition.  As the light was fading fast I moved to another part of the river and found something I was relatively pleased with.  I could hear the other shoot continuing and even made eye contact with the photographer from across the river as they moved to another spot.  Then just as the sunset was reaching a peak, who should appear in my image, posing for their photographer but the loving couple, or at least the female half. 

It could be argued they'd forgotten I was there, but I'd been setting up me gear to point their way, and the photographer had looked at me long enough to know which was I was shooting. 

So it begs the question, is there an unwritten rule of etiquette for photographers or should I console myself in knowing that after slightly changing my angle to lose the intruder I captured a beautiful image (Divine Whispers) and the other photographer dropped his camera in the river (that bit only happened in my imagination).

 

 

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