I have a question... posting it here because I really respect the photographers in this section. Please give me an honest answer.
I have taken probably over a thousand Bluebird pictures this year. On this morning, the light was perfect, so I thought I would try to add a little colour to where the birds were perching. I placed the green moss up on the stump and waited for an opportunity.
I was pretty happy with the result and posted it on Facebook (Canadian Bird Photography), to favorable reviews.
But one guy, with a claimed "over 50 years of bird photography", is all over me for "staging" the photo. Even gone so far as calling me an "unethical Photographer". This is a wild bird, not baited or harmed in any way. I just liked the colour and the light.
I'm fairly new to bird photography and photography in general.
Would very much appreciate honest opinions here so as to not cross any lines in the future, Thanks.
There is always going to be that person on the internet forums Dave, The know it all, The guy that needs to tell you how it is, we all have branches and sticks, and yes even bait !!... I put mine in this new fangled thing they call a Bird Feeder. If you think about it everything we shoot is baited.. we either sit at the food source or somewhere in between to find the birds and critters we all shoot. I for one grow intolerant of the purest. They are mostly people who never leave the couch and live a Facebook existence, which leads them to believe all the B.S that is conjured up in the minds of the same. You put moss on a log.. No one died or was injured lol Every bird I have posted were baited as goes for everyone here that shot a bird near a feeder or with any type of food or rodent in their mouths. You should not take it to heart. I have come to terms with it and so will you. Now about those sticks in the back ground lol ??