Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nature Macro Shot Pet Peeve


I love all wonderful nature macro shots on flickr, G+, 500px, and other sites. I just wish more people would take the time to do some research and find out what it is they are photographing and add this as a caption or comment. If you are really interested in nature macro photography - surely the name of the species is important? You can use bug and plant identification sights on the web or get some field guides. I think the value of an image is lessened if the species name is not listed, no matter the wow factor of the image itself. The worst offense is to leave the image untitled. Really? You don't know what is generally? You can't tell it is a butterfly, ant, or grasshopper. A general name is better than nothing.

If you have tried to identify and can't, say so. Ask for help. Give some details about the image - where, how, when, what. Someone out there will know or have an idea about what it is.

Take a chance on the species name. If some one knows better and corrects you, Great! You learned something.

Once again, in my mind, the most spectacular image in the world is degraded if you don't know what it is.