I just saw someone post about this and immediately went and joined too. I’m super excited about @naturefirst_org and am committing to their core principles listed here which I practice already in photography. These guidelines are so important to follow as we see a lot of damage being done in our wild places and with our wildlife. While I always do this in the wilderness, I also would encourage everyone to apply these principles even to situations like this photo here. I am photographing a mama fox and her kits behind our house - we are staying on our deck and even though they are about 50 yards away, we are not trying to get closer as mama is nervous enough as it is with every dog that barks and other noises. I am using a 400mm/f2.8 fixed Lens with an extender and cropping photos down a bit. She isn’t bothered by us at all and we are trying to keep our dog inside when mama is out as well. You can practice these principles daily. Check out this new account and join me and others today! •
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