Lou Bushcer, hope he doesn't mind my using his post as a reference, put up a post regarding the change in status for the Bald Eagle. As well we have seen the report from New York, and have heard other suggestions, of permits for commercial shoots in cities and parks. As well, we see and here commentary on issues surrounding "the Paparazzi". These all sort of gelled for me this weekend, while I was shooting Owls and Crop Dusters, which may seem a bit of a stretch, but the commonality is having respect for our subjects, and I sure find that far more "photographers" I see, don't seem to have any, respect that is. When I photograph birds/animals, even in the zoo, I want to be sure they are not stressed by what I do. It never ceases to amaze me when I see someone do something, throw a rock and such, to spook something to react. Yeah, I am not above muttering under my breath "C'mon, dangit, FLY already!!!", but that is about the extent of it. Same with shooting people. I had the opportunity this weekend to shoot some Crop Dusters, and they saw me, did a couple of passes and I caught their faces in the cockpit. I drove over to the company, let them know, and boy were they thrilled. Just common courtesy to let them know. I'm shooting buildings, I pay attention to the people around me, as well as anything that may go on around the building. Just because I am on Public ground and have a "right", does not make it "right" for me to be a pest either. I guess my point with this "semi-rant" is that I think we, as the person behind the camera, should have some responsibilty and respect for what we shoot as well as those who may be around us. Also, perhaps if we set a reasonably good example, just maybe someone else will follow. Oh, yeah, I also have zero sympathy for those who intrude on their subjects, be it a Grizzly Bear or an Annoyed Celebrity, if they suffer any physical or mental damage. In my opinion this is the ultimate price paid for having no respect for your subject.