Earlier this week I was photographing along the Oregon Coast on my return from Vancouver Island. On one particular stretch of beach I was up and out with my camera shortly after 6:30 in the morning anticipating the usual relatively vacant beach at that hour. However, to my dismay, an army of large format photographers appeared on the horizon and began setting up their cameras, all seemingly in the way of one another. One chap did not move from his prominent spot for a considerable amount of time, reminding me of why group photo outings have never had an appeal.
So, to the question of etiquette; is it a case of territorial rights for the first to arrive, or should there be an unwritten rule to take your shot and move on?