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Thread: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

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    Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    Many times before a shot, I’ll move things around to get the composition I want.

    For example, I might shift a tree branch to clear the view, push a rock to the left, or drag a log into an empty corner.

    After the shot, I’ll put everything back where it “belongs.”

    Is this an irrational act? Or considerate?

    What are your habits when it’s time to leave – and why?

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    For urban landscapes, abandoned buildings, etc, yes, I make an effort to put everything back exactly how it was. Woodland scenes or whatever, if I move a branch, I generally just break it off and toss it to the side.

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    Photograph the landscape as it is not how you think it should look.

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    If the change falls under the category of 'the randomness of nature' then it doesn't matter unless it is unsightly or affects a habitat. So I moved a rock or a branch. Last week it was where I put it today because of rains wind etc. It wasn't there at all two weeks ago and in two weeks it will have washed down the creek. Probably other photographers have moved that rock around a few times already. What exactly is the 'correct' position?

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jody_S View Post
    For urban landscapes, abandoned buildings, etc, yes, I make an effort to put everything back exactly how it was. Woodland scenes or whatever, if I move a branch, I generally just break it off and toss it to the side.
    Do you mean that you break branches from living trees, or from deadfall?
    Lachlan.

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lachlan 717 View Post
    Do you mean that you break branches from living trees, or from deadfall?
    If I have a branch drooping in front of the camera, yes I'll try to prop it against another branch or something but failing that I'll break it. Of course we have to define 'branch', I mean something small enough that I can just grab it in my hands and snap it. Twigs, in other words.

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    You have not reached the Zenith of Green until you follow the rules in this book. A huge amount of learning how to leave no "footprint" on the wilderness. As title says... doing what is outlined in the book is "a lost art".

    http://www.amazon.com/Shit-Woods-Sec.../dp/0898156270

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    I remember an article by Fred Picker in which he discusses how to cut branches and shrubs with the cut facing away from the camera (otherwise you'd have to retouch all the white spots you just created). He wasn't shy about altering the landscape to improve his compositions. I think he also kept his gardening tools with his camera kit.

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    Yes, Op it is being considerate if your restore it.

    No, I usually don't restore much. i do clean paths on trails though. So people don't trip on rocks that just rolled down or branches that fall.

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    Re: Landscapers ― if you disturb a scene, do you restore it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kuzano View Post
    There are those among us who believe the worst thing that happened to Earth was evolution... the branch that introduced "mankind"
    What a funny little notion.

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