Sometimes rude people can really make one want to blow a gasket… especially if out photographing. While out in the park with my camera, I usually stop to feed the birds in the woods at Niagara Falls. The poor little guys are always hungry when we have four feet of drifted snow covering their foraging understory plants.
The birds pose for my camera in gratitude many times. Not only do I attract the birds, but also other photographers hemming in on the action. I place food at a nice sunny spot on a small snow mound to photograph the cardinals against the snow.
So what does this guy do but park himself in my image to shoot the birds I lured in for my photos. Now all my images have his pant legs showing if I zoom out a bit. It is 10° out so no one wants to stay long in that weather, but after I attracted about 20 or more cardinal pairs, my new chatty friend was going nowhere.
No side stepping to avoid him either since the food was placed according to how the sun was setting for the day.
Photo man would not budge. I thought the guy was going to move once he took his 60th shot, but he just stood there planted, swiveling his body all around. Unfortunately when someone is not cooperating, there is little that can be done. If you stammer and fret, they will just stay longer. I patiently waited him out. At least he did not park his rear in front of my lens, that happened when I was photographing whales in Maui. I wanted to push that lady overboard.
I was pleasant as he talked and talked, but honestly my feathers were ruffled. These images I took yesterday are on Nature and Wildlife Pics, but I thought this frosted cardinal from last year was a good series of photos to illustrate my dilemma.