Actually, Ben, maybe a better philosophical argument would go sometihing 
like this:

If a photographer were shoot a new cool spot and then post about it as such:
Dear Ben:

"Wow, man!  You really gotta SEE this new photo I photographed last weekend 
at this cool new secret spot I found!!  I wish I could show the actual 
photograph but that might lead somebody to discover my secret spot.  So, let 
me instead spend some time writing to you about how AWESOME my photo is 
without actually showing you the actual photo.

If you really wanted, I guess I could show you some photos NEAR the spot I 
took this one to get you psyched.  And then, the next time you fly across 
the country to visit my home, if you are still interested, I will physically 
show you the photo!!!  And then, if you are STILL interested, I'll actually 
take you to shoot the photo yourself because - out of all my friends - you 
were the only one who showed enough interest in my photo to fly across the 
country to see my photo.

I'm really sorry I can't email the photo to you (or anyone else for that 
matter), but trust me, it's not because its not one of the GREATEST photos 
I've ever taken, but you know, I had to take a long hike to get to the place 
[...inset long obligatory and tedious prose about the raptuous torture on 
the climb up...], plus purchase and lug my camera gear, and the spend a 
WHOLE LOT OF TIME - HOURS!!!! - messing around in Photoshop with the photo 
to make it look just right.

 Again, I'm really sorry I can't let you see the actual photo, but trust me, 
it is freakin' awesome photo.  Much better than any photo taken by some 
[sniff] tourist photographer at a lame resort like you see all over the 
internets.  My secret photo is way too special for that.  But trust me, you 
would really like to see my photo!!

Lastly, please don't ask me to describe in any more detail where my spot is 
because, well, it's my spot.

With "dues" respect, you would think your friend had lost his mind.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Leigh Daboll" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 1:11 PM
Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] Camelís Hump State Park/Monroe Trail, VT 17JAN2010

> Leigh, how many nature photographers detail exactly how to get to the
> spots where they took the pictures they publish?
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> Most every photographer I know.
> It's part of the culture.  In photography, you want to be the first to 
> capture a photo of a new spot so you can tell everyone about it so you can 
> become famous as the photographer who discovered the new spot that 
> everyone and his dog is now out shooting so you can tell everyone that I 
> was the photographer that discovered and shot that spot before it got 
> famous and crowded with other photographers and that it's now so passe to 
> shoot that spot.
> That's the best way you force yourself to find new and better spots. I 
> don't think I'll run out of new local spots to photograph anytime soon.
> Leigh
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