"Macro Art In Nature"

Explorations in the artistic world of macro photography.

Could Your Passion In Photography Also Lead To A World Of Hurt?

Okay, ….. one of my monthly rants!

So, … you have a passion for photography?
I was thinking the other day, if that passion could also get you into a world of hurt at home?

So, … do you enjoy going online into the many photography forums?
Do you enjoy blogging about your photography?
Do you sometimes talk about all the camera gear you have?
Do you sometimes talk about the computers you have?
Do you sometimes talk about how much all of this cost?
Do you talk about that huge pay raise you just got?
While talking online in a forum or while blogging, do you sometimes talk about that new widescreen HDTV you just bought?
Do you sometimes talk about hunting, and maybe the firearms you have in your home?
Do you sometimes talk about general things, such as how you need to do certain repairs to your home?
Think about it!

Now, … how many of you will sometimes go online in your favorite forum, or maybe on your blog, and announce to the world that you are going to be away from your home for a certain period of time?
Not thinking, you can easily give the dates to so many outright “evil” individuals out there on when you will not be at home.
They already know what might be in your home, ….. right?
Who or what could have possibly given them the idea of what is in your home?
They already know that you make good money.
They already know that you have great computers.
They already know that you have firearms.
They already know that you have expensive camera gear.
And, … you gave them all of this information online from the forums and from blogging.

Why would anyone go into a forum, or write on their blog, that they are finally taking their “month long” dream photography vacation for example, … to Africa.
Why would one give the exact dates that they will be leaving and returning?
Why would one let everyone else know that they would be gone for a certain amount of days or weeks, leaving their spouse at home alone?
Why would anyone let everyone else know, that they will be gone on their photography vacation, leaving the kids at home alone? They are old enough to take care of themselves, ….. right?
Why would anyone let everyone else know, that absolutely no one will be at home, but your parents will stop by to water and feed the dogs?

Sounds like I am the paranoid type, ….. huh?
No, … not at all.
I might mention that I am going on a trip somewhere, but I will never (unless I slip up), give out the information in a forum or on my blog that I or my entire family will not be at home on a certain date or time.
You can see this all the time in many of the forums and on blogs.
Well, … maybe I should not bring something like this up here in my blog, as it could give many individuals some ideas.
Not to worry, right? They don’t know where you live anyway, ….. right?
Google it!
But, I think that it is something that many should think about.
It is a great feeling to finally be able to do what you have wanted to do for a long time, to take that trip of a lifetime, to put that camera gear and what you have learned over the years to the test, to simply enjoy one’s self.
You want to share your joy with others, that you are finally going to do it. You have earned it!
We live in a different kind of world now, where there are those who will look for any kind of edge that they can get in order to make it a bit easier to take what is not rightfully theirs.
And unfortunately, there are those who could care less about life.
I will no longer take that kind of risk!

Bottom line, … I think that letting everyone know in a public forum and/or on a blog that you will not be home on certain dates is just like leaving a key under the doormat along with a welcome note, letting them know where the freshly baked cookies are!

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  1. Beautiful! I love your macros.

    Comment by Anita Bower | September 2, 2007

  2. About your photos… well you know already. :)

    Then your text. Could not agree more. I think this happens because most forums, online communities etc. are very friendly places. We easily forget that we are not just amongst friends.

    I try to be safe on the web but thanks for reminding me (and all of us) about this.


    Comment by Denis | September 2, 2007

  3. Absolutely! Right on! Certain info should NOT be public. I think about all our kids on the net today posting everything about their lives and not seeing the dangers that might be lurking. It is up to us as parents to educate them. Oh yeah, I NEVER leave my home… NEVER… really. Always there ;0)

    LOVE your art BTW!

    Comment by Carolyn | September 3, 2007

  4. Great photo Michael. As for your comments – I have been waiting for ever for you to post the dates when you are going on your next big adventure ;)
    Be safe buddy and keep us on our toes.

    Comment by Wil Hershberger | September 3, 2007

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  6. Mike, this can’t be said enough. It’s the reason why I don’t ever use the auto reply feature of my emali program, too.

    Glad to see you posting images. Your use of light and depth has given your work an identifiable look. Love it!

    Comment by Photo Buffet | September 4, 2007

  7. Another beautiful macro. Good advice too; and I’m guilty of posting that I’m away on my blog often so people know not to expect a reply.

    Comment by Roberta | September 4, 2007

  8. Thanks for the reminder. I try to talk more about where I’ve been than where I am going.

    Comment by Joan | September 4, 2007

  9. Hi Mike.

    I added this comment to my last image that you posted to, but here it is here…

    Great stuff as always here on your blog.


    Mike: Well…I would only say it if I happened to read it on your blog once. I guess that goes along with your second to last post on your blog (the one about going on vacation)…

    Comment by Nathan Buck | September 5, 2007

  10. Great saying.

    Great image!!

    Comment by Charlie | September 13, 2007

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