Night Parrot debate

To: Lloyd Nielsen <>
Subject: Night Parrot debate
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:35:57 +1100
On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 06:38:59PM +1000, Lloyd Nielsen wrote:
>  The photo (a jpg!) was not for
> scientific consumption but for PUBLIC consumption! What is the drama
> over that? Some people seem to have problems differentiating between
> the two - just read the debate on Bird Forum. It is something which
> happens a million times a day in the publishing world.

Actually it doesn't. This sort of modification of news photos is anathema
to major news organizations . The Australian which published John's
photos editorial policy prohibits such manipulation.

I don't know Australian Birdlife's policy, but I think many of
its readers would be disappointed it has published bird images with
part of the plumage faked (cloned from elsewhere).

No doubt some news organisations are less scrupulous and in other parts
of the media digital manipulation is ubiquitous, but John Young himself
said in an ABC interview (about fig parrot photos) that such manipulation
in this context was inappropriate:

"I lightened them, darkened them, did my own sort of stuff and I was
criticised and probably rightly so."

And in a 2007 story about the fig parrot he said he'd
avoiding even the possibility of such alterations in future:

" [Mr Young] has since bought a special $6000 camera which takes pictures
which cannot be digitally altered"


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