There is a lot of discussion about the amount of people going to, especially iconic, locations and starting to cause a lot of damage, both intentional and unintentional. Photographers are being asked not to share where their photos were taken to help stop some of the traffic. Also to stop some of the over crowding at these sites i.e. Schwabacher Landing in the fall at sunrise. I have no problem with this request.
One of my very favorite place to photograph is Grand Teton National Park. I was just out there for a few days this fall and did not go to Schwabacher or Oxbow Bend at sunrise. I sought out other places that I had never been before and got some images I was very happy with. Also the time of year I go out there. My wife and I went out in April. I had to hike from the highway down to Schwabacher at sunrise because the road was still blocked by snow. I had the whole place to myself for three hours. I watched the beaver working in the pond, photographed the mountains by moon light and got some nice sunrise images.
It is not just the people with cell phones and pocket cameras that are the problem. I was at Grand Teton National Park in the fall one year. At Gros Ventre camp ground there was a bull moose lying down near the river and a couple of cows a little further back in the trees. I counted 40 photographers, a good share of them with very large lens, in a semi circle at the required 25 yards just waiting for the moose to get up and do something. I felt foolish standing there like the paparazzi around the moose so I left. I found some pronghorns with no one else around and got some nice images.
I agree with not posting the exact location of an image. I don’t know if I will leave out the general location like the name of a national park. I think we as photographers need to take some responsibility for our actions and be leaders in not over populating the most iconic locations or in advertising other places so they are turned in to over populated iconic places. Let other people enjoy the thrill of discovery in finding their own iconic locations.