Question on Photography of our flowering bulbs

Justin Smith
Wed, 07 Jan 2009 10:07:01 PST
My brother has set me up with items needed to take macro pics of any flowers that I will eventually get. 
I was wondering about what everyone things is the ethical limit (if there is one) as to what one has to do to "clean up" the flowers for photos.
Like for example you have your prize bulb blooming and you go to take a pic and you find dirt or some other unwanted item on a leaf or on the bloom. Should you clean it up before pics? Does the same hold true for in situ bulbs out in the wild? You walk five miles to find a new species of bulb but the flower has a stick over it. Can you move it or should you move it?
I realize there is no one set rule but I would hate to take lots of pics only to have my hard work discounted because I had moved a stick or clean dirt off of a leaf.
The standards are most likely different for scientific research and just a pic to look at. I guess I am just trying to figure out the difference between the two. Or if there is any difference at all.
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