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+1 @ Craig ... although he left out wire tapping your phone calls and probably a few other things.
For some, the tenets of "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" and "Don't Tread on Me" that were bought and paid for with the blood, sweat and lives of Patriots before us are not something that we care to squander away ... even if it is would be in favor of our beloved photography from such a tenacious and talented individual, working for such a respected organization (NatGeo) and our passion to "get the shot".
While the history of different countries, societies, generations and demographics may take on a different view of this, those of us who have defended these tenets with our blood, sweat and sacrifices hold them in a different light than others may. Those who do not hold (and/or have never actually sacrificed for their defense) such tenets worthy of defending may see this otherwise.
Imo, the landowner is within his rights to assert that trespassers be charged with trespassing, no matter how trivial someone else may perceive it. This isn't about cameras and aerial pictures, this is about someone's right to protect their own interest in concert with established laws. Imo, the landowner did just that and the Sheriff seemed to agree. If you think that the law should be changed ... call your representative or legislative authority and see if you can get the law changed. Until then ... the trespasser broke the law, the landowner exercised his right to have the law enforced and the Sheriff enforced the law in accordance with its established statutes.
Granted, there are much larger problems in the world today to be contended with than this one. But that doesn't make it any less wrong for the trespasser to trespass, nor any less right for the landowner to protect his interest in accordance with the law, just because some people want to see it otherwise.