Steve: Here in quebec, you would be charged for not attempting to help the man. We have this 'good sumaritan law' (sp).
Exactly true - and I've always really disliked the phrase "Good Samaritan". Think about it: That story labeling someone a good Samaritan implies that anyone from Samaria is an a$$hole who wouldn't stop to help anyone. Apply that to our current world - "Oh, he's okay - he's a good (insert racial slur here)."
Anyone who's shot either for work or assignments has either taken on or been surprised by a situation outside their experience or preparation. Hubris, and a real or imagined set of large stones causes us to wade into the unknown, cocky and confident. Sometimes it works, and when it does you puff up, feel like a million and add the shots to your portfolio. Sometimes it tanks and you retire to your lair to lick you wounds. That's life.
But when the whole thing goes south, as it did here, the professional makes professional decisions. You save the ones you can, delete the rest if you have to, and don't release anything that doesn't make the cut. Your cut, your standards, or at least the standards of the client. That's where it all fell down in this case.
Whether it was the shooter, an agent or the wire service(s), none of them stopped and used their common sense. As is so common in the epic history of human-created disasters, no one said no.
I've spent most of a week testing the D800, and regardless of how it came to get this accolade, it is justly deserved. No matter how good a photographer you are, the D800 will hold a mirror up to you and your lenses and force you to look at the flaws. It's unforgiving, but it's awesome.