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DarkroomExperimente
11-23-2007, 07:31 PM
Unfortunately a "terrorist in their right mind" is a bit of an oxymoron

I had a friend get harassed by Park Rangers in California about photographing in a National Park....BEFORE they were even photographing in the park!!! someone told a ranger what was going on...and they went to my friend's hotel to give her a hard time !!

I've been thinking lately that what I was told as a kid..that we're the "land of the free & home of the brave" is less true these days....we're less free, and a lot of people are fearful instead of brave

c6h6o3
11-24-2007, 01:18 AM
You would think that there are enough of us tax paying citizens to write our congressmen to see if there is anything that can be done about regular citizens photographing this great country of ours. Let's unite and seek a change.

You won't get change by appealing to those cuttlefish. Until the public wakes up to that and votes every single one of them out of office, no action will be taken on any important issue.

BryceEsquerre
11-03-2008, 10:57 AM
I would NOT recommend it. The security and cops in D.C. are so fucking anal. You always have the metro security assholes in the red and blue lurking around trying to bust people.

TheFlyingCamera
11-03-2008, 11:45 AM
I've been taking a night photography class through the Smithsonian, and we've had NO issues when out taking night shots with view cameras on tripods. I was shooting at the Lincoln, along the reflecting pool, and at the WW II, with nary a peep from a security guard. Same over at the Native American museum. Only time I've been hassled was one night I was trying to shoot the carousel on the mall, and the park police came zooming over to determine if I was doing it commercially. Which I wasn't.

c6h6o3
11-04-2008, 07:07 AM
I've been taking a night photography class through the Smithsonian, and we've had NO issues when out taking night shots with view cameras on tripods. I was shooting at the Lincoln, along the reflecting pool, and at the WW II, with nary a peep from a security guard. Same over at the Native American museum. Only time I've been hassled was one night I was trying to shoot the carousel on the mall, and the park police came zooming over to determine if I was doing it commercially. Which I wasn't.

I must say that of all the jurisdictions I've had to interact with around here, the Park Police are the most reasonable if you are respectful and explain to them what you're doing.

TheFlyingCamera
11-04-2008, 09:02 AM
I must say that of all the jurisdictions I've had to interact with around here, the Park Police are the most reasonable if you are respectful and explain to them what you're doing.

I think the park police in general have a pretty low-stress job for law enforcement, so they don't arrive on scene with their panties in a wad even before you interact with them. They must be very well-trained for interacting with the public, particularly with tourists. So if they can put up with the ravening hordes of high school senior trippers, they're more than willing to take five minutes and talk to a large-format photographer.

BryceEsquerre
11-06-2008, 09:02 PM
I've almost gotten arrested so many times by park police when i'm shooting skateboarding or skateboarding. The only reason i haven't is because i just run.

TheFlyingCamera
11-07-2008, 06:27 AM
I've almost gotten arrested so many times by park police when i'm shooting skateboarding or skateboarding. The only reason i haven't is because i just run.

there's the rub... skateboarding. The park police hate skateboarders because many boarding maneuvers are incredibly destructive to the monuments, steps, and railings. Also, a mis-step on the part of a skater on a flight of marble stairs can end in a trip to the ER, a new permanent four-wheel conveyance, and a lawsuit against the park service.

EASmithV
05-14-2009, 01:05 AM
I've been thinking lately that what I was told as a kid..that we're the "land of the free & home of the brave" is less true these days....we're less free, and a lot of people are fearful instead of brave

If you are going to die, you will. There is no point in being afraid.

If you are a pussy, you let Osama win.