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    It's pretty common to see people photographing with tripods in Central Park--large format, 35mm, big glass for bird photography. You even see pros and students doing model shoots, and during certain seasons, Chinese wedding photographers and videographers are ubiquitous. You're not too likely to get stopped in Central Park if you're not using lights.

    If you're photographing a bridge in a very visible spot where there's a lot of traffic, then you're more likely to get stopped. I'm photographing the Riverside Drive viaduct all the time, and I've only been asked questions by passersby interested in the big camera. In certain places, like the West Village, you'll see painters with easels set up in the street.

    In general you don't want to be set up with a tripod and an LF camera in many of the places you'll be asked to pack up anyway, just because there are too many people around, and it's easy for things to get jostled, and you have to watch everything more carefully.

    In some places it's a commercial issue. Some places it's more a safety issue, and in some places it's a "Homeland Security" issue.
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    When I was in the city last June I decided to take some shots of CBGBs (where the Ramones got their start). It is a pretty busy area around there (Bowery & Bleeker, basically 2nd street - which is now Joey Ramone Place). Anyways, I set up my tripod next to some parked cars and after I finished getting my shot a cop came by and said "You should have been here about a couple of months ago when they were celebrating the opening of Joey Ramone Place- you would have got some great shots then." I thought that I was about to get hassled, and the cop was just being friendly- that's the only time I've ever had someone approach me while I was shooting in the city (although I usually don't shoot with a tripod in busy areas).
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    Quote Originally Posted by roteague
    What a sad, paranoid society we are living in
    I agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb
    In some places it's a commercial issue. Some places it's more a safety issue, and in some places it's a "Homeland Security" issue.
    My encounter was in the strategic hot bed of Queens.

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    Thanks Dave for the permit info.....I will be in town Feb 7, 8, 9 for a quick visit....for this one I just might Wee Gee it with the graflex, hand held street scenes, and the trusty Nikon, I am planning a longer visit in the spring and would like to bring one of the big boys, so will follow up on the permit info.

    thanks again
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrCallow
    Meanwhile, I have been told by people in Swansea Wales, Detroit MI, Toronto Canada, Portland Or and a few other locations that slip my mind that I need a permit to shoot here, people or whatever my camera is pointed at.
    The only time I was ever asked for a permit in Toronto was the time I was shooting flower macros in a greenhouse. I played dumb and said I thought you only needed a permit for wedding photography. (they have signs stating this at all entrances like most greenhouses) The keepers reply was "Oh, Okay." and said I should come back in a couple of weeks as the cactus will be starting to bloom.
    Generally like most people here have said, I try not to set up in the middle of a busy traffic area. Off to one side, between parked cars, just off the boardwalk at the beach. Have been given a few looks, but very few complaints, and no tripod police yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrcallow
    My encounter was in the strategic hot bed of Queens.
    There it might have been cops with nothing better to do. Were you photographing the Triborough from the Queens side?

    In the East Village around CBGB's, even though there are a lot of people walking around, it's in general an area with a fair amount of artistic activity, and I wouldn't expect to have too much trouble there. Areas like, Rockefeller Center and Times Square or near City Hall, though, can get really packed in mid-day, and there are a lot of cops around who need to feel like they have something to do.
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    BTW, the "no photo" signs on the NY bridges have, as far as anyone can tell, NO LEGAL FORCE. If you are hassled, ask what regulation the hassler is citing. And their badge #

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