my experience on august 22, 2009.
we were at a NY state park yesterday in NYC. it is in Brooklyn. we wanted to shoot across to the Manhattan skyline. great clouds etc.
we walked through the gate and were accosted by the "guard" about our tripods. we politely asked to speak with his supervisor. he was happy to send us there. The super explained to use that NO COMMERCIAL photography is allowed in the NYS parks. "THEY" (not these two i am sure) have decided the definition of commercial is tripod use. we collected the necessary info for the "permit" which includes a $1,000,000 insurance rider!
we turned in our LF cameras for hand held MF stuff and shot what we could.
we will be drafting a letter to the various departments regarding their definition of commercial.
we will post the letter we draft here so others can print it and send it in as well. i believe it will be most beneficial if we used snail mail as snail mail is not easily dismissed with the delete button.
i found this so far. again, some one told the employees that the definition of commercial photography=tripods.
if any one cares to help or write letters please do. i will try and get something drafted but i may not be the best writer for this.
i spoke with the supervisor named Mechelle Morgan. a very nice and professional person....just miss informed IMO.