I wonder what if...
What if all these cops that want to know what you are doing with a camera realize that some day a cop may be attacked by two thugs and they will be beating the life out of him. When other officers come to investigate, they will find a photograher holding a camera. When they ask him if he saw anything, he will say, yes, I saw the whole thing and was going to take pictures for evidence, but then I realized I didn't have permission from that cop to photograph him.
Did you return the favor and take a photo of them?
Originally Posted by rthomas
No, I only had the RB67 and I was intent on using my very last roll of Tri-X 320 on my project.
Originally Posted by dbonamo
I had a "What are you doing?" moment by a lovely older couple last week when out taking photos with my 4x5. Her initial response was "I hope you're not taking a photo of us!" in a very i-forgot-to-put-make-up-on way, but they both seemed very happy to see someone shooting something that bought back memories for them.
Upon asking them what they were doing, they were walking down to the bowling club for a meal and a couple of drinks. I really regret not taking a photo of them together.
When someone asks me that usually I just smile and say "I'm a photography student and I'm learning." and leave it at that. If they hassle me, if I am on private property I leave, but I don't budge when it's public. Just because some event is going on and some team might be practicing is no reason to demand that someone not photograph in a public park. I'm not too sure that was even legal, cops or not.
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That's what bugged me, if for instance I was within the grounds of the sport field (with is also lovely to go photograph) I would understand (that IS private property), but in the park?
Originally Posted by magkelly
Well I didn't want to argue, besides they are supposed to watching traffic, writing tickets for TRAFFIC offences, not hassle someone who ,in effect, pays their salary (tax). Oh well the bridge isn't going anywhere...
Baie Dankie :-)
Originally Posted by Ricus.stormfire
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Many years ago as a young teenager, I wandered into a steam locomotive depot. Naively thinking I could wander about with my camera and photograph at will. Blissfully unaware I snapped away until a gruff voice demanded “What do you think you are doing?” and marched me to the shed foreman. I can’t remember my reaction but I would have stammered some lame excuse to his superior. Obviously he was unimpressed and phoned my parents. They chastised me of course, though were supportive especially when I was interviewed afterward by the security police, and subsequently too to determine the required protocol for future visits to locomotive depots!
Got arrested shooting some barrels.
Back in 1971, I was 18 and had gone back to Poland to see my family. I left when I was five and had not been back since leaving.
I was in Czestochowa and was walking around with my lovely Nikon FTN and 35 mm lens and stopped by to take a photo of a very aging, rusty gas station with these barrels out front. Took three or four shots when I had both arms grabbed from behind. When I got turned around I saw that there were three policemen there, two of whom were holding my arms.
They asked me what I was doing and I replied that I was just taking pictures. Why? I told them I like the textures of the rust and the shapes repeating.
They marched me off to the station and told me it is illegal to photograph gas (petrol) stations due to the fact that the then communist government has deemed them all as military installations.
I old them I was unaware of this since I was Canadian and had only been in the country for a week or so. The didn't believe me since my Polish was as good as theirs.
Luckily for me, my cousin was a policeman in the same station, and, just by fluke, he was going off-shift when they brought me in. He set things straight, but they did take the roll of film from me.
I guess I'm lucky to live in the Boston area. I never get those questions. Many times I've been in Boston with my Zone VI wood field 4x5 set up on a tripod and I get knowing smiles and have often even gotten broad smiles and a "thunbs up" gesture from people going by in autos. Once in my home town I had my Cambo legend set up trying to photograph some wonderful ice patterns in a stream near my house. I had just gotten it and was all thumbs using it. As I worked it two fellows came walking down the road and gave a somewhat curious look at my set up. We passed pleasentries about the day and then one fellow said "wow, that is SERIOUS photography". On any given Sunday in Boston if I am out taking photos just about every other person I see also has a camera around their necks.
Some of that is the tourists but a lot of it is locals as well. And of course part of it is the fact that Boston is just so visually intersting.