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    Most of the young people in the city I'm from (small, yet surprisingly snobby) think I'm trying to be too clever for my own good when I have my hass out on the town. Some of the artsy folk are into it but they tend to like the look of the camera more than anything else and find me to be very hip, and then the rest of the people (including many who should be old enough to know better) ask me if they can see the photo after I trigger my cable release.

    I haven't had my MF gear out and about since I've been in Beijing (just moved here a few weeks ago after a short tour of China's east coast) but I'm very anxious to see some reactions
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    i get asked this often, and i just tell them what i am up to.
    if i am going to be in an area where i will be visible and a distraction,
    i usually contact the police ahead of time so they can run interference for me
    when concerned people call them to say there is a tan-guy with dark curly hair
    and a camera ... people acted like this well before 2001

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Jenkin View Post
    I've been hassled by Police and "Police Community Support Officers" (plastic plod) in London and always with no good reason. It confuses the crap out of them when they ask to see what I've been shooting and it's on film (not that I would EVER show them what I've been shooting, on any medium, without them getting a court order first).

    Recently, I acquired a 500c/m and this seems to be regarded by many as a comedy camera capable of nothing of value. Fools.
    Some people Paul know the price of everything, and the value of nothing
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ricus.stormfire View Post
    So I stopped in a spot where go photograph ALOT
    Did you get a picture of this ALOT, whatever that is?.... Or did you mean a lot?


    Steve.
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    Ben, I agree completely. This "stealthiness" tends to work in my favour, though as people don't seem to realise they're in shot because you aren't stood upright with a camera pointing straight at them. Shooting "pre-focused" from the hip - whilst having a quick look down at the screen to compose is another technique suggested to avoid unwanted attention. That's a bit sneaky (even for me) but I can see the advantage if you're after some truly candid street shots.
    Paul Jenkin (a late developer...)

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    I haven't been hassled, but once got a comment from a guy at the Pacific NW Flower & Garden Show. His comment was "Now, that's a REAL camera!" when he saw the F2A with MD-1/MB-1 and a 55/2.8 hanging from my neck. No comment about the utilikilt I was wearing at the time or anything else, though.

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