I posted this photo in the critique gallery.
I had an interesting experience after taking it and was wondering the feeling of some fellow photographers about it.
I got up early on a sat morning to go out and take some shots near Manor, TX. A co worker had informed me of some old Country Stores and an old church in that area that I should take a look at for potential photographs. so I ended up outside the Cele Country Store at about 10am. When I drove up there were no cars around front or in back I could see. So I parked on the side off the side of the state road it was on. I spent a good 20 mins just walking around the front of the store just looking at things and seeing if anything really struck me as wnating to be photographed. I looked inside and didnt see anyone inside so I didnt bother to knock or go inside. The initial image I saw was what really seemed to strike me as worthy of shooting. so I walked back across the street and set up my 4x5 with a 14" wollensak and spent about another 15-20mins taking a few shots. as I was packing up my backpack etc an old lady came out the front door of the store. she crossed the street and I said good morning to her. she replied with "what are you doing?" (rather annoyed tone as well) I was overly polite and said I was just taking some pictures and hoped that it wasnt a problem and that I hadnt seen anyone inside etc and I was lead to believe that the store was closed by a local resident.
she was really getting angry now and said "so you dont think you should have asked?" I kept trying to disperse the tension by being polite and offering to destroy the negatives if she would like me to or give her a copy of the resulting print if it turned out. she angrily said I had no business taking pictures. I profusely apologized as she turned her back on me and crossed the street only to reply "saying your sorry doesnt do a damn bit of good now"
a part of me felt a huge amount of guilt but then another part of me thought to myself. Im standing on a public road taking pictures of something and had even openly offered to remedy the situation in any way she felt would be neccesary but she openly refused any of that.
I know my rights as a photographer and Ive done alot of research in that regard. but just because legal action cant be taken against a photographer doesnt mean it is ethical etc. so Im curious what others think about situations such as this.