This kind of brings up an age-old ethical problem. Technically, doesn't that girl have every right to photograph in a public place? If she intends to publish photos of kids who are identifiable in her photos, and under age 18, she would need a consent form from a parent/guardian, I believe. But that's it. Of course, most of us don't want the grief, which is why we generally avoid these situations and miss out and some good photos.
Originally Posted by rich815
I was in Chattanooga several months ago, photographing in the park along the Tennessee River. It was a hot day and there were a lot of parents and kids at the local fountain, running in and out of it, etc. I was using a Fed-2. I took several pictures and wasn't really too inconspicuous about it, and nobody said anything to me or gave me dirty looks or anything like that. Sometimes I think that if you're using an older, vintage camera, you get more cred.
In fact, one of those kids ended up running up to me and asking if he could use his digital point-and-shoot to take a picture of my camera. Of course I let him. I thought it was pretty funny and tad ironic.