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Dragon Red

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Bk Ray

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Subj: Re: Amateur photographers taking photos
Posted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 at 05:40:24 am EDT (Viewed 675 times)
Reply Subj: Amateur photographers taking photos
Posted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 at 04:13:47 am EDT (Viewed 907 times)

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I was with my wife and my 3 year old daughter and we were walking towards a fair

It was in the countryside and there was quite a lot of natural beauty, rivers etc. There was a photographer who was taking still shots of the river side, trees etc.

I saw him notice us, whilst it looked like I was absorbed in a conversation with my wife.

He attempted to position his camera and when he did so, I deliberately made the shots awkward with my positioning whilst deliberately standing in front of my daughter.

He looked frustrated and then I shot him a glance, making eye contact and he got his camera and walked off. At this point, as he was agitated, I was going to use his reaction to have an argument with him. I knew he would defend his actions 'public place, no close shot etc' and then be snide by hiding behind these laws. As he was agitated, I knew I could confront him 'why are you annoyed etc' and go down this route and it asked myself the question -why was he so annoyed? I suspect he also predicted how this was going to go and moved on.

Just my own feelings, but I am sure a polite, non confrontational response on my part would have resulted in a snide, this is a public place response.

Legally, there was nothing I could do, we were in a public place, there were no close shots, hence why I obstructed the view.

I generally avoid taking photographs of people if it can be helped its just polite. Plus, do you really want them to appear in your photo album? Probably not.

But photographers operate differently to most of us, in their heads they are artists trying to capture light, and reflections, nuances and other bullshit things that I never worry about when aiming a camera, and I think my photographs are perfectly fine.

He was probably frustrated that you were ruining his art. Because photographers probably get a lot of camera shy people around them. It must be irritating for them, bit like if you are in public trying to paint a picture and people keep bumping into you.

This is interesting to me "Legally, there was nothing I could do, we were in a public place, there were no close shots, " How does this work when these lycra wearing cyclists with a go pro strapped to their head come up to the window of your car and inform you of your, allegedly, poor driving then later stick it on youtube? Can they do that? That is a close shot. (I do have a small dislike for cyclists. I can't help it).

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