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Dec 21, 2009 08:42 |  #31

I've been to a local skate park a few times. I've wandered over with a few business cards and asked if they mind me shooting here for a while. Most are quite happy. I'd rather be upfront about it than be caught sneakily snapping kids from afar.
Anyway, once they know that the best shots will be displayed online somewhere, then they always get competitive and start showing off as much as possible form the camera.
Tell them what you're doing... Tell them they can get pics from you (if you're happy with that) and I have not had any trouble ever.
You can check web traffic to the page if you put pics online and I've given away half a dozen lo-res images to the kids involved.


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Dec 21, 2009 08:50 |  #32

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After attending the birth of my four children, I can say I'm glad I'm not a woman.

Hahaha! so true


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Dec 21, 2009 09:01 |  #33

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That's the kind of guy who's going to get himself shot or beaten down some day.

This is why I work out at the gym three times a week, so I can be a photographer.:D


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Dec 21, 2009 09:15 |  #34

Gym sure helps with a 5d+grip+70-200 2.8!


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Dec 21, 2009 09:43 |  #35

Street events like Daytona Beach Bike Week or a march for marijuana I captured in Rome are good venues for sharpening your street photography skills. No permissions need be asked, although the subjects can get offensive--but not always because of the camera.


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Dec 21, 2009 09:55 |  #36

Very often you have to grab what you can, from wherever you are. The nude guy walking the street in Barcelona was shot from a bus through glass.

Another Barcelona shot qualifies as street photography. Certainly no permission was asked, because there was no way without destroying the mood of the scene. And I think of it as more justifiable because --to me-- it is more art than it is intrusive.


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Dec 21, 2009 10:59 |  #37

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I talked to a guy who said he'll demand anyone who takes a picture of him without his permission to either delete it or give him their film and, if they don't, he'll take it by force(he's a big guy to). He told me he's sent a camera into a lake once and broken another, paying the owners for damages afterwords, but it still would be a very unpleasant experience. Frankly, I think the guy is crazy, but he's not the only one.

The terms 'paranoid' and 'schizophrenic' are brought to mind


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Dec 21, 2009 11:28 |  #38

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The terms 'paranoid' and 'schizophrenic' are brought to mind

The correct term is 'sociopathic'.


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Dec 21, 2009 11:32 |  #39

Thanks, Jeff. ' *ssh*le ' also comes to mind, to describe that type of person, but that is a non-clinical term. :lol:


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Dec 22, 2009 01:22 |  #40

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He's the kind of guy who does the shooting and beating usually. He's a big guy who can handle himself and he is a very pro gun guy who owns plenty of firepower. He's also, as I said, a bit crazy. It really is a bad combination.

That's the kind of guy who would quickly lose his rights to gun ownership by becoming a felon in my state. Taking someone's camera like that is called robbery, which is a felony. In the process he'd probably get shot too. There are more people than you think that legally carry concealed in CA. ;)

I had a photography professor that took a lot of street scene shots and on very few occasions he would ask permission. He carried a small medium format film camera so it wasn't very noticeable by people. Sometimes he'd approach them after and offer prints if they wanted. He did this through some of the worst parts of LA County too.

I noticed that Gilden guy did a "drive-by" when shooting. He takes the picture and keeps on walking in most instances. He was long gone before the person knew what happened.

I don't normally shoot people, but it would depend on the location I think. When I was in Vegas for New Years 2000 I took a lot of people pics and never asked permission. But the few times I have taken a picture and asked it is when someone was doing something - e.g., jumping off a waterfall, skating, surfing, etc. and they are always happy to say yes. Like other people have said, they will ham it up.

I generally just say something like, "Hey do you mind if I take some pictures of you doing ....?" If they hesitate, I include, "I can email you copies if you want." People always want pictures of themselves doing stuff when they don't have anyone around to take them. :)


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Dec 22, 2009 01:28 |  #41

It's just wrong to shoot someone for stealing a camera. Should only be used in life or death instances imo.


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