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Street Performers: "We ask people to give us a dollar for taking our picture"

 
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May 01, 2008 15:58 |  #106

Ask them for a reciept and write it off as a business expense. :)


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May 01, 2008 19:07 |  #107
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I had an experience last year in Chicago which resulted in me punching a street perfromer who went after my 17 yr old Daughter who took his picture.


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May 01, 2008 19:17 |  #108

In the Seattle area, Pike Place Market is a great spot for shooting street performers and so much more.

I'm very nice to them shooting or not. I'll always say hello and we exchange greetings and a smile. They don't know me, but I'm there often enough that they think they recognize me which is nice.

When I want to shoot, I'll make eye contact and throw a dollar down. They smile and I get a great shot. What's the problem? I'll pay a buck for a great shot while helping someone out.

Why try to take a quick bad shot of someone and bring about bad feelings on both parties? It's amazing how many great shots can come from just a smile and a dollar. Give it a try.



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May 01, 2008 19:36 |  #109

Just Be wrote in post #5443352 (external link)
In the Seattle area, Pike Place Market is a great spot for shooting street performers and so much more.

I'm very nice to them shooting or not. I'll always say hello and we exchange greetings and a smile. They don't know me, but I'm there often enough that they think they recognize me which is nice.

When I want to shoot, I'll make eye contact and throw a dollar down. They smile and I get a great shot. What's the problem? I'll pay a buck for a great shot while helping someone out.

Why try to take a quick bad shot of someone and bring about bad feelings on both parties? It's amazing how many great shots can come from just a smile and a dollar. Give it a try.

If that were the case here, it would be simple. However the "street performers" that Bill is referencing aren't exactly street performers. They are hustlers that pester you for money after you have taken a shot of them. In his particular case, he took a shot of just two scantily clad women, they aren't street performers.

hahahahaha oh wait! Bill, maybe they WERE "street performers" in a sense :) In THAT case a dollar is cheap!

But seriously, there are people that hang around in the tourist areas in New Orleans that look "unusual" being with body mods, tattoos, unusual clothing, snakes draped around their shoulders and they scream for attention, when they get someone that reacts to them and takes their picture they follow that person and beg them for money.

It's like your neighbor telling you he will mow your lawn and then going to you afterwards with a bill for the job he just did.


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May 02, 2008 02:00 |  #110

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resulted in me punching a street perfromer

I guess the normally charge you more than a dollar for letting you do that.


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May 02, 2008 08:58 |  #111

locky wrote in post #5443298 (external link)
I had an experience last year in Chicago which resulted in me punching a street perfromer who went after my 17 yr old Daughter who took his picture.

This is clearly someone who does not understand the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. Namely, the right to photography anything in public view.


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May 02, 2008 09:00 |  #112

BillsBayou wrote in post #5435352 (external link)
"We ask people to give us a dollar for taking our photo." I told her "I'm local, go hustle the tourists,"


Have any of you been approached like this? What do you do?

I presses Play, then ERASE the image in front of him/her. Smile, then walk away. :)


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May 02, 2008 09:02 |  #113

Just Be wrote in post #5443352 (external link)
When I want to shoot, I'll make eye contact and throw a dollar down. They smile and I get a great shot. What's the problem? I'll pay a buck for a great shot while helping someone out.

I would argue, as I have already in this thread, that your shot has been corrupted by the payment.

You gave them a dollar and they posed. You didn't capture what they do to get people to give them a dollar. You captured what they do when they're already paid. You got a posed shot, not a performance shot.

Their performance is what drew you in to want to take their picture. You didn't capture that in your photo. I'd argue you couldn't capture it once the money was paid.

Then again, if you want a posed shot of street performers and not a performance shot, then you got your money's worth and should be happy.


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May 02, 2008 09:03 |  #114

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I presses Play, then ERASE the image in front of him/her. Smile, then walk away. :)

Wow! :shock:


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May 02, 2008 09:36 |  #115
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BillsBayou wrote in post #5446464 (external link)
Wow! :shock:

I once was at Harrah's night club downtown, and took a snap (with a P&S) of one of the Go-Go dancers they have on the dancing blocks. There are no signs of "NO PHOTOGRAPHY" or anything anywhere visible. She is a paid performer for the casino and there are flashing going off all over the club at any given tim.... But anyways, she saw the flash and looked at me with total disgust and got her panties (go go dancer outfit) in a wad. Reprimanding me or what not with her hands... I politely said I am sorry and put the camera away. I saw her call one of the bouncers over to her and talk in his ear. So, I waited for the "talk" that I had to leave or tell me there is no photography. So the bouncer walks up and says, "Hey dude, just act like you are erasing the picture so she can see and be happy. We really don't care if you do or not" LOL...haha... So I mocked showing him i was erasing and gave her a thumbs up and a smile.

Now, normally I would just erase and respect someone who didn't want their picture taken...BUT...she was RUDE. Acted like I was the one being the ass and tried to pursuade the bouncer to get me in trouble. But instead of telling me politely or even asking me personally to erase, she tried to involve someone whom she thought would try to intimidate me or worse. I had the urge to spread that photo all across craigslist and myspace just out of spite...lol.

I'm sure some of you will think I'm a D*ck for that story, but truth is...sometimes... I am. and i'm ok with it.:lol:




  
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May 02, 2008 09:42 |  #116

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I'm sure some of you will think I'm a D*ck for that story, but truth is...sometimes... I am. and i'm ok with it.:lol:

Seems D*cks come in pairs! (not a Colette punn either!) meaning....oh nevermind :rolleyes:
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May 02, 2008 10:05 |  #117

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...So the bouncer walks up and says, "Hey dude, just act like you are erasing the picture so she can see and be happy. We really don't care if you do or not"...

Think it has anything to do with their desire to make you a happy customer? ;)

Dancer happy, check.

Customer happy, check.

Customer still gambling, check.


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BillsBayou wrote in post #5446821 (external link)
Think it has anything to do with their desire to make you a happy customer? ;)

Dancer happy, check.

Customer happy, check.

Customer still gambling, check.


lol..no i don't gamble... It was Maquarades, the nightclub in there.




  
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May 02, 2008 11:05 |  #119

Customer still drinking, check.


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flipstyle72 wrote in post #5446671 (external link)
I once was at Harrah's night club downtown, and took a snap (with a P&S) of one of the Go-Go dancers they have on the dancing blocks. There are no signs of "NO PHOTOGRAPHY" or anything anywhere visible. She is a paid performer for the casino and there are flashing going off all over the club at any given tim.... But anyways, she saw the flash and looked at me with total disgust and got her panties (go go dancer outfit) in a wad. Reprimanding me or what not with her hands... I politely said I am sorry and put the camera away. I saw her call one of the bouncers over to her and talk in his ear. So, I waited for the "talk" that I had to leave or tell me there is no photography. So the bouncer walks up and says, "Hey dude, just act like you are erasing the picture so she can see and be happy. We really don't care if you do or not" LOL...haha... So I mocked showing him i was erasing and gave her a thumbs up and a smile.

Now, normally I would just erase and respect someone who didn't want their picture taken...BUT...she was RUDE. Acted like I was the one being the ass and tried to pursuade the bouncer to get me in trouble. But instead of telling me politely or even asking me personally to erase, she tried to involve someone whom she thought would try to intimidate me or worse. I had the urge to spread that photo all across craigslist and myspace just out of spite...lol.

I'm sure some of you will think I'm a D*ck for that story, but truth is...sometimes... I am. and i'm ok with it.:lol:

That's funny.

Not sure about everybody else, but it seems that most here think similarly to me... it's not so much a request that a picture not be taken (or even paid for), but more so the attitude about it from the other person. I'm usually a pretty agreeable person... ask me nicely and I'll usually go out of my way to accommodate even a stranger... but get in my face a demand and be rude about it, and I have a passive-aggressive stubborn streak that kicks in pretty quick.

ETA: I would have done the same thing, even though she would have thought she won. I would have done it to accommodate the bouncer because he was totally cool about it and didn't deserve to have any unnecessary hassles.

Part of me wonders, though, who in their right mind realistically expects that they can dress up and act out-of-the-ordinary in public, and that people aren't going to want to take pictures of them?


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