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Dec 02, 2009 11:58 |  #1

Article seen in one of today's UK papers

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Of course the editing is going to be somewhat biased, being the Daily Mail, but, still - stopped and quized for taking "too many photos"!!!!


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Dec 02, 2009 12:00 |  #2

Its a differemnt incident Merlin. That was a BBC guy. this was "Jo Public"


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Dec 03, 2009 19:27 |  #3

If you aint guilty of anything, what's the big deal about answering a few questions from courteous members of law enforcement who put their lives on the line for us every day?

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Dec 03, 2009 20:24 |  #4

I agree completely. Really this article is another example of sensationalism by the media.

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Dec 04, 2009 06:34 |  #5

MDJAK wrote in post #9130690 (external link)
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I agree completely. Really this article is another example of sensationalism by the media.

I think what annoys most people here about these incidents is what appears to be a bias against people with DSLR's. In many of these stories, a common comment is that people with P&S or camera phones aren't getting stopped in the same way.

That anti DSLR bias is one that sticks in my throat as any terrorist would not draw attention to themselves with a big camera. They would shoot with probably the smallest camera or camera phone in order to NOT draw attention.


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Dec 07, 2009 20:13 |  #6

Ive been asked a few times to move on from buildings and skyscrapers in downtown Los Angeles before, I really don't see the problem, they ask me to move I go over the other side of the road and photograph from there.

I realize that America has been on anti terror overdrive since 9/11 but cmon, if im a terrorist or someone wanting to do harm to a company or building im hardly likely to show up outside the premises with a big hefty DSLR around my neck am I.

The internet is a great resource for photos and people who really want to cause trouble only have to look there.


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Dec 07, 2009 22:10 |  #7

I was stopped a number of times when in the U.K. for bag checks. I was also forbidden to take pictures on bridges here in NY.


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Dec 08, 2009 15:54 |  #8

neeko wrote in post #9154767 (external link)
I was stopped a number of times when in the U.K. for bag checks. I was also forbidden to take pictures on bridges here in NY.

the last time i tried taking a picture of the Verrazano bridge here in NYC at 3am LOL ... i was stopped and a few days later .. Home Land Security unit paid me a visit ...


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Dec 08, 2009 16:22 |  #9

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the last time i tried taking a picture of the Verrazano bridge here in NYC at 3am LOL ... i was stopped and a few days later .. Home Land Security unit paid me a visit ...

And people say we are overdoing it!!:rolleyes:


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Dec 08, 2009 16:27 |  #10

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the last time i tried taking a picture of the Verrazano bridge here in NYC at 3am LOL ... i was stopped and a few days later .. Home Land Security unit paid me a visit ...

Hope you showed them a nice print...

Seriously, having some of your work handy can difuse a lot of situations.

I always keep a dozen or so of my best aviation shots on my iPhone. You'be be suprised how security backs off when they see what you're capable of capturing. Many of them have never even considered that an aircraft can be caputred in an artistic fashion given the right angle and light.

It makes much more sense to them why you are where you are and why that time of day is good when they can see the results. ;)


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Dec 08, 2009 16:31 |  #11

A good idea Jay.

Hopefully Homeland Security agree that photography for its own sake is a worthy enough pursuit for TSW's sake.


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Dec 08, 2009 16:33 |  #12

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A good idea Jay.

Hopefully Homeland Security agree that photography for its own sake is a worthy enough pursuit for TSW's sake.

Well, if you show them you are participating in the Constitutionally-protected activity of Freedom of Expression rather than make them guess what you did with the pictures, it generally works out much better in the long run. ;)


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Dec 08, 2009 16:45 |  #13

i'd stop him too :)


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Dec 09, 2009 12:20 as a reply to  @ Bobster's post |  #14

neilwood32 wrote in post #9159765 (external link)
And people say we are overdoing it!!:rolleyes:

this is what happens when you're a night person LOL

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Hope you showed them a nice print...

Seriously, having some of your work handy can difuse a lot of situations.

I always keep a dozen or so of my best aviation shots on my iPhone. You'be be suprised how security backs off when they see what you're capable of capturing. Many of them have never even considered that an aircraft can be caputred in an artistic fashion given the right angle and light.

It makes much more sense to them why you are where you are and why that time of day is good when they can see the results. ;)

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A good idea Jay.

Hopefully Homeland Security agree that photography for its own sake is a worthy enough pursuit for TSW's sake.

well .. this happened like maybe after a year or so after 9/11 .. so they were all up at arms with this stuff .. but honestly, i dont blame them and they didn't give me a hard time. they just wanted to talk to me and ask a few questions .. when i spoke to them, the investigator mentioned that it really didn't matter what i say or would say .. they already knew everything about me before the visit .. they just wanted to see how i would react to such a "visit" LOL


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Dec 10, 2009 06:49 |  #15

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well .. this happened like maybe after a year or so after 9/11 .. so they were all up at arms with this stuff .. but honestly, i dont blame them and they didn't give me a hard time. they just wanted to talk to me and ask a few questions .. when i spoke to them, the investigator mentioned that it really didn't matter what i say or would say .. they already knew everything about me before the visit .. they just wanted to see how i would react to such a "visit" LOL

Thats the bit that would worry me - that they knew everthing? :eek:

Note to self : Check in rear view mirror more often and look for big lenses watching me........ oh wait - im at an airshow, theres supposed to be big lenses!


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