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    So, I had an email from MyCameraEye in which he elucidates upon the safety protocol of the Nation's Metro. This got me to thinking. What are your great stories with brushes with the law in your pursuit for the perfect photograph?

    Here's my 3:

    I took a picture of an ashtray (a closeup, mind you) at L'Enfant Plaza--Department of Transportation--and securtiy asked what I was doing. I said, "um...taking pictures." Her response, "are you a photographer?" I was too dumbfounded to be jocose. I just nodded and showed her the pic I had just taken. Apparently it's a matter of national security to not allow people to take pics of dirty ashtrays.

    Another time I was taking pictures outside of a building in Wilmington, DE and the Secret Service or Marshalls (I'm not sure which) came up to me and told me that I wasn't allowed to take pictures. I was tempted to cross the street and take their pics...but they have guns.

    Christmas Eve. I wanted to take a picture of the mosaic at Department of Justice, and they needed 2 forms of ID and wanted to photocopy my driver's license.
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    National Security, didn't you know!? Sad, what it is comming to in our land. I had a cop wannabe at an amusement park get in my face about taking pics..and then they must have a family member in it....."Noah, stand there" I said to my nephew..and then I took the pic...he walked away.
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    I was trying to take pics of planes at a little municipal airport in Florida with a Northrop-Grumman installation. Next thing I know, a guy in a fuel truck pulls up next to me, and says that if I don't leave, he'll call the guys with M-16s and they'll be there in 2 minutes. I left.

    Area 51 in the middle of Florida? LOL
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    never had a brush with the 'man'.

    had an old woman beat the hell out of me with an umbrella once for taking her picture. after i collected all my gear i informed her she wouldn't be getting a copy.
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    I have been kicked out of a cemetery for taking pics. Apparently it is a privacy issue. I imformed the security dude that there are no signs to indicate that photography is prohibited, and that I would not have known. He took down my license plate and was going to call the police. I was then escorted out of the grounds. But..........I beat the system. Now I cycle there, and they have no idea who I am now....and they can catche the long haired freaky guy on the bike

    I was also booted off the front lawn of an office building downtown. They have a statue of a ....photographer. It looked really cool, so I strolled up to get a closer look. I had no idea the place had motion sensors....on a statue. Two sharp dressed security guards asked "is that a camera"? These are the smartest security guards they could send to me...brilliant folk. I said..."yeah.. I want to get a photo of the photographer statue" They said that I was tresspassing and to leave. So....I stepped to the sidewalk...put my zoom lens on, and took the shot from there...to the surprise of two arm-folded-highly-intellegent-frowning security guards.
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    Nothing exciting, just the usual. Sir, you can't take pictures here. Except for when the guy chased me off a parking garage for "loitering" ...
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    Yeah, I did that once. It was fun :lol:
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    I've never had an encounter, but I'm always prepared for one. I've learned from stories and so I'm pretty sure I know my rights. I also know what places I'm likely to be harassed about taking pictures so I tend to avoid them (subways, airports, etc.) But whatever, if something ever happens then I think I know how to react.

    I think the closest I've ever been was on the NYC meetup when danaelc99 was taking a photo of a building and some dude came out and told him not to take pics. He eventually posted the pic in the gallery thread hehe. Ok yeah that's probably even too vicarious to be worth mentioning, but I felt like making this post longer.

    Didn't you get your avatar pic (not the one you have now but your normal one with the finger pointing) from someone trying to get you to not take their picture? Like... at a protest or something.
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    I was walking around downtown Clevealnd one evening at sunset, following the reflections in the windows of buildings when I suddenly realized I was on the grounds of the Federal Courthouse. The reason I knew was because I heard a whistle blow, and 5 guards coming out of the bushes practically all around me. They surrounded me, and the head honcho asked me what I was doing. Since it was difficult for him to grasp, I explained to him that I was taking pictures of the building. He said, "why?". I almost laughed, except that probably wasn't what he wanted to hear, so I told him, "because the light is interesting". He went on to tell me it's illegal to photograph a federal building on federal property, but if I walked across the street, it'd be ok.

    That seems really dumb to me. Really dumb.
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    Yea, I've been told the same thing. You would think that they would rather have ON the property so they can see what your taking pics of. If you're across the street, you could be shooting the guard posts.

    Thank God we have sharp people making up these rules.
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    yes, but he wasn't a lawman
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    Wishin' I was a fly on the wall that day! :lol: ;)
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    one must constantly wonder why ... on the job courtesy, perhaps?!?

    as for the other ... :biglaugh:
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    LaFoto Just Corinna in real life Staff Member

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    Oh dear, what is waiting for little Innocent Me when I come over in three months time?
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    Don't worry...we'll protect you.

    Besides, it seems that "tourists" read foriegners are allowed to take pics to their hearts' content...it's just us law-abiding citizens who have problems... :mrgreen:

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