Shooting on private property

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  1. Nightsblood

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    I live in the land of farms. Tons of farm land, beautiful areas to photo.

    Do you find that folks generally will allow you to shoot photos on their land or not? I figure they would have to worry about liability and such.
     
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    There's already an extensive thread on this. My opinion in brief: shoot and be damned, then plead ignorance.

    Cheers, Lol
     
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    I thought trespassing comprised half the fun of photography...
     
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    Mind providing a link for the original poster? ;)
     
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    Sorry guys, totally forgot the search tool.

    And, Im a police officer and pleading ignorance to a class 1 misdemeanor is not a viable option. Not to mention, most of the property owners in this area have guns.

    Not Good! :sillysmi:
     
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    Just be quick or dont be quickand really set up a good shot. If someone wants to prosecute you for taking photos on their property let them.. Unless you run into some super d*ck I cant imagine someone going after you for shooting on their property. Although I dont really understand people that well so I may be way off. I was recently shooting on someones farm I was on the edge of their property mind you. Who I can only assume was the owner came out of his house crossed his arms and glared at me. I looked right at him made eye contact and went about taking more photos, I left because my card filled up but I must have been there for ten minutes while he just glared... Ultimatly though he did nothing and I got a couple decent shots. If the guy had come over to me and asked me to leave I would have, if he had asked what I was doing I would have told him and even offer to frame him a photo of his house or the great view he gets from it, but just standing there trying to ntimidate me is going to do nothing.. I hate jerks like that guy.

    In my experience a lot of "private" areas have great shots.
     
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    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42752
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=87349
    http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=81775

    These are really good, lot's of info in them. They have a great links within the threads, too.


    To the OP: Probably the easiest thing to do, especially for farmland, would be knock on the door of the farmhouse, explain who you are, and ask permission to shoot on their land. Less hassles that way, and I can't imagine too many people that would flat out refuse.
     
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    Busy scanning negs! But thanks to JHF for finding them, and FWIW I posted on the first link ;)
     
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    I haven't tried when taking pictures but have entered private farmland when hunting and fishing. The basic rule is always ask first. You'll run into one or two hard-boiled eggs that just don't want anyone on their property. Usually though, the landowner will have no problem as long as you explain what you're up to and don't stomp around on the crops. It's not only common courtesy but farms can be dangerous. Being warned away from going down in the south pasture because of the "mean" cows is much better then finding that the fence line is a long way off as a 1000 pounds of pissed-off cow is headed your way at a clip faster then you can run. I've also been warned off due to things like aerial pesticide spraying. You don't want to get caught out in a thick cloud if bug spray, very bad for your health. So I'd say ask first, keeps everything above board and may be better for your personal well-being.
     
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    I always act first ask forgiveness later.
     
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    Im pretty sure we'll go the "ask first" route. My wife will probably go along for this one so, I'll get her to ask. Shes more persuasive than I .

    I just wanted to know how the landowners usually take such as request. And thanks for the links, that'll be my morning read.

    BTW, recieved my 20D in the big brown truck yesterday. Man, I gots lotsa learning to do.
     
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    If you do sneak on the property, don't be the dork that I am and sprain your ankle (happens all the time.. weak ankes but I forgot my walking stick). hehehe lol.

    Wasn't funny at the time but I like to think back and laugh.. me crawling on all fours to my car with a camera bag dragging behind me.. hehehehe lol
     

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