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How can a photographer focus on doing his best work and be safe in Spain?

How can a photographer focus on doing his best work and be safe in Spain?

Oct 20th, 2007, 10:53 AM
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Trying not to blend in is always a problem. How about your:

White sneakers
Tourist guide
Walking around casually on a business day
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Oct 27th, 2007, 11:00 PM
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I've been to a few places in Europe, including Madrid and Barcelona - and I never experienced any attempt of theft . I am an avid photography fan myself and I travel with quite an expensive DSLR body and a few lenses (including big white EF 70-200 f2.8L). As long as I mind my surroundings and keep my eye on things around me (it becomes second nature once you get used to it) - I feel pretty safe and concentrate all my attention on getting the best shots I can.
Europe is pretty safe place - I photographed alone at night in places like Prague, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice, Rome etc' (see my travel photography at http://www.pbase.com/olegis/places ).
I carry my equipment in a Domke shoulder bag (it really doesn't look like it carries a lot of expensive stuff) and I am always aware what's going on near my bag - that's why I carry it in front of my body. This way I'm telling the potential thief that I know where by stuff is and hope that it makes him to go look somewhere else

Hope it helps,
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Oct 28th, 2007, 03:09 AM
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First, your photos are great. The biggest point in your work is the amount of people. All the photos of all buildings are pretty much the same. Certainly some are better than others but the images of people is great. Thanks for showing your photos.

Regarding the post from rlm346, I want to give one hint. Although I didn't carry photo equipment but I did carry computers and hand luggage all over the world. Like Oleg's thought, you have to be aware of what is around you at all time. In my case I would touch my bags with my feet, if I'm occupied with counters, or other places which prevent me from watching the bags. If my bag moves even a bit, I turn over and find what's changing my bags. You have to practice but it's possible to keep control of your bags.


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Oct 28th, 2007, 04:10 AM
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don't know about photographers, but, as tourists, we felt safe in both Madrid and Barcelona . We walked , took the metro ( in Barcelona,), and stayed out late.
There was a lot of security and police presence in both cities.
(Just got back a few days ago)
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