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Photographers vs. sightseers: Who has the right of way?

Photographers vs. sightseers: Who has the right of way?

Old May 2nd, 2001, 05:27 PM
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Since you've quoted me, I'd just like to say that I always step aside whenever I notice anyone with their camera pointed. Almost always, you can walk behind rather than in front of. I'm not the avid photographer, and enjoy "candid" shots everywhere we go. But, sometimes, I really appreciate an unobstructed view of something really special. On our first trip to Paris, I could not have been more disappointed that "The Kiss" at the Musee Rodin was on tour at the Atlanta Olympics. On our second trip, there it was! Surrounded by people. But, when I raised my camera, each and every person moved way back, for which I was enormously grateful. Particularly with regard to the very large lady wearing a black blouse with "polka dots" in white the size of frizbees.
Old May 2nd, 2001, 05:35 PM
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I'm very impressed with you all. I agree with about all of the posts. I always try to stay out of the way when I notice someone trying to take a photo and I've noticed that other people in general do the same for me. In crowded rooms like the Alhambra for example it is not always possible and I just to the best that I can. I have, however seen a few (not many) people be completely rude as far as purposefully getting in the way but very rarely.
Old May 2nd, 2001, 05:55 PM
dan woodlief
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I am right there with Jim. There is nothing like shooting out on a cool, crisp, refreshing morning (but not so cool you can't stay still), when you have all the time in the world to just concentrate on what you are doing. Yes, there is something very satisfying about knowing you worked hard to get the shots but also something magical about that time of day. I want you to know, if anyone has seen my Web site (The One-eyed Traveler) that Capo gives it a whole new meaning. Next time I am out shooting, I will keep one eye on the viewfinder and the other looking out for Capo. Either that or I will wear a helmet.
Old May 2nd, 2001, 06:46 PM
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Merci, s.fowler.

And Dan, Re: "I want you to know, if anyone has seen my Web site (The One-eyed Traveler) that Capo gives it a whole new meaning."

*LOL*...good one! (By the way, I haven't seen your website, so could you post the URL here or email it to me? Thanks!)

Old May 2nd, 2001, 11:22 PM
Patti Suttle
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One thing I like to do when I see someone taking a picture of another person or a group is to offer to take the picture for them so they can be in the picture. They are usually surprised by the offer but take me up on it-and, I can ask them to take one of us too. And, I don't mind stepping aside so someone can get a picture-but of course don't take all day-but I have never encountered that.
Old May 3rd, 2001, 03:31 AM
The Poser
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I must post anon here as it would be too embarassing if any of you knew this...I have an undeniable desire to stand by statues and pose as they are and have my husband take my picture!
We have an odd assortment of these pics!
We are VERY discreet about it but, much to my husband's dismay, we have been caught a few times! He just rolls his eyes and pretends he doesn't know me!
I think he secretly would like to do it also!!!
So, if you see a woman in black, with a Fodors pin, posing by a statue, be kind and say 'hello'!
No name
Old May 3rd, 2001, 04:31 AM
J T Kirk
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There are two types of photographers:
"vacation-types" and "professional-types." I'm afraid it's the vacation-types who create havoc because, frankly, they don't know what they're doing, so they fuss, they re-shoot, they re-load, they yell at people who stray into their shot, etc. The professionals make it a point to be low-key. they know what they're doing and they can get their shot without any disruption. If you carry a camera, learn how to use it and stay out of other people's way.
Old May 3rd, 2001, 04:44 AM
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Poser: I will say "hi" and pose with you! How's that? Some of those statues are seriouly posing too! Makes me blush! Judy
Old May 3rd, 2001, 05:04 AM
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Maybe we can invite Nancy to join us? She's sure to get her tookus pinched then!
Old May 3rd, 2001, 06:05 AM
dan woodlief
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Well, since you asked Capo. My URL is www.oneeyed.homestead.com. I still have quite a bit of work to do on it, but I do have at least 150 photos on there so far.

To The Poser: I hope your husband doesn't get the urge to pose with Mannekin Pis in Brussels
Old May 3rd, 2001, 06:31 AM
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Thanks, Dan.
Old May 3rd, 2001, 07:56 AM
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Nice thread, good responses.
Poser, I promise not to laugh, but I am not sure my children will not have something to say if they see you!
I bet they would try and get a photo too.
your idea is really sweet and one that does work well.
But awhile ago on this forum, someone mentioned the time when a person came up to them, offered to take their pic and then absconded with the camerea!!!
Postcards are really the way to go when one is trying to catch the beauty of a place.
But, photos are great to record the fact that one or one's family was REALLY there!
Have you ever gotten your photos back, noticved a stranger in part of the picture and wondered about them?
Pics are fun, sightseers should prevail, but common curtesy should also be considered
Both from a photographer and a sightseer point of view [ ]

Old May 3rd, 2001, 08:23 AM
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I agree. This is a fun thread. And, it's such a pleasant chance from the recent nastiness on the board.
Speaking as a "serious" amateur protographer, Nancy, I must comment that I have taken a number of pictures that I feel capture--in your words--"the beauty of a place." And, I didn't push a single person away at any time to get the pictures!
Old May 3rd, 2001, 09:11 AM
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no trampled grandmothers?
You are indeed a gentleman!
Old May 3rd, 2001, 09:15 AM
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And Howard,
when i mentioned postcards vs. photos, I was remembering the pics I took of the Grand Canyon decades ago.
some of that could have been due to camera technology, but also, some places are just so intense and awe inspiring, that unless one has a *really* good camera and appropriate film, and a good eye,
One is better off with a postcard.
But I *love* my picture of my boyfriend and myself standing on the edge of a fuzzy looking canyon!
Old May 3rd, 2001, 09:29 AM
Jim Tardio
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I make a part of my living by travel photography. All the crowds are sometimes the best part of the photo! The trick is to use them to enhance your subject. If you want to isolate a particular area, it's not that difficult to wait a few seconds for the area to clear of people...it takes a little practice.

But people in the photos are what make good photos. Anyone can snap a shot of the Eiffel Tower, but you want a person reacting to the Tower to really create a better image.

I've been guilty of stepping into people's photos, but I've never done so intentionally. All it takes is a little courtesy.

If you'd like to have a look at my photography site go here:

Happy snapping!

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