how to safely take photos in NYC?

May 8th, 2019, 08:05 AM
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Ask someone who is carrying a nice looking camera to take your picture. They are usually obliging and there is a better than average chance the picture will actually be good.

Let me present the counter argument in pictorial form (our faces blurred). This gave me a nice belly laugh when the sad burning of Notre Dame happened and I wanted to find the pic of us in front of it--taken by a fellow traveler. I sent it to my husband and said, "Thank goodness we have this wonderful memory of the beautiful cathedral." Oh, to have had a selfie stick!



I am being silly, of course, as there is no better or worse way to take vacation pics. I probably enjoy this photo more for it's sheer terribleness than I would enjoy a perfectly framed stick-pic.
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May 9th, 2019, 09:48 AM
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People ask me to take their photo when I'm at some vacation/scenic spot, lots of people do that. I think it is pretty safe if you ask a single older female, or a couple, for example, for real obvious ones, or an 80 year old. Or someone else who is obviously a tourist and taking photos, also. I don't think it's risky to do this if you use common sense. What are the odds that middle-aged couple on the Statue of LIberty cruise ship is going to do what, steal your camera or throw it in the river?

I am never carrying a "nicer looking" camera than others, and they still ask me.
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May 9th, 2019, 11:34 AM
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schlegal1 -

That's hilarious. Every time I see a tourist hand off a camera and the photo taker back up to take the photo, I want to scream "get closer to your subject!"
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May 10th, 2019, 10:08 AM
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Sorry, but I am in the "Please do not bring a selfie stick" club. In Venice and In Stockholm you couldn't even walk around without someone running into you with a selfie stick! It was awful. When we were on Burano, some people were taking pictures of themselves in front of every different colored house. It was unbelievable and really distracts from the moment. Having been to NYC, it is a very busy place with thousands of people and selfie sticks really don't belong. Ask someone to take your picture.
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May 10th, 2019, 11:42 AM
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Originally Posted by thursdaysd View Post
I'm still wondering why you need a photo in front of a theater. And if you are on a sidewalk and not moving you are in the way.
This comment makes me laugh. You mean to tell me that when we stood in a rush line at 10 am for an hour, we were in someone's way (even though we were in a single file line up against the wall and foot traffic was minimal)? Or when we were in line outside the theater waiting to get in, we were in the way of all those people also standing in line waiting to get in?

We aren't talking about standing in the middle of a sidewalk in the middle of Times Square. All this fuss about someone trying to document their memories....
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May 10th, 2019, 12:18 PM
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>>We aren't talking about standing in the middle of a sidewalk in the middle of Times Square<<

Been to Times Square lately(?) -- that is exactly what they do.
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May 10th, 2019, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by janisj View Post
>>We aren't talking about standing in the middle of a sidewalk in the middle of Times Square<<

Been to Times Square lately(?) -- that is exactly what they do.
Who's they? I'm responding to a thread started by someone who obviously has some sense of how to conduct themself in public, so I don't believe 'they' will stand in the middle of a sidewalk in Times Square.

If we're talking about the generic tourist, the various admonishments about don't do this, don't take that are quite unlikely to have any effect. Either they don't read Fodors or don't care.
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May 11th, 2019, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Fra_Diavolo View Post
English author Geoff Dyer writes (in his book on photography The Ongoing Moment): "I'm not a . . . serious photographer; I mean I don't even own a camera The only time I take a picture is when tourists ask me to take one of them, with their camera. (These rare works are now dispersed around the world in private collections, mostly in Japan.)
That's funny!
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May 11th, 2019, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by starrs View Post
That's funny!
Glad someone thinks so!
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May 11th, 2019, 01:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Fra_Diavolo View Post

Glad someone thinks so!
I thought so too, but hadn't commented. "Private collections, mostly in Japan" was a genuine LOL.
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May 12th, 2019, 05:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Nelson View Post
I thought so too, but hadn't commented. "Private collections, mostly in Japan" was a genuine LOL.
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May 12th, 2019, 06:01 AM
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As funny as that was, it got me wondering. I have been asked to take photos of people over the years. I love to do it. I think I'm an OK photographer, and try to quickly throw together decent composition and lighting.

What has become of those photos? Are they printed in someone's photo album? Even framed and hanging on a wall somewhere?! Just a curiosity, hopefully one way or another the people enjoy them, like schlegal enjoys the one she posted.
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May 14th, 2019, 04:52 AM
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>>>Just a curiosity, hopefully one way or another the people enjoy them, like schlegal enjoys the one she posted.<<<

A nice thought.
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May 17th, 2019, 07:39 AM
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Last year there were about 68 million visitors to NYC. I have not read about a rash of people stealing cameras, although I am sure it happens. I always ask people with spouses and children to take pictures. We do not have a culture of pickpockets and petty criminals, although, I am sure they exist. We like our criminals big and famous.

People do not like selfie sticks for many reasons, but I do not them much any more in NYC, although I rarely go to Times Square.
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