thielges: Here's a tricky situation: As the ACLU guidelines clearly state you are free to shoot from public property but on private property the owner has the right to ask you to stop and/or leave. Sounds fair.
But what if it is unclear whether or not you're on public property? For example some publicly accessible roads are actually built upon private land. The public jurisdiction doesn't own the land but they have a legal easement to maintain a road across the private land. The public/private status of the land beneath the road can change every hundred feet or so and there is often no good way to recognize where the transitions are without consulting the property line maps (platt books) which are often secluded away on the city/county records office.
I was arrested once shooting from a publicly accessible road on these grounds. Though they released me shortly afterwards without charge it was really annoying to go through the detailed search while the best light of the day waned.
Octane - In my case the issue that the police pressed wasn't photography but rather trespassing. The officer who detained me said that I was observed shooting from a road that was partly on private land and that he could arrest me for trespassing. I guess it is OK to use the easement over private land for travel but if you stop and take photos then you're trespassing (?). The officer basically told me to scram and offered to follow me around and take me in to the station as soon as stopped on the (invisible) private part of the road.
I was tempted to visit the recorder's office the next day to study the platt maps to be on solid legal grounds then drop by the police station and give them the heads up so they didn't waste their or my time. But I was too lazy :-) Speaking of waste of time, a result of this incidentt allegedly registered me as a "person of interest" with Homeland Security.
smafdy: For all of the knee-jerk knuckleheads dissing the ACLU, they have defended your patron saint — Rush Limbaugh — on numerous occasions, and at no cost to the gigantic, bloviating, hate-filled windbag.
On a related note, does anyone else ever wonder why there are cameras on almost every light post nowadays, but virtually none in our courtrooms or in the meeting chambers or offices of our government officials?
smafdy - I'm not sure about your town but in mine those traffic light cameras are mainly in place to detect cars waiting for the stoplight. They are a substitute for the electromagnetic coils in the pavement for car detection. As far as I know the videostream from those cameras ends at an image processor in the cabinet on the curb. There the videostream is analyzed for use on controlling the traffic lights. I don't think that the videostream is sent onwards and/or recorded but you never know.
OnTheWeb: ACLU? American criminal liberal unit?
In any event, I'm looking forward to all the tall tales waiting to be unleashed in this thread.
I'm not understanding why you're using this article as a platform for political baiting. It would be more productive to discuss the content of the guide instead of the organization that published it.
Here's a tricky situation: As the ACLU guidelines clearly state you are free to shoot from public property but on private property the owner has the right to ask you to stop and/or leave. Sounds fair.
Peter Galbavy: If you're travelling then GPS is an excellent addition. Problem with the FT3 is that acquiring a lock takes ages and ages. Maybe this update will help.
Peter - can you quantify "ages and ages"? Normally a cold lock should take about two minutes and a warm lock a few seconds (depending on how long/far it has been since the last lock)
The cold lock time assumes that the camera is stationary with a clear sky view, i.e. not handheld. Locks take longer if you're holding the camera or of the sky view is obscured.
dgoakill: Kind of disappointed in this. I only watched the first few minutes of the video and the only street photography I saw was when a little girl sitting on a concrete bollard snapped a pic of the so called street photographer.
You don't use a tripod for street, and you don't use a zoom either. This is NOT street photography just because it was taken on the street. These people are using tripods and zooms to shoot BUILDINGS, not people.YOU ARE ASKING TO BE HARASSED when you conduct yourself in that manner in public. Your rights only go so far as not to infringe on another person. IF someone tells you to stop photographing them, YOU STOP! Period. In The USA, it is Illegal to shoot certain buildings and bridges. Laws have already been passed regarding this and are not subject to debate, it is a done deal.
This video and actions like this by wanna be street photographersgive street photography a bad name and makes it that much harder for the rest of us to pursue the genre.
dogakill writes: "In philadelphia you cannot take pictures on or around the Ben Franklin Bridge without a Permit"
Are you sure about that? It sounds ridiculous. I couldn't find any mention of such a photo permit requirement. But I did find thousands of photos of the bridge.