m4/3 not allowed on Lower Antelope Canyon photo tour

Started Apr 3, 2014 | Discussions thread
Klarno Veteran Member • Posts: 4,146
Re: it's a Navajo park; access is controlled as in many other parks

gregbartgis wrote:

As stated in subsequent threads, I wasn't aware of the status of these lands. If they're considered private property, then none of my constitutional arguments apply. If they are owned by the Navajos then all rules applying to rights to privacy apply. I think there may still be some exceptions in this case, but it's not my concern. My concern is with speech rights in public places. Photography is speech.

Photography is speech, yes, but I'm not sure the kind of camera you shoot with quite qualifies as constitutionally protected speech. At least, not any more than a government form needing to be filled out with a blue or black pen or a #2 pencil.

Considering the specifics of this situation (Federal Indian Reservation lands are not public lands as far as non-tribal persons are concerned), I think it would be more interesting and beneficial to the general welfare to fight the cities that require permits to shoot in public spaces when they think you "look pro" (shooting with a big camera, on a tripod and/or with a speedlight).

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