Michael G2

Lives in Sweden Lund, Sweden
Works as a IT Professional
Joined on Jan 15, 2003

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In a bizarre twist the Swedish Data Protection Authority has interpreted that the ruling only applies to Swedish and non-EU based companies, so all other EU companies are free to continue drone photography in Sweden. That in itself my help expedite a new law allowing drone photography...

Link | Posted on Oct 27, 2016 at 06:57 UTC as 8th comment
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Sirandar: What a no win law. This Law and the scope, structure, framework and infrastructure of the permit system needs to be defined concurrently and only released into the wild when BOTH are socially acceptable, feasible and not draconian.

That Sweden released a 1/2 done law shows they are only doing lip service to the actual problem, and have NO intention of doing anything real.

The drone problem is just a very small part of the problem of surveillance. In case you haven't noticed, all the tools described in George Orwell's book 1984 are already in place, plus some more George Orwell never thought of. The collection and use of this information needs to be considered. Currently it is not being used very often to imprison, but it will be used to decide who gets left behind in terms of social power and employment.

No new law was passed. the courts were forced to interpret existing law based on an appeal, and based on the wording of the existing 1970's law regulating surveillance cameras there was limited room for interpretation. This may however lead to a new law overturning this law.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 06:03 UTC
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Alan2dpreview: This is what happens when you give the government too much power. They make more laws that reduce your freedoms.

There was no law passed, the courts were forced to interpret existing law based on an appeal, and based on the wording of the existing law there was limited room for interpretation. This may however lead to a new law overturning this law from the 70's.

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 06:00 UTC
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Stefan Sobol: The ruling also says that any drone capable of carrying a camera is considered to be carrying a camera at all times whether the camera is actually attached or not. So you are violating the law if you fly your MR even with the camera removed. It seems that they basically made all of Sweden a "no fly zone" as far as drones go.

I don't see anything in the ruling that says this, my interpretation is the oppostion, drones without cameras are permitted. Please provide your source. The ruling can be found here:
http://www.hogstaforvaltningsdomstolen.se/Om-Hogsta-forvaltningsdomstolen/Nyheter-fran-Hogsta-forvaltningsdomstolen/Tillstand-kravs-for-kamera-pa-en-dronare-men-inte-for-kamera-i-en-bil/

Link | Posted on Oct 25, 2016 at 05:58 UTC
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scottcraig: So...Because its taken from the air it's surveillance? If so die this now translate that taking images will soon be classified as a form of surveillance? And if so what can we expect in the future?

The ruling is based on an appeal, so there was no option to wait on a new law, rather the justices were forced to interpret the law as it is written today. Basically surveillance cameras are not allowed without a license, and the question here was restricted to if a camera on a drone is a surveillance camera. Drones are not illegal, but if it has a camera it requires a permit.
The court found that since the camera is controlled remotely and not physically by human contact, and the fact that the camera can indeed be used to perform surveillance, that a camera on a drone is indeed a surveillance camera and therefore subject to the existing laws requiring a permit.
As stated before the law is outdated and this decision could lead to a change.
In a similar ruling the court ruled that dash-cams and cameras mounted on bicycles would no longer be regarded as surveillance cameras and no longer require a permit.
One step forward and one step back...

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2016 at 20:37 UTC
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silencer13: The 2nd link is not working

One very useful tip I read about is to shoot in B and then to have soft black cover to cover the lens (without touching it) to limit the exposure of the individual fireworks and then allowing the background exposure to continue after the firework has died. For my 24-105L lens I used a black neoprene cover for my 800/5.6 to control the exposure. I used this technique at the San Diego Big Bay Boom on July 4th with good success, a few examples on my blog
http://blog.catchlight.se/2013/07/july-4th-san-diego-big-bay-boom.html

Link | Posted on Jul 8, 2013 at 19:34 UTC
On article Winter Photography in Iceland (85 comments in total)
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Michael G2: My son and I went to Iceland two summers in a row for two weeks at a time before my wife and daughter joined us for a third 2 week trip. There are no Starbucks, no McDonalds, limited wifi, no crowds, no traffic, rental cars cóst a fortune, driving through a sandstorm without "Ash" insurance cost me $3000. It's really boring, nothing to see, better to save your money and take a cruise to the Carribean...

Now you've done it! If they run out of rental cars it will be your fault.
Tell me now what you would do when you are on the ring road one hour from the nearest town and all of a sudden you are in the middle of a sand storm? How do you protect the car? Stupid people don't pay for the insurance :-)

Well there might be a couple of things to see...
http://www.pbase.com/kingfisher/iceland

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 11:47 UTC
On article Winter Photography in Iceland (85 comments in total)

My son and I went to Iceland two summers in a row for two weeks at a time before my wife and daughter joined us for a third 2 week trip. There are no Starbucks, no McDonalds, limited wifi, no crowds, no traffic, rental cars cóst a fortune, driving through a sandstorm without "Ash" insurance cost me $3000. It's really boring, nothing to see, better to save your money and take a cruise to the Carribean...

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2012 at 05:56 UTC as 37th comment | 6 replies
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