Jul 132005

f32 1/2 sec Last night, Dave and I were out shooting and ended up at Casino Niagara. (More specifically, in the parking lot). There is construction of a water park going on so we were photographing the crane, and various parts we saw around the crane; chains, hooks, rebar, cable and other items like that. This was not a fenced in area, simply a storage area in the parking lot beside the fenced in location that contained the crane. As we were shooting, a security officer from the casino came out to see what we were doing. We were told by this security guard that we weren't allowed to be there, that it was a construction site and private property and they preferred we didn't photograph in the area. I explained that the area seemed very public to me, that it was in a public parking lot, there were no signs prohibiting entrance to the area nor were there any fences. I also knew that the lot was owned not by the company this person works for, but by another firm who was building the waterpark. We were being told to leave by someone who had no claim to the property. We shot a little longer much to the dismay of this guard then went on our way. Our next stop was a boulevard outside of Canada Customs at the Rainbow Bridge. While there, I took a few shots of the cars as they went by, hoping to capture motion in the cars (my goal was the back half of a car followed by streaks conveying motion). A Custom official came over and in a rather stern voice demanded to know what we were doing. I explained I was taking photographs, mostly of the cars, explaining my intention. He then told me I was not allowed to take photos of the customs booths or of any of the cars leaving customs. To the best of my knowledge, there are no laws concerning photographic publicly accessible buildings, nor are there any laws against photographic a vehicle. The officer would have every right to ask us to leave the grounds if we were on Custom's property, however, we were on a street boulevard, standing next to a very old and degraded signs signalling the change to metric and it's effect on our speed limit that happended some 28 years ago. I found this very distressing. Twice within a matter of minutes, someone of some authority (one fully recognized, the other not) I was told I was not allowed to take a photograph of something that is completely visible without aid from a public location. Albeit, the first site was private property, just not associated with the casino guard, I was still told I was not allowed to photograph the area. I have read about other photographers experiencing this type of paranoia from security and even police, mostly in the US, some in the UK, but even here, in Canada. Various Links about Photographers rights or similiar experiances: http://www.lightstalkers.org/post.cfm?post_id=1225 UK Photographers Rights Guide Photographers Right (US) PhotoMermit.com Vivid Light article on the subject

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 July 13, 2005  Posted by at 4:37 pm July 2005 5 Responses »
Jul 072005

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This is a photo I took last September when Leanne and I visited her sister in London, England. I had planned on posting a different image, but in light of today’s terrorist attacks in London, choose this instead.

Carrie and her friends are all okay, though one of the blasts happened only a block from where Carrie works. It is a shame there are people in this world who think that attacks on innocent civilians will further their politcal or religious movements. As I post this, there have been 45 deaths, over 300 serious injuries and total injuries totalling more than 1000.

I believe this shot is of the Piccadilly Circus Tube station (subway) though I can’t remember for certain.

I thought this image found at Metroblogging London was fitting.

 July 7, 2005  Posted by at 12:11 pm July 2005 1 Response »