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[SMH] Photography Is Not A Crime

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Re: [SMH] Photography Is Not A Crime

Postby Swift » Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:57 pm

I had my first drama today when I took a photograph of a block of flats where a bus once stood. A guy getting out of his Audi asked what I was photographing with a brusque tone in his voice, so I said I can photograph anything from a public place. He asked why I photographed the building and I briefly explained I was comparing how it looked years ago. He gave me an evil stare and I said goodbye and went on my way. When I got in my car a couple of hundred metres away around the corner, he came the other way in his Audi SUV and pulled out his phone (which is illegal while behind the wheel) and pointed it at me. I pulled out my camera again and pointed it at him as he started driving away across the street from me (I never took an actual picture of him).
As I drove down the street, he was behind me in his vehicle and followed me for 2 kilometres until he drew beside me at a set of lights. I never looked at him but had a fair idea what he was doing until the lights changed :roll: . His prerogative, though illegal as a traffic offence. The police station was right ahead and that's probably why he moved on.
At a couple of points during the chase, he turned off to the left, but soon caught up which suggests that holding the phone whilst behind the wheel was not the only traffic offence he committed.

I found an interesting article covering how ambiguous the rules on photography in public can be.
http://www.capturemag.com.au/advice/kno ... -in-public
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Re: [SMH] Photography Is Not A Crime

Postby TA3001 » Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:49 pm

This sort of reminds me of when I took a photo of a bus that was almost obstructing a Southlink bus stop in the city whilst laying over. The Asian driver got out and approached me, and asked me in a mildly aggressive tone 'you taking photo of my bus?'. I covered it up by saying that I was taking a selfie, but it's just one of the examples of driver stupidity from this eastern suburbs planet.

It is the most peculiar depot in Adelaide, and sadly it houses the most interesting CNG SL202s that are still in service. Seriously, I have seen a driver approach a fare evader in a piss weak tone of voice in an attempt to persuade them to buy a ticket. He got right in the offender's face and said 'right, we're not going anywhere until this guy buys a ticket' (or something similar). The end result was the fare evader pushing out of the way and leaving the bus, but it could have been much worse. Torrens Transit drivers are told to never physically approach passengers in regards to fare evasion. There's even a driver there who has a reputation for doing 40kph regardless of how late he's running. His nickname is 20 minute T***.

Plenty more to tell about these folks. I have even given the drivers an official nickname, and rephrased my pronunciation of the depot to something similar to the current name, but more indicative of the service quality to expect at times.
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Re: [SMH] Photography Is Not A Crime

Postby BroadGauge » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:58 am

TA3001 wrote:The Asian driver

Is the driver's racial background actually of any relevance?
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Re: [SMH] Photography Is Not A Crime

Postby Centralian » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:05 am

I find if the driver is about and the bus is not in motion, ask if they're okay with you taking the photo. Can open a door to more information than just the snap.
I've had drivers and coach owners pose for me with the vehicle just from my asking about taking a photo of the vehicle.
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Re: [SMH] Photography Is Not A Crime

Postby Swift » Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:01 pm

Centralian wrote:I find if the driver is about and the bus is not in motion, ask if they're okay with you taking the photo. Can open a door to more information than just the snap.
I've had drivers and coach owners pose for me with the vehicle just from my asking about taking a photo of the vehicle.

And you get some who look at you like your weird and say why???
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Re: [SMH] Photography Is Not A Crime

Postby Centralian » Fri Dec 07, 2018 4:58 pm

Swift wrote:
Centralian wrote:I find if the driver is about and the bus is not in motion, ask if they're okay with you taking the photo. Can open a door to more information than just the snap.
I've had drivers and coach owners pose for me with the vehicle just from my asking about taking a photo of the vehicle.

And you get some who look at you like your weird and say why???


Just twitch the head, tell them it's therapy, and they'll leave you in peace. :D
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Re: [SMH] Photography Is Not A Crime

Postby Swift » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:49 pm

That might work, or just don't ask. :roll:
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