Photo Trip to Rome

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Edward Holt, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. Edward Holt

    Edward Holt Guest

    I recently went to Rome to take some pictures at the Coliseum, The Vatican
    and the Monument of Vittorio.

    At each location I tried to use my tripod but officials told me to put it
    away.

    Does anyone know what that should be?
     
    Edward Holt, Feb 20, 2006
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    Bureaucratic zeal, probably (and a 9/11 scare?). Should you have been able
    to answer them in Italian, they probably woulf have backed off. It's second
    nature to them.

    JL
     
    Justus Lipsius, Feb 20, 2006
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    For instance: I was once chased of the Vatican square (oval, really) by the
    Swiss guards when I tried to cross it at night. They didn't use their pikes
    or wear their silly costumes, but they were Swiss guards allright. Another
    case of bureaucratic zeal.
     
    Justus Lipsius, Feb 20, 2006
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    gambo1953 Guest

    They do the same thing at the White House in Washington...
     
    gambo1953, Feb 20, 2006
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    Larry Guest

    At the ruins of the Greek temples at Paestum, a few kilometers south of
    Salerno, the same thing happened to me. I speak Italian and asked the
    reason for this as photography was permitted and that I was using a
    tripod with rubber feet rather than spikes which could damage the
    ground. The park employee became more agitated. I later learned that
    if one is using a tripod, one is presumed a professional and that the
    photos would be competition for the guidebooks, postcard, and other
    local photographic products.

    The occasion I mention here was in 1999, so 911 hysteria wasn't a factor.
     
    Larry, Feb 20, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest

    You have to get permission beforehand by paying a fee with some city
    officials, as I recall.
     
    Matt Clara, Feb 20, 2006
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    JohnH Guest

    I've had the same thing happen to me in Washington, DC, for the same
    reason. It is possible to get a tripod permit from the Park Police though.
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    'Til next time,

    John H

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    JohnH, Feb 21, 2006
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    babalooixnay Guest

    There are a number of heavy pedestrian ways that are hard on tri-pods
    on principal around the world. You can catch grief in Manhattan! If
    you were lucky enough to visit Rome in January or February you can't
    imagine the crowds on the Via dei Fori Imperiali or St Peter's on a
    Saturday or Sunday in August or on a Tuesday in May for that matter.
    You might think about a monopod for those kinds of situations, pass it
    off as a walking aide.
     
    babalooixnay, Feb 21, 2006
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  9. Edward Holt

    babalooixnay Guest

    There are a number of heavy pedestrian ways that are hard on tri-pods
    on principal around the world. You can catch grief in Manhattan! If
    you were lucky enough to visit Rome in January or February you can't
    imagine the crowds on the Via dei Fori Imperiali or St Peter's on a
    Saturday or Sunday in August or on a Tuesday in May for that matter.
    You might think about a monopod for those kinds of situations, pass it
    off as a walking aide.
     
    babalooixnay, Feb 21, 2006
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    Celcius Guest

    How about a monopod?
    Can these cause grief?
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, Feb 21, 2006
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