Thank God I don't own any L glass

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Slack, Dec 21, 2005.

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    Slack Guest

    For those of you who don't surf this might be a little hard to
    understand. I stopped by a well known, but very localized, surf spot
    today to take a few pictures. I knew I was taking a risk because at the
    very spot I was standing, some 25 years ago a pro photographer got $25K
    worth of gear trashed. You see, the locals don't like pictures of
    _their_ place publicized because then the crowds come.

    I quickly scanned the area before I got out of my vehicle to check out
    the scene. I setup my mono pod, xt w/75-300 el cheapo lens and began
    snapping away. There was a dude abut 50 yds away who took notice and
    quickly grabbed his cell phone.... a few minutes later another dude
    shows up by his side. He walks up to me and asked why I'm taking
    pictures. After a couple minutes of assuring him that the pictures are
    only for personal use and telling him that I'm well aware of the
    _situation_ ; he bids me a Merry Christmas. I returned the sentiment as
    he walks away. Not wanting to push my luck, after about 5 minutes I pack
    it up and slowly drive away as I wave goodbye.

    Now, if this same scenario played out while I had a 400/500 L glass
    mounted, it might have had a different ending. If you're not already,
    just be aware of your surroundings and where you're shooting.
    Slack, Dec 21, 2005
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    G.T. Guest

    Glad you didn't have any further issues. I've got an idea to teach some of
    my homies how to surf so I can take them down to PV.

    G.T., Dec 21, 2005
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    Guest Guest

    Don't be mean; just take your homies out to drainpipes Trust me, they'll
    still get a good azz whopping.

    Might head there tomorrow for some pictures. I have a feeling it might
    be going off.
    Guest, Dec 21, 2005
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    Kyle Jones Guest

    So where were you? :)
    Kyle Jones, Dec 21, 2005
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    Slack\@ Guest

    On my couch reading about it in one of the surf mags... at least that's
    my story and I'm sticking to it. Besides, SOL has passed :p
    Slack\@, Dec 21, 2005
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    Steve Wolfe Guest

    Wow. So if someone can't take pictures for fear of a policeman
    confiscating their gear, it's a heinous crime against humanity, but if they
    can't take pictures for fear of being assaulted by beach thugs, nobody
    thinks much of it? Wow.

    Steve Wolfe, Dec 21, 2005
  7. Yes, because goons are goons and expected to trouble you. Police, on
    the other hand, are supposed to protect you so when they do otherwise,
    its a big deal.

    - Siddhartha
    Siddhartha Jain, Dec 21, 2005
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    Charles Self Guest

    Goons are goons even when they wear a blue uniform. Period. Police exist to
    protect society as a whole, with individuals falling far down the list.

    I don't understand the lack of reaction to what seems to be private thuggery
    on what must be a public beach. I do believe I'd pop the old cell phone out
    and report an assault, or...?
    Charles Self, Dec 21, 2005
  9. There aren't many situations where I think packing a gun makes sense,
    but this might be one of them. You have a right to stand there and enjoy
    the scenery, and if they feel you need to leave then brandishing the gun
    should give you plenty of power to leave the scene peacefully. (Note: the
    point is self-protection against thuggery, not to enforce my right to stay
    there against their will).

    David Geesaman, Dec 21, 2005
  10. So you let yourself be intimated by a bunch of thugs?

    You should have called 911 and had them talking to the police.


    "I have been a witness, and these pictures are
    my testimony. The events I have recorded should
    not be forgotten and must not be repeated."

    -James Nachtwey-
    John A. Stovall, Dec 21, 2005
  11. Might work, probably not-might make it worse since they
    did not do anything to him. They might show up at his house
    one night while he was asleep. You just never know.
    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Dec 21, 2005
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    Charles Self Guest

    in message
    That's when a gun might be justified.
    Charles Self, Dec 21, 2005
  13. Better yet a big doggy or two.
    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Dec 21, 2005
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    Charles Self Guest

    in message
    Yeah, well, my dog weights 17 pounds and isn't about to be replaced by a big
    brown people eater. I'd prefer a sawed off with 19.5" barrels and #8 shot.
    Charles Self, Dec 21, 2005
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    jean Guest

    Or it might be a good chance to prove that the pen is mightier than the
    sword. Why not write everywhere about this "great" beach and see the thugs
    forced out by hordes of new surfers on "their" waves?

    jean, Dec 21, 2005
  16. 25 years ago --- this is the US, right? Eons ago. Now, if it
    was in Great Britain, where the Spanish Armada was yesterday ...
    Poor them.

    [snip threatening behaviour]
    Your subject indidates you would have.
    Please use "Sometimes a cheap looking lens has added benefits"
    the next time.

    And don't forget the L lenses serve well as improptu clubs. :)
    Wolfgang Weisselberg, Dec 21, 2005
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    Paul Furman Guest

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    BJ in Texas Guest

    "A disturbing new study finds that studies are disturbing" --
    BJ in Texas, Dec 21, 2005
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    Jeremy Nixon Guest

    There's a big difference. The original poster chose to go along with the
    beach thugs, who were nothing more than that and evidently unarmed. When
    it's the police, you don't have a choice.
    Jeremy Nixon, Dec 21, 2005
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    JPS Guest

    In message <>,
    For the most part, police are used to the fact that people have the
    right to photograph in public (where such rights do exist), and that
    even they themselves may be photographed. Individual citizens often
    imagine that they have rights which they really don't have.
    JPS, Dec 21, 2005
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