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Dec 12, 2016 15:44:28   #
MtnMan Loc: ID
 
G Brown wrote:
As you said the policeman backed off...! Issue was that you had Hazard lights flashing !! probably stopped to see what your problem was - Then saw you photographing a persons home and wanted to know why ? Reasonable question....realised you were harmless and went on his way. Not really a problem. Yes you can photograph things from a public highway (having parked in a safe manner) and yes you will occasionally get asked 'WHY'. if you give a reasonable answer (I'm casing da joint) (I think my wife has a lover) etc most people will be satisfied that you mean no harm. I would have been more annoyed if the policeman ignored a car with hazard lights on and driver stood on kerb for safety reasons (Rear ending).....Stood in the cold THAT would P...me off.

Have fun
As you said the policeman backed off...! Issue was... (show quote)


No, I had pulled off the road and walked over. The traffic was stopped because the tow truck had the road blocked. There was a covey of troopers milling around.

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Dec 12, 2016 16:20:10   #
Shellback Loc: Just North of Cheyenne Bottoms Wetlands
 
Welcome - looking forward to seeing your photos -

Answer to your question - this is from the Photo Attorney web site: http://www.photoattorney.com/

You may take photographs of things that are visible from public spaces.
No law prevents property from being photographed from a public area, including bridges, buildings, homes, airports, and accident scenes. However, a property owner may restrict your photography when you are on the owner’s property.

You may take photographs of people in public.
As long as people, including children, do not have an expectation of privacy, then you may photograph them. People have an expectation of privacy such as when they are in their home with the curtains closed (but not if the windows are not covered) or in a dressing room or bathroom.

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Dec 12, 2016 17:28:04   #
Gene51 Loc: Yonkers, NY, now in LSD (LowerSlowerDelaware)
 
oceanarrow wrote:
Hi to all.new to this site.really like the give and take.very informative and real.shooting over 45 years,this never happened before.Live in Lancaster,PA.I pulled way over to side of road,put my flashers on.there was a old farmhouse I wanted to photograph,Christmas lights,nice setting etc.I was not close to the house,used a small telephoto lens.So engrossed in the shoot and did not realize there was a Police officer behind me.he wanted to know if everything was alright.it was,then asked me what I was doing.told him I was a photographer,he said he can see that,then asked if I had permission to take those pictures.I said no,he kind of backed off after that.did I do anything wrong here?been doing this for years,now not so sure anymore.it took all the fun out of it.sorry I took so long,would appreciate some input.thanks for your time
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Unless clearly posted to the contrary, you do not need permission to "take" the picture if you are on public property and the building is clearly visible from the road. However, you had better have a property release if you intend to use the image commercially. Better to be safe than sorry.

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Dec 12, 2016 17:37:38   #
oceanarrow
 
Thanks for your input.I am always polite,Looking back he was just checking out the situation.just a little put off when he asked if I had permission.kept my cool.they do have a tough job.

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Dec 12, 2016 17:38:12   #
oceanarrow
 
Good advice,thanks

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Dec 12, 2016 17:41:17   #
oceanarrow
 
Thanks for the link.and for taking the time to write.I will post some of my work,really enjoy what I am seeing.shooting so many years and always learning something new.

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Dec 12, 2016 17:45:11   #
Peterff Loc: O'er The Hills and Far Away, in Themyscira
 
MtnMan wrote:
Likely if the job has a requirement for a clean record:

https://www.hg.org/article.asp?id=31193

It is generally illegal to expose genitals where others in a public place can see them. Even on your own property. There are exceptions.


So if you wash before sexting does that make it OK? Someone should tell Anthony Weiner!

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Dec 12, 2016 18:46:08   #
MtnMan Loc: ID
 
Peterff wrote:
So if you wash before sexting does that make it OK? Someone should tell Anthony Weiner!


His weiner was evidently too pubic.

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Dec 12, 2016 19:42:48   #
Peterff Loc: O'er The Hills and Far Away, in Themyscira
 
MtnMan wrote:
His weiner was evidently too pubic.


Exactly! Not to mention sensor size or crop factor!

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Dec 12, 2016 19:43:06   #
Jim Bob
 
rmalarz wrote:
HEY, JB, there's a huge difference between photographing from a public right of way and public roadway.

Additionally, I've gotten my guidelines from an attorney. I'm simply passing along the same information. I do check with him from time to time to ascertain (that means to make sure) that things haven't changed.
--Bob


Yeah, right.

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Dec 13, 2016 06:02:52   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
oceanarrow wrote:
Hi to all.new to this site.really like the give and take.very informative and real.shooting over 45 years,this never happened before.Live in Lancaster,PA.I pulled way over to side of road,put my flashers on.there was a old farmhouse I wanted to photograph,Christmas lights,nice setting etc.I was not close to the house,used a small telephoto lens.So engrossed in the shoot and did not realize there was a Police officer behind me.he wanted to know if everything was alright.it was,then asked me what I was doing.told him I was a photographer,he said he can see that,then asked if I had permission to take those pictures.I said no,he kind of backed off after that.did I do anything wrong here?been doing this for years,now not so sure anymore.it took all the fun out of it.sorry I took so long,would appreciate some input.thanks for your time
Hi to all.new to this site.really like the give an... (show quote)


If you're in a public place, you can photograph anything you can see. Of course, there are exceptions, like military, etc.

Yes, that can take the fun out of it. I was taking a picture of a brightly painted building - many colors - and a woman asked me why I taking the picture. I said it caught my eye. It looked good. She said it was okay, but she lived there. If yoiu can see it, you can photograph it. A judge recently allowed a photographer to publish pictures of a woman inside her house taken through windows.

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Dec 13, 2016 07:17:02   #
mborn Loc: Massachusetts
 
G Brown wrote:
As you said the policeman backed off...! Issue was that you had Hazard lights flashing !! probably stopped to see what your problem was - Then saw you photographing a persons home and wanted to know why ? Reasonable question....realised you were harmless and went on his way. Not really a problem. Yes you can photograph things from a public highway (having parked in a safe manner) and yes you will occasionally get asked 'WHY'. if you give a reasonable answer (I'm casing da joint) (I think my wife has a lover) etc most people will be satisfied that you mean no harm. I would have been more annoyed if the policeman ignored a car with hazard lights on and driver stood on kerb for safety reasons (Rear ending).....Stood in the cold THAT would P...me off.

Have fun
As you said the policeman backed off...! Issue was... (show quote)


Good Answer

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Dec 13, 2016 07:17:46   #
katawny
 
It's a tough call...If it's somebody's home then you are "out of bounds"...however, if your main subject is a beautiful oak out in the distance and the house happens to end up in the frame....well....The best way is to ask permission because you are really violating someones personal space...not everybody is cool with that...there's several articles on the subject...ps.

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Dec 13, 2016 07:39:50   #
Billbobboy42 Loc: Center of Delmarva
 
Most Interstate highways (and some others) restrict shoulder parking to emergencies. Several years ago I was on an Interstate when I saw a beautiful hot air ballon. I stopped to take a picture, but before I could even get the camera ready a trooper pulled up in back of me and politely told me I had to drive on. And no, I could not take the picture first.

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Dec 13, 2016 07:47:14   #
oceanarrow
 
I guess that makes sense,looking back,the only thing that bothered me was when he asked if I had permission to photograph the farmhouse.I received some great input from this forum,thanks

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