I feel bad for this guy...

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Wingnut330, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. Dmac77 macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2008
    You have got to be kidding (no pun intended) me!!! What has the world come to. I'm going to be in downtown Ann Arbor taking some street shots, an now I'm even more worried that I'll get stopped. But back on topic, if was this guy, I would have told the women to mind their own business (in a ruder way) and continued shooting. If they called the cops I would have just told them the truth, that they were my kids.

  2. dllavaneras macrumors 68000


    Feb 12, 2005
    Caracas, Venezuela
    That's just ridiculous. So this means that if a kid has his/her birthday party in a park, the parents can only take pictures of them?

    "Mommy, why don't I have any pictures with my friends at my birthday party?"

    Seriously, this is getting out of hand.
  3. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    things like this are happening everywhere as people become more and more concerned about their privacy. its a shame really; because a lot of it is getting to the point of being ridiculous out of slight fear.
  4. bartelby macrumors Core


    Jun 16, 2004
    I don't think that is the problem. The problem is that the gutter press has convinced the idiots out there that anyone who points a camera at a child (even if it's their own kid) is a paedophile.
  5. yrsonicdeath macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    This blows my mind because it's something that I never even would have thought of if I was in that guys shoes. Crazy!
  6. Wingnut330 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    I agree. I don't know how I would have reacted becasue I would have been so stunned by it.
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    I would have told her that I was taking photos of my own kids, and that technically, if I was so interested in other people's kids, I would be legally entitled to take photos of people in public.

    Then I would have asked her which child was hers.
  8. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

    Apr 2, 2006
    **** off would be the correct thing to tell her;)
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Paranoia seems to be increasing at an alarming rate these days. :rolleyes:
    Truly sad. :(
  10. Westside guy macrumors 603

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy side of the Pacific NW
    Seems ridiculous on the face of it, and hard to believe.

    However just to play devil's advocate - pretty much every one that's posted here has immediately jumped to a single conclusion, possibly without knowing all the relevant information. So that's pretty much the same sort of thing those "other parents" in the story did. :p I'd be interested in knowing why those other parents made (what appears to be) such an odd assumption.
  11. Matiek macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2007
    It should also be noted that once he was confronted he promptly replaced his NIKKOR AF-S 600mm f/4G ED VR w/ an 15-55 lens.
  12. TheAnswer macrumors 68030


    Jan 25, 2002
    Orange County, CA
    It's clear to me that they're only accusing him of being a paedophile because someone repealed all the anti-gingerlover statutes.
  13. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    While paying people to hide in bushes to capture celebrities in private situations, hopefully with their breasts out/picking their nose/with the 'wrong' partner/dressed as a nazi and being spanked...!·-i-·!

    I've been questioned a few times about taking photos in public, and it's always easier to be polite and honest; if they're the kind of person who'll still kick-off faced with courtesy they're the kind to kick-off extremely when faced with your reaction.
  14. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    I have been questioned at the beach while shooting surfers once... Lady with a group of handicapped children who showed up and started playing in my field of view toward the ocean. She stated that she has called the cops on men before. After offering to show her my pics and explaining, I had to move down the beach anyways to avoid her glares and suspicion even though I was there first.

    In the US, it's my understanding that it is not legal to take photos of minors under age 18 without written parental consent, even if the child does consent... :rolleyes:

    The real problem is the sick friggin pedophiles.:mad::confused::cool:
  15. scotty96LSC macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2007
    Charlotte, NC
    This is our society today. We can thank all the pervs that now people are considered one until proven innocent.
  16. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    Yes pedophiles are a problem, but in the story you just told the problem was the woman's attitude and paranoia. Which in this instance was 'real' the pedophile or the paranoia?
  17. Austin21 macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2008
    Quite ridiculous I must say. It is rather sad that people suspect you to be doing 'wrong' things if you have a camera. *shame shame*
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
  19. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Dunno why people spend upto $4000 on a camera?:confused:
    I for one wont spend $4000 to be called a 'pervert'!
  20. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    There has and always will be people who are interested in children for the wrong reasons. The problem society faces is the paranoia whipped up by the media.

    Parents are no longer able to let their children outside to play alone - its dangerous.

    And as approx 90% abuse is inflicted by a person the victim knows - being at home is probably not the safest place


    I came back to edit in agreement with dextertangocci and Silver-Fox and tell them to F**k off.

    I would have also told them to call the police and ask them to explain, if they were still there after I'd told them to "F**k off"
  21. Silver-Fox macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2007
    Exactly what i was thinking
  22. yrsonicdeath macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2007
    The real question is would someone really spend that much money on a cmaera for that purpose? I'm thinking not, but then again the general public would probably not put that much thought into something before flying off the handle.
  23. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    almost funny. i got nearly arrested when i took pictures of birds at a water reservoir in the boston area. somebody had called the police and reported me for "terroristic activity". the police man was fortunately quite ok. he told me to stop and leave. but he took all my info. he seemed to be as pissed as i that he had to do this. he avoided saying that what i did was illegal because it wasn't. he just wanted to resolve the situation quietly. i was on a visa and that could have kicked me out of the country. needless to say that pics of that reservoir at exactly my position were on the city website anyway.

    american really suffer from paranoia.:(
  24. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    I don't know, I'd probably say, "My partner already has several upskirt pictures of you that we plan on uploading to the internet. Don't worry your child is safe, you aren't." :p

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