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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Jan 2013 10:18AM
Last Saturday I went to Buchanan St., Glasgow, to view and capture a few shots of some of the classic cars that were to leave on the Monte Carlo Rally later that afternoon. Folk were swarming round the vehicles, there being no barriers set up.
After waiting for a shot, so often another bloke with a camera would jump in front of me and block my view while he got what he wanted. I would say that at least 50 % were behaving like this, only concerned about themselves, the other half showing much more considerate behaviour. Perhaps I ought not to be surprised as society has become more selfish and self centred. I wonder if my experience is typical.

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mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 10:26AM
Unfortunately, yes.
MikeA 13 1.3k England
29 Jan 2013 10:42AM
I get my coat.......................

Pro's and Amateurs !!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
29 Jan 2013 10:58AM
The ones that really irritate are the ones that get in your way, take their snap then stay to admire the view!!!!
29 Jan 2013 11:02AM
With you all the way Ronnie - a lot of my shots are of wildlife and the amount of people that want to get just that one step closer in front of you & then scare the bloomin' thing away!!!
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 11:16AM
Yep, particularly wildlifers and worse yet when its an event like at photographers' day at somewhere like the British Wildlife Centre

(another thing, why do the same people feel the need to wear full camouflage gear and bring their 500mm f4LIS in camo wrappings + monster tripod when they would probably do better with a little hand-held point and shoot? Tongue )
GlennH 12 1.9k 1 France
29 Jan 2013 11:33AM
Certainly happened a lot when I used to attend that under-photographed event, the Venice Carnival, although it obviously helps, circumstances permitting, if you avoid the need for a lot of air space. Otherwise people tend to walk like they drive. I recall some of the participants at Venice refusing to cooperate with photographers that had selfishly barged into everyone's picture.
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
29 Jan 2013 11:43AM
We were in Glencoe one day, 5 of us taking pics.

Car stops and a guy in red anorak walks past us all and into the shot. I politely asked him to move back but he refused and set up a tripod just along from us but in front of another couple of guys.

30 seconds later we witnessed red anorak man, his camera and tripod all being flung into the loch by one of these guys, who obviously had a shorter fuse than me...
icphoto Plus
16 2.5k England
29 Jan 2013 11:47AM
The Circus has started already this year in Northumberland. On Sunday I was at Cresswell ponds at Druridge Bay Northumberland photographing Owls, as were one or two other togs. Suddenly a convoy of eight offroaders came blasting down the small lane, showering the many puddles all over the place, then a load of Muppets in orange, yes thats right orange high viz coats lept out with their camera gear, all shouting into two way radios! This stupid inconsiderate action promptly scared any wildlife withi miles away. From the markings on the 4x4s it looked like a foreign trip, Belgian or Dutch. After they had scared everything away they promptly left, leaving us in peace and quite, and the Owls again.
What sort of company behaves like this? Do they and their clients realise what they are doing? I have witnessed this before at St Abbs Head but never before in Northumberland. SadSadSadSad
losbarbados 8 236 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 11:47AM
I witnessed a similar incident at the olympic torch relay. An elderly couple stood on the pavement for hours waiting for the relay, when a family decided they would come out of the pub opposite and do all they could to block peoples view while they took pictures with their latest iPhones.

Cue me flipping my NUJ card out that is attached to my small camera bag (I know means it nothing really but looks official with a certain sort Wink ) and I just barged through the group and filled everyone of their pictures with my bulk. On the way out I passed my card to the pensioners that had been muscled out telling them that if they drop me a line they could have copies of any that I took.

They were happy, the chavs got what they deserved.
saltireblue Plus
8 7.9k 33 Norway
29 Jan 2013 11:54AM

(another thing, why do the same people feel the need to wear full camouflage gear and bring their 500mm f4LIS in camo wrappings + monster tripod when they would probably do better with a little hand-held point and shoot? Tongue )

Small penis syndromeWink
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Jan 2013 11:56AM
This all makes sad reading, but I am not really surprised.
brian1208 Plus
14 11.4k 12 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 12:01PM

Quote:Small penis syndrome

No thanks, I've already got one! Grin
pulsar69 14 1.6k 6 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2013 12:10PM
It is a sad reflection of today's society, unfortunately the polite British queue and manners have been overtaken by an influx of mainly immigrant influenced behavior which is now becoming commonplace in our own society too, a bold accusation possibly ? I see it every day when i take my child to school, when i go to the shops and in my email inbox, everywhere. Nothing to do but think carefully next time you vote in an election of exactly what you want and what people are willing to do about it.
adrian_w Plus
10 3.7k 4 England
29 Jan 2013 12:13PM
In a lot of cases they just don't think, or notice you standing there with your camera waiting to take the shot.
My wife & I are very concious of other cameras & will always try to stop & let people take their shots, because we know the frustration. Sometimes we even stop other people crossing in front of the cameras, sometimes getting a load of grief from the ignorants, but often they so "Oh sorry, didn't see the camera", & wait.
I find the French are the worst for pushing in front regardless.

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