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25 Apr 2020 12:15PM
if by chance i went out for a walk and just happened to take a small camera would i be breaking the lockdown rules if i took a few snaps
silverscot 8 279 Scotland
25 Apr 2020 1:00PM
That would depend on where you were and if the police spotted you. Friends of mine (both in 80s) took their car down to seafront near their house and were told by police to go home. Can only assume they were seen getting out of their car.
25 Apr 2020 1:07PM
As someone also in my eighties I suspect that the police were keen to keep 'over 70!' safe. The rules were people over 70 and those with underlying health issues should isolate themselves at home. I would say that their car is not their home and if they should have an accident or breakdown then they would be at risk. A risk which could cost them their own (or someone else's) life.
altitude50 16 21.4k United Kingdom
25 Apr 2020 1:17PM

Quote:That would depend on where you were and if the police spotted you.
You would still be breaking the rules, if you were breaking them!Wink
JJGEE 16 7.9k 18 England
25 Apr 2020 3:32PM
Well, everybody appears to be taking images on their mobile telephone so why not a camera ?

Probably not with a backpack, tripod, filters but one camera, one lens on a neck strap and not standing around for half an hour waiting for the light should should be OK ?
JackAllTog Plus
12 6.3k 58 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2020 3:39PM
Excursions from home are for the purpose of food, medicine, exercise and essential workers travel. Taking a photograph along the way seems like a natural part of life as long as it does not become a chance of breaking the 2M rule. How many of us take images of queues on our phone, or the empty shelves when people were panic buying.

That does not though mean driving to a distant location and setting up a tripod to wait around and capture a sunrise.

So i'd say yes take your camera, take images as you walk along, just ensure you can explains its part of a legitimate activity. If you do take a photograph of somewhere pretty this weekend - post it here - https://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/just-for-fun---local-beauty-spots--120763 for this weekends fun challenge.
My outside exercise is playing football with my kid, so not much chance of photos anywhere apart from the garden.

Some of the professional camera sites seem to be encouraging members to earn a living and go out and shoot - tricky decisions for professionals.
Jestertheclown 12 8.4k 253 England
25 Apr 2020 5:58PM
Before all this began, I rarely set foot outside without a DSLR and I'm not about to stop now.

Obviously, I'm now more restricted regarding how far afield I can travel but when I step out of my front door, within two minutes I can be on a large, very local, recreation ground or in open countryside.

Each morning and again in the evening, I take the dog to one or the other, maybe both, often for well over an hour; I almost never see another living soul and if I do, there's loads of space in which to avoid one another.

If anyone chooses to blindly follow these guidelines, then by all means do so but with the application of just a little common sense you might not need to be nearly as constrained as you think.

I'm still using a camera; I just spend less time doing so.

Am I being responsible?

Of course I am.

wsh Plus
3 63 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2020 8:24PM
I go everywhere with a camera, sometimes a compact canon, other times my canon DSLR. So long as you keep within the social distancing guidelines I am sure that you are not breaking the law.
William.
hobbo Plus
10 1.7k 4 England
26 Apr 2020 7:17AM
As one of the over 80s special group, with high blood pressure and Arterial problems, a daily walk is essential if Im not to lose my left foot.... so, since diagnosis in January, I have bedn taking a circa 40 minute Dawn walk... from 05:45.... now that the dawn light is here, I not only enjoy the glorious Dawn Chorus, but the light can be incredible... so my camera tags along too...

Social distancing ? I might see a jogger or two plus a dog walker, all regulars, we avoid each other like the plague...but wave in passing.

I consider very strongly that the little photography I do manage, is good for my mental well-being.

Hobbo
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2020 1:03PM

Quote:As someone also in my eighties I suspect that the police were keen to keep 'over 70!' safe. The rules were people over 70 and those with underlying health issues should isolate themselves at home. I would say that their car is not their home and if they should have an accident or breakdown then they would be at risk. A risk which could cost them their own (or someone else's) life.


Over 70's without health issues are NOT required to stay in, the guidelines simple say we should apply the social distancing rules rigorously, check the regulations

here

from which
Quote:We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:
aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)



Too many people are spreading the myth that over 70s have to observe "lock down" and stay at home
26 Apr 2020 2:46PM
I didn't say that they should stay indoors - I said that their car wasn't their home and that if they had an accident or a breakdown they could be at risk as could others.

A quote ...

That age group were advised on shielding before the lockdown rules came into effect, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggesting they may need to remain home for at least 12 weeks – taking that age group up to mid-June. At the time, the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty said: ‘The group of people who we would want to take this advice particularly seriously are older people above 70, people who in adult life would normally be advised to have the flu vaccination, so these are people with chronic diseases such as chronic heart disease or chronic kidney disease, and also – as a precautionary measure because we are early in our understanding and we want to be sure – women who are pregnant.’

Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/20/coronavirus-uk-lockdown-rules-70s-12581912/?ito=cbshare

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brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2020 3:11PM
Tianshi_angie what you said was: "The rules were people over 70 and those with underlying health issues should isolate themselves at home.", hence my reaction (it may not have been what you meant of course? )
peterkin 17 674 England
26 Apr 2020 5:47PM
It seems that the police attitude is "do as I tell you not as I do". Last Thursday evening and the one before there were people all over Westminster Bridge for the NHS clap and none appeared to be following social distancing and the large number of police there did absolutely nothing about it - they were taking part and were as guilty as anyone. Even the Met Police Commissioner was there for a photo opportunity. Disgraceful behaviour when they are busy fining other people. The media don't seem to see a problem either when a team travel somewhere just to do a piece to camera that could easily be done in the studio - but don't start me on the media and their behaviour during this crisis. Grrrr.

But to answer the original poster. I don't see a problem taking photos while on your daily exercise.

Peter
brian1208 17 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2020 5:55PM
do you have information on the numbers fined and what for Peter?
peterkin 17 674 England
26 Apr 2020 6:09PM
Well, a few days ago they had fined in excess of 3000 people. Some I expect were blatantly flouting the rules but I understand that some people just really needed to be spoken to about the rules. The point is though that the police should be even-handed and enforce the rules when they are seen to be broken. I notice the rules now seem to have changed yet again one of which is that one can drive some place to exercise as long as the exercise takes longer then driving there. Grin

Peter

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