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Flog It!

By paulbroad
I'm interested in a general opinion of my little story below as much as the image, which I think is reasonably ordinary. Flog It came to Scunthorpe last week and was based in our local stately home park which is council managed and for which I hold a yearly entry pass.

I visited with my daughter in law and youngest grandchild. Now I realise they must require some control to stop everyone walking into shot, but when a young lady with clip board and radio saw me with EOS 7D, battery base, 18/250 Sigma and carbon monopod she intercepted me and said you can't go past me. We were 200 yards from the filming and at right angles.

I said this was a public park and I had a pass. She said you are not going past. (We walk there several times a week.) I said, I'm sorry, but I am. I promise not to go near the filming. Several people without obvious cameras walked past unhindered.

She contacted someone on her radio who said it was OK to walk along the path providing we did not approach the tented area. Two ladies were also stopped just before me and they both had Nikon DSLR's - they went off through nearby woods, circled round behind the filming and came in from the other unprotected side - not a good military defence! (Seems 'good' cameras were the target.)

So, I had my walk and got a few shots at the 250mm setting, but was a bit incensed at the BBC staff attitude.

About 1/800, f8 and ISO200. Monopod. I also got some strong looks from other BBC staff but no more interference.


Tags: Attitude People It Bbc Stop Portraits and people Flog

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LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 8:32AM
Oh so we have MI5 disguised as TV employees now do we, or do they just have delusions of grandeur? I rather suspect the latter having met some of the Prima Donnas in the business. I would have gone ballistic in your situation. I'm glad you stood your ground and have this image to prove it.

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29 Jul 2012 8:53AM
Good for you mate. A
xwang 9 56 8
29 Jul 2012 11:10AM
Thumb up to you, PaulGrin.. It's just a little power play.. someone whom is given a little power, they forget who they are...
There is another thing, maybe you looked too professional to her. I don't quite understand the image protection matter, sometimes it seems ridiculous. I remembered that we went a museum in Scotland a few years ago, I was told that I could take photos but I couldn't use tripod. When we got on the roof of the museum, I saw a photographer was taking photos of the landscape view of the city with a tripod, obviously he was taking the advantage of the hight of the museum's roof..stuff came and took him away.. I ddn't understand.. for security? Museum's items or the building?
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 11:12AM
Good story, but in the critique forum?

If you want critique, then yes, it's a bit ordinary. People looking in different directions and the lady in pink has to go. Not really enough to have someone (semi) famous in shot as it doesn't hang together as a story, sorry.

Not often these days do you hear of "security" staff being helpful and efficient!

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2012 1:46PM
The picture is there for critique as usual. The story is for more general interest. I had been hoping for a few head shots and expressions, but not close enough. Wonder what they might have said if I turned up with my 50/500 Sigma and a good solid Benbo tripod?

Davesumner 11 28 300 Australia
30 Jul 2012 8:52AM

You're right, the picture is pretty ordinary and the story isn't right for the Critique Gallery but I'm with you with the problem you had. If it is a council owned public place then there is nothing that they can do to stop you taking whatever pictures you like. If you step into a private spot or somewhere with restricted entry and the rules stipulate that you cannot take pictures then the landowner or his representative can stop you but if you have the landowners permission to be there and then they can't. You showed a lot of restraint because I would have just pushed past her and carried on and if they complained then I would invite them to or even call the police on their behalf. I would imagine that it is like all wedding photographers, they would have paid a fee to be there and film as they are professionals but it doesn't give them any rights to stop you from entering as an amateur.

That's my thoughts on it anyway.

paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2012 10:30AM
Yes, this is probably the wrong place, but i do find i get comment in the critique section so it seems a good place for odd bits of wider photo advice. I've tried the forums and ordinary gallery in the past and often didn't get any comment or feedback at all.

There is always some response here, but i will desist in future.


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