August 26, 2004
Size matters

Suckerpunch of raises a valid observation on the discussion forums: It depends on how big your lens is...:

We were collared on London's South Bank, just between the NFT and the NT, as I was with friends shooting pictures, but I was also sporting my big 300mm f2.8. That draws attention. Security told us that we weren't allowed to photograph there. Liars.
I've had similar experiences on London's South Bank - photographing the London Mayor's building and "looking professional" triggers security guard response, as does sporting a decent SLR at London's Paternoster Square, where I was stopped twice - presumably because of my white Canon 70-200mm L lens.

Does anyone else have similar experiences? Comment here and/or at PhotoPermit.

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Not me, personally, but recently some people were taken into custody (read: not arrested), questioned, held, and finally released after 24 hours, for photographing our electric plant in Central Illinois, USA. The story as reported is, they were using a telephoto lens from across the lake. As with many such facilities, it's fascinating from an engineering viewpoint.

P.S. On an unrelated note, I really wish your RSS feeds had full posts with links and graphics. You have 78 subscribers through Bloglines, alone, and I imagine there are 100's (quite possibly 1000's) others through other readers. I'd bet I'm not the only one who feels that way. If you do have a full feed, I can't find it. Well, I can probably guess your response, but I wanted to mention it anyway. Thanks.

Posted by: Marie on August 26, 2004 07:57 AM

Thanks for the comments, Marie.

I always appreciate feedback, and I know several people boycott sites that don't provide full feeds...

I did put some thought into it when I was setting up my blog a long time ago, and decided against providing full feed, for example because there are several sites that then "syndicate" the full content without giving the readers the full experience (related links, comments, site design etc). Example: - by providing extracts and links; users will visit my site if the topic piques their interest, instead of reading the entire content elsewhere.

PS returns an error page, as does

Thanks again for writing; thanks for being a subscriber and a reader, and I hope to stay in touch on future issues!

Happy blogging!


Posted by: Anders on August 26, 2004 03:55 PM

Thanks for writing back. Sorry about that error page. That is embarrassing and is being corrected. Thanks again.

Posted by: Marie on August 26, 2004 08:05 PM
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