Posted by Ron (Saint Louis, United States) on 15 March 2008 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.
After this shot I was politely asked to leave…well, not so politely.
Nice action shot of the MetroLink with great detail on everything stationary around it. So did they run you off citing security reasons or something?
15 Mar 2008 5:31am
@Bonj: I didn't see any signs posted saying no picture-taking in the subway; saw no security guards at first either. After about five minutes one of the armed security guards (you do see visible video surveillance cameras) walked up to me and said, "No pictures in the subway." To which I replied "I didn't know." "You'll have to leave now," he said. Which I did.
Someone on Aminus3 (I believe it was Disoriented) posted a shot taken in a Washington, D.C., Metro station; he also was told no pictures allowed.
I suppose I'm one of those people who has to learn life's lessons through experience. Lesson learned.
A super action shot you've captured. Security issues I guess caused your leaving.
15 Mar 2008 5:45am
I'm glad you perservered....great shot. Good thing they didn't make you empty your camera. I was at Phantom of the Opera and during the intermission decided to take a picture of the beautiful velvet curtains and chandelier....not such a good idea...almost lost my camera. But back to your picture, love the action of the MetroLink, the colors and the clarity.
15 Mar 2008 7:06am
Great sense of movement in this shot! I like it.
15 Mar 2008 8:43am
LOL Way to go Ron, you're my hero...gorgeous take!
15 Mar 2008 11:36am
The blur of the train is a fantastic contrast with the sharp stillness of the rest of the scene. Great angle and composition too!
15 Mar 2008 12:20pm
By some impossible twist of the fates, I am about to leave for a photo-shoot on the subway system in London this very moment. I’m fairly sure photography is not allowed here either but I’m not a terrorist and refuse to be treated like one. Wish me luck (a food parcel would be nice, too)!
15 Mar 2008 1:53pm
I have some images from the subway and so far have not been told to leave. However, while in living in Crystal City, this past summer near DC,, I was told there were only areas I could photograph. I found out what they were and started pressing my shutter. I like the blurr in this image. Well done!
15 Mar 2008 4:00pm
Nice shot! Such silly rules!
15 Mar 2008 6:19pm
I like this take very much. Strange that you've been told to leave with the cam. Perhaps it has something to do with increasing the security level against terrorism in the USA. I don't know.... Here in Switzerland it's in general no problem to take photos in Subs, Metros or things like that.
Have a nice Sunday - Wys
15 Mar 2008 7:43pm
great shot...and capture of the moment....i was told to put my camera away at airports..it's crazy:)
15 Mar 2008 7:44pm
***** I give five stars - but I don't know if that makes an effect - I love the photo ;)) a favourite !!
15 Mar 2008 7:50pm
Great shot, love the motion blur on the train
15 Mar 2008 8:41pm
Nice Ron. I was taking photos outside a palace in Thailand, and I guess there was an invisible line after which pictures were not allowed. A guard actually walked with me step by step and with head nods and shakes guided me to the point where I could shoot, and after that point I had to put my camera away. It was a little surreal, sometimes the rules are so strange! Shame too, that was a nice building...
15 Mar 2008 9:28pm
I like this picture, which has the feeling of morning, of the start of a day. The combination of the moving subway and the stationary figure is very effective. Glad you didn't get into too much trouble, and also glad that you got this shot before you had to leave.
15 Mar 2008 11:17pm
People who want to photograph for nefarious reasons can always do it. People with honest hearts who shoot in the open are run off. Would they stop you if you had a sketch pad?
16 Mar 2008 2:47am
I took a photo today at a Metro Station in DC (they were doing some maintenace work inside the tunnel)... a worker came and told me I could not do it. Same thing happened a month ago in Union Station : (
16 Mar 2008 4:07am
great atmosphere and colors
16 Mar 2008 7:49am
Nice shot. But the "you can't take photos" stuff is bullshit. There is NO LAW in this country that prohibits you from taking photos on public property. When they pulled this crap in the NY Subway enough people challenged the law that they had to back off. However, that doesn't mean that uniformed cops or especially, security guards, won't still tell people that they can't take photos. Of course, they can and will take your photo equipment and arrest you in spite of the fact that you are within the law. Ultimately you would no doubt get your damaged equipment back and win in court, but I suspect that like me, you neither want, or can afford the hassle. That's why they get away with this fascist BS --complete imbalance of power. However, you might lodge a complaint with the transit authority after the fact.
You might be able to tell from my response that this no photography stuff really pisses me off. That's because when I was a kid these kinds of photo prohibitions were one of hallmarks of the totalitarian States like the USSR that we used to ridicule for their lack of "freedom." These prohibitions have no legitimate purpose whatsoever. No "terrorist" has ever been caught taking photos. As one of the posters above indicated, anyone who really wanted photos for nefarious purposes --not that they'd be necessary anyway-- could easily take them undetected. It's sad and enraging to watch as ignorance and political exploitation moves my country in the direction of such "great" countries North Korea, and the old USSR, where taking photos in public places is "prohibited."
16 Mar 2008 2:36pm
Excellent, Ron!! And enlightening.
17 Mar 2008 2:31am
Wonderful image, Ron.
17 Mar 2008 12:54pm
great shot! i like how you captured the light and love how strongly you contrasted the motion of the train and the stillness of the man.
17 Mar 2008 7:55pm
Ron, I found an interesting article you might read - I'm printing one off to keep in my photo bag! http://www.krages.com/phoright.htm
19 Mar 2008 2:02am
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