The Great New York State Fair started last week and goes on until Labor Day. It’s the official end of summer for upstate New York as public schools will open a day or two later. It was always a bittersweet time for me when growing up. Loved all the sites, sounds, smells and activities of the fair but knew it was back to school when it was all over.
This year I brought in my tripod so I could take some pictures of the Midway rides as I have never done it before. Being an old Star Trek fan from way back, the Enterprise ride caught my eye and I set up to do some long exposure photos. A New York State Trooper wandered over to ask me what I was taking a photos of. I thought it odd but he explained tripods are a cause of concern nowadays. I don’t know why anyone would think such a thing as I was out of the way, not blocking people from walking around and the NY State Fair does not require a permit to use tripods.
Sadly, this seems to be a world wide issue for both amateur and professional photographers. People with cameras the size of digital SLRs with or without a tripod are considered a threat to security. This is just nonsense. Terrorists never used photography and, if they did, I doubt they’d want to be seen doing it. Easier to use a camera phone which do not get a second look when used. I’m going to download and print this The Photographer’s Rights document and carry it with me. Law enforcement and security staffs should be made aware of these rights.