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    Posted: 19 September 2018 at 23:22
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Had an hour to kill in Reading this evening with a new (to me) lens:

All A77 + Minolta - AF 24-85 F3.5-4.5 RS

1. Car park.

@60mm, 1/125s, f4.5, ISO 1600.

2. Comptoir Libanais - as I took this a security guard came up and informed me that photography was forbidden. . .

@85mm, 1/160s, f4.5, ISO 1000.

3. Bluegrass.

@40mm, 1/100s, f4, ISO 1600.

4. Purple Turtle? Who came up with that?

@24mm, 1/100s, f3.5 ISO 1600.

5. Heelas.

@40mm, 1/80s, f4, ISO 1000.

6. The Oracle according to Reading.

@50mm, 1/80s, f4.5 ISO 800.

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"Photography was forbidden" ??
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It seems I can't edit the post title - which has a typo - can an admin fix this?

Originally posted by dxqcanada dxqcanada wrote:

"Photography was forbidden" ??


Sadly this is not uncommon - we (in the UK) have the right to take photographs on or
from public land, but companies are able to ban it on their property. For some reason shopping centre (mall) owners often do so and I was in a shopping centre.

Most of the time you can get away with it, but this time he was there before I had taken more than a couple of shots of this subject - I guess he had spotted the camera and had followed me to see if I used it, he certainly followed me for a while after he very nicely told me he had to enforce this silly rule (his words).

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Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:


2. Comptoir Libanais - as I took this a security guard came up and informed me that photography was forbidden. . .


Also to everybody who was with a smartphone around?
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A very good and diverse set! And #2 stands out for me in terms of colors and composition!

The strange thing with "forbidden photography" in the UK is that it is a somehow hidden feature of those places - they look like public places (they have a parasitic relationship with them) and there are usually no signs that point you to the fact that photography is prohibited. My first experience of such a places - almost identical with yours - had been at Canary Wharf in London. The whole Canary Wharf area is a private corporation and photography is forbidden there. It's really strange!

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Hi Phil, a nice set of images. I really like the colours of the purple turtle. TFS
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Originally posted by Winwalloe Winwalloe wrote:

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:


2. Comptoir Libanais - as I took this a security guard came up and informed me that photography was forbidden. . .


Also to everybody who was with a smartphone around?


I was not approached until I actually took a picture - my camera was in plain view well before and after - they don't object to cameras being carried - just as well as there is a camera shop in the place.

As I walked on to the bridge from where I took the shot I walked past a couple who had paused to take a selfie. The security guy must have walked past them too - he may have said something, but I doubt it. I was concentrating on what I was doing, not what was going on behind me so I can't be sure.

I was actually on a privately owned bridge over a public canal, if I stood on top of a narrowboat passing through I would be within my rights to snap away to my hearts content. The law is an ass at times.
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Originally posted by waldo_posth waldo_posth wrote:

A very good and diverse set! And #2 stands out for me in terms of colors and composition!


Originally posted by clk230 clk230 wrote:

Hi Phil, a nice set of images. I really like the colours of the purple turtle. TFS


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Nice shots, Phil. I (mis)spent many youthful evening in the Purple Turtle (even playing bass in a band there once...) Happy memories, if a little fuzzy .

Seeing the Heelas logo jolted my memory somewhat too, not so fond memories of being dragged round department stores as a child... My parents still live near Reading but I've not been to the Oracle centre for years so it's nice to know some landmark places are still there though
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    Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:

    It seems I can't edit the post title - which has a typo - can an admin fix this?


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    Thanks mikey, sorry for bothering you - I have just worked out how I can do it!
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    Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 September 2018 at 11:37
    The new Westgate centre in Oxford is OK about amateur photography, but not all of its operatives were aware in the early days. We had ascertained their position just before it opened, but that didn't stop a more jobsworth type from asking one of us to not take pictures with 'professional' gear.

    In the past fears have been expressed in other places about security issues, but I suspect they are actually more worried about copyright and brands and potential exploitation of locations without fees being paid. Whether that's true in Reading, I don't know.
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