Be careful where you photograph
One of the stories that’s been in the headlines lately is the issue of where you can and cannot take photographs.
No, i’m not talking about private family photographs, but more, of public places, places visible to the public.
There’s no doubt about it in my mind that Melbourne is beautiful, and there’s so many places in Melbourne that you can take photos of.
It will make me think twice sometimes about taking pictures in certain areas, and be a bit more careful about it.
I think a lot of it to do with our current situation with the potential of “threats” to national security and all that. But perhaps there are ways to make everyone happy? Ask those in charge, and then show them the picture afterwards (since most of us use digicams these days, with the LCD preview screen) and ask for approval. If not, just be happy, and delete the image.
The event which triggered this was when one of the Geelong Camera Club members took a photo of gas storage cylinders at the Shell oil refinary. He was told that he was not to take photos of industrial installations.
This is an issue that doesn’t only affect us here in Australia, but worldwide too. There’s an article on this issue in USA Today.