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11/18/2006 01:50:46 PM · #1
I just got back from a park (public I suppose) where a sherrif had a bunch of convicts to help out & also enjoy a concert. I took a couple of shots from clear across the park and the sherrif saw me. He left all of his convicts to make the long walk across the open space to have some words with me in front of lots of people.

I behaved, but I didn't delete the shots.

I thought public was fair game. Was the sherrif making things up? Also, this was a police benefit or some such thing, so nearly the entire police force (New Orleans) was there.

Curiuos.
11/18/2006 02:16:55 PM · #2
Did he tell you it was illegal or that he rather you just didn't in some not so subtle words? Media people take photos of convicts all the time.

Message edited by author 2006-11-18 14:17:57.
11/18/2006 02:33:03 PM · #3
Bring on the pics! Definitely not illegal.
11/18/2006 02:48:34 PM · #4
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Also, this was a police benefit or some such thing, so nearly the entire police force (New Orleans) was there.

You shoulda mouthed off, fought like hell, refused to cooperate, screamed out obscenities and disparaging remarks about cops in general, told them you're a Canadian citizen and have Diplomatic immunity and then talk trash about their mama.

Trust me, Slippy, in the U.S. that's how you get cops to leave you alone. Go back to the park and get some more shots and let us know how things work out. ;-)
11/18/2006 02:53:54 PM · #5


Prison exteriors also have strong restrictions..... authorities will certainly investigate if one is too close. Best to obtain authorization when shooting chain gangs or architecture.

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11/18/2006 02:54:34 PM · #6
Originally posted by Art Roflmao:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Also, this was a police benefit or some such thing, so nearly the entire police force (New Orleans) was there.

You shoulda mouthed off, fought like hell, refused to cooperate, screamed out obscenities and disparaging remarks about cops in general, told them you're a Canadian citizen and have Diplomatic immunity and then talk trash about their mama.

Trust me, Slippy, in the U.S. that's how you get cops to leave you alone. Go back to the park and get some more shots and let us know how things work out. ;-)


Then we can get some pictures of Slippy in orange garb.
11/18/2006 02:56:27 PM · #7
kinda bogus - court paparazzi take pictures of 'convicts' all the time ..

maybe having the convicts do menial chores for the local police wasn't approved at some level ;)

11/18/2006 03:05:36 PM · #8
two thoughts.

Felons have lost their rights.

Celebrities in jail have limited rights.

To me, not being a lawyer,prisoners are fair game. Unless, the photos were to be used to help break out a prisoner, I don't see the big deal.

Ken's advice is absolutly accurate as well. In the biz that I represent, we call it 'cinematic immunity'. Go back, and shake up the system buddy.

We love Canadians to shake things up down here in the lower 48.
11/18/2006 03:08:41 PM · #9
A friend of mine wanted to shhot some pictures of the outside of a prison, so she drove down this access road, parked and walked up to the top of a hill with a clear view of the prison. She started taking pictures. Within 5 minutes she was confronted by an officer who had his hand on his weapon. She found out later that at least two of the tower guards had her in the crosshairs of their rifles.

They confiscated her film, read her the riot act and told her not to come back. They were worried that she was scouting for potential weak points in the security or, she was some nutjob gonna open fire on the prison.
11/18/2006 05:14:45 PM · #10
OK, I'll chance being met at the airport by the sheriff. Besides, some of his prisoners had purdy mouths. He definitely had me in his sights. I love the expression on his face!

I'll wait until I'm back home, and if I have some spare time I might try to look up an email address for where this giy works and send him the photo. :-D

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Message edited by author 2010-11-15 15:35:46.
11/18/2006 05:18:59 PM · #11
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

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That look from the cop is almost terrifying, heh. He's more frightening than the inmates! Holy crap...
11/18/2006 05:21:47 PM · #12
I know. He gave me the same stare the entire time he walked over to talk to me. My life was flashing before my eyes, LOL!
11/18/2006 05:31:44 PM · #13
Originally posted by Strikeslip:



I thought public was fair game. Was the sherrif making things up? Also, this was a police benefit or some such thing, so nearly the entire police force (New Orleans) was there. Curiuos.


Perhaps you might consider liaising with the authorities in question, and ask them direct questions as to what (if any) regulations you were breaking, and then share this knowledge with us.

Ray
11/18/2006 05:36:06 PM · #14
Originally posted by aliqui:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

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Slippy, when back in the safty of your neck of the woods. PS the guard wearing a pink pokadotted dress, then email it to him.
11/18/2006 05:41:03 PM · #15
Originally posted by American_Horse:

Originally posted by aliqui:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

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Slippy, when back in the safty of your neck of the woods. PS the guard wearing a pink pokadotted dress, then email it to him.

OMG-ROFLMAO!
11/18/2006 06:14:47 PM · #16
Just curious, had these not been convicts and a sherif but rather a couple would you still shoot? Reason why I ask is it appears judging from this photo they were trying to maintain some sort privacy camped under that tree which is what most people tend to do when they want some privacy in a public place. I know it's 100% legal to shoot this, but personally I tend to avoid shooting people who are making an attempt to be private but that's just me. Anyway, just curious as to what others feel about that.

Message edited by author 2006-11-18 18:15:32.
11/18/2006 06:24:56 PM · #17
Originally posted by yanko:

Just curious, had these not been convicts and a sherif but rather a couple would you still shoot? Reason why I ask is it appears judging from this photo they were trying to maintain some sort privacy camped under that tree which is what most people tend to do when they want some privacy in a public place. I know it's 100% legal to shoot this, but personally I tend to avoid shooting people who are making an attempt to be private but that's just me. Anyway, just curious as to what others feel about that.

LOL, get serious. You have no idea what the surroundings are like from my crop, LOL! What a joke! :-D

Heh, just to let you know, they were front row, stage-side. But I do see you're trying to stir the pot for a bit of squeeky-wheel fun. Have at it.

Message edited by author 2006-11-18 18:26:37.
11/18/2006 06:31:13 PM · #18
To me, they just appear to be chilling in the shade. The inmates, at least, appear pretty relaxed, not worried about being watched/seen.

Personally, if there were something particularly interesting about a couple then yes, I'd probably shoot them too. :)

11/18/2006 07:11:43 PM · #19
Originally posted by American_Horse:

Originally posted by aliqui:

Originally posted by Strikeslip:

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Slippy, when back in the safty of your neck of the woods. PS the guard wearing a pink pokadotted dress, then email it to him.


Let Art PP it for ya... I'm sure he'd make the guard feel real good about himself :-)
11/18/2006 07:52:44 PM · #20
Priceless photo. You should send it to the Times-Picayune.
11/18/2006 08:06:11 PM · #21
Originally posted by Strikeslip:


I thought public was fair game. Was the sherrif making things up? Also, this was a police benefit or some such thing, so nearly the entire police force (New Orleans) was there.

Curiuos.


Did you give him your name? If not, print a copy of this and send it to his boss with the date and time indicated. Anonymously of course. That frown deserves a reward, one way or another. If they both thought you were press, he'll sit well with the boss. I've seen that type of face. Usually when someone sees a cockroach or has to clean a very dirty toilet.
11/18/2006 08:20:46 PM · #22
Originally posted by Strikeslip:


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Willie Nelson busted yet again.

***shrug***
11/18/2006 08:32:13 PM · #23
Originally posted by Strikeslip:

Originally posted by yanko:

Just curious, had these not been convicts and a sherif but rather a couple would you still shoot? Reason why I ask is it appears judging from this photo they were trying to maintain some sort privacy camped under that tree which is what most people tend to do when they want some privacy in a public place.

LOL, get serious. You have no idea what the surroundings are like from my crop, LOL! What a joke! :-D

Woah - first time I've seen Slippy get serious and retaliate. Ahhh... But the :-D smiley let him down....

:-p
11/18/2006 09:01:04 PM · #24
I still trip out looking at the thumbnail. It looks like a painting; at least until you look at the full sized picture.
11/18/2006 09:22:52 PM · #25
it's illegal for canadians to shoot american prisoners ;-)
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