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    What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    I plead guilty – I’m a scoff-law when it comes to LF photography.

    Every year, I break laws to get shots. Many of them are pre-meditated. These “illegal” shots are only a small part of my portfolio, but they’re among the very best I’ve taken. And telling the story is always a lot of fun.

    My worst crime – it must be common around here – is trespassing, mainly on closed public lands, but sometimes on private lands too. I’ve never been caught, but I feel it’s only a matter of time. Some day, I’ll get my come-uppance.

    — What laws have you broken, and why? When is it justifiable?

    — Does the “sense of risk” improve – or interfere – w/ your photography?

    — Do good results help alleviate any subsequent remorse?

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    Even if I did break the law to get a photograph, which I have not, it's unlikely I would say anything about it. Also, professionalism demands that I respect the law, and the property rights of others.

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    I've trespassed.... a lot, and ignored public nudity laws....a lot.

    Preston, I'm relieved to know your ethics prevent you from full disclosure, if not full compliance.

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    I live in America and I do whatever the hell I want.

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    Quote Originally Posted by vinny View Post
    I live in America and I do whatever the hell I want.
    That reminds me! It’s not my worst crime – “trespassing” wins that honor – but it’s certainly my most common: illegal parking on the shoulder of roads. Many times, I’ve pulled-off “wherever the hell I want,” never in the city where traffic is heavy & tickets are likely, but in national forests where I need 45 or 60 minutes for a shot nearby, and there’s nowhere else for my car...

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    None, at least not intentionally. I think it's bad karma to break the law to get the shot. That doesn't mean that I'm an angel when it comes to breaking the law in general but I don't think a shot is worth breaking the law for.

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    Any and all that get in the way

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    None! No laws broken in the pursuit of photography. That is my story and I am sticking to it! - Sirius Glass
    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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    Re: What laws do you break to get the shots you want?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ash View Post
    Any and all that get in the way.
    Ash, you’re our local rebel without a cause!

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