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    Re: Suddenly in Manhattan?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ron View Post
    tell it to the judge!

    the cops dont care who or what you are doing with a large camera on a tripod that impeads pedestrian traffic. you will definately be pushed along. this time of year, the sidewalks are moving meat jello 24 hours everyday.

    ive been pushed along n even threatened with arrest when arguing the law with a cop who has sore feet n tied of seeing tourists n answering stupid questions all day.

    if you want pictures... hand held is the only way thats going to happen.
    That’s why I said “common sense if you will Impede traffic or pedestrians”.

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    Re: Suddenly in Manhattan?!

    I took a view camera out on the streets of New York fairly regularly from about 1984-2001. Was never hassled by any cops, once or twice by a panhandler.
    I did stay out of Times Square (and midtown in general). Things might be different now, but I wouldn't let it stop me from trying.

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    Re: Suddenly in Manhattan?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sampson View Post
    I took a view camera out on the streets of New York fairly regularly from about 1984-2001. Was never hassled by any cops, once or twice by a panhandler.
    I did stay out of Times Square (and midtown in general). Things might be different now, but I wouldn't let it stop me from trying.
    I grew up in NYC/Manhattan, and my experience is similar. I have used my 4x5 in Central Park (Belvedere Castle has some nice opportunities), in SOHO, down towards the lower tip in Battery Park, and around the South St. Seaport areas. But those are all far less trafficked than the midtown/Rockefeller Center area where I worked (except for SOHO, which has gentrified and is now crowded). My own opinion is that during the Christmas rush, the big camera is not going to be enjoyable or practical in midtown.

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    Re: Suddenly in Manhattan?!

    I wouldn't hesitate to take a hand held Speed Graphic a la Weegee, but a MF would be easier to move around with.
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
    I'm not OCD. I'm CDO which is alphabetically correct.

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    Re: Suddenly in Manhattan?!

    Having visited NYC many times (and currently planning a trip for my son's birthday next month), I suggest going handheld. Sidewalks are just too crowded for tripods. Trying to use a tripod may trigger unwanted encounters with NY's finest, and is not likely to result in pictures that you are really happy with.

    I've used LF in San Francisco with very mixed results. I also attempted it once in Boston and was very disappointed.

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