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 Photo-a-Day      (Tuesday, 30th August, 2011) Views: 2,810 
Haigh Show (4 of 4)
 Haigh Show (4 of 4)   by David Barker  (Nikon D3000 70-300 lens 1/500s f/5.6)
A brave spectator lets the bird of prey land on her arm.

Comment by honk on 30th August 2011 at 00:05
The young lady looks quite pleased with the Harris Hawk pearched on her hand. Nice photo David.


Comment by John H on 30th August 2011 at 01:29
What a cracking shot, very nice indeed


Comment by Bren on 30th August 2011 at 07:40
Two nice birds !!!


Comment by Maggie on 30th August 2011 at 10:00
I was fortunate enough to have this happen to me at Keilder Water. it is a wonderful experience to be so close to such a wonderful creature.


Comment by RH on 30th August 2011 at 11:20
Mal Ref; 29th. It is an offence under the pedaphilia laws to photograph ANY child without parental consent.

Who's the more enthralled, the bird or the spectator?


Comment by veg grower on 30th August 2011 at 14:04
Stunning pic, beautiful creature.


Comment by Mal on 30th August 2011 at 16:01
RH Ref:29th

I fear you are misinformed..

DPP -v- Jones (1999): The Court recognised that the public may enjoy a public highway for any reasonable purpose, provided it does not amount to public or private nuisance or obstruct the highway "by unreasonably impeding the primary right of the public to pass and re-pass: within these qualifications there is a public right of peaceful assembly on the highway."

There's nothing stopping you taking pictures of people in public places within reason, but if you start shoving your zoom lens up their nostrils or taking action shots of their every step, there's a chance you might get a clip around the ear from your aggrieved subject or possibly face a legal charge of harassment or breach of the peace.

Harassment is defined as a 'course of conduct' (so it has to happen at least twice) that causes another person 'alarm or distress', but we have to say that the bullying and aggressive antics of the paparazzi would suggest that prosecutions are few and far between.

Photographers are free to use their photographs of people taken in public places as they wish - including for commercial gain.

There are no laws against taking photos of children, but someone taking an unhealthy interest can rightly expect to attract unwelcome attention from the authorities (and quite probably passers by) pretty sharpish.

Be also mindful that if you're taking pictures in areas where dodgy folks, drug dealers and ne'er do wells may be in view, they're unlikely to be pleased with the attention and probably won't be bothered about the niceties of the law in their response.

If someone asks you to stop take pictures of them, it's generally a good idea to do so. That said, we are talking about the LAW here, not what may, or may not 'get someone's back up'

If you still think you are correct, please quote the Act and Section of said law and I would be happy to peruse it having had some 23 years experience within the legal system


Comment by Bib John on 30th August 2011 at 19:03
Thank you Mal and well said, it makes you afraid to take photos of your own grandkids in a public place with all this controversy. The photo on the 10th was not inappropriate, it was a toddler in a pram within a street scene. Lets have some common sense.


Comment by Rob on 30th August 2011 at 19:29
I think Mal has a problem...he's a sad man.


Comment by Fred Mason on 30th August 2011 at 20:18
I am amazed. Good points posted about the legalities about photos being taken in public.. Thanks to Mal for your input. Good info.

It is a thread for the posting of Wigan type photos...isn't it?

By the way, David, very good pic of the two birds.....both are lovely..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Comment by David Barker on 31st August 2011 at 11:05
Thank you for you comments,and other items regarding rules and regulations and law on taking photos,very interesting.


Comment by David on 31st August 2011 at 11:53
Try sending a photograph of a public place which includes a recognisable face, to any of the Microstck agencies: it will be rejected - I've tried it.


Comment by Mal on 31st August 2011 at 13:25
Rob, very useful input from yourself. Says a lot about you.


Comment by Harry C. on 1st September 2011 at 13:55
Four nice pics David, I especially
like the owl. Cheers H.


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