Let's all hope for a little less institutional stupidity so that real security threats will not be left alone while a harmless amatuer becomes the disproportionate target of scrutiny.
We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities. - Oscar Wilde
in any case, believe me, i speak for most here as well
on another note, please note that pcsos are not real police officers, they are given much less power
in fact, based on our dear wikipedia, i'm not even sure if the pcso had the right to even order anyone to do anything. pcsos are another sore point here, i remember reading some rant about it in the papers.. and it seems as if they have gotten some flak before.
And i think this is a nice place to end the discussion since we have gone both left, right and centre and both sides of the fence have been very thoroughly explored....
Lets move on shall we?
Reminds me of the time I stupidly pulled out my camera to attempt to take a picture while going through customs at changi airport. A security officer hauled me out for questioning, but he was polite and he let me off with a warning after I said that no picture was taken.
f/8 and be there.
By the way: If you do need to take pics from a building site (e.g. from the front of a bldg), that area may be property of that bldg, I am not sure, anyway, if you MUST take from their premises you can always ask for permission beforehand by letter.......
Here is the link:
One up for photographers rights
An example of private area is the whole groundfloor area around the offices at Suntec City, it's the offices at the back where they have the water 'fountain wall' running over glass, and a side entrance to the shopping mall, there is also a taxi stand there. That area is all private, I took my large format with tripod there, had to write in my name on a record book, and that's all. I was then allowed to take pics anywhere! But this was 6-7 years ago :-)
Now times and rules may have changed......
p.s. the police seemed abit sheepish when they did turn up... they were just doing their job and I guess its not the first time they were called up for such...