Are the flats above Tekka market private place? I was once told off by an Indian guy for taking pictures from there. Was I trespassing?
if it's indeed a military exercise, then photography is likely not allowed. same reason as to why cameras are not allowed in military camps
eat. drink. shoot
shot my baby @ universal studios, the security asked us if we're doing editorials. I told them I'm just like the rest of the visitors, shooting their loved ones. But the guard seems to have a different impression. Forced her to change her sundress or we can't roam any further nor shoot.
Heck, I wasn't even using any lighting nor flash. Most I did was giving her instructions on the direction the light falls. That's all!
Same went for the national museum where the guard threatened to call the police if we shoot. I can see people using hp/compact cams shooting away, we're visitors too, except using dslr, no difference to me
Btw for those unaware - Bedok Jetty is MINDEF's land. So military exercise or not, if they ask you to stop, you have to. Anywhere else is free game less it's a real military exercise
Anyway as a professional you have to know the law, especially when it comes to your area of expertise.
The action taken by me might border on overreaction, but I was darn pissed at the way I was treated. I'll leave it at that.
To clarify matters, this is what I questioned MINDEF about (extract from my ancient email)
1. Does MINDEF/SAF not give/release a press release when an exercise is imminent? It has done so in the past and I have never seen a military operation held in a public place without a press release although it is not required by law (Refer to Cap 295, s. 208).
2. Should a operation be held in a public place without a prior press release, what documents are the personnel involved in the operation required to produce to prove to the general public, that indeed, this is a legal military operation/exercise?
All aid to civilian authorities approved is required to be published in the Gazette (Cap 295 s. 201C) as soon as possible. Are other operations not so?
3. What jurisdiction do Singapore Armed Forces Military Policemen have on civilians, in this case me, ordering them to cease photography? They are authorised to arrest a person not subject to military law who willfully obstructs any military operation, training or function only (Cap 295 s. 166).
Are they also not required to produce their identity cards? If they did not, how would I then determine if the operation was a legal one and would the military policemen in question not be committing an offence themselves under Cap 213, s. 6 subsections A and B?
4. If this was indeed a legal operation approved at higher levels, I can only comment that it was extremely poorly done and to the tourists surrounding me, shows an unprofessional side of the SAF. If it was not a legal operation, I believe that those in charge of these military policemen can draw their own conclusions on the legal training these servicemen have, their professionalism and their attitude.
Last edited by chanjyj; 31st August 2010 at 05:18 AM.
Anyone knows the rationale behind not allowing people to take photo of building model?
Architect / developer worried any last min changes in design which differs from what is shown in the model, or the model doesn't portray exactly what is being built, and risk lawsuits?
Photographer = spy, terrorist, private investigator, government inspector...
My impression is that if you shoot with a DSLR and/or flash/strobes, your chances of getting stopped or questioned by security is several times higher than someone shooting with a compact or handphone..
If refraining terrorist activities are the main concern, I just wonder whether all terrorist shoot with DSLR and strobes when they take pictures of the hotel..
I guess that's is a good excuse to buy a Nex-5 or GF1 for shooting in S'pore..
Maybe their mindset? Cause when someone is holding a DSLR, is spend over thousands of $ on it which make them jealous? Whereby some1 holding a PnS, they just thought, cheap camera, can take much detail or zoom la.
Only Sony device mostly, haha!