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Oliver Bryk wrote: > A couple of years ago I had similar encounters with rangers at several > California State parks when I set up a Hasselblad on a tripod. In each case, > the ranger demanded to see a permit for commercial photography. In each > case, I stated that I was not a commercial photographer. That did not > satisfy the ranger who invariably brought an invisible camera to his or her > eyes, clicked an imaginary shutter button, pointed to my tripod, and said, > "but you must be a commercial photographer". When asked to show me the > applicable regulation and its definition of commercial photography, none of > the rangers was able to satisfy my request. When I asked where I was > supposed to have obtained this permit, the answer was, "from Sacramento" > (the state capital). > Making the taxpayer prove a negative (no pun intended) seems to be an > ingrained habit of mindless bureaucrats. > Oliver Bryk I've had similar experience here in Marin in the Tamalpais State Park, particularly along Ridgecrest Blvd. where a great number of automobile advertisements are shot. However, I just tell them I'm a weekend photographer (which I am) and show them my business card showing my employer's name, which is a bank.