Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/09/20

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Tripods in France
From: "John R. Fulton Jr." <>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 11:00:03 -0500
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>I would like to point out that if you use a tripod on any of the National
>Parks in Washington, DC you may be asked to put it away by the police. On
>National Parks land in DC you must have a permit to use a tripod.

At the Alamo in San Antonio it is my understanding that setting up a 
tripod on the street to photograph the Alamo is a no-no. The problem? 
They don't want "professional photographers" photographing the Alamo. 
The tripod is considered a sure sign of a "professional".
This is the problem other places as well. The "lone cypress" at on 
the Monterey peninsula in California is a registered trademark. They 
don't want professionals shooting it either. Again, the tripod is 
considered a sure-sign that you're a professional.
For the most part the "problem" with using a tripod some places is 
that it creates the perception of a professional. Sometimes it's 
good. People will come up and ask you what you're doing and it's a 
chance to talk to some folks you might not otherwise talk to. Other 
times the police/park service/whatever may run you off.
The only other problem with tripods is that sometimes they can add to 
an already congested area by impeding pedestrians. Again, this is 
mostly perception since a tripod doesn't take up much more space than 
a couple of people stopped talking.
Good luck.
John Fulton
Fort Worth
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