- Do you mind having your photo taken by strangers whilst out riding?
Why didn't you stop and ask him why he did that?
I actually thought if I stop and start questioning him, he'd just take more photos!
get used to it cos how many times a day is your picture taken on cctv??
Fair point but that's kind of different IMO as its a lot more general low res video sort of thing of everyone where as this was a specific photo of me.Posted 8 years ago
Don't know why you'd worry about it – are you afraid he'll go home and crack one off looking at it?
Well, just trying to gauge whether I'm being a bit paranoid. Like CG, I just don't like having my photo taken.
sfb on his holidays ?
Don't think so as it was taken face on rather than rear on 😉Posted 8 years ago
Although not keen, I don't mind people I know taking my photo and would also expect that people get photos taken of them at races/events. Just gets a bit uncomfortable when your just out in the countryside and its a stranger.
maybe he was taking a photo of the lovely view then you got in the way
Maybe but he seemed to be…waiting 😯Posted 8 years agoGrimyMember
Probably an ametour photographer just looking for something new to shoot. My shift partners a very keen photographer and part of a camera club, which always have little competitions to shoot certian subjects, still life, sports, nature, night shots, you get the idea. I wouldnt get up tight about it, perhaps be pleased you were worth taking a picture off.Posted 8 years agoflangeSubscriber
I take photos of anyone and anything just to get practice with my camera. It's nothing weird, you're just a good subject for photographing 'motion'! If I've taken photos at a race then I'd put them online incase you'd want a copy – if you asked me to take the photo down then I'd do it no problem. I shouldn't worry about it…
Next time, stop and give them your email address. I'm sure they wouldn't mind swapping a free photo for your modeling.
(Mrs Flange)Posted 8 years ago
Out on the Surrey Hills today and as I rounded a corner on one of the well known singletracks and a guy (non-biker) started taking my photo. I just pedalled on but it did get me thinking about why he was doing it.
Now fair enough if its just you in the back ground but when you're actually the main focus of the photo it seems a bit weird…and also a bit rude; I wouldn't wait around the corner from a rambler or a horse rider and then start taking photos as they came into shot.Posted 8 years ago
sfb on his holidays ?
Don't think so as it was taken face on rather than rear on
1) I do faces too 🙂
2) but I never take holidays
3) and certainly not in the Sarf 🙂
4) and I was in Calderdale today
(I have no idea who)
Common courtesy should be used and permission requested.
dream on :o)Posted 8 years ago
I am not claiming that it's intrusive cos I'm female, it just isn't right! Feel free to point out my self-esteem issues though 😉
Not all of "the Sarf" is flat! We had a really nice ride today in Wiltshire and the views were stunning. Even bagged a couple of white (chalk) horses!Posted 8 years agojoemarshallMember
You're in public – there's nothing wrong with people taking pictures in public. Loads of people take pictures of me out riding, it doesn't make any difference to me.
If he started following you around to take the pictures, that would be weird, but just snapping pictures of random people riding, don't see the problem, or what harm it does to them?
I've taken pictures of random people on horses / walkers on the top of hills, surfers on beaches etc. If someone asked me not to then I guess I might not take a picture of them, but otherwise I don't see the problem.
JoePosted 8 years agowoffleMember
It's intrusive. Common courtesy should be used and permission requested.
I'm inclined to agree – slightly different if it were me pedaling away in a group / in the far distance but where I was the sole focus etc I'd likely as not stop and at very least ask what the score is. Personally I don't like being snapped without knowing what it's being used for / being asked.
You've obviously not been down to the Weald then…Posted 8 years agostevomcdSubscriber
Happens all the time really. A lot of walkers seem to stumble across the DH courses and then hang around to take photos of the loons to show to their friends back home. Similarly on the more remote trails, if there's some bit of gnarliness in the middle of nowhere. On the rare occasion that there are walkers (or indeed anybody) around, they often take photos, presumably to start a "look what these idiots were riding down" conversation when they get back home…Posted 8 years agoTi29erMember
As a professional photographer, you of course have no legal rights to the image if it was taken in a public space. There are some exceptions, but assuming there's no trespass, no nudity, no overt agression, and a few other obvious caveats, then typically you have to accept it.
If you approach the photographer I'm sure 99.9% of the time they'd be happy to either explain the project they're working on & /or delete said image as you wish.
The tone of the conversation would be entirely dictated by you. If you ask rather than instruct from the outset I feel sure there's nothing malicious intended – you might even get a copy of said picture for your troubles (you might even appreciate it in years to come!).Posted 8 years ago
could be a terrorist planning the next target It's what you get accused of round here if the bobbies and pretend bobbies see you taking pictures. Alternatively it could be some one with a fetish for bikes and there riders, their'll be at home now with there grubby fingers all over you.Posted 8 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
Err not really. While I accept there are no mountains, some of the ranges of hills are quite hilly. Rides are more "up-down-up-down-up-down etc" than once up, along and down". And while it isn't non-stop rocks, there's innumerable rooty, woodland singletracks.
IMO, there are some very good places in the south to take a mountain bike holiday; Why not pop down for a weekend forum ride? We're doing the Mendips next Sunday – see the thread about this – you'd be treated like visiting royalty.Posted 8 years ago
you'd be treated like visiting royalty.
ha ha, what you actually mean is you'd throw rocks at me till I shut up 🙂 I have ridden in the south a few times, and realise that the up-down-up-down is just as tiring as more sustained climbing, and that beauty does not depend on altitude!Posted 8 years agoclubberMember
Note to fellow Southerners.
SfB is stirring. Even blinkered old Simon knows that it's not flat down here, he just likes to turn threads round to his own ends and that's exactly what's going on. AGAIN.
Please ignore and continue along as before 🙂
EDIT: Comments rendered somewhat unnecessary by Simon's own response 🙂Posted 8 years agorightplacerighttimeMember
It doesn't bother me. An old bloke took a pic of my 5 and 4 year olds eating sticky cakes on a park bench yesterday – he did ask and I said 'yes of course' – it was a nice picture.
My kids go to different school/nurseries – one went through the ridiculous procedure of making all the parents of kids who wanted to take pics write their names on a piece of paper. I said under my breath in the queue that it was a waste of time and the guy in front of me said in a knowing way ' yes but you have to these days' and seemed to find my explanation of 'no, you don't actually' quite shocking. The whole thing gets my goat – I couldn't give a stuff if someone happens to take a pic that includes me or my kids in it – thankfully I'm pretty certain (from taking quite a lot of pics of strangers) that the vast majority of people haven't yet been brainwashed into thinking that there is something wrong with that.
I guess it depends on the context. If someone stood right in front of me to take a pic in the street I would expect them to ask. If I was doing some interesting activity and it was clear they were taking a pic of the activity, or of the event I was at – and not me the person as a character study – then I wouldn't.
Common courtesy should be used and permission requested.
But then, the moment is gone.Posted 8 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
Depends of course on what he was doing –
it could have been a NIMBY looking to gather "evidence" of bikers being discourteous/causing erosion etc etc
it could have been an amateur photographer out on a shoot for whatever reason (pics to submit to a competition, trying out a new camera) and while it's a bit cheeky there's no law against just going out and taking random pics.
it could have been someone doing a publicity shoot, maybe getting some stock images for the local tourist info/MTB mag/bike shop (again, slightly cheeky using unwitting models).
I wouldn't get too wound up about it though.Posted 8 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
What a timely post. I was out for a walk with my family yesterday and was asked by someone if they could take a photo (we were standing – catalogue pose – looking across the Staffordshire hills). Only later did I realise they had not taken contact details to forward the piccie.
Not in the least bit bothered, but then I did "sort of" know him – author of some well known climbing books. He asked, we said yes.Posted 8 years agorogerthecatMember
If people are entering the ugly bloke on a bike competition then I want 50% of the proceeds please, it took a lot of time, money, beer and accidents to get this face.
Otherwise snap away. The only time I would get annoyed is if they took pics of the kids in an unsuitable moment (getting changed on the beach etc) where the motives may be more questionable, but otherwise I have no problem with them being snapped either.Posted 8 years ago
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