Old 09-25-2009, 03:06 AM   #1
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Honestly, no way for any of us to know... but this article is upsetting either way.

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Old 09-25-2009, 03:44 AM   #2
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I'm pretty sure that if there is another attack on US soil, it will not be some guy that was taking pictures of trains. Although eternal vigilance is the best way to stop them, the bad people are usually one step ahead and I'd think by now they know overtly photographing in public is risky. If the bad people are out there, they've likely hidden their camera.

Then again, who'd wanna shoot a subway train?
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Old 09-25-2009, 03:54 AM   #3
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Um... no self-respecting railfan I've ever met would shoot a subway train.

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Old 09-25-2009, 04:54 AM   #4
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That headline was slightly misleading at first glance. It made me think I was going to read the article and find out that somoen was "taking photos" with a broken camera. Now that I've read the story, I can't believe this made the news. The inference is disturbing, that photography is a crime.
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On Wednesday, a SEPTA cashier told officers about a man taking pictures at the Lombard-South station, but the man, after being questioned by the cashier about his activities, left before officers arrived.
It doesn't say if the cashier told him she had called the police. Again, it's just infered that he left knowing they were coming. I'm not sure that's even a crime. If I call the police on a dude in the parking lot of my apartment complex with his music up too loud, then go down and tell him the police are coming, I'm not sure he is supposed to wait. Now if this had been me and a cashier was "questioning" me about my "activities," I probably would have tried to make her feel dumb. "What do you think I'm doing? I'm taking pictures." And had she told me the plice were coming, I would have waited.

I do wonder what their policy is about people taking photographs on their property. That's also noticeably absent from this news report. When I was in DC earlier this year, I took some subaway shots and felt rather odd doing so, not sure if was frowned upon or what. I didn't stick around long, just took a few shots as we got off one train and waited for another in plain sight of fellow passengers and a few workers and no one said anything.

The shots came out crap though.

One more thing about the news story. I guess the TV station had to, you know, send a photog out to shoot the same things the other guy was shooting in telling this story.
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Um... no self-respecting railfan I've ever met would shoot a subway train.
I'll let the Philly PD know to give you a call . . .

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Honestly, no way for any of us to know... but this article is upsetting either way.

http://cbs3.com/topstories/SEPTA.Bro...2.1206878.html
Well, it sure was nice photographing trains with you guys while it lasted.
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