Don’t shoot?

Sometimes, what is happening behind the camera can be as interesting as what happens while the camera is doing its work. A security guard approached me while I was making this shot. She told me photoshoots require prior clearance from mall management. I told her this was not a photoshoot (there’s no model), and I’m just a mere hobbyist enjoying the last few minutes of daylight.
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She then pulled out a piece of paper and showed me an actual permit that was issued for a photoshoot. There were names written that point to a team effort for a photoshoot. I asked her, I’m not with a team, and there is no model, and if I opt to use my cellphone camera instead, would it still require a permit? She said no.
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We talked a bit more about the merits of the ‘instructions’ she got from mall management. I shared to her my observation that the basis for the permit requirement is hazy at best, because cellphone cameras are not prohibited, and there really was no model posing or even prancing around the rather smelly waters. She told me she was just merely following orders from ‘above’. I agreed.
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I did not want to make things hard on someone just doing her job, and I was about to leave when I saw her agree to what I just told her. She then smiled and told me that it was alright, for as long as I don’t create a ‘scene’. I told her I did not want any attention.
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After she left, I reflected on what transpired and what has been discussed. I was certainly amused at the silliness of it all. Was it for reasons of security that mall management wanted the public to get prior clearance before taking pictures? That would be hardly feasible, or even logical. Why not allow people to take pictures to their heart’s content? As a business, they can even make photo contests, for starters.
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Later that night when I arrived home, I checked the details of the photos still on the SD card. I realized the exposure time of 4 minutes was approximately the length of time we were discussing that ‘rule’. It was really amusing, even the security guard found out herself.
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16mm • 243 seconds • f/14 • ISO 100