The ACLU’s published a photographer’s cheat sheet on their rights when shooting in the field (US only):
When in public spaces where you are lawfully present you have the right to photograph anything that is in plain view.
When you are on private property, the property owner may set rules about the taking of photographs.
Police officers may not generally confiscate or demand to view your photographs or video without a warrant.
Police may not delete your photographs or video under any circumstances.
Police officers may legitimately order citizens to cease activities that are truly interfering with legitimate law enforcement operations.
Note that the right to photograph does not give you a right to break any other laws.
Click through for explanations of each, advice on what to do if stopped or detained, exceptions for shooting around airports and special considerations for videography (eg., “With regards to videotaping, there is an important legal distinction between a visual photographic record (fully protected) and the audio portion of a videotape, which some states have tried to regulate under state wiretapping laws.”)
I have been spending the day going through boxes of old photos from Brooks and before, organizing, tossing what I don’t need, and digitizing the rest. The sheer amount I used to shoot is ridiculous. Especially the amount of medium and large format negatives. (4 totes worth, alone)
Chronologically, it seems I was shooting almost every day for nearly 7 years (2001-mid 2008) then once I moved to oklahoma it dropped to every few weeks. After leaving for the east coast it dropped significantly to almost once every 3-4 months. (interesting what a simple algorithm can show..)
If this isn’t a wake up call to shoot I don’t know what is.
I decided to go through some of my old files I shot a few years ago that I never worked on. I have an annoying habit of not working on images unless they are commercially viable or someone wants them. I forget how much i love the images but much of them aren’t finished, especially my nature images.
Here is a shot from the Salton Sea. A gorgeous place completely abandoned. A place that reminds me of a post apocalyptic time.