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    In 2004 I was in Philadelphia to cover the annual Army-Navy Football game. I arrived early the day before and decided to take some pictures of the city.

    At one point I stopped and looked up at several buildings. I liked the way that the buildings came together, looking like they had been placed in a random, but interesting configuration. I had my view camera with me and set things up to take the picture. I composed the picture and focused while under the dark cloth, but when I popped my head out I was confronted by the police.

    I was told that I was not allowed to take pictures of the buildings. I was dumbfounded and asked why. When I was told that I was not allowed to take pictures of the tops of the buildings, I looked at the officer with my mouth hanging open. I explained that I was not taking a picture of the top of the building and offered an opportunity to look at the subject of the picture. This fell on deaf ears.

    I then asked about other people with cameras and why they were not being asked not to use them. The only difference was that mine was using large sheets of film. Still no answer and only a demand that I take my camera down. I complied.

    Later that evening I returned to my hotel room, which had the view you see in this image. You will also see the tops of many buildings.

    Kayleigh McCallum, and 22 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    2. Von Taylor 67 months ago | reply

      Wow. Beautiful image. Nicely done.

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    3. missbehavin302 67 months ago | reply

      Beautiful image !!

    4. akkaru 67 months ago | reply

      amazing shot!

    5. sp.neale 67 months ago | reply

      a friend of mine stopped his car in yorkshire to take a picture of the US base there, and soon found himself being tailed by the police recently. He had the worst camera, but it didnt matte,r the imgae had to go.
      on a more expected note, upon leaving north korea we had to submit our cameras to a guard who flicked through every single image, deleting what he didnt like, unauthorised people shots, busted up buildings etc.

      Nice pic you got in the end though

    6. naromeel 67 months ago | reply

      Philly in the house! This looks like some European town square. Great shot.

    7. alaricxyz 67 months ago | reply

      Magnificent shot!
      I hate it when I am interrupted by security and asked to stop taking photos. It's worst when they discriminate based on the camera we use.

      @spneale, what if you brought film? Will they confiscate your rolls? It's messed up over there. We should bring photos INTO N.Korea and show the people how the rest of the world is enjoying human rights and better quality of life. Maybe we'll make them realize how maltreated they are as a people. ...

    8. Angel Villalba 67 months ago | reply

      Great night shot

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    10. Photographyco 67 months ago | reply

      Great Shot.
      To bad they didn't allow you to take other pictures.

      This is really nice.

    11. sherry.andbill 55 months ago | reply

      Terrific shot. You should consider sending it to www.roomswithgreatviews.com

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    13. jacreative 37 months ago | reply

      awesome shot!

    14. j o s e f 21 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot, I wish I could get it much bigger.

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    16. ovomac 11 months ago | reply

      Good for the police. Got to listen to instructions

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