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10-17-2019, 01:01 PM - 8 Likes   #1
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Orange Safety Vest? You’re Okay!

Here’s an idea. When you are taking pictures in a place where you might get questioned, put on an orange safety vest ($5.00 at Harbor Freight).

I was out the other day taking some shots in an area where I had to walk along the road. My wife had me put on a safety vest that was in the car so I would be more visible. As we moved on to another area, I left the vest on. That’s when I noticed something. I was taking pictures in an area where, while I was legal, I have previously received questioning looks and even have had a “chat” or two. With the vest on — nothing. Not a chat. Not a look. Not even a glance. It was as though the vest was a visual symbol of legitimacy. I belonged.

I thought about it afterwards. The safety vest made me stand out. I was not only obvious, I was, in essence, saying “See me.” Calling attention to myself essentially told people that I was okay; that there was nothing furtive about my actions.

The vest is now in my kit bag.

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At all of the sports venues, the sanctioned photographers have vests on. Nearly everyone has seen them, even if only on the sidelines on TV when a photog gets run over by 300 lbs of lineman. It is the symbol of accepted action.
I have an orange one I'm going to throw in my bag. Thanks for the insight.

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Makes sense. You're a shooter
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Good idea.

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I wear Orange every Fall. Hunting season and it's popular down here. Better safe than catching a bullet.
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Add a Hard-hat and handheld laser construction measurement tool and you're covered for all eventualities.

Too low tech to be spying but hi-tech enough to be mapping/lot surveyor ..... ;-)
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Add a Hard-hat and handheld laser construction measurement tool and you're covered for all eventualities.

Too low tech to be spying but hi-tech enough to be mapping/lot surveyor ..... ;-)
Yeah. It’s much like the old adage to carry a clipboard and you can go anyplace in a building.
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QuoteOriginally posted by AggieDad Quote
Yeah. It’s much like the old adage to carry a clipboard and you can go anyplace in a building.
This is exactly it. You looked like someone out doing work. Get a plain unmarked hardhat and you'll look even more official.

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If that doesn't work try wearing a jacket with SECURITY printed in big letters across the back.
These seem to be available for sale everywhere...

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10-18-2019, 06:49 AM   #10
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QuoteOriginally posted by ChrisPlatt Quote
If that doesn't work try wearing a jacket with SECURITY printed in big letters across the back.
These seem to be available for sale everywhere...

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" SECURITY " may be ok

but don't wear " POLICE " unless you are local law enforcement

you could be charged with a crime such as impersonating a law officer

I still like the stand off ability of a telephoto zoom

most times people don't even know you are taking photos
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I've seen videos of people donning an orange vest then walking into movie theaters, concerts, and even Disneyland. No one questions the all-powerful orange vest!
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Just make sure you get a 'used vest'....something with a little wear and scuffing... or wrap the new one round your dog and play his favourite active outdoor game... ? :-)
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Don't forget the steel toe-capped boots!
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Try wearing high-vis clothing, not just the vest. Paradoxically, you become invisible – it's not that you're unseen, just unnoticed.
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Works well on Heritage Railways as well - so I've been told !!
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