December 14, 2012

my bridge, the Golden Gate


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photo by Donald Kinney

Most photographers have never heard of the rule enforced by the Golden Gate Bridge and Transportation District that "commercial" photography [offering a photograph for sale] of any scene taken while standing on property owned by "the Bridge", requires a permit to be purchased, retroactively if necessary, at the rate of $2000 per day. Believe it or not.



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photo by Donald Kinney

And so it went... A year or two ago the nice public relations lady at "the Bridge" sent me a polite but inflexible email informing me of the permit policy. Evidently "the Bridge" thought I sold a lot of my work--sadly not so.



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photo by Donald Kinney

Anyway, I hammered out a deal with "the Bridge" spokeswoman Mary Curry. I no longer have three Golden Gate Bridge shots on what I call my "big" site. And you aren't going to be able to buy these recent shots (above) either.



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photo by Donald Kinney

Sigh...  Oh the world is a cruel place.  Little does it know.


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1 comment:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I thought the GGBD ruling came out of their "fear" that one with a camera may be a potential terrorist planning to blow up the bridge. The last photo is a winner!

 
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