Location: Phoenix, AZ
Not long ago, I found myself being hassled by officers of the Phoenix Police Department nearly every time I photographed in and around the downtown area. It was really quite annoying because I'm very much aware of the relevant laws and am careful not to break them, yet it persisted, for reasons I never really understood. I eventually started photographing elsewhere because this is a hobby and hobbies are supposed to be fun, and contrary to what some have suggested, I don't find being hassled by the police very much fun.
Recently, though, this situation has changed for the better, also for reasons that I don't understand, and this photo is a perfect example. That's because, for once, I actually was doing something to merit attention from the police when I took it, which was that I was setup in the middle of a four-lane street.
In my defense, it was early in the morning (around 2:30 am) and this is a one-way street, without much traffic at that time of the night. I am not reckless, mind you, but to take the photo I had in mind, that was the spot where the camera had to be positioned, so that's the spot where I put it, and I would just have to keep an eye out for traffic during the five to seven minutes I would be standing there.
So when I looked southward and saw a police SUV approaching, I braced for the worst. To my surprise, though, instead of stopping and giving me hell (or worse!), the SUV merely changed lanes to give me a wide berth and drove right past me! I didn't know what to do, so I waved and carried on taking this photo.
This now marks the third time in as many months where I've been setup in the street to take a photo and a police car has driven around or past me without stopping. Clearly, whatever policy was being followed in the past, it has changed (again!) and I'm glad for this! 8^)
A larger, higher resolution version of this photo can be seen here: http://www.canyonero.com/files/1519236207.jpg