Spent a couple of days in SF back in 1982 with some kiwi mates while we were on a tour in a rented motor home. We stayed in a very sketchy RV park which was next to a freeway flyover under construction. One night we decided to eat out and the man at the RV park recommended a diner about a 5 minute walk away. While we were at the lights waiting to cross the road a young stranger sidled up to us and asked if we knew where he could get a 'piece'. After a few seconds of confusion he said something like 'You know, a gun'. Well, we tore across the road to the diner where there was a couple of police cruisers parked outside with a number of cops inside on a break. We didn't bother telling them of our strange encounter.
Otherwise we all enjoyed a look around San Francisco including the waterfront area where we had quite a few beers at a place I think was called 'The No Name Bar'?
As it was originally planned as a trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats, rained out that year, motorsports were high on the agenda and we saw the F1 GP in the Ceasar's palace carpark, Las Vegas, (dead loss as the track layout defined by concrete barriers meant that we could only see one corner). Then spent a couple of days at the Golden Gate Nationals at the Bayland Park Raceway. Saw plenty of big name drag racers and I have tons of pictures of those days. All in all a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, we didn't see Clint Eastwood in Carmel.
Times have changed, Vaughn. I remember being able to park right across the street from the Palace of Fine Arts, and in mornings at least, being able to fool around with a 4x5 for an hour or so, without annoyance from other photographers. Now it would be like trying to swim in a school of herring, with hungry sea lions and sharks patrolling around.
For the other side of the coin:
9 incidents in two years of pro photographers and videographers shooting in SF for TV coverage or wedding client photography sessions (CA marriages 3.2 per 1000, so SF had about 24000 marriages in 2022...risk: about 0.002% of marriages in SF (and not all the incidents were related to wedding jobs)
- Feb 2021 Photographer car broken into and gear robbed while stuck in traffic
- May 2021 Videographer gear stolen at Crissy Field
- Nov 2021 filmmaker gear stolen in smash'n'grab in Japantown
- Nov 2021 photographer followed to Fremont home and robbed there
- Dec 2021 SF Chronicle photograher robbed in West Oakland
- Jan 2022 wedding photographer robbery attempt in the presence of the wedding couple on Nob Hill
- March 2022 Canadian video crew robbed
- November 2022 photographer shooting at Palace of Fine Arts assaulted with robbery attempted
- November 2022 second photographer at Palace of Fine Arts assaulted with robbery attempted
- Dec 2022 Videographer robbed
The officially reported incidents which actually make into the news are just a small percent of the real amount of daily crime. One has to research the actual police report data base itself for a clearer impression. Today's armed robbery incident in a long-in-business San Jose area (Campbell) camera store left either an employee or customer critically shot. We don't have all the details yet; but it's on our Bay Area TV nightly news right now.
Now take your statistic of .32% percent of the general public, and multiply those odds by a thousand times that it would be ONE OF US likely to be in a such camera store, rather than the general public. And there have been two such armed robbery incidents of camera stores locally in the last month, perhaps the same theft crew, perhaps not. But flying bullets aren't good for anything camera-wise, including customers.
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