I was shooting stills at a beach here in South Florida recently. I was on a deck shooting pans across the whole beach, which consisted of a lot of young people, both girls and guys, playing volleyball, sunning, surfing, etc. The water and light were perfect, and the colors were just amazing.
About 5 minutes into it, a middle aged woman (in a bikini way too small for her, I might add) came storming up onto the deck, cursing me, calling me a pervert, and shouting all kinds of epithets at me- I thought she might turn violent. Where is a cop when you need one? Anyway, I calmly told herI had a right to be there, and even offered to show here the photos on my SLR screen, if it would make her feel better- of courseI had no obligation to do that, but I was taken off guard by her attack. After she felt like she had berated me enough, she returned to her blanket, packed up and left. But I was NOT leaving, not like that.
Her reasoning was that I had no right to be taking photos of people in a public place. I told her she was incorrect- and later found out that the entire beach and the exact place she had been sitting are on a city sanctioned webcam!
Owing to the fact that it is a public beach, covered by a webcam, and I was not using these photos for any commercial purpose, who is in the right here? Was she just jealous of all the younger women on the beach? Is this a case of my civil liberties being violated?