For those places that forbid taking pictures, I just wait (and wait) with the camera hidden in my purse or jacket. I’ve learned to keep my camera on and on auto setting since I usually don’t have time to mess with the settings. Two places that I really wanted to take pictures of (or in) did not allow use of any camera regardless of flash usage. The first one was Acedemia in Florence, Italy. I wanted to take a picture of Michelangelo’s David. It was pretty challenging because of all the guards. I was forced to sit on a bench for almost 30 minutes to even get a two-second-chance to snap a photo. I also had a guard coming to me to check out my hands since I probably looked picture-suspicious. Now, every time I look at this picture, I laugh.
The other one was the Sistine Chapel in Vatican. I wanted to take a picture of another Michelangelo’s master piece – The Creation of Adam. Again, I had to be really patient (and careful) to take a snapshot. I don’t have to tell you that security and guards are everywhere so I would advise to first enjoy the location and try to take a photo just before you intend to leave. That way even if the guards ask you to leave, you’ll get the photo. : )
Having in mind the conditions in which this photo was taken, a blurry close up is just fine. This photo makes me smile, too.
Well, that’s how I steal photos, how about you?