A Surreptitious Supermarket Snap

One of our local supermarkets has huge floor to ceiling windows which are alternately clear glass, and transparent orange panels. Visually they make a fascinating expanse of glass, and as this wall faces the afternoon sun, when the sun shines those panels just light up in a remarkable way. I have featured them in  iPhone images on this blog – see below.



…….and to give you some indication of the size here’s an after-dark image that’s been sitting on my hard drive for a year and a bit.


This past week we were back there shopping, and the sun was intermittently shining. My G10 was in my pocket, as usual. My fingers were itching to try a shot, but dare I? Fellow photographers have been ‘spoken to’ by over-vigilant security staff in the main shopping arcades elsewhere in the town for taking images on ‘private’ property and no doubt this supermarket also counts as private property. Above me I could see the security camera housings watching my every move. But I thought: what’s the worst that can happen? I get told to delete the images from my hard drive and get ‘spoken to’. So I risked it, cradling the camera nonchalantly in the palm of my hand all set up and ready to fire, strolling up the aisles waiting for someone to complete the scene.

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Amazingly I got what I wanted and despite the camera nestling in the palm of my hand, the horizon was within half a degree of dead straight (I can’t manage that at eye level usually!). And I caught a bunch of people just about right. And this is the full frame image that I captured – how the heck did I get that right! Most importantly I never felt the tap on the shoulder from officialdom. I pocketed the camera and walked out. Job done.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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10 Responses to A Surreptitious Supermarket Snap

  1. oneowner says:

    What an outlaw! Now the supermarket police will be calling on you and you’ll have to turn over your computer. They will also be checking mattress tags too, so watch out for that.

  2. Len Saltiel says:

    Amazing colors and light Andy. The over zealous photo “police” are getting more and more challenging. Glad you got away with taking these images. I hope you don’t use them for nefarious purposes.

  3. Probably a more risky pursuit than the mountain ones! Good result though.

  4. ehpem says:

    Nice shot for the method! It is a very nice bit of glass. A mall posing as the new cathedral.

    In Canada, or at least in most provinces, legally they can only ask you stop photographing and to leave the premises – they cannot confiscate photos. If you don’t oblige and leave, you are in trespass and then the real trouble starts.

    However, security guards seem to come in an over-zealous variety that occurs world wide (why is that??) and they think they can confiscate your camera, reformat your card, or take you to the ground. It has caused some serious problems for them and the photographers/equipment..

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for your comment. Yes, those Security folk are everywhere – I have been told they can be a particular problem in central London especially in the city (business) area. I haven’t been accosted yet but always carry my Royal Photographic Society card as evidence of my status. But it may not cut any ice….

  5. Well, you did capture the perfect shot. Nerves of steel under pressure… I couldn’t have managed that if I had spent a day setting up for it. Impressive, Andy! I always love your street photos of people, reflections, and windows. They comprise your best work. Even considering the superb landscapes. Somehow, these shots require more creativity and are far more challenging that a gorgeous mountain view. Forgive me if I’m being irreverent here… 🙂 These kinds of shots tell me who you are.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thank you so much, George, for that comment – much appreciated. I’m getting bolder as I get older! I derive a great deal of pleasure from finding images in unlikely places – it’s the consequence of rarely leaving home without a camera. I don’t have super landscapes on my doorstep, what I do have is a world of other opportunities and those opportunities need to be captured. I’m not sure I can define who I am myself. I’m a bit of a maverick, I’m a butterfly flitting from one genre to another, I look for new challenges. That’s as far as I can go to defining my photography. I wonder if you’ve discovered my new other WordPress blog – iSighting – it’s bookmarked in the Rt sidebar of LensScaper. I wrote a post on Photographic Style a few weeks ago that you might enjoy reading on that Blog. Here’s the link: http://isighting.wordpress.com/2014/01/24/a-photographic-style/

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