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Photographer Could Face Legal Consequences for Golden Gate Bridge Pic

By Kehl Bayern / February 17, 2020

Photographer Bruce Getty got the snap of a lifetime and his picture of the Golden Gate Bridge proves it.

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Photo by Pixabay from Pexels.

Sadly, it hasn’t come without controversy because the organization that maintains the bridge states that Getty must have trespassed onto a part of their property that is off-limits to the public and they want him to take down the picture or else face legal consequences. Naturally, Getty claims both innocence and that he is not going to take down the picture.

The pic in question is actually a composite of Getty’s picture from under the bridge and another photograph of a blood moon. The composite picture, which is not being sold or otherwise used for commercial purposes, is part of his portfolio.

What makes this odd is that the cease and desist letter from the Bridge District asked him to not only take it down but fork over any money he made from the picture though Getty says, “I'm just a nobody taking pictures; I like to have fun.”

Even so, as FStoppers points out, he apparently does have a history of trespassing and even admits to an incident in 2014 as well as one last December in which he was asked by a police officer to delete his pictures (he didn’t). FStoppers reports that he is being threatened with prosecution should he be caught trespassing again.

You can check out some of his pictures over on FStoppers by clicking here.

What do you think? Should photographers be allowed to take pictures at sensitive locations if they have permission? Are the authorities being heavy-handed in this case? Do you have any experience bending or breaking the rules in order to get a good shot? Let us know your thoughts and stories on this piece in the comments below.

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Kehl Bayern

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